I've stayed here on two occasions, both times with friends (we stayed in the dorm beds). The camp has been referred to me by a number of friends traveling through Nairobi. Overall, it's a good place to stay if you're looking for cheaper and more relaxing accommodation in the Karen area.
The place is out of the way and would be a bit tough to find on your own if you took public (it's by Langata Road / Galleria, towards Karen on the Ngong Forest side of Langata - but I would call ahead to get good directions when you drop on Langata because it's a bit of a ways). It's about a 10 minute walk down a side street off of Langata, on the left side. It's not well marked, which I found annoying.
The grounds are pretty; there is a nice deck for eating/surfing the web (pretty fast)/socializing, so it's a nice place to escape the mayhem of Nairobi. The dorm beds were comfortable, but they squeeze 7 in a tent, and if you're on the top bunk there's not a lot of space to sit up (the canvas is right there). I've heard good things about the private tents, but I can't say from experience. Food is decent (nice little breakfast is included), but a taxi can take you to the Galleria shopping mall for somewhere around KES 200-400 where there's more variety (and where you can buy pretty much anything you might need in the Nakumatt supermarket. We used Wildebeest Tours for a budget safari, which was a good experience. Overall I'd recommend - not fantastic, but a solid choice, and close to Karen attractions (Elephant orphanage, giraffes, blixen, nairobi park).
Shared bathrooms clean, hot showers, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wildebeest Camp is the perfect place to relax during your African migration! The friendly 'home-like' atmosphere is a great place to meet other travelers, or to just relax and enjoy the amazing gardens. The well-established tropical gardens are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds - and we even have a vegetable garden, as well as a variety of fruit trees. There are many accommodation options to suit any budget. We pride ourselves on offering the best value accommodation in Nairobi. All rates include breakfast. We have our own vehicles running airport transfers, day tours and safaris. Accommodation is suitable for singles, couples, families and groups. The large deck overlooking the water feature and camp is a great place to meet other travellers. For those who are watching the pennies, but do not want a rock bottom experience - you will appreciate the attention to detail in the rooms and camp grounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wildebeest Camp Hotel Nairobi