Written on: November 16, 2014
I visited in October 2014
My wife and I did our first Safari in October 2014. I did moderate research and it seemed Gamewatchers met all our needs. Their camps are ecologically friendly with power derived from solar panels. If we had no electricity at two AM, it was our fault for wasting what we had. The camps were all located away from other camps, so we could have the illusion of being the only ones in the wilderness. We slept in large tents (larger in size than my first house) that were attractively outfitted. The staff all seemed happy, helpful, and genuine.
I think being able to hang out with the African people (Masai) was my best memory of the trip. The Masai would drive the Landrovers and mid-morning we would stop for tea while watching wildlife and pass the time discussing politics and our respective life view. We saw lots of animals and at much closer range than we would have anticipated. One of the highlights was going out for a sunset drive. The driver would stop 10 feet from a pride of lions and we would drink beer and gin and tonics as we watched the sunsets (and drowned our fear of the lions with alcohol). All the game drives were with two or four tourists, not in crowded vans. The guides were capable, smart and fun.
If I go again, I will use Gamewatchers. There might be better, but why take the chance.
The very best part of our safari at the two Porini Camps we visited were our guides Jeffrey and Joel at Masai Mara Porini Camp. The two are brothers and just the dearest and most wonderful individuals you could ask to go on safari with. Incredibly knowledgeable and attentive, but ever so humble and observant. They were soft spoken but engaging in numerous ways. Bo...