Gamewatchers Safaris

African Based Travel Specialist

PO Box 388, Village Market, Nairobi, 00621
Member Number: 20348 Tel: +254 722 509 200

Gamewatchers Safaris have been operating for over 30 years and are based in Nairobi. They specialize in tailor-made wildlife safaris and community-based eco-tourism to conserve habitat for animals in the wilds of Kenya. They arrange safaris to the best parks and reserves staying in the smaller, more exclusive camps and using 4 wheel drive safari vehicles for game drives, not vans. Transfers from Nairobi are usually by air direct to the parks to cut out long journeys across country and to give more time for viewing wildlife. Safaris available to the following areas: Amboseli, Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta, Laikipia, Samburu, Lewa Downs, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Meru, Shompole. Gamewatchers also run the small and exclusive PORINI safari camps in private wilderness reserves: Porini Amboseli Camp in the Selenkay Conservancy, Porini Rhino Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Porini Mara Camp and Porini Cheetah Camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy  - An IUCN green list destination and Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Porini have also taken up a gem in Meru - The Rhino River Camp,  perfect base to explore the unspoilt Meru National park. Porini Camps game drives are in open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles, with expert safari guides, for the best wildlife safari viewing, and the option of air transfers as an alternative to driving by road between the parks. Gamewatchers also runs Nairobi Tented Camp in the Nairobi National park, home to rhino, lions and numerous other game - the best way to start your safari and avoid the Nairobi traffic.  Gamewatchers also operates Adventure Camps in their Selenkay and Ol Kinyei Conservancies where clients can have a high quality safari experience but staying in simple dome tents and at an amazing bargain price. All the Porini Camps are rated at least silver by Ecotourism Kenya and Gamewatchers was amongst the first in Kenya to be Travelife Certified.

Where we operate

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Ballooning
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Golf
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings


Selenkay Smart Learning Project

Despite the downturn in tourism in the past 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have remained fully committed to our community projects in line with our company mission. The Smart Learning Project funded by the PD Foundation was launched in Selenkay in March 2021 to empower the community through digital / technological skills.

Ilmonchin School Sanitation Project

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions in rural Kenya are a big problem. Our latest project addresses a much-neglected but vital issue for school children in rural Kenya and that is the subject of provision of adequate toilet facilities in the schools. For this project we are partnering with Dig Deep, a UK charity working to transform the lives of children and communities in rural Kenya, to improve facilities for Ilmonchin Primary School in Ol Kinyei Community.

Ol Kinyei Bursary Fund

We are supporting the families of Ol Kinyei inthe Masai Mara with our Bursary Fund, alleviating some of the financial burden of the childrens’ education

Koiyaki Guiding School Scholarship Fund

The Koiyaki Guiding School provides tourism training for the Maasai. The Scholarship Fund creates opportunities for promising youth who show a passion for wildlife and conservation, but who may not be able to afford the school fees.


06 May 2022

The British High Commissioner to Kenya at Porini Mara Camp

The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott enjoyed her holiday with us at Porini Mara Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy, this past weekend.

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23 December 2021

Gamewatchers Safaris Wins Regenerative Travel 2021 Impact Award

The winners of the Regenerative Travel 2021 Impact Awards have been announced, and we are pleased that our Adopt An Acre Initiative has won in the “Conservation” category. The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards celebrate people and projects that embody the spirit of regeneration—improving people’s lives, communities, and the world around us.

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31 March 2021

Nairobi Tented Camp is now a ‘Magical Kenya Signature Experience’

Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps are delighted to announce that the Nairobi Tented Camp is now part of the Magical Kenya Signature Experiences Collection.

