This was my first visit to the Nairobi Tented Camp (NTC) which has recently been taken over by Gamewatchers who run the excellent Porini Camps in Conservancies around Kenya.
I was working in Kenya and planned weekend safaris in Kenya and Rwanda through Gamewatchers.
NTC is a great way to begin or end a trip to Kenya and a great place to stay. I am not really concerned about security in Nairobi but if you are then this place should allay any fears!
See http://www.nairobitentedcamp.com/ ("Deep within a riverine forest minutes from Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City is a true wilderness experience. Visitors can arrive into Kenya and get ‘straight under canvas’ within 30 minutes of leaving the airport. Nairobi Tented Camp is an authentic tented camp in the heart of Nairobi National Park.)
I was picked up from Nairobi airport in the morning and avoided the mad traffic jams into Nairobi. The previous week I was working in Nairobi and it took me almost two hours from the airport to my hotel. You can exit the park from a gate that is quite close to Wilson Airport (from where most fly in safaris start).
Also, if you are in Nairobi and just have a day or two free to do something - sometimes it just isn't feasible to get out of Nairobi - this is an excellent option - the rates compare well with a Nairobi City hotel and the experience is far better!
Nairobi traffic is notorious and to cater for that one usually winds up waiting hours in jams and ant the airport. I would much rather spend the time at NTC.
The camp itself was excellent - up to the usual Porini standard. This is a great chance to see White and Black Rhino which you are unlikely to see in the Maasai Mara. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of wildlife in the park. In the past I have always rushed off out of Nairobi. Also, the camp has a real bush feel - hyena came up through the stream bed to the camp fire.
- 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