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“Beautiful Christmas in wilderness”

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Nairobi Tented Camp
Ranked #1 of 261 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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Dubai
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“Beautiful Christmas in wilderness”
Reviewed 27 December 2010

In last minute we decided to spent Christmas time in Nairobi Tented Camp. The reservation and payment was done very swiftly, despite the fact that we contacted NTC management in last moment just 6 days before our planned travel. We were picked up at the Nairobi airport and driver Robert used East gate to Nairobi National Park - to escape from Nairobi traffic jam. In not more than 60 minutes after our landing we were in wilderness and enjoying spectrum of african wildlife. In camp we were welcomed by management - Will and Henry and Maasai's. It was really nice and excellent feeling as well as our worries from unknown tented camp immediately dissapeared - tents are really on an excellent level - with showers, toilets, very nice and comfortable beds.Chef Edward was really doing miracles - food was excellent and more than too much for us. Christmas diner and also lunch were amazing. Perfectly served and very tasty. Camp is located in small valley within quite dense forest and tents ft really perfectly to environment. Camp is not fenced, but Maasai askari's provide protection during the night and day. We did not have any smallest bad feeling during the day nor during the night, despite the fact that it was possible to hear roaring lions as well as two adult males walked through the edge of the camp - just to remind who is the ruler in this area. During last night forest around the camp was visited by herd of buffaloes and we heard also leopard roaring in the night very close to the camp. Camp was opened just very recently and everything is nice, clean and very well maintained. Will was guiding us every day during long drives through bushes and savannas and very sharp eye of spotter - tracker Ibrahim was able to find also smallest animals on a very long distance. We could not believe that some reviewers put Nairobi National park down with comments that there are no animals. Maybe they visited some different place than we. We had seen really large amounts of rhinos (black as well as white), giraffes, lions, zebras, buffaloes. elands and many other species. We were also lucky and we had seen the last remaining cheetah in the park. Everybody hopes that he will not be lonely for a long time and some female cheetah will find the way to the park through more and more restricted corridors eliminating natural migration of animals. Breakfasts in the bush were really fantastic. We need to say really big and special thank you very much to Will for very long and surely exhausting drivings every day through the park. Will you have done excellent work and your knowledge is really amazing.
We really enjoyed our stay in this camp and it was perfect Christmas gift for us. Care what was provided by Will with his team lead by Henry is unforgettable. We will miss you all. Thank you very much again and see you as soon as possible.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

We stayed here for a fantastic, final two nights of our honeymoon. It’s an idyllic rural retreat and almost impossible to believe you’re only twenty minutes outside of Nairobi.

Entering the safari park we waited while giraffes gracefully crossed the road before continuing our drive passing a herd of zebra and a few gazelle. On arrival at NTC we were greeted with an extremely warm welcome from the very friendly staff and a refreshing glass of lime juice.

Our bags had already arrived at our gorgeously eco-chic tent. Lights are solar powered, and torches are provided next to the bed (which was hugely comfortable). Also next to the bed were fluffy sheepskin rugs, a luxurious feeling. At nights the panels of the tent were zipped and the bed carefully turned down. Each tent is complete with shower cubicle, basin and flushing loo. When showers were required hot water was carried up to the tent and poured into the overhead shower unit.

Both nights we spent very enjoyably sitting round a campfire listening to the noises of the nightlife, watching sparks drift into the night sky, drinking good wine. Supper was served in the dining tent, long polished tables with director’s chairs decadently smothered in sheepskin, warm and comfortable. The food was utterly delicious, the chef created three course meals of an astonishingly high quality given only a coal-fired oven. A beautiful carrot and ginger soup with fluffy bread rolls to start. The main course consisted of creamy mashed potato, vegetables and perfectly pink lamb. For pudding a truly light and zingy mint and lime mousse.

We enjoyed a game drive in the morning with camp manager Will who is unbelievably knowledgeable about flora and fauna of the locality. During our stay at NTC we spotted a wide variety of wildlife…too many to mention. We also had time to visit the nearby Sheldon elephant nursery and a giraffe sanctuary, both were fantastic experiences and if there’s time well worth a visit.

If you’re looking for a quick safari experience or prefer the great outdoors to a soulless hotel room then this is the place to stay and we couldn’t recommend it highly enough. It finished our trip to Kenya in the best way possible.

N.B. We booked our trip to Kenya though Westminster Safaris. The itinerary was tailored to suit us, which it did, and we would definitely use them again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

My organisation held their annual management meeting at Nairobi Tented Camp, and it turned out to be the perfect venue for us.

The fantastic staff helped to make the two days run very smoothly, working very hard to accomodate our many demands!

The foodsurpassed all of our expectations. There is a great variety of fresh homemade dishes and baked delights. We were all in agreement that the chef desereved a round of applause at the end of our stay.

The tents are exceedingly comfortable. It was endearing to find a little hot water bottle in my bed as I got in. I can honestly say that I had the best nights sleep there. I wasn't even woken by the lions roaing in the early hours.

All in all Nairobi Tented Camp is a great venue for a conference. It provides peace and tranquility to really get down to some business, with the occasional distraction of a family of warthogs walking by. I would thoroughly recommend Nairobi Tented Camp, for business and pleasure!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Kenya
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

A wonderful concept and superlatively executed. A true "safari" camp within minutes of "down town Nairobi". Comfortable safari living literally on the doorstep of Nairobi. A great way to start or finish a safari.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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flawrence, Manager at Nairobi Tented Camp, responded to this review, 22 February 2011
Thank you for your kind review, it was great to have you to stay in the camp and we look forward to welcoming you again soon to Nairobi Tented Camp.
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

We Live in Nairobi and needed a convenient get away from the city for a night. NTC proved to be the perfect combination. Close to the city, but very cleverly located in a tranquil forest in the Nairobi game park that we could have been 200miles from the city. The camp is beautifully done and the luxury tents are exactly that. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, from food, to the staff to the accommodation. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of going there!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

We live in Nairobi and my husbands company booked the new Nairobi Tented Camp for an early Christmas dinner with the option to spend the night. With two young kids we decided to spend the night rather than brave the roads at night. We were not disappointed. After a fantastic sundowner on a hill overlooking the national park, we retreated back to camp where there was an amazing fire and our luxurious tents waiting for us. The tents have been decorated in modern style, with solar lights and comfy cosy double beds with ensuite bathrooms. After finally settling the kids as they were on "safari excitement mode" we settled down to a delicious three course dinner.

The next morning after being in the bush for the night and hearing hyena calling and I am convinced a lion or two, we headed back into town through the park to take the kids to school. This twenty minute drive to school was the best school run ever. We may permanently move in!!!...

Thank you Willy and Guy for your hospitality, We have already discussed when we will be back and have recommended it highly to our "city" friends for a night out doing something wild in Nairobi!!..

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

We had a wonderful day trip to Nairobi tented camp complete with a luxurious lunch and absolutely excellent service. On the grounds right around the camp we saw unique vegetation and it was amazing to feel in the middle of complete wilderness whlie being so close to the city, This is the perfect accomodation for anyone looking for excellent service with chique, eco-friendly accomodations. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Nairobi Tented Camp
Address: Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00509, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #1 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Hotel Class:3 star — Nairobi Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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 

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