Nairobi Tented Camp: The Lowdown

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Coming to Nairobi only to stay in the bush might seem like an unusual call, however for guests who aren’t keen on cities (and let’s face it, many safari-goers aren’t) Nairobi Tented Camp is a lovely spot to spend a night or so between flights.

What’s Nairobi Tented Camp really like?

Arriving here you definitely know you’re somewhere different- travelling away from the city skyscrapers down a bumpy track through the woods. You arrive in peaceful hollow of the forest, where the nine tents are scattered beneath the trees. There’s a dining tent, a cosy “sitting room” tent, and a fire outside where we spent a happy evening chatting to local and international visitors.

At the end of the evening you’ll be escorted to and from your rooms after dark in case of any encounters of the four-legged kind. Bedrooms are glamping-style tents, all of which have curtained-off ensuite bathrooms with bucket showers and flushing loos. It can get chilly here during Kenyan winter (June- August) so pack warm pjs and don’t be surprised if you find a hot water bottle in your bed. Every safari camp has a tale of a guest who’s been startled by something warm under the covers and beaten it to death…

What can I do at Nairobi Tented Camp?

Despite the fact you’re on the edge of a major city, Nairobi National Park offers a real taster of safari. This is one of the best places in Kenya to see black rhino (sadly we didn’t on our visit, but did spot some excellent mating lions) and you’re close to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage which we would absolutely recommend. Please let us know if you’d like to visit during your stay as we would need to arrange this in advance.

Giving back at Ololo Lodge:

The commitment here is to protecting the fragile environment of the park. Waste (both solid and water) is removed and treated offsite, and nothing is taken from the park- all wood is brought in.

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