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Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

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Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

Hi, we arrive at the Nairobi International Airport at approx. 5 pm Oct 31 and fly out on safari from Wilson the next morning. Can someone advise us of a reasonably priced hotel, ect near Wilson. Also..should we simply hire a taxi to this place and if so, what should be the rate? Not sure of the distance or availability of hotel services. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

IMHO your best bet would be to take a room at the Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA). The rates are very reasonable, the rooms clean and the ACEA is located at Wilson Airport so actually within walking distance of Airkenya / Safarilink etc (although with luggage you're best off getting Mburu or whoever else is on reception to book you a taxi, which should be no more than 200 - 300/- for the trip). Here's the link: http://www.aeroclubea.com/facilities.htm . Rates are at the bottom of the page.

Edited: 8:27 am, October 22, 2010
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2. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

Well, it took us 3 1/2 hours to get from the NBO airport to the Fairview Hotel in the afternoon. The traffic is something you probably have never experienced--we certainly had not. So you need to address that problem. You might be better off staying near the NBO airport and taking a taxi to Wilson the next morning. It would depend on your morning flight time from Wilson.

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I still wouldn't risk it. All it takes is one overturned lorry or matatu accident and you won't be getting from JKIA to WIL (as I found out to my cost one New Year's Eve - traditionally a no-traffic time. Took me four hours to get back from JKIA to Karen at 10 o'clock at night). At 6-6.30pm the traffic will be fairly heavy (rush hour and all that) but still better to wait it out in that, have a relaxed evening at your accommodation at/near WIL and be ready for your morning flight than worry about getting across from JKIA with a deadline to meet, IMHO.

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4. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

Traffic can be terrible at most hours, and certainly at 5pm. However, 31st Oct is a Sunday that has the least amount of traffic which is in your favor. It's never taken me more than 30/min (sometimes even less) on a Sunday to get between WIL/JKIA and vice versa. It's the Monday morning that can be an issue, but most tour operators (or in your case choosing to use private taxi) to allow 2+/hrs from a downtown or Karen hotel to Wilson.

It's up to you whether you wish to opt for the Aero Club or nicer and reasonably priced properties as the Fairview or even Macushla House for 31st Oct night of arrival. Both hotels can provide transport to Wilson by taxi or their own vehicle.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

Thank you for your replies, much appreciated. Does anyone know what the average cost of transport from the Nairobi airport to WIlson to be? Perhaps on a Sunday evening with light traffic, it will be less? Thanks!

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6. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

We recently stayed at the Fairview. We left at 08.30 on Monday morning & arrived at Wilson 20 minutes later. You avoid the main road into Nairobi & you are heading in the opposite direction to the inbound traffic.

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7. Re: Help with hotel near Wilson Airport from Nairobi Intntl Airp

We stayed at Macushla House and in normal traffic it takes 15 minutes to Wilson but if you allow an hour you should be fine. Traffic can be unbearable in Nairobi and the roads are so rough and full of potholes. From Macushla its about 800-1200KES to Wilson. Macsusla can organise a Taxi for you.

It all depends upon day and time of departure how bad the traffic will be.

Good luck

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