Nairobi Tented Camp
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Nairobi Tented Camp - Tent view
Nairobi Tented Camp - Guest Tent Closer Image

Nairobi Tented Camp

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.

 International visitors will leave Jomo Kenyatta airport and within minutes start their wildlife encounter, with the last 20 minutes of their short half an hour journey filled with the excitement of their first game drive in Kenya.

Whether you are in Nairobi for tourism, a night stopover, international business or conferences, producing a film or simply looking for a weekend break as a resident, Nairobi Tented Camp has something for everyone.




It is the first accommodation of any sort to be allowed inside the Nairobi national Park.

Nairobi National Park is a unique safari destination. There isn’t anywhere else in the world like it; a wilderness escape where you can savour the thrill of tented safari accomodation in the heart of thick bushland and  right on the doorstep of Nairobi City.

Nairobi National Park is a classic savannah park containing stunning African upland landscapes; a true gem, next to the vibrant global city that is Nairobi… As Kenya’s oldest National Park it is unique, full of history (and wildlife) and a must see destination for anyone living in or visiting Kenya.


Need to Know

Nairobi is Africa’s third largest city and the regional hub for East Africa. It is also the only city in the world to boast a 12,000-hectare park (117 square kilometres), teaming with wildlife, right on its doorstep.


Your day in Nairobi Tented Camp starts with a freshly brewed hot drink bought to your tent before setting off for that famous safari tradition – an early morning game drive. Be lucky enough to catch the first rays of early morning sun as they burn off the nightly dusting of dew and stirs the plains game gently to life.

After a morning potentially filled with sightings of giraffe, buffalo and leopard return to camp for more warming cups of coffee, freshly baked breads and a hearty cooked breakfast. The camp is made up of eight double accommodation tents and a central mess tent, from which meals will be served. In the afternoon backgammon games might be enjoyed or a good read can be found from one of the many books in the library.

All meals are carefully crafted to compliment bush living without sacrificing on quality and there is nothing more blissful than sleeping off your three-course lunch in a swaying hammock under the shade of an olive tree.

As the day cools and the sun starts its journey West it will be time for another game drive – a chance to catch that evasive moment where a lion might decide it’s time to feast. Return to camp to drinks and stories around the campfire, before dinner under the vast African star lit sky and ultimately retreating to bed.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

With sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi city on the other, Nairobi National Park is a wildlife haven unlike any other, with virtually guaranteed sightings of rhino a reason in itself to visit,.

Rolling plains, riverine woodland and thick bush lined valleys are just some of Nairobi National Park’s varied habitats. With its many entrances Nairobi National Park is easily accessible from all of Nairobi whether arriving into Jomo Kenyatta Airport, from Wilson airport or travelling South, from the city itself.

It is not only approachable for human visitors; its unfenced southern boundary means that it also provides a welcome dry-season refuge for migratory species. In fact 4000 zebra, 1000 wildebeest, 14 species of antelope (including eland and kongoni) all call the Nairobi National Park their home at some point throughout the year. In turn they attract animals further up the food chain. An estimated population of nearly 40 lion rub shoulders with good numbers of leopard and spotted hyena, as well as the occasional cheetah and the elusive aardwolf. Click Here for a full list of animals in Nairobi National Park

The Park is also an acclaimed Rhino Sanctuary, best known for it’s breeding population of over 50 Black (or Browse) rhino, recently joined by 11 White (or Grass rhino) translocated from Nakuru National Park.
Some of the Park’s smaller, but just as thrilling, inhabitants include 527 species of birds, (from the heaviest flying bird – the Kori Bustard, to the magnificent forest raptor – the Crowned eagle), innumerable species of amphibians, reptiles, insects and plants, all of which thrive in the grasslands, forests, rocky valleys, dry forests and the numerous seasonal and permanent wetlands that make Nairobi National Park so special.


Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Staying with us offers more than camping

Nairobi Tented Camp has plenty of its own attractions and part of the joy of the place is just enjoying the seclusion of the wilderness. But of course its unique location offers a whole wealth of things to do during your stay, here is a small selection:


An obvious and unmissable part of any safaris adventure best experienced at the start and end of the day.


