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Selenkay Conservancy

10 miles north of Amboseli over the northern boundary of Amboseli Park is the Selenkay Conservation area. Selenkay shares the same eco-system as Amboseli and is established on lands leased from the local Maasai by Porini with the aim of protecting the habitation 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 encouraged to make the conservancy their home. Recent years have witnessed a significant increase in wildlife numbers with elephants returning to make the land their own after a 20 year absence.

Roads into the very heart of Selenkay's Maasailand have been created and a single camp built. The camp's remote location off the beaten tourist track means that the local wildlife is unused to vehicle traffic, which it rarely encounters, and therefore behaves in its natural manner. Visitors to the camp (only 18 at any given time) benefit from the knowledge and experience of the Maasai employed as game rangers, trackers and camp staff and from an environment still in its wild and unspoilt state.

Elephant apart, visitors can expect to see Thomson and Grant's gazelles, lions, cheetahs and leopards, bat eared fox, mongooses, porcupine, giraffe and yellow baboon among the many now indigenous species.

Porini Amboseli Safari Camp is small – with just 9 spacious guest tents – and retains all the charm and feel of the traditional luxury camps of days gone by. Tents are tastefully furnished and have solar powered electric lighting with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. The camp provides an exclusive yet friendly experience with a maximum of 18 guests at a time and it is fully-inclusive of all meals, drinks (wine, gin & tonics, beer, sodas and mineral water) and activities (including day and night game drives, guided walks and sundowners). Game drives are in specially-designed, open-sided off-road (4x4) safari vehicles with expert safari guides.

The Selenkay Conservation Area is 100 miles (160 km) from Nairobi, a three-hour drive on predominantly paved roads. The camp operates a minibus transfer from Nairobi on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The airstrip in Amboseli is roughly a one-hour drive from Selenkay. Airkenya has daily flights between Nairobi and Amboseli. Mombasa Air Safari flies to Amboseli from Mombasa and Diani on the Kenyan Coast.

The best time to visit the Selenkay Conservancy is the dry season from January through April and June through October when vegetation is thin and animals congregate at the water holes making them easy to spot. The long rains are in April and May and short rains in November and December.
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