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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 154 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Amman, Jordan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

We only had a week in Nairobi and wanted an escape close to the city where we could come together with family, give the kids a great experience, see lots of game, be extremely comfortable, eat well, have an adventure and relax. Too much to ask? No - the Nairobi Tented Camp gave us all that and more. We are not campers by nature, so the comfortable tents, gourmet food (all cooked to our various dietary requirements, including a birthday cake), comfortable beds with hot water bottles, bathrooms with hot showers and high quality toiletries, were highly appreciated. Contrast that with two great game drives in the wilds of the Nairobi National Park where we saw (5!) white rhino, herds of zebra, kongoni, impala, thompson gazelle, giraffe, buffalo, crocodiles, all sorts of birds, eland, and more. Having grown up in Nairobi, I was surprised and delighted by the amount of game, and how close we were able to get to the animals. The skillful and knowledgeable guides knew where to drive us, how to spot things and provided kids and adults alike with important information about the animals and conservation efforts. It really was an unforgettable experience. Special thanks to manager Will and the amazing staff at NTC. We'll be back as soon as we can!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Nairobi
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

.No hussles of driving far away !
.Incredibly ecofriendly.
.Most tasty freshly made lime juice (had lots of it) as a welcome
drink.
.Great lunch, dinner and breakfast.
.Amazing staff.
.My husband and I enjoyed the camp fire plus the extra treat of talking with another lovely couple that stayed at the camp and Tana the Operations Manager( she is extra ordinary!)
.Loved the hot water bottles tucked in bed....and the bucketing shower concept...and the game drives(despite that we have been park many times.)
.We will be back soon because it was a unique, real bush experience in Nairobi and 20 minutes away from home.

  • 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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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

I stayed at the tented camp for 3 days with my son, and I can honestly say it was one of the best few days I've ever spent. The owner, Will, made us feel like family, and nothing was too much trouble for him and his marvellous staff. He himself took us on game drives, and if he wasn't free, he hired a driver for us. All trips accompanied by game spotter. Perhaps we saw all there was to see in the park, I'm not sure, but we were very satisfied. And more than satisfied with the food; gourmet it was indeed, including freshly cooked bread. As we are Muslims, Will arranged halal meat for us, for which we were very appreciative. The tent is spacious, and so is the verandah and attached bathroom, running water, flush toilet and wonderful hot showers, sparkling like diamonds in the neon shower light. Lots of lovely picture books in the mess tent, cuddly sheepskin seats in the dining room. Cosy and warm, even in the cold highland nights- did I mention the plethora of pillows, warm quilts and hot water bottles? In short, the vacation of a lifetime. (and i've had a long lifetime of vacations)

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

In last minute we decided to spent Christmas time in Nairobi Tented Camp. The reservation and payment was done very swiftly, despite the fact that we contacted NTC management in last moment just 6 days before our planned travel. We were picked up at the Nairobi airport and driver Robert used East gate to Nairobi National Park - to escape from Nairobi traffic jam. In not more than 60 minutes after our landing we were in wilderness and enjoying spectrum of african wildlife. In camp we were welcomed by management - Will and Henry and Maasai's. It was really nice and excellent feeling as well as our worries from unknown tented camp immediately dissapeared - tents are really on an excellent level - with showers, toilets, very nice and comfortable beds.Chef Edward was really doing miracles - food was excellent and more than too much for us. Christmas diner and also lunch were amazing. Perfectly served and very tasty. Camp is located in small valley within quite dense forest and tents ft really perfectly to environment. Camp is not fenced, but Maasai askari's provide protection during the night and day. We did not have any smallest bad feeling during the day nor during the night, despite the fact that it was possible to hear roaring lions as well as two adult males walked through the edge of the camp - just to remind who is the ruler in this area. During last night forest around the camp was visited by herd of buffaloes and we heard also leopard roaring in the night very close to the camp. Camp was opened just very recently and everything is nice, clean and very well maintained. Will was guiding us every day during long drives through bushes and savannas and very sharp eye of spotter - tracker Ibrahim was able to find also smallest animals on a very long distance. We could not believe that some reviewers put Nairobi National park down with comments that there are no animals. Maybe they visited some different place than we. We had seen really large amounts of rhinos (black as well as white), giraffes, lions, zebras, buffaloes. elands and many other species. We were also lucky and we had seen the last remaining cheetah in the park. Everybody hopes that he will not be lonely for a long time and some female cheetah will find the way to the park through more and more restricted corridors eliminating natural migration of animals. Breakfasts in the bush were really fantastic. We need to say really big and special thank you very much to Will for very long and surely exhausting drivings every day through the park. Will you have done excellent work and your knowledge is really amazing.
We really enjoyed our stay in this camp and it was perfect Christmas gift for us. Care what was provided by Will with his team lead by Henry is unforgettable. We will miss you all. Thank you very much again and see you as soon as possible.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

