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Silole Sanctuary

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Half-Day Nairobi National Park Safari from Nairobi with Pickup
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Half-Day Nairobi National Park Safari from Nairobi with Pickup

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Take a game drive and spot some of Kenya’s “Big Five” without truly leaving Nairobi on this experience. Ideal for those short on time in Kenya, this budget-friendly, half-day safari trip takes place in Nairobi National Park, a reserve close to the city where you can see lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, and more in the wild. A choice of departures and return hotel or airport transfers make everything extra easy.
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piet_elsner wrote a review Sep 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania13 contributions6 helpful votes
I arranged a safari with Gametrackers starting in August 2019. I wanted an AirB&B within a short distance from Nairobi National Park for the views, to be far enough from the populous to avoid pollution and potential crime, and to enjoy ourselves. Silole was the most suitable place that came up that could house 6 people in an idyllic location. It had great reviews. Will, the owner, was into biology, and turned out to be a great match for us. Will kindly arranged the taxi for me from JKIA (50 minutes drive time, 2500-3K Ksh/$25-30). The last 2 miles to Silole is dirt road, in a gated area. It’s a very pretty place with views directly into the park. In my four days at the house I saw impala, giraffe, wart hogs, and Cape buffalo, and too many baboons. Bushes and a bird bath/table are consistently visited by very pretty bird life. Also saw raptors on the tree line. The house has two large bedrooms, each with a loft containing a twin bed. Each large bedroom also has its own bathroom. There’s also an ample kitchen and fridge/freezer. The outside veranda covers two sides of the house with plenty of chairs, a table and sofa space. My family and I spent many hours here either relaxing or searching with binoculars. Being ‘off the grid’, daytime electricity is generated via solar panels. Night power is from battery and generator. Will kindly took us on an early morning game drive through the park from 6am to 11am. He provided breakfast. We saw many giraffe, impala, gazelle, two black rhino and six white rhino, several big crocodiles, eland, water bucks, and a beautiful array of bird life. Regarding food, there are some grocery stores a taxi-drive’s distance away, and Maasai Lodge which has a restaurant a short walk away. We had no problem cooking for our group in the kitchen. Wildlife is no joke here. You’re discouraged from wandering too far from the house and into the brush without supervision, as predators are without doubt in the area at night. Will will provide you the do’s and don’ts - for your safety, please listen to him; he’s been at this spot for over 20 years and unquestionably knows what he’s talking about. I’ll be returning in two years with my wife, and hope to keep in touch with Will throughout. Please give Silole a try – you’ll love it.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Safariafficionado wrote a review Aug 2019
Kampala, Uganda3,095 contributions429 helpful votes
My return to Silole was prompted by the desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and yet be close enough so not to spend hours on the road or by air to reach a similarly 'remote' place. On arrival was Mwangi, Silole's Jack of All Trades, at hand to promptly take the baggage and shopping from the car and deliver it to the Silole Cottage which was just steps away from the car shade where my driver had parked. Silole can be booked on Full Board if guests so wish but I always opt to bring food myself and then cook my meals, often shared with the owner Will Knocker, who can then narrate the many stories he has to tell about his life, and life in general, in Africa. The cottage has, ideal for families, two bedrooms each with their own bathroom and notably above both an attic space where kids can bunk. A common sitting room, including a fireplace, and a kitchen complete the layout of the cottage but the main feature is of course the terrace outside. from one side can one see the skyline of Nairobi and from the other goes the view into the bush, where, better believe it, plenty of game are found. By the way, plenty of books are on the shelves in the living room of the cottage and Will says one can take any book but should replace it with another, something I always do when I visit. The first view, with a cup of tea at hand, was towards the city of Nairobi which skyscrapers made a unique background, seen across the adjoining national park. I sat down on a safari chair, watched the birds come by to drink at a little feeding and waterings slab stone and then moved to the other side of the terrace where, book in hand, I spread out across the sofa. A dining table is available outside too, perfect for teas or a lunch. Will, when he is in residence, is always ready to take guests staying in the cottage for a walk or for a drive into the park through the nearby East Gate, against a fee of course but which is very reasonable given his vast experience as a safari guide. Into the park we ventured and saw in the space of a few hours one morning 8 rhinos, mating ostriches and plenty plenty of other game. Lions were elusive that day but are according to Will regularly seen and even more often heard. Mwangi helped out to prepare for dinner by expertly cutting the vegetables, onions, garlic and ginger and then even washed the dishes before he left for the day. My five star ranking for Silole is for the solitude, the peace and quiet - apart from jets overhead on their final approach to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - and the ability to walk on the sprawling Silole Sanctuary, WITH A GUIDE PLEASE! Kitengela Glass' is located nearby too and the crossing of the suspension bridge is an adventure all by itself. My visits to Silole always give me my own personal 'Out of Africa' experience, of course these days with connectivity and solar powered lights, hot showers and running water. The cottage itself is well worn but this precisely adds to its charm. Close up with nature, that close to Nairobi, few other properties can match the feeling I experience when I am here. The guests staying at the cottage before me saw a lioness walk by their front porch but also saw buffalo, gazelles and warthog - I only heard a male lion roar, close enough to make my hair stand and beating a hasty retreat into the cottage, firmly closing the door. One night were hyenas very vocal and after supper one evening did the growl of a leopard ensure I did not venture out again to watch the stars overhead. Overall, when leaving I was already planning my next return and that, for all intent and purpose, tells the story ...
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Boxmaz wrote a review Jan 2019
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The Silole Sanctuary is a wonderful place to start a trip in Kenya: 1 hour after we landed at JKY airport we were on the cottage terrace watching an inquisitive giraffe while sipping a delicious cup of tea. This is also the perfect base for a truly unique experience: a safari with Will. Nothing like these pre-packaged, commercial safaris where luxury and technology isolates the traveller from the reality they seek to explore. Will's hospitality is charming and wonderfully entertaining and his experience of the Masai culture and his knowledge of the natural world make the whole trip a genuine discovery of the African bush. We all had a wonderful time during the safari, never knowing what's coming next but always feeling safe and in harmony with the world around us. Unforgettable! Mary, Philippe, Josh, Lily, Hannah & Elio Mazas
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Date of experience: December 2018
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cibalom wrote a review Aug 2018
Muscat, Om4 contributions5 helpful votes
The owner had the nerve to swear at us and demanding us to leave for having a fire (at least 10m from the patio), which was actually started and maintained by the guard who ended up getting drunk and groping the women in our group, and refused to get the hot water started until he was close to passing out at 6am. He abruptly left and if one of our group didn't know how to open the correct valve the cottage would have burned down with us sleeping inside..stay away and book at the eco cottages that are part of the hot glass factory instead, they are much better and do not have the nerve to curse out their guests for no fault of ours.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from kaputie, Owner at Silole Sanctuary
Responded Aug 16, 2018
Thankfully Silole Cottage is designed for peaceful family time & not all-night raves like this !
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Safariafficionado wrote a review Aug 2018
Kampala, Uganda3,095 contributions429 helpful votes
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A trip back in time into something like 'Out of Africa' ... I will write separately about my experience when staying in the Silole Cottage but the birdlife and wildlife and that superb photo with the city of Nairobi in the distant background all make it worth it go visit Silole.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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