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13 December 2016

Responsible Tourism

We believe that Responsible Tourism can help to halt the decline of wildlife species which is causing such concern these days. By choosing the right safari, visitors can support conservation which helps to pay for preserving wildlife habitat and generates incomes for local communities! Your choice can really make a difference... There has been much in the international media lately about recent declines in wildlife populations worldwide, especially in Africa. For example, the latest census on …

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23 March 2015

Jake Grieves-Cook: The Conservancy Concept

The future outlook for wildlife in Kenya has greatly improved in recent years with the realisation that expanding the area of protected habitat for wild animals is vital if they are to continue to survive in their present numbers. The movement to establish new wildlife conservancies beyond the parks is an important and positive step in providing a safe haven in which wildlife can increase. The renowned elephant conservationist Cynthia Moss has written recently: “The establishment of…

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12 November 2014

Gamewatchers in charge of KIGIO

Gamewatchers Safaris is pleased to announce that it is now in charge of the reservations, sales and marketing of Malewa Wildlife Lodge and Kigio Wildlife Camp.  Both are located in 3,500 acres of pristine wilderness of the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, between Naivasha and Nakuru which is dedicated to the preservation of over 100 indigenous plant species, 200 birds and 40 mammals including the endangered Rothschild's giraffe.   The striking Malewa Wildlife Lodge is set within …

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04 September 2014

Jake Grieves-Cook: Security Key to Achieving Kenya’s Tourism Potential

Jake Grieves-Cook’s Interview for The Star newspaper. Read the article here.

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03 September 2014

Jake Grieves-Cook on His Perspective On Poaching

John Mbaria questioned Jake Grieves-Cook on his perspective on the poaching crisis. An abridged version is in The Nairobian (issue 22-28 August) and the full interview is here.

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08 July 2014

Introducing the Porini Maji

As part of our continued efforts to minimise our impact on the environment we, at Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Safari Camps, have introduced the "Porini Maji" - the new Maasai red aluminium Porini bottles to reduce use of plastic bottles whilst staying at our camps.  The average person uses over 100 disposable water bottles a year, which ultimately end up in landfills and take approximately 450 years to completely degrade. The bottles are a gift to take home so that guests ca…

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27 June 2014

Why I Love Kenya

The sun rises in a cloudless sky letting the rays of lights warm up my room on an early Monday morning – there go my Monday blues. The aroma of freshly ground coffee tempts me to walk into the coffee shop where I am greeted with a sweet morning smile and a request for my order – “A Malindi macchiato and a chocolate croissant – warm please”. As the chocolate melts in my mouth, the day suddenly looks brighter than it did when I woke up – my taste buds have be…

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03 June 2014

About us - Meet the Fleet

We are ready for the high season and hope that YOU will be joining us on safari soon! Our Group Maintenance Manager, Mr Naeem Aslam, has worked tirelessly with his team and has given our entire fleet a new facelift!  The team has spent countless hours and energy to ensure the fleet is ready to take you on the safari of your life!  From the overhaul of the engines, to the redesign of the body of the vehicles, to increasing the internal space as well as increasing the panoramic view fo…

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21 May 2014

Spreading the conservation message to local children

As part of our ongoing work to improve the relationship between wildlife and communities, Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps recently invited 42 students from neighbouring schools to the Ol Kinyei Conservancy situated in the Maasai Mara to visit the Porini Mara Camp and to experience a game drive in the conservancy. The company is the pioneer of community-owned conservancies in Kenya, with land being leased from Maasai communities and set aside as wildlife habitat. Follo…

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19 May 2014

Kenyans win Whitley Awards in the Annual Oscars for Conservationists

Gamewatchers Safaris would like to congratulate 2 Kenyans for being amongst the winners of the Whitley Awards in the Annual Oscars for Conservationists. Dr. Paula Kahumbu and Shivani Bhalla. (Paula Kahumbu will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Atta event in Nairobi on June 3rd.) The 2014 Whitley Awards Ceremony was held on the 8th of May at the Royal Geographical Society in London with the Whitley Awards being presented to the winners by WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Winner o…

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06 May 2014

Update from Gamewatchers Camps

It is that time of the year again - when camps are closed to allow the earth to recuperate and when the staff go home to recover, rest and get ready for the exciting high season.  Our Porini Camps are resting and gearing up to welcome you when we reopen again on June 1st; however, if you are going to be around sooner than that, the Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park will still be open. Email for more information.

