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“Just what I was looking for” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #91 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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“Just what I was looking for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

I stayed here for 10 nights in April. As a solo traveler, and one looking for a safe and comfortable place to lay my head at night, Whistling Thorns exceeded my expectations. I found the service to be exceptional, the food better than average and the accommodations (I had a tent) perfect for my needs. The staff here are above average - a kind, generous and thoughtful group of people. Even the resident dogs are great. I will be returning in December and can hardly wait!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

Great to have such a relaxed place so close to bustling Nairobi. On the other hand, I think the scenery/views is overrated in their website (thought the view on the Ngong Hills is nice). The accommodation is very basic, the food good but not special, the service the same, and due to the boring environment walks and horse riding are boring. In the light of this the price is very high, with Ksh 3000 for a basic double room without food (breakfast, dinner). Food prices are decent.
We went for an afternoon trip to the pre-historic site on the way to Magadi lake, and that was FANTASTIC, esp. the scenery. Absolutely worth the 1h15 drive to and from. And one can stay overnight there as well. Simple bandas, but in a lovely environment for only Ksh 800. That's what we are going to do next time!

  • Liked — restaurant/bar, relaxing time, rural quiet environment very close to Nairobi
  • Disliked — price, acoommodation, not a lot to do/bit boring, more and more development (houses, fences) coming into the area.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: Whistling Thorns
Address: Kiserian Isenya Pipeline Road | Kajiado, Nairobi 00206, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whistling Thorns is one hour from Nairobi overlooking the Ngong Hills in an untouristy part of the country. It is a peaceful quiet place with swimming pool and splendid views and bar/restaurant with home cooked meals. There is a golf driving range, and you can go horse riding or walking. There are plenty of birds and you may see zebras and gazelles. It is a lovely place to relax before or after your safari. ... more   less 
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