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Karen Camp

Marula Lane, off Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Cape Town, South Africa
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111 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here a couple of weeks in their upstairs rooms which are more expensive and better than the dorms. The location is close to Giraffe Manor, Sheldrick's elephant orphanage, Kazuri beads, both Airports, all without having to go through the center of Nairobi city which is to be avoided because of dreadful traffic congestion all the time. Many restaurants close... More 

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leeds, uk
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39 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for two nights before and after our Mara trip. Our overland company use this place as the starting point for their trips. The rooms were really unclean, smelt foisty and of smoke (people were smoking in communal areas and therefore the smell heads up the open stairways) and the bedding and mozzie nets looked unclean. I slept in... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Staff where fantastic! Super quiet relaxed place and i love the area. Over priced dorm rooms, its run down, no beding! The owner went around swearing at the staff for all to hear, not nice and made me very uncomfortable.

1 Thank Christina W
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This was our Nairobi base on a 5 month overlanding trip from Cairo to Cape Town. Nestled in a community of estates - it's walled-in with guards. When our truck pulled in, we were welcomed by the other trucks and their travelers. plenty of shaded space, tables and seating for lounging, friendly bar inside with great wifi. A couple of... More 

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66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

...that was the answer we got after checking in the dormitory we booked online (U$15 per person). It was 11pm and we were quite surprised because it doesn't state on their homepage that nothing is included in the price. Very bad value for money compared to a average backpackers. Staff was rather unfriendly and not very welcoming, the location is... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place is pretty cheap and ideal for back packers and those that are not too fussy about their surroundings. It's got bandas and rooms and also area to pitch own tent. The bar food is a little boring and not always cooked to perfection, you get what you pay for. It has free wifi in the bar area. It's... More 

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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Stayed here after landing in Kenya en route to Nakuru. It was nice to get a cold beer and a comfortable sleep after the flight. Next day we had a proper look around and saw that the camp was indeed a little rough around the edges... but hey ho we slept well and felt safe! Done the job. Bar wasnt... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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177 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Karen Camp was basic but suited us for the beginning of an overland tour. I stayed in a room and also camped for a night and both were grand. The bar is good and the food is ok also plus the staff especially the drivers are very jolly.

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Khalkis, Greece
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89 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Karen Camp is THE place to stay in Nairobi especially for overlanders, campers and backpackers. Nice surroundings, plenty of space to park your car, VERY VERY quiet, reasonably priced and well stocked bar, decent kitchen and hot showers (two ultra spacious bathrooms at first floor). As safety comes first in Nairobi, this place is in the suburbs of the city... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stayed at this place at the end of an overland trip from Johannesburg and stayed in a twin room which was just fine. The bathrooms were spacious and water hot. There was a power cut when I stayed on my last night so had to shower and pack by torchlight but this is AFRiCA! Wifi worked fine but it's only... More 

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