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28 April 2014

DRAMA in the MARA: Lioness versus Buffalo - How it happened

You must have all heard about the shocking story of how 11 year old lioness Siena of the Maasai Mara survived after being injured in a gory fight with a buffalo early this month.  Emergency vets flew down to the Mara to treat Siena’s life threatening wounds.  It took them about 4 hours to clean and stitch her up before letting her return to her cubs in the wild. Gamewatchers Safaris’ driver guide, Meshak Sayialel, had just finished a picnic breakfast with some of our…

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13 March 2014

Marketing Executive summits Kili!

The Marketing Executive for Gamewatchers Safaris, Aleema Noormohamed, has recently completed a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro - here she is pictured at the summit. For further information, email

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12 March 2014

10 fascinating facts about elephants

The elephant, the planet’s largest terrestrial mammal, is a fascinating creature but it remains an unfortunate target of the poaching underworld. Our various conservancies across Kenya, are constantly monitored to help keep poaching at a minimum level however it seems a lack of understanding and education continues to enlist ignorant individuals to fold into the realm of wildlife’s biggest misdeed. The children of the future will only remember elephants as the dinosaurs of the…

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10 March 2014

Conservancy Update - " The Lions gave me my sight back"

One of the biggest challenges we face in wildlife conservation, is human-wildlife conflict.  70% of Kenya's wildlife co-exists with communities on land outside of the protected areas, giving daily contact between people and wildlife. In the case of the big cats, they are being poisoned or speared in retaliation for livestock loss. We have talked about strengthening the enclosures with chainlink wire fences and strong wooden posts, which are proving to be an effective method of pr…

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06 November 2013

Nairobi Tented Camp's new look

When Gamewatchers Safaris took over Nairobi Tented Camp over a year ago, it still looked like a different entity.  With the inception of its new look, Nairobi Tented Camp is now a part of the Gamewatchers and Porini family.  With a classic and exotic feel, this small camp, in the core of the Nairobi National Park, still provides a rustic and bushy environment.    We also upgraded our solar panels and batteries to provide more autonomy, and we are now almost completely …

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07 June 2013

Gamewatchers launches new monthly e-newsletter

We are excited to announce the launch of ' the Wilds...", our new monthly e-newsletter. This e-newsletter will provide you with information on interesting sightings, updates on our camps, education and exciting facts on wildlife, and enlighten you with our conservancy progress. If you would like to join the distribution list, please contact Aleema at

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19 December 2011

Gamewatchers & Porini Camps Win Best Community Conservancy and Best Eco Property in Kenya

Gamewatchers Safaris of Kenya received two Eco Warrior Awards  at a annual gala dinner held at the Sarova Panafric.  The Ol Kineyi Conservancy in the Masai Mara ecosystem, home to Porini Mara Camp, was named the top community conservancy in Kenya and Porini Amboseli Camp was named the top eco-rated facility in Kenya. Launched by Ecotourism Kenya in 2005, the Eco Warrior Awards honor creativity within the tourism industry in Kenya and are meant to inspire innovative actions to protect…

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11 October 2011

Gamewatchers Safaris Wins International Sustainable Tourism Award

The tenth Skål International "Sustainable Development in Tourism Awards" ceremony was held during the Opening Ceremony of the 72nd Skål World Congress held in Turku (Finland), on 19th September 2011 and we were delighted when Gamewatchers Safaris was announced as the winner in the category of Tour Operators & Travel Agents, for our support of sustainable tourism developments in Kenya through community-owned wildlife conservancies and our Porini Camps concept. The tro…

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06 July 2011

Winner of the Tour Operator of The Year Award

Gamewatchers Safaris is pleased to announce its receipt of the prestigious Tour Operator of the Year Award. This award has been presented to Gamewatchers Safaris by the Kenya Tourism Federation in partnership with the Kenya Tourist Board. The award is another in a growing list of accolades that distinguish Gamewatchers Safaris as one of the premier tour operators in Kenya, and they are delighted to have received this additional recognition. The Kenya Tourism Federation and the Kenya Tourist Bo…

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