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.
Milimani Backpackers & Safari Centre is the ideal location for a traveller to rest and refresh we specialise in backpacker and student adventure travel around Kenya, and the East Africa.
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Milimani Backpackers and Safari Centre opened its gates on the 14th of February 2008.
Milimani Backpackers is named after the road it is situated on - Milimani Road. We are between Kenya Comfort Hotel and Salama Annexe Hotel, a 30 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and a 15 minute drive to Wilson Airport.
The hostel is about 1.5km to the city center, an easy 20 minute walk to the shops, supermarkets, restaurants, Post Office and Internet cafes. Several foreign embassies are around the area just up the road.
Milimani Backpackers is also adjacent to other hotels on Milimani Road - including Heron Court, Sagret Equatorial, Lenana Mount - and is therefore handy should travelers decide to drink or eat away from the hostel.
The main house is a 1940s stone-built colonial house, this is where the dorms, some private rooms, showers and toilets are situated.
Private cabins, a camping area, and more washrooms are outside the main house. The bar and kitchen are both outside, giving guests a unique experience of the Nairobi atmosphere. A campfire is usually lit in the evenings during the cold season.
The hostel is open 24 hours a day, but generally the check-in time is 11.30am, and check-out time is 11.00am the following day.
Arriving early is no problem, but guests may have to wait in the rest areas until the previous occupants have checked out.
The entrance gate is locked after11pm at night, but there is always a watchman on duty to open up and a night manager to escort guests to their rooms.
The hostel is in a quiet, safe area and only minutes from State House where the President normally resides. The surrounding area is peaceful and the locals are welcoming and friendly.
The compound is surrounded by a 3-metre-high fence and is guarded by two security firms, with alarm response backup, at all times. Guests have a great deal of privacy when sitting out in the open. It is also secure to park motor vehicles within the compound.
We offer pickup or drop services from/to either airport.
The inhouse Safari Centre of Milimani Backpackers is the ideal location for a single traveler to hook up with fellow backpackers for a safari.
We have different safari packages, can also custom-make a safari of your choice
Experience the unique and rich cultures of the Kenyan people. Sample our traditional food. The kitchen is in the open air and food can be eaten around a bonfire
Oledeani crescent house no .33 off matumbato road
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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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