I stayed here on four occasions in a variety of clean rooms and the concept of a tented camp in the middle of Nairobi is brilliant. The gardens are spacious and it is comfortable to relax here for prolonged periods of time. Safety is always a concern in Nairobi, and the grounds are surrounded by high walls, locked gate and 24 hour security - so you should sleep peacefully.
Here is a summary of the rooms I stayed in.
Budget Room - very small but adequate. Toilets are in the main building which is a moderate walk away. Considering the price of accommodation in Nairobi, this is some of the best value you will find in the city.
Deluxe Safari Tent - this is a wonderful tent set along the back wall of the property. The huge tents come with two beds (single and double) and a balcony with two chairs. They also have an attached bathroom which is very convenient, but the water didn't get that hot in the shower, but no matter.
Garden Tent - smaller than its pricier and larger sibling, mostly due to its external bathroom and shower, which did have hotter water than the the Deluxe Safari Tent. It is located at the quietest corner of the property.
Now for the "something" to be aware of, and this is not the fault of Wildebeest Camp. When there are power outages or variations (not uncommon in Nairobi), a very noisy generator in a neighbouring property fire into action. This occurred when staying in Tent 1, and you could feel the vibration through the bed. The higher the numbered tent, the further you are away from the generator - thus the Garden Tents in the far corner are the quietest when this occurs. It is for this reason that I believe the Garden Tents are the best and quietest value in the place. I know that management are working to rectify this and may have done so by the time you read this review.
The breakfast each morning was more than acceptable, with the pancakes being a strong recommendation. I never stayed for the dinner buffet, preferring to walk down to the nearby shopping centres which had plenty of options. The local Nakumatt supermarket is a 10-15 minute walk away and it is a great place to stock up on supplies such as chocolate and biscuits.
A big advantage of staying here is the ability to leave your luggage in the storage area for collection on your next stay. This is particularly helpful when travelling on the smaller planes within Kenya as they have a strict limit of 15kgs (including hand and checked luggage).
This is my first choice of accommodation in Nairobi, and I would recommend it to other people who wish a comfortable and affordable accommodation option in Nairobi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wildebeest Camp is the perfect place to relax during your African migration! The friendly 'home-like' atmosphere is a great place to meet other travelers, or to just relax and enjoy the amazing gardens. The well-established tropical gardens are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds - and we even have a vegetable garden, as well as a variety of fruit trees. There are many accommodation options to suit any budget. We pride ourselves on offering the best value accommodation in Nairobi. All rates include breakfast. We have our own vehicles running airport transfers, day tours and safaris. Accommodation is suitable for singles, couples, families and groups. The large deck overlooking the water feature and camp is a great place to meet other travellers. For those who are watching the pennies, but do not want a rock bottom experience - you will appreciate the attention to detail in the rooms and camp grounds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wildebeest Camp Hotel Nairobi