Maili Saba Camp in Nakuru is located at the edge of the Menengai Crater, which is already a great start, because it offers a breathtaking view from your tent (although it is more of a house with canvas walls, offering all the romance of a tent, but the comfort of a home).
But much more important is the fantastic service provided by the staff and the amazingly broad and tasteful menu.
The main building furthermore offers a fantastic fireplace to sit around in the evening, after climbing in and out of the crater (definitely worth a separate recommendation!)
The facilities in the tent are very good and the shower is perfect, although the water temperature does depend a bit on how many people are using them at the same time.
All in all, this was definitely the camp with the friendliest staff and the best food of all the camps/hotels/lodges we stayed in in Kenya.
Although we only stayed there one night, the Maili Saba Camp was hands down our favorite of all the places we stayed while in Kenya.
The minute we were led down to our "tent", we knew we were in for a very special treat. From our porch, we were greeted to a panoramic view of the entire Menengai Crater as we were situated right on the rim of the crater itself.
The view was absolutely
stunning and laid the groundwork for what would be the best overnight of the
For each meal, everyone would gather in the main building which contained the reception area, bar, gift shop and dining area.
The host would then come out with a menu board and go over each of the courses and what was offered.
The selection was never short of outstanding and would easily compete with some of the better restaurants in any major city in the world.
Once our orders were
taken, the guests would sit around the fire and share stories and experiences
of the day. The presentation and quality of the food was
phenomenal...definitely the best of the trip.
At the end of the night, upon retiring to our tent, we were treated to a hot water bottle in our bed as we snuggled into the warm blankets to enjoy the crisp evening air (because of the higher altitude, it did get chilly at night, but it made for perfect sleeping conditions and also kept the mosquitoes away).
The service here was outstanding as well. From the minute we arrived, Eunice and Cecilia made sure our every need was meet.
Although we felt bad about this, when they found out we were leaving before breakfast to be at the park entrance at opening, they did not hesitate at all to make sure we had breakfast boxes packed and ready for us upon our departure.
Our only regret about staying at the Maili Saba was that we only got to spend one night.