Salubrious Swanky Safari – Nairobi Kenya

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – ready to start our adventure

Most travellers dreams of going on safari in Africa, with their head poking out of a Land-rover, or sitting in a retro truck as it bumps over the orange dust giving their backs and buttocks an African massage.

But like most travellers, we found ourselves seeking a little luxury as well.  We had roughed it before in Uganda, and we wanted to finish this section of our world trip in Africa with something really special.

Not only that, we were running out of time in Kenya, and we only had 36 hours to spare, so we discovered something unique, and not only within our timeframe, but also within our budget, yet still luxury. And on top of that, we could get ‘straight under canvas’ within 30 minutes of leaving the Nairobi International Airport.

So we chose the Nairobi Tented Camp – the only accommodation within the Nairobi National Park.

We were chauffeured after our Lamu Island flight landed at the Nairobi Airport to the Nairobi National Park side gate, where we changed vehicles to our retro Land-rover – the official Gamewatchers Safaris vehicle.  This delighted me as a secret dream I have is travelling across Africa in an old Land-rover, so “oooh’s and ahhh’s” were coming from me, along with huge smiles across both our faces.  Explorason had discovered that the roof opens, and his head could pop out!

head in the clouds
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – seat surfing

When we arrive we are immediately given a refreshing towel – khaki coloured of course!

I am shocked as to how much cooler it is in Nairobi than on theKenyan coast – in fact we are not at all prepared for that.

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – welcome

We are really impressed with the opulence and relaxation of the Nairobi Tented Camp when we arrived.

welcome drink
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – cheers

Leather arm chairs; tasteful interior design; a HUGE vases of fresh roses wafting their perfume into the afternoon air; as well as Maasai beaded decorations; and of course Gamewatchers Safaris fantastic service.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – welcome drink

We were then served our welcome drink by another of the friendly staff, as we relaxed into the sumptuous couches.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – guest welcome tent

We were pretty keen to see our sleeping quarters. But I must admit, they really were not what we expected as far as the standard of accommodation we had heard about for this National Park.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – our private tent

Because they were MUCH BETTER!!!!!!  This huge permanent tent was decked out very tastefully, and with a lot of little extras that made it feel like home.

It had electricity (in fact loads of lights)and 2 lovely comfortable beds with inner spring mattresses; a desk and chair; beaded Maasai accessories; colourful woven rugs, and a cute giraffe curtain which led to ….

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – entrance to en-suite and desk

…. a really large bathroom – with – wait for it – a hot shower !!

All we had to do was ‘order’ the hot water, and the staff prepared the shower within 10 minutes.  And quite a lengthy hot shower too. Not a one minute bucket and it was all over.

There were essential oil toiletries, and much more.

en-suite
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – en-suite

We were away from the main tent area, with a lovely area to sit outside the tent if we wanted to get away from the main guest area.  This would be useful if the campsite was at peak capacity, however we were fortunate that there were only 3 other bookings at the time we were there, which meant we received very special treatment and attention from the staff.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – our tent

It was great to be a little secluded, because animals could wander around the area, like these female impala with her baby we spotted out of our window next to our tent.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – female and baby impala

We headed back for some afternoon tea after our first game drive, and prior to our sunset game drive on the first day.  As it was getting cooler, we were served hot chocolate for Explorason, and a lovely French Press coffee for myself.

This was fabulous except I forgot about the impending game drive for a moment, and my bladder did suffer during the ‘African massage’. Fortunately our driver found a restroom for me!

(Read about our Game Drives here)

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – great service

When we arrived back in the early evening our lovely guard came to welcome us, and to invite us to sit by the campfire for a pre-dinner drink and to meet the other guests.

Now this really is a salubrious swanky safari camp!