The saying goes – ‘an elephant never forgets’ and this couldn’t be truer, particularly
for the baby elephants that are fortunate enough to be rescued by the team at the Sheldrick Trust. So intense is an elephant’s upbringing that even when re-released into the wild the Sheldrick elephants never forget their keepers. Click here to visit


In 1974 Jock and Betty Leslie Melville adopted their first giraffe – Daisy. After Daisy came Marlon and before they knew it the Leslie Melville’s were single handedly contributing to the rescue of the rare Rothschild giraffe. Today their legacy remains in the form of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife an education and breeding programme. In 1974 less than 100 Rothschild giraffe remained, today over 700 are in existence… eight of which can be visited at the giraffe centre in Langata.Click here to visit


The story of Karen Blixen has been made famous by her book ‘Out of Africa’ which was later turned into a film featuring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The Karen district of Nairobi was named after this resolute woman and her house stands as a reminder of her incredible belief in Kenya and determination to make her life in Africa a success. Click here to visit


The Kenya National Museum was set up in colonial times by the famous palaeontologist Louis Leakey. It showcases many of the discoveries regarding human origins made by the Leakey family and their Kenyan helpers in many parts of the country where fossil remains may be found. The museum also has in its collections many artefacts garnered from Kenya’s diverse peoples and the beautiful paintings of them by Joy Adamson of “Born Free” fame. Click here to visit


Kazuri Beads in Karen was set up by Lady Susan Wood, the wife of the founder of the Flying Doctors of Africa. A pottery, it is a great place to buy attractive ceramic beads and crockery as gifts to take home. Visitors can also enjoy a tour round the workshop and see all the woman at work. Click here to visit


Marula Studios was recently set up by Julie Church to showcase her incredible array of household accessories made from flip-flops washed up on the beach in the Kiunga Marine National Park on the North Kenya Coast. A part of the sales revenue is sent back to support Community Conservation projects in this beautiful but poor part of the country. It is a great place to buy unique, hand-made gifts (which supports Marine Conservation) and also now houses some other great gift items such Bakuli Blu pottery.Click here to visit


Utamaduni was set up to support local craftsmen by giving them a place to show and sell their hand-made artefacts such as carvings, kikois, khangas, shoes, sandals and other gift items, which are unique to Kenya. You can find almost anything in this warren of little shops, whilst for those a little less retail focused the Veranda restaurant next door, serves perfect ice cold passion juice and good Kenya coffee.Click here to visit


Tents are comfortably furnished and each of the tents has the following:

  • Twin or double bed
  • Bedside tables
  • Torch
  • Wardrobe for hanging your clothes
  • En-suite toilet with bucket shower
  • Writing desk with lamp
  • Carpets of sheep skin rugs on the floor
  • LED lighting
  • Chairs and table on veranda for relaxing
  • Luggage rack
  • View into the valley and forest


The camp consists of nine guest tents each with accommodation for two people. Each tent has its own toilet and shower, so you can enjoy the luxury of en-suite living ‘safaris style’, with hot water heated over a log fire and bought to your shower when you’re ready.

Low watt LED lighting in each of the tents runs off rechargeable batteries and solar panels, and for dining guests can enjoy the romance of candles and lanterns – a truly authentic tented camp 


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016


Open all year, Game viewing is excellent all year. 

Average StayAverage Stay

One or two nights; Whether you are in Nairobi for tourism, a night stopover, international business or conferences, producing a film or simply looking for a weekend break as a resident, Nairobi Tented Camp has something for everyone.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Prices from $105 per person sharing per night. You however will need to pay park entry and camping fees to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Children PolicyChild Policy

  • 2 children in own tent pay 75% of per person sharing rates each, 3rd child in same tent pays 75% of per person sharing rate.
  • 3 – 12 years: 1 child sharing with 1 adult pays 75% of adult sharing rate & adult pays per adult sharing rate.
  • 1 child sharing with 2 adults, pays above child rates but adults pay double tent rates.
  • Children below 3 years stay free.
  • Maximum 1 child sharing with 2 adults in each tent due to size

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To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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