Milimani Backpackers & Safari Centre Ltd. is a hostel located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi, Kenya. The hostel offers male, female, and coed dorms, as well as private rooms and camping. We have an on-site kitchen which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, all at reasonable prices. Check-in is available at any hour, check-out time is 10:30 a.m. All dorms and private rooms include bedding, towels (if needed) and mosquito nets.
The hostel is surrounded by major land marks in Nairobi e.g. Kenyatta National Hospital, Nyayo Stadium, Don Bosco Church, Hill Park Hotel, Oxford Place, and Geomaps Center. The hostel is within walking distance of the city centre, as well as supermarkets, shops, and restaurants.
Milimani offers a wide rage off tours and safaris to those people who love the outdoors and have a spirit of adventure. Some of the safaris and trips include: Day trips to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (elephant orphanage), Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum, and Kazuri Bead Factory; Nairobi National Park, Nairobi National Museum, City tour, slum tour in Kibera, and Ngong Hills Hike.
We offer customized safaris to Masai Mara (big 5), Lake Nakuru, Hells Gate, Mt.Longonot, Mt.Meru, Samburu, Amboseli, Tsavo East and West National Park and Mt. Kenya.
Arrangements can be made for single travelers, couples, or groups.
This place sucks! Myself and four of my five friends ended up with bedbugs. The staff and owner showed no sympathy. She wouldn't even give us a discount on our room. They were happy to try to sell us more of there overpriced tours though. When things are fine they act nice but when something goes wrong and its their fault they become heartless and greedy.
Unfortunately Milimani/Nairobi Backpackers has left a bad taste in my mouth that won't be gone any time soon. While I was staying here I and another guy had stuff stolen including an IPOD, and some money. We are almost certain it was some non guests who came in to use the restaurant but were wandering around. The owner had no sympathy saying we should have used the lockers which surprise, surprise had to be rented from her. The icing on the cake was one night at dinner we saw the chef drop food on the ground and put it right back in the pot.
i can say this was one of the worst hostels i stayed in in Africa. the owner is a very selfish lady who is basically just intent on getting as much money from guests as possible. when i was there one of the dogs they keep bit someone and they had to go to the hospital. they had to fight hard to get any compensation. i got a bad feeling from the moment i arrived.
Milimani backpackers is a terrible place. everything is very overpriced, especially the safaris. the main objective of this place is to get your money. also, the rooms were not very clean, my friend had bites every morning which we suspect were from bedbugs.
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I would like to warn people about Milimani Backpackers. It’s in the Lonely Planet Guidebook. As a hostel it is fine enough but I had a really negative experience with them. They have an area in the back corner next to the wall where people can camp. One evening I was lying down in my tent when a big thunderstorm came. The thunder was really close so I got out and went inside the hostel. Less than five minutes later I came back to check if water was getting in and I found my tent was covered in bricks. The wall had fallen on it. If I had been inside I would have died or been very seriously hurt.
My tent was destroyed and when I checked my new video camera I found the screen had been cracked. I found out later this was the 3rd time the wall had fallen and once before it had hit a tent but they still let people camp there.
I assumed Patricia, the owner, would replace or fix my tent and camera without any problem, just happy I was alive. But to my surprise she refused to pay a cent. After a heated argument they finally agreed to look for estimates. That was the beginning of a long fight to get some compensation. The played all kinds of games with me. They lied, they didn’t return my calls/messages/emails and they stalled me hoping I would give up. For awhile I stayed at the backpacker waiting for them and they refused to let me stay for free. In the end I finally got some cash four months later but only because I was so persistent. As for my tent they reluctantly gave me the cheapest old tent they had. It was useless against rain.
For this I would have to say do not stay at Milimani Backpackers.
I would recommend to stay at…
New Kenya Lodge (River Rd and Latema Rd)
-right in the center (close to cheap internet, Milimani charges 4X the price)
-lots of travellers
-actual hot showers (Milimani’s are hardly warm)
-offer cheaper safaris than Milimani and just as good
If you aren’t comfortable staying in the center then I would recommend
Upper Hill Backpackers (a bit far from town but very nice) or the Hostelling International Backpacker (near to Milimani)
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We really liked milimani backpackers. It felt like a really safe little haven in nairobi. Staff were so so helpful and friendly, we were very well looked after. It did seem quite expensive compared to other places we stayed in kenya, however for nairobi it was still cheap. Only hot shower we had for 5 weeks!
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