I stayed in the Nairobi Tented Camp for a night in August 2013 and was not impressed, in fact, a bit disappointed. I wanted to stay there rather than stay in a concrete hotel in the middle of the city for my last night in Kenya, particularly because we were going to be visiting Daphne Sheldrick's elephant orphanage, which is in the park. The staff was wonderful, the guide was terrific (Tim), and the food was great - in fact, better than anywhere else we'd been in the Mara tent camping, but the site is lacking. I felt a bit like a prisoner there because there is nothing to look at (i.e. no view from your tent), nowhere to walk (everything is in the bushes), and nowhere to sit and read (not enough light). There is a small path leading to several tents (there are only 8 tents), and across from your tent are nothing but large bushes. The tents are a bit close together, but with nowhere to walk other than to and from your tent and the dining/reception area, you feel stifled. I believe there is a river behind all that shrubbery, so maybe if they cleared that out a bit so there is a more open feeling to the camp. Unless you want to lay in your tent when you're there or sit in the reception area, there is nothing for you to do and it gets boring fast. At other camps I've been to on the Mara, there are always animals to watch in an area around the camp, whether it is warthogs in the camp browsing or giraffes on the savannah out there in front of you. There are things to do. Although the camp is not located where you could view a savannah area, it is just too cramped into the bush, as if they didn't want to remove any shrubs unless absolutely necessary, and it's just too scrappy. Since there is nothing to do while in camp, they should light up an area in the reception room more so people can at least read a book. I would not go back. I would rather stay at the Norfolk Hotel as an alternative.
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Thank you for your review of Nairobi Tented Camp and I was very glad to note your comments that you felt our camp staff and guide were wonderful and that the food was great and better than elsewhere on your safari.
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However I was most concerned about your disappointment that the camp was surrounded by bushes so that you could not see out and I have noted your comment that we need to clear the surrounding foliage to create a better view. It is true that we do wish to avoid cutting down any trees and from the outset the National Park authorities had asked for the camp to be hidden deep inside the forest and to be set up with minimal impact on the natural surroundings but we are now discussing with the Park Warden how we might cut back some of the bushes and surrounding undergrowth to give a bit more of a view.
We are also discussing with our Camp Manager, Guide and Staff how to arrange for our guests to have more to do while staying with us such as being shown some of the rich birdlife in the forest around the camp which includes many beautiful species such as Hartlaub’s Turaco and the Narina Trogon which is a rare bird but commonly seen around the tents. We are now also featuring more game drive opportunities in the park throughout the day as well as the visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage.
Thank you for letting us know of your concern about the lack of a view and we hope that you will accept our assurance that we are looking into ways of addressing it and we are very sorry if this aspect was a disappointment for you.
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