Selenkay Conservancy
Selenkay Conservancy
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Masai-owned conservancy and safari camp near the Amboseli National Park.Selenkay Conservancy shares the same eco-system as Amboseli National Park and is established on land leased from the local Maasai by Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps with the aim of protecting the wildlife habitat and encouraging wildlife conservation as an alternative to farming as a means for the local population to earn a living. Migrating species from Amboseli previously killed or driven off land set aside for farming are now able to make the conservancy their home. Recent years have witnessed a significant increase in wildlife numbers with elephants returning to Selenkay after a 20 year absence.
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We saw lots of elephants, zebras, and giraffes, as well as birds and other smaller animals.

We split our time between the park and the conservancy and much preferred our time here. The rules in the park are more restrictive. Here we were able to drive closer to the wildlife for a better view.
Written 30 August 2022
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Alison M
Tanzania14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I travelled to Amboseli in June for 3 nights and was not disappointed. I could not believe the amount of elephants around. I chose the camp as they have access to 3 waterholes and viewing platforms, where plenty of wildlife came to drink - zebra, warthogs, elephants, wildebest and birds.
We did a full day in the National Park - this was beautiful. The marsh areas had elephants, wildebeest, the birdlife including flamingoes. Picnic lunch on a lookout point overlooking the National Park. The camp very comfortable.
Written 20 July 2022
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Naina-Damani
London, UK999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Masai - owned conservancy, in the northern boundary of Amboseli Park. Great for game watching, especially herds of elephants and zebras and giraffes.
Written 25 January 2020
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CalvinB90
Marske-by-the-Sea, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The original conservancy. Having recently rained it was beautifully green and fresh. This did make for difficult animal tracking though, in fact we didn’t see any cats within the conservancy at all. The main purpose of the visit though was obviously elephants and Mount Kilimanjaro and it definitely delivered on those. Plenty of big tusk elephants there and they have no real issue with you being close to them which is great to experience and photograph
Written 14 November 2019
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Heather W
Sherwood Park, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My husband and I stayed at Amboseli Camp between October 6-9, 2019 and had an excellent experience. We loved staying in the conservancy, as access to the wildlife was fantastic. We saw so many different species of animals, especially elephants, and were able to get up close to them for great game viewing and photography (their vehicles are wonderful for this too, as they are open sided 4 X 4s. Coffee breaks and sundowners at the water hole were great. The camp was in an excellent location, the tents were comfortable and spacious, and the food at the camp was great. Frederick and his staff were awesome, accommodating, friendly and lots of fun. Our guides and drivers, and the young Maasai man, Edison, leading the walk through the conservancy, were exceptional! We especially enjoyed our trip to Amboseli National Park. Our visits to the honeymooning lion couple were thrilling, as I couldn't believe how close to these animals we actually got. Amazing! Overall an excellent experience, from booking to completion. Gamewatchers is fantastic! Thank-you!
Written 31 October 2019
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Ben W
Langport, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We stayed at the Porini camp on the conservancy and I can't recommend this enough. Since the construction of more waterholes and the recovery from the droughts of 10 years ago, the whole place teemed with wildlife and we saw more elephants than we can count, dozens of bird species, lions, cheetahs and a great variety of other animals.

An essential component to a Kenya safari itinerary
Written 12 October 2019
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Aussum
San Diego, CA176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This was our first but not last African Safari. It was planned by Gamewatchers and they did a fantastic job. From our first communication via email to visits to 3 conservancies it was handled professionally and with the most attention to detail of what we wanted to experience. It is apparent from all of the staff that they love what they do and protecting the wildlife is forefront. The guides were very knowledgeable. We saw all the fantastic animals including lions, cheetahs and leopard, elephant, hippo, giraffe and wildebeest. We even experienced a wildebeest crossing and our guide said it was the best he had seen all year. The accommodations were very comfortable. The food was excellent and there were selections for meat eaters and vegetarians. When we plan on returning we will definitely plan with Gamewatchers.
Written 3 October 2019
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627Anne and David
Boston, Lincolnshire15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Thank goodness we chose Gamewatchers Porini camps for our first safari! Apparently, talking to more experienced safari goers, we saw more wildlife in the first two days than most people see in years. So glad that we chose to stay in the conservancies rather than in the national parks, where there can be 20 or more mini buses crowded around 1 lion or cheetah, all trying to get a good view. Due to the limited camps in the conservancies, there are usually only 1 - 3 open 4WD vehicles and as they can go off road, you can get really close to the animals - we didn't need binoculars at all!
The Gamewatchers staff and the Massai people are amazing - so knowledgeable and helpful - always smiling - and the chefs produce the most amazing food. We never had the same thing twice! It's so good to know that you are helping to preserve habitats and wildlife, whilst also giving back to the Massai people themselves and helping to support their children's schooling and quality of life. Couldn't praise the Porini camps and the Gamewatchers staff are superb - they meet you at each airport/camp and were even happy to take us to some shops in Nairobi on the way back. Would go back tomorrow if we could! I would recommend 3 days at the Amboselli camp.
Written 6 July 2019
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AndyBhola
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We decided to pay the extra to stay in the conservancy and are so happy we did. We got to have a sundowner and watch the elephants at the water hole both nights, something you can't do when you are in the national park
Written 15 April 2019
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EDH_Traveler
Tucson, AZ251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
The Conservancy model is a great way to benefit the local people while saving the land and the wildlife that depends on that land. All the Masai people who worked at Porini Amboseli were great and had nothing but great things to say about the Conservancy and how it benefited them.

The wildlife here was fantastic. There were lots of Elephants and Giraffes not to mention rarer mammals like Gerenuk and Lesser Kudu and lots of birds. We saw 32 mammal species in 3 nights although a few of those were seen in the neighboring Amboseli NP.

Written 22 March 2019
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