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Wildebeest Eco Camp
151 Mokoyeti Road West | Langata, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #9 of 154 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
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“Beautiful grounds but poor service and no house keeping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The grounds were peaceful and serene. The tents were nice and the bathroom fixtures were modern. The only problem was that the 3days we were there there was no house keeping done at our room. even the bare minimum of taking out the trash basket. The front office staff was friendly but the owners/managers were un welcoming and cold.

Room Tip: The deluxe tents are very cosy
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Wildebeest eco camp was our first stop in Africa A lot of help from Dan at wildebeest, helped make this the trip of a Lifetime.

We were picked up at the airport with the Wildebeest taxi and arrived at the camp without a hassle. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful.
We stayed in a 4 person tent, which was very spacious and we all got a great Nights sleep
Dan organized all Our travel in Kenya. Safari, Mt kenya trekking, Train tickets to Mombasa, horse-riding for Our Girls (they even brought the horses to the camp and took them to the ngong forest) . Everything went perfectly. I cannot reccommend their travel agency enough
The staff and owners are helpful and friendly, the tents are clean, the gardens immaculate, and before you og on any expedition, make sure you check out their fixed price gift shop! It is great value and supports the local community. At some of the other gift shops haggling starts at 10 times the price of wildebeests gift shop.
Even though the gardens are fenced in, this is by no means a prison camp. We went exploring often, There is a shopping centre a half an hours walk from the camp, we passed Camels grazing on the road and there are many other Places within walking distance.
The dinner in the evening is a buffet and its very Nice. We were very happy here I'm sure you will be too.

Room Tip: we chose the deluxe 4 person safari tent and were very happy With this
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

The site itself is lovely and the local staff were friendly and helpful, if only the owner could be bothered to learn a bit of customer service skills. We were told the wrong times regarding dinner and upon speaking to the manager about it he couldn't be bothered to muster an iota of humility and simply apologise for the confusion and offer an alternative. The way he spoke to us was rude and condescending and completely unnecessary. Upon reading other reviews I see we are not the only people to encounter an unpleasant interaction with the owner.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Beautiful grounds and friendly staff. Felt very safe the whole time we were there. Stayed in the dorms and was impressed with the shared bathrooms and the tent. We stayed there before and after our safari and never had any issues. Dinner is served on the deck with lots of opportunities to socialize. Good location for giraffe centre and elephant orphanage but far away from the centre but we were happy with that.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights in a deluxe safari tent and loved it. Meals on the deck were great. Breakfast, which was included in the room rate, comprised 4 set choices with other (paid) extras available and dinner was a fixed price basic buffet. Staff were all friendly and tours, transport and transfers were all arranged effortlessly. Only fault was the camp ran out of water on our final day which meant no shower or flushing toilet but this was fixed pretty quickly. As two females we felt very safe here and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I stayed at the wildebeest for two nights on my way from tanzania to Capetown. I loved it here. Check-in/out were effortless, the prices (US citizen) were very modest for all the comfortable features the room afforded me. I was upgraded from a budget tent to to a luxury tent by the staff upon arrival and I have to say, it was nicer than some of the hotel rooms ive stayed in! the camp is beautiful and the scenery leaves little to be desired. The camp operates on a tab system so ordering food/drinks is without the hassle of making sure you have the correct currency. the camp also offers a ride to/from the airport (jkia or local) so all you really have to do is relax! iits next to the national park, elephant recuse and lions so its in the center of everything kenya.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 151 Mokoyeti Road West | Langata, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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