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Wildebeest Eco Camp
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

This place is very nice and peaceful, at times a little too peaceful ..lol.. if you want quiet from your safari and/or the hustle and bustle of Nairobi.. this is the place to be ~
The luxury tent was spectacular, very clean, bed was super comfy and when we did eat there, the food was tasty. I stayed with my partner and mother. There was pleanty of room. The porche was definitly a luxury to sit and read a book/ take in the day. Nice landscaping ...welcoming birds. Cant forget about the resident turtle! and dog that seems to be chasing shadows??? Our first night in Nairobi was in a hotel that was basically scary... so this was very welcoming and safe. We felt comfortable leaving equipement and luggage in the tents. Close to major shopping market. I would hint to go to the grocery store and stock up with snacks. Once the kitchen is closed .. its closed! Overall, a definit go to for the camping experience...
They book safaris and we went on the half day trip. That was nice, we had an immediate sighting of a lioness on the hunt in addition to the rest of the days great sightings. They are one time and ready for servicing the experience.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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1  Thank Pandafuzz
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

We stayed at the Wildebeest camp for a night in July. We stayed in a luxury tent, and we really enjoyed our stay! The tents were great, just like being in a room, but with a bit of novelty. The staff were very friendly, and the grounds beautiful. They also let us keep our packs there for the day while we went into town and waited for our flight. We even had dinner there again, as it was really good! The only thing was I wouldn't recommend getting your laundry done there; we had to track pieces of it before we left and we had to rewash it when we got home.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

Forget the streets of Nairobi, your wallet will be hollowed out from inside the walls of the Wildebeest compound. This place is the biggest mosquito on the continent; In fact, at every morning's breakfast table the only thing being discussed was travellers swapping stories about who had been ripped off the most by Wildebeest.

For example:
*Dinner costs 750 Shillings vs 250 - 500 Shillings at any comparable restaurant
*Taxi quotes were always twice what you could get yourself
*Wifi costs USD $6 a day per person vs they pay USD $30 a month to have the connection
*Laundry costs 600 Shillings vs 150 outside
*Beer costs 190 Shillings vs 70 Shillings at the supermarket.

High prices are one thing, but Wildebeest have a set of policies (see below) that force you to buy their stuff. These policies coupled with the fact that venturing outside after dark in Nairobi requires a measure of courage and good luck make Wildebeest an extortion racquet.

Wildebeest's primary policy (for Wildebeest's other policies see below) seems to be "bleed them dry," this mean spirited business model really killed the whole backpacking vibe.

Other Wildebeest Policies (from the Guest Information Book)
+"we ask guests not to consume their own privately-purchased alcoholic beverages"
+"we do not provide ice, glasses, refrigeration, plates, knives, serviettes, salt, pepper, bottle opener, etc - you need to buy these things."
+”to avoid unpleasant situations, we ask guests to not bring ‘casual acquaintances’ to stay at our camp.”
+”If you would like to shower after check out, we charge a nominal fee”
+”all bookings cancelled within 30 days of arrival [date], pay 100%”

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank teewhy1979
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

O.K....this is NOT the place for 5-star travelers, but if you're looking for safety, and a unique housing environment that won't bust your budget, this is it. Nairobi can be a scary city, and Wildebeest will pick you up from the airport (for a typical fee) so you will not be hassled. They have four different housing options, ranging from a dorm room ($13) to a safari tent w/bed & mattress ($47) and a deluxe tent with its own bathroom ($57). Meals are available all day, cooked by one of their Masai staff, and their dinner buffet is delightful.

They are GREAT at helping you plan your trip, answering questions, and generally being a great asset. I exchanged a dozen emails before the trip, and all were answered timely.

Breakfast is included in all rates, with four options for breakfast, made to order.

Clientele include many younger travelers, and the atmosphere encourages friendly and helpful spirits. This old timer felt perfectly accepted and welcomed.

I also booked a four-day Masai Mara safari through them, and was delighted when Joseph, their Masai cook, went on the safari to be our cook.

The key question: Would I stay here again on a return to Nairobi? Absolutely

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Allenflusa
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Reviewed May 29, 2010

Rooms: 8 superior tents which have en suite facilities. 6 Garden tents which have shared bathroom facilities. One dorm with 6 bunks, unisex and in the main house. Small kitchen off and indoor toilet – shared facilities. There are no safes in the rooms but lockers are available and these are inside the main house. Guests can also pitch their own tents in the spacious gardens or use one of the tents belonging to the lodge. All prices include breakfast. There are towels provided but not toiletries. The shared facilities were extremely clean and in very good working order.

Restaurant: there is no restaurant as such at the lodge. However, there is a large dining room and dinner is available every night at a very good price and a good variety (vegetarian included). Lunch is also available – sandwiches, salads etc. All available at a very reasonable price. Dinner is quite an experience as there is a very good opportunity to get to know fellow guests and travellers.

Entertainment: there is a television cabana set in the grounds and this is usually used for friendly get togethers with fellow guests.

The Lodge: the lodge itself seems to be a large house which has the dining room, office, shop and dorm. The guest tents are situated within a beautifully manicured and very large garden. Considering it is in the middle of Nairobi, the place is very peaceful, relaxing and friendly. The managers run trips out during the day (Nairobi National Park, Kazuri Beads etc) and these are advertised on a large board in the entrance. My opinion is that this place was originally marketed towards backpackers and students. However, I visited with my husband and we never felt as though we didn’t belong. We were made very welcome. It’s a great place for travellers of all type and age and one of the most trusted places I’ve ever stayed. Young backpackers who use the wifi facilities in the house and gardens were happy to leave their belongings around whilst they went to the shop etc. There are security staff there but they are very discreet and you will hardly see them. All in all, it’s such a friendly and welcoming place, the owners live at the house along with their two dogs who are very friendly indeed!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MinMcLeod
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