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.
- 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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