We stayed here for a fantastic, final two nights of our honeymoon. It’s an idyllic rural retreat and almost impossible to believe you’re only twenty minutes outside of Nairobi.

Entering the safari park we waited while giraffes gracefully crossed the road before continuing our drive passing a herd of zebra and a few gazelle. On arrival at NTC we were greeted with an extremely warm welcome from the very friendly staff and a refreshing glass of lime juice.

Our bags had already arrived at our gorgeously eco-chic tent. Lights are solar powered, and torches are provided next to the bed (which was hugely comfortable). Also next to the bed were fluffy sheepskin rugs, a luxurious feeling. At nights the panels of the tent were zipped and the bed carefully turned down. Each tent is complete with shower cubicle, basin and flushing loo. When showers were required hot water was carried up to the tent and poured into the overhead shower unit.

Both nights we spent very enjoyably sitting round a campfire listening to the noises of the nightlife, watching sparks drift into the night sky, drinking good wine. Supper was served in the dining tent, long polished tables with director’s chairs decadently smothered in sheepskin, warm and comfortable. The food was utterly delicious, the chef created three course meals of an astonishingly high quality given only a coal-fired oven. A beautiful carrot and ginger soup with fluffy bread rolls to start. The main course consisted of creamy mashed potato, vegetables and perfectly pink lamb. For pudding a truly light and zingy mint and lime mousse.

We enjoyed a game drive in the morning with camp manager Will who is unbelievably knowledgeable about flora and fauna of the locality. During our stay at NTC we spotted a wide variety of wildlife…too many to mention. We also had time to visit the nearby Sheldon elephant nursery and a giraffe sanctuary, both were fantastic experiences and if there’s time well worth a visit.

If you’re looking for a quick safari experience or prefer the great outdoors to a soulless hotel room then this is the place to stay and we couldn’t recommend it highly enough. It finished our trip to Kenya in the best way possible.

N.B. We booked our trip to Kenya though Westminster Safaris. The itinerary was tailored to suit us, which it did, and we would definitely use them again.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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Nairobi
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

My organisation held their annual management meeting at Nairobi Tented Camp, and it turned out to be the perfect venue for us.

The fantastic staff helped to make the two days run very smoothly, working very hard to accomodate our many demands!

The foodsurpassed all of our expectations. There is a great variety of fresh homemade dishes and baked delights. We were all in agreement that the chef desereved a round of applause at the end of our stay.

The tents are exceedingly comfortable. It was endearing to find a little hot water bottle in my bed as I got in. I can honestly say that I had the best nights sleep there. I wasn't even woken by the lions roaing in the early hours.

All in all Nairobi Tented Camp is a great venue for a conference. It provides peace and tranquility to really get down to some business, with the occasional distraction of a family of warthogs walking by. I would thoroughly recommend Nairobi Tented Camp, for business and pleasure!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

A wonderful concept and superlatively executed. A true "safari" camp within minutes of "down town Nairobi". Comfortable safari living literally on the doorstep of Nairobi. A great way to start or finish a safari.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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flawrence, Manager at Nairobi Tented Camp, responded to this review, February 22, 2011
Thank you for your kind review, it was great to have you to stay in the camp and we look forward to welcoming you again soon to Nairobi Tented Camp.
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Address: Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00509, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nairobi Tented Camp 3*
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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