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“Ideal safari option for families with small children” 5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Tented Camp
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00509, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 157 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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“Ideal safari option for families with small children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

NTC is a perfect option if you would like to go on safari but don't want to drive too far, have small children who don't enjoy being jostled in the back of a vehicle and want to be sure to see game. In many ways it is better. We were totally alone on our game drives and were able to see and enjoy the game without worrying about another group of tourists arriving behind us - anyone who has been on safari elsewhere knows what a treat this is!

The camp is an oasis of space and greenery 15 minutes from the centre of Nairobi. It's almost hard to believe that the city is so close as you sit there watching a beautiful lion under a tree or an enormous rhino stroll across your path. The Tented camp is glorious and right up there with the best safari lodges in terms of comfort, luxury and attention to detail. We enjoyed fabulous meals and were totally spoilt by the wonderful staff. I thoroughly recommend it and encourage you to go

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

Nairobi Tented Camp is surely one of a kind; beautifully designed, constructed and orchestrated it is a hidden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. Whether a seasoned safari goer looking to avoid central Nairobi or an African bush virgin looking to dip your toe, this camp is the solution. The en-suite tented rooms are the last word in glamping, the food and wine is fantastic and the staff seem to love the camp and love spoiling their guests even more. We stayed for one night and managed to fit in two game drives where we saw impressive amounts of game, plus drinks by the fire and a leisurely dinner in the atmospheric dining tent complete with the softest sheepskin seats I have ever come across. And when we finally retired to bed there were hot water bottles waiting, despite it being a mild eveing -heaven!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

NTC is a great place to stay - a haven of tranquility in a crazy city, with incredible wildlife on the doorstep. We stayed one night with an early morning game drive and saw an abundance of animals - including rhinos, lions, giraffes, hartebeest, eland, buffalos, zebra..... The staff are hugely helpful and knowledgeable; the tents beautifully laid out; and food delicious. I would recommend a stay here to anyone spending time in Nairobi - tourists and residents looking for something special to do on the weekend.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hanover, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

I spent the weekend at the Nairobi Tented Camp and would definitely consider going back. It was a fabulous experience and a perfect weekend retreat for someone working in Nairobi short-term and wondering what to do on the weekend. The camp itself is nestled in the wilderness, well hidden from the regular day-trippers to the park. I was picked up at the gates of the National Park and on the way to the camp, a lion crossed the road in front of us and two giraffes were spotted just off the road happily eating away at the trees. The staff at the camp are fantastic – friendly, welcoming and extremely helpful without being overbearing. The food is also delicious – full compliments to the chef. I did both an evening game drive and an early morning one and both were equally terrific. We saw buffalos, zebras, impalas, ostriches, lions, hyenas, giraffes, rhinos, heads of hippos (in the lake) and countless other birds and animals whose names I have already forgotten! The tents are spacious and comfortable and far more luxurious than one would expect of a tented camp. I would recommend the Nairobi Tented Camp to anyone who has a spare couple of days in Nairobi and who enjoys the outdoors.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

What a fantastic week end we ha dat the Tented Camp doing Yoga, taking game drive, relaxing and eating delicious food. The staff is impeccable , lovely, helpful and discreet. The Park is ever so beautiful and we took a 3 hour sGame drive to see all the PArk has to offer with Giraffes, Lions, Buffalos and more. SO easy to get there and so hard to get out. You feel you have been so far away and yet can see the Nairobi life in the distance. Absolutely loved it. Best for a ROmantic night out too!!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Great Falls, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

I stayed one night at this, one of Nairobi''s newest accommodation options. Literally within a few miles of the center of Nairobi, you get a full safari bush experience. On an evening game drive we saw a rhino as well as giraffes, zebras, eland, hartebeest and a good selection of birds. The camp is tucked away in woodland - very quiet and private and gives the real feel of being on safari in Africa.

The camp is very cosy and comfortable. The staff were fabulous in every way and after hot showers we were treated to a gourmet dinner. The tents and common areas are decorated with a comforting and sopisticated decor but not over the top. After dinner we sat around the camp fire and then went to sleep to the sounds of the African bush.

This is a great option if you are stuck in nairobi for a weekend or a night or two and want something a little different from a normal in-town hotel.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

We had a wonderful and very comfortable 4 day stay at the Nairobi Tented Camps (NTC). Expect nothing less than total comfort. Relax and let the talented and friendly staff at NTC to spoil you.

