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“A great place to stay but watch out for excessive charges” 4 of 5 stars
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Wildebeest Eco Camp
151 Mokoyeti Road West | Langata, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #9 of 169 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Devonport, Australia
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“A great place to stay but watch out for excessive charges”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to stay. The property is immaculate and tents are well appointed. I would certainly return again.

One caveat though: the full day tour of the elephant orphanage and giraffe reserve is way overpriced at $90 USD per person. You can hire your own driver and do this for about $40 USD solo. I made the owner aware of my views.

Staff is keen to sell you on their drivers and official rates, but you would be better off to make your own arrangements if you can.

Food ordered is tasty but portions are small except for the buffet dinner. Laundry prices on-site are high as well.

  • Stayed January 2015
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here for one night in June, our safari starting the following day ,with pick-up arranged from the airport.

Arriving after dark, check-in was efficient and we were soon shown to our ensuite tent with the restaurant pointed out along the way. We had pre-booked dinner buffet with a "plate saved" option so quickly left our things before heading over to the restaurant. It was a little bit disappointing to find most bowls empty, also, perhaps, somewhat confusing when it's your first night in camp, not knowing where to go or whom to ask regarding food. What food was left was very tasty and it has to be said that one or two concerned staff did reheat some of the food. Moral of the story is to arrive early if you can. Also, being an eco camp, it's understandable wastage is kept to a minimum.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see much of the grounds, being dark when we arrived and then not having much time before departing in the morning. Leaving before breakfast, there's no option to have a "packed" breakfast, which would have been nice.

The room itself was larger in size than we'd have thought. It was absolutely freezing and no hot water but bed was comfy and using the sleepingbags as a doona, we slept well. We'd probably suggest light-sleepers to use ear-plugs as you're right on top of neighbours and dogs kept barking through the night.

A plug for the giftshop which was very good and well worth a visit.

When staying here, keep in mind it's an eco camp and also the price you're paying and you'll find it a very good stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Randers, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed at the Wildebeest camp several times during our honeymoon, and they arranged our private 7 day safari as well. The camp had a great and safe location. We found it quite incredible, that it's possible to found a safari-like camp in the outskirts of Nairobi. The staff on the site was great and the Australian owners as well. The only downside about this camp was the evening buffet, which wasn't very good.

The safari went great. We had it tailor made with our wishes with visits to Samburu, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. Even though we had small complications on the way, everything was fixed, and we saw everything we ever hoped for and even more.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my 8th stay at this beautiful camp in the suburbs of Nairobi and I feel this review is way overdue. The hospitality and welcome are second to none. Owners Alan and Lynita are professional and friendly and have worked extremely hard to create this haven of peace and tranquility. From the luxury safari tents to the dorm rooms this camp offers something for every budget. I have always felt safe and secure. Hot showers, free wifi and excellent food all add to the pleasure of staying in this wonderful place. The Kenyan staff are extremely friendly from the ever smiling cleaning ladies to the more than accommodating reception and kitchen staff the customer service is excellent and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If it's your first visit to Kenya you can book an airport transfer and be sure your driver will be waiting with a sign to collect you amongst the many airport pickups on arrival. It's the perfect first stop on any trip to Kenya and I could easily relax the weekend away here before and after a trip. They can also organise trips to the elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen museum as well as safaris and bike trips! I can't wait for my next visit!

Stayed January 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I stayed here on our way in and out of Nairobi. We stayed in a garden tent and it was very nice and clean. The tent was spacious and had 3 comfortable beds. The shower, unfortunately, was cold with poor water pressure.
The staff at the restaurant counter and the front desk were very helpful and friendly. Food was good and had vegetarian options. It was some of the better food that we had in the area.
We arranged for an airport transfer each way and the price was only about $10 USD.
On our way out of the Nairobi area, we came back here to spend the time between check out at another hotel and our evening flight. We had lunch and used the wi-fi for a few hours. The wi-fi only worked close to the lounge. It was raining and chilly, so we were hoping to go in the lounge, but one family was monopolizing it and didn't offer to make room for us to use the area as well, which was somewhat uncomfortable.
Both times we were here, there were few other travelers. We had been hoping to meet others and get recommendations for the area, but we must have had bad timing.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed at their 'old' place on earlier visits but this was the first in the new location. It is more rural but I am not sure I do not prefer the older one. Despite being further out I found the noise of the nearby Wilson airport intrusive and things here just did not seem to gel. We had a two night visit and a third a few days later on return to town and on both occasions there were issues on check out. More later.
Booking on line from home was very easy and straightforward once the correct days were indicated clearly. The arranged pick up from JKIA was late and we had to find a phone to check it was on its way. We are told the car had problems. At 1 a.m. This was not a good impression. The car reeked of hot brake or clutch pads so we could guess 'the problem'.
Once on site and in the daylight we could see the layout better and the trip hazards from where we were dropped off earlier. That needs fixing.
Tents on both occasions were very nice and well appointed so "Nairobi dog lullaby" apart we had a good nights rest. Are the tents vermin proof? One wonders when on waking we found a friendly furry bundle nestled between us. Fortunately it was only the house moggie but my wife was distinctly put out at the time.
Meals were buffet for dinner and waiter service to order at breakfast. Food was more than acceptable.
But this is where the two issues came from. First. Breakfast. There is a small note on the wall by the waiting area that clearly says only Eggs are included in the breakfast price but how many will read that before the waiter takes your order at the table? So when asked "What would you like?" one of us asked for Eggs and Sausage and another asked for Tomato. Sausage cost $1 each and the slice of Tomato a huge 50cents. I ask you, where is the sense in that? More an irritation than a cost and this was the first time in many years we have been given an itemised tariff for a breakfast. Just as well we did not just order "Full English!!"
Then at dinner we ordered drinks. "Two Gin and tonics please!" Simple enough? Not at check out when we were expected to pay for doubles which we had not ordered. We turned aside the stupid suggestion that "Two Gin and tonics" translates as "doubles".
Again these matters were just irritations but symptomatic of a possible underlying trend to penny pinch and always in their favour! For petes sake, don't take this to extremes and throw the baby out with the bath water.
All in all we enjoyed both stays but these little niggles do dampen our enthusiasm for another visit.

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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kihei, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Place is decent and nice. Got a garden tent. Wifi doesn't work really and staff are indifferent about helping you fix it. For a short stop over or independent travel Id say it's a good pick. You get a good value overall but staff could be more professional.

Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
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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 169 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
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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