Africa Overland Tour Advice

Best place to stay in Nairobi before an overland tour in Africa

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Wondering which is the best hotel in Nairobi before an overland tour in Africa? As an ex-leader of Africa overland tours, I have picked up hundreds of passengers in many different hotels, campsites and guesthouses in Nairobi. Some of them are extremely nice, some of them downright awful but either way, I know how important it is to pick somehwere nice to stay in Nairobi before starting your overland tour in Africa. Here are my recommendations for the best place to stay in Nairobi before an overland tour:

Best places to stay in Nairobi before an overland tour

Best place to stay in Nairobi

1.Heron Portico Hotel (Next to Nairobi city centre)

Without doubt this is the most comfortable hotel and a very safe place to stay in Nairobi before an overland tour in Africa. Modern, secure, spacious and with super friendly staff, the Heron Portico Hotel has always received the best feedback from my previous passengers and I have stayed in this hotel on more than a few occasions. Located a short distance from the city centre, you are a short taxi ride from most of the main shopping malls but this hotel is also nicely located to travel to the starting point of your overland tour. In fact, some operators will even collect you at the Heron.

Safe place to stay in Nairobi

2. Silversprings Hotel

Running a close second to the above-mentioned hotel, the nearby Silversprings Hotel was once my only “go to” recommendation, aswell as being the starting point, and best hotel to stay in Nairobi before my overland tours in Africa. However, the hotel seems a little outdated in places even if the rooms are extremely nice. That being said, I would still highly recommend staying here if the price or availability suits you better. You won’t be disappointed and this another very safe place to stay in Nairobi before an Overland tour in Africa.

Wildbeest camp in Nairobi

3. Wildebeest Campsite (Karen)

Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Wildebeest is by far and away the nicest campsite in Nairobi. Featuring large gardens, helpful staff and a swimming pool, the campsite is a favourite for budget travel. Some overland tours in Africa will collect you from Wildebeest but even if they don’t, the campsite is located close to many of the local activities such as the Giraffe Sanctuary and Karen Blixen Museum. You can bring your own tent, but I recommend upgrading to a fixed tent in which you can sort out all your gear before starting your overland tour in Africa.

Honestly, I would not look any further than the above places to stay in Nairobi before an overland tour in Africa as they offer a comfortable and safe place to stay in Nairobi. At the same time, I cannot emphasize how important it is to know where you are staying and realize that you will get exactly what you pay for in most cases. I do not like to single operators or services out for negative feedback in Africa but let me just say that I have stayed in some absolutely disgusting places in Nairobi that I would not wish upon any traveller – especially if this is your first time to Africa.

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I'm an Outdoor Adventure Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 I began riding a bicycle across Africa and it was during this adventure when I discovered a passion for the great outdoors and the general uncertainty of life on the road. Next April, I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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