NTC is located in the bushes which is in the heart of the Nairobi National Park. The National Park itself is located at a 15 min drive from the international airport and NTC is another 10 min drive from the entrance of the National Park.

We were picked up by Robert who was the driver arranged by NTC. He was very polite and had good knowledge of the city. At the main entrance to the National Park we were met and greeted by Nasha who is one of the support staff. She is from the Masai Tribe. A very cheerful lady who drove with us to NTC after completing the formalities at the main entrance.

You will witness some animals on your way to NTC as you drive through the jungle. Expect a bumpy ride as you drive through the jungle. There is a 200 meter walk to NTC from where the car can take you last. You are escorted by Masai men who work as Security guards at NTC.

We were welcomed by Tana, the Operations Manager at NTC and by Joseph who is the waiter. Tana is a living legend who has wonderful stories to share. Joseph is a very sweet and polite Kenyan man.

You are always escorted by Masai securities from and to your tent. The main tent which serves as a lounge is well decorated and arranged. The dining tent is beautiful. Food was Yummmm!! Special arrangements for HALAL food was made for us as we are Muslim which was highly appreciated by both of us.

The tent was perfect and had a very comfortable bed. There was a very spacious shower area. Towels, bed lamps, tissues, shampoo, soap, moisturizer was all available in the tent. There were also torch lights and insect repellent sprays. The tent had 24 X 7 supply of water (cold running tap water)

NTC is 100% Eco-friendly.They have no electricity. All their lights, lamps and even torch lights are solar powered. Hot water is made available in the shower when requested, The water is boiled over fire and filled in special water bag which is hoisted to the nearest tree to supply water to the shower.

Room service is excellent. By the time your return from a game drive / breakfast the room is tidied up. The room is also tidied up while you are gone for dinner. Hot water bags are put in your bed at night to warm up your bed. In the morning you are woken up by a soft greeting by one of the staff who gets hot water for you to freshen up.

NTC has an amazing chef who creates magic in his little kitchen. For breakfast you have cereals, freshly cut fruits, eggs (however you like them - fried, scrambled, poached, boiled), toast, butter, sausages, jam, tea and coffee. For lunch you are served 2 X salads (yumm yumm yumm - orange and papaya salad with herbs was fantastic), pasta / kuskus, meat / beef steak and of course a desert is served (Lemon Mousse / Cake Apple Crumble / Fruit salad). Dinner also had a full course meal (roast chicken with roast potatoes, tomatoes, carrot and beans / Roast beef with mashed potatoes, tomatoes, carrot and beans) with a desert. You are also served soup if you want some. The pumpkin soup made by the chef was awesome.

There is a camp fire by the main tent after dinner were you can sit and relax as long as you like. We were lucky to spend 3 nights listening to the wonderful stories shared by Tana.

Be prepared to sleep being reminded of being in the arms of nature as you hear all the animals and insects playing the orchestra. You also hear a lioness roar once in a while. The sounds are not so loud to disturb your sleep but are there in the background.

NTC has one of the best Game drivers / Safari Guides. His Name is Peter and he is wonderful. He spots animals from real far away. It was because of Peter that we were lucky enough to spot 17 of the 40 + lions at Nairobi National Park. We also saw loads of zebras, giraffes, eland, wild buffaloes, ostriches, wildebeests, hart beasts, Impalas, Baboons, warthogs, Black & white hippos, Vultures and eagles.

We also requested NTC to suggest a trip outside the National Park and they arranged 2 X half a day trips for us. We visited the elephant orphanage, the giraffe center, the National Museum and a trip around the city as advised by them.

We met Guy who is one of the owners and his wife a day before we left. Guy was amazing and very friendly, so was his wife Maryann.

We were so glad that we chose NTC and stayed close to nature and breathed fresh air than living in a hotel in the city. The city is very busy and the traffic is crazy. We were able to go out and visit the city as and when we liked.

So if you are planning a holiday and a break from your hectic lifestyle what better can it be to get so close to nature and experience life in the bushes. You also get all the comfort and the excellent service.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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: Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00509, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nairobi Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury tented camp situated in a beautiful forested valley in the heart of Nairobi National Park. This 16 bed personal camp is surrounded by wilderness and a park containing a huge variety of wildlife, (lion, rhino, giraffe, etc) only a few kilometres from Nairobi city centre. The most unique spot to stay if you're in Nairobi for a stopover, tourism, conference or on business. ... more   less 
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