Selection of sunset drinks
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – Bar

Explorason went with him, whilst I went off to enjoy a fabulous hot shower, and a little ‘me’ time.  It is really important for me that we get some time individually.  It boosts his confidence to talk with others, and I like a little silence.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – guard

I returned to find Explorason having ‘filled in’ the other guests (who worked in tourism) on our world travels, complete with handing out our business card.  Quite the little PR man.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – cap fire

They were heading out for an evening drive, so they started with an early dinner whilst we sat and enjoyed the campfire.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – dinner

All the food here is made fresh each day using locally sourced produce. Considering we were in the middle of a National Park, this is pretty extraordinary.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – Dinner time

There is good wi-fi in the main guest areas too, which was an added bonus. But we try to have a time over meals to talk to each other, and not to have our heads in technology.  We chatted with other guests at the next table, and also the staff, as we sat on plush sheepskins to keep warm.

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – Dessert

Just as we finished dinner it started to bucket down with rain.  Our guard came with umbrellas and rain ponchos and guided us to our luxury tent for the night. They are on duty to also keep us secure from any ‘not so friendly’ animals that might wander our way in the night.

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – great security

When we arrived the lights were on; the bed was turned down; drinking water was supplied for teeth cleaning; and a bonus surprise as we hopped into bed – hot water bottles!

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – hot water bottles

These little touches really made us feel special.  It was strange to be snuggled up in with soft fluffy white quilts and a hot water bottle at our feet after having the last few months in the African warmth.

It was even stranger to hear rain pelt down on the tent roof beating like a drum.  To me this was a real novelty, and I lay awake just thinking that tomorrow will be my last day in Africa.

This has been one of the greatest chapters of our travels, and I shall genuinely miss Kenya and Africa so much.

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – morning coffee

Morning arrived and we woke when it was still dark as the guard arrived with hot drinks to start our day. We were heading off for a sunrise game drive – in the rain.  Mind you when booking a safari, we can’t choose the weather!

But soon after we started the rain stopped.  One good thing about a safari in the rain is the animals stand still in the rain making for excellent photographs!

We headed back for a late cooked breakfast, and then some relaxing time and a walk to the rock pools. Now the sun was shining again, which was lovely.

Soon it was time for lunch, followed by some internet time.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – breakfast

After lunch it was lovely to see one of the staff and Explorason identifying all the animals he had seen that morning on our game drive too.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – world-schooling

Before we knew it, it was time to head out for the last drive through the Nairobi National Park.

We departed through the main gate where we met our lovely driver in his mini van who escorted us to the Nairobi International Airport. It felt like we had left there days ago, not the day before.

It was time to farewell Kenya and Africa.

I am so glad we finished our time with the Nairobi Tented Camp. In just 36 hours we had gone from the sunny coast of the Kenya Island of Lamu, to the orange dust of Nairobi, staying in a luxury camp site, and seeing nearly every wild animal left on our ‘check list’. And now we were ready to fly off to our 59th country on our world trip.

This safari was fabulous for us.  It is perfect for a business person, or the busy traveller with limited time.  Nairobi Tented Camp really is a salubrious swanky safari campsite.

If you’d like to experience this for yourself, here are there details below.

(Read about our Game Drives here)

Nairobi Tented Camp
©Exploramum and Explorason – Africa, Kenya – Nairobi Tented Camp – farewell Africa

Watch our safari video of a lion and lioness walking right by us here

Watch the lion and lioness drink from a puddle (up close) right here

See the Zebras and a baby zebra here

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Gamewatchers Safaris – Nairobi Tented Camp

Website: www.porini.com

P.O. Box 388 – 00621,Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

Tel: +254 0774 136523/4/5, 7121243.| Fax: 254 (0)20 7120864

 
 
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14 comments

  1. I love the tents. You would go camping everyday of the week if they all looked like this. The food also looked amazing. What a great mix this trip seems like. my girls would love to do something like this
    cheers
    mark

  2. Wow, this sounds incredible. Great pics too! I never dreamed you could have these luxury surroundings on a safari. It really looks like fun and my kind of safari! The Kenyan people are supposed to be really kind. I read another one of your articles about your time in Kenya and they really seemed to be great with your son. Such a memorable experience for both of you.

  3. My dream has always been to live for a time in Africa, own a Land Rover, visit villages, gather around campfires dancing or listening to stories! Your experience is so much more luxurious than my dream, but I can adapt! Thanks for sharing.

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