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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stay, warm friendly owners and staff. Meals are excellent, wisely from a simple but tasty menu, Rooms basic but clean and everything you need is there. The additional experience which raises this above just a hotel is the coming and going of other travellers and the sharing of their stories along with the wonderful hospitality and company... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Allen, Thank you for your great review here on TripAdvisor. It was a excellent couple of days and nights here at Karen Camp & Hotel. We really enjoyed your company with your good self and your mates and the very many stories of your adventures of independently overlanding on 'motorbikes'. Val especially pleased with your title, "More than just... More 

1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I camped here for 4 nights, but there are also rooms available. Just perfect for the independently minded traveller, great bar popular with both travellers and locals, food is good pub food, with some Australian delicacies...anyone for "pie floaters"? Clean, safe facilities in a quiet area but also within walking distance of the Purdy Arms, another well known Karen watering... More 

Thank Neil P
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Neil, Thank you for your excellent review of our Camp and Hotel here in Karen. So glad you enjoyed our place and its nearby facilities and places of interests like the Baby Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre, besides Karen Blixen House and Museum. It’s nice to be in a quiet and peaceful suburb rather the busy and noisy downtown... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Karen Camp for 3 enjoyable nights in room 1in October. Brendan &Val are great hosts. They kindly organised a taxi transfer on our arrival which made our foray into Nairobi late at night seamless-always a good start! They along with their staff have created a welcoming, homely travellers atmosphere. Karen Camp is clean, affordable, food is delicious,... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Sham & John, Thank you for your great review. It was our pleasure to host you guys here at Karen Camp and Hotel. It was fun to see you both again and happy to here you enjoyed your stay and safari here in this wonderful country of Kenya. We all look forward to catching up another day soon and... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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47 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing 36 hours at Karen camp with the nicest bunch of people I've met in a very long time. Such a warm hospitable welcome to Kenya. And Ireland beat NZ for the first time in 111 years. Look forward to returning!

Thank JKPR87
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Jamie, Thank you for your great review. It was a pleasure hosting you and your friends here at Karen Camp. You have made many friends here with our staff and management and of course ourselves and very much look forward to you visiting us here again some day. All the very best in your future travels Jamie and it... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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66 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I miss the sound of the river as I sleep. Such a calm and peaceful feeling. Animals are visible from the lawn so you can just pull up a chair get a drink from the bar and watch the show. We saw many hippos,giraffes smaller animals and crocodiles. So many dick dicks running around the pool and our tent too.... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Great compliments, but we do think you are talking about Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara, and indeed it is a beautiful camp. My wife and I have enjoyed safaris there ourselves. It would be unfair to them and yourself for us to benefit from your excellent review. We do not mind if you wish to delete... More 

Diani Beach, Kenya
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48 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I have stayed at Karen Camp many times over the years during my stop-over travels in Nairobi. The rooms are offered at a wallet friendly price and are comfortable. As always the bar has a great atmosphere mixing travelers and ex-pats alike. The food here is always a firm favorite, well priced and large portions. For budget accommodation you can't... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of our Karen Camp. As you are obviously aware we have been updating, renovating and improving the camp and hotel amenities since arriving and taking over the business. Recent changes include an updated menu, whilst still keep the old favorites. We now have a tour van for local tours and for day hire -... More 

Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

You will find this to be a good campsite, and a good place to eat, hang out, and have a drink. It will usually have several parties of overlanders in camp at any given time. The snake exhibit is very good if you like that sort of thing. This is a good place to stop over, or pitch your tent,... More 

Thank wtilford
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear reviewer. Thank you for your great review,, but we have no snake exhibit here at our camp. We do however cater for overlanders as well as The Snake Park outside of Arusha in Tanzania, where you may have stayed and wanted the review to be about. We thought it best to inform you as it would not be fair... More 

Kampala, Uganda
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I spent a couple of months (off and on) at the Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership. Wonderful things are happening! The staff are always polite and never fail to offer their kind and willing service and the buildings and camp are getting a facelift! Amenities are being uplifted and generally there is a good, friendly... More 

Thank Antheatorr
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Antheatorr for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi and your kind words about the happy atmosphere around the Camp and Hostel these days. The new management and staff are eager to further improve the service and product and looking forward to the future. Thanks again, and we hope you'll choose Karen Camp the next time... More 

Lakes Entrance, Australia
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59 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

I stayed here two nights prior to my overland safari. I was picked up from the airport by a lovely man who drove me to the camp site, it's a little bit far from the airport so I would recommend a transfer. Rooms are clean, beds are comfy and showers are warm. There is a bar that offers breakfast, lunch... More 

Thank PaulaLouise1991
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you PaulaLouise1991 for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi before beginning your overland safari experience. We’d are grateful of your review of us on TripAdvisor. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we... More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

I stayed at Karen Camp for a few nights after arriving in Kenya from Europe. I found the place excellent to get used to the climate (getting to this hot place from European winter is quite the difference). Karen Camp offers different types of rooms, which are all relatively affordable. We had a private room on the upper floor. The... More 

Thank Gijs S
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Gijl S for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we can improve. Thanks again, and we hope you'll choose Karen Camp the next time you're... More 

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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Karen Camp and Hostel provides budget accommodation out of the hustle and bustle of Nairobi in the leafy suburb of Karen. The management and quite a few of the staff have been in the hospitality industry for over twenty years. We especially cater for the independent traveler as well as intrepid, expedition orientated safari folk. We have a small bar and restaurant and provide a variety of budget priced accommodation. Please consider us when planning your safari here in East Africa. We look forward to your stay with us. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Karen Camp

Address: Acacia Drive | Off Marula Ln, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Price Range: ₹ 947 - ₹ 89,723 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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“Room 1 large & ensuite& quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles J0hn_Shar0n, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room 3 if you want en-suit. Room 1 if you want lots of space, en-suit and a bathtub.”
 of 5 bubbles AcaciaGM, 5 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The upper floor has the more quiet and spacy rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles 788gijss, 4 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The upstairs suite with bath tub , tv and own dining area is worth the few extra quid.”
 of 5 bubbles travellingzebra, 17 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Avoid triple, number 11. Next door to resident snorer...”
 of 5 bubbles Cider_with_rosie, 27 Aug 2013 | Read review
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