After a tiring drive at end of May 2013 from Mombasa, we stopped off at NTC for one night. It was still low season and we were the only guests. We got a warm welcome from the staff and immediately liked the homely & comfortable look of the tented lounge. Porini specialises in making guests comfortable in their camps but at the same time manage to retain a sense of a real camping experience. They do without the OTT luxury that you find in many other camps.
To be able to get a sense of what it is like to stay in the African bush when still so near to a country's capital city is truly a special experience. We liked the simplicity of the mess tent and especially the sheepskin throws on the camp chairs - very snug on a chilly Nairobi night! There was no menu, just a set evening meal which was excellent. After dinner, we sat at the camp fire sipping a cognac & listening to the night sounds. Our tent & bed were very comfortable, and it was a treat to find hot water bottles under the duvet. While drifting off to sleep, we could hear hyenas whooping nearby. We slept very well - always a good sign.
The camp is due to be refurbished so I hope they don't lose the "camping" feel. It would be good to see a tent that has a few extras for those with mobility problems, and a few longer beds for those who are over 6 ft tall! A great place to start your holiday in Kenya! (There is no swimming pool, hence no rating for this facility). Our only criticism of the camp is that the location is a bit gloomy - it is down in a forested hollow. On the other hand, this means that is is completely hidden from other visitors to the park.
- 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