Most Porridge and Rice volunteers stay in the dormitories at Wildebeest Eco Camp while in Nairobi. It is clean, affordable, and comfortable.
At the end of a long day of visiting schools and working on projects in the Nairobi slums, the rooms at Wildebeest Eco Camp are a truly welcome sight.
Sharing a sleeping space means volunteers make many new friends from around the world in Kenya for a wide range of reasons. The charity has recruited several new volunteers this way!
The washing facilities at Wildebeest Eco Camp are simple and clean with spacious showers and several toilets. Water is heated by solar panels; it is always hot enough, and a welcome end to a long and dusty day.
The balcony deck at Wildebeest Eco Camp is where most of the volunteers' meals are taken, including breakfast, and one location where people socialise in between meals.
The balcony deck has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is a good place to meet other guests at Wildebeest Eco Camp for a drink from the bar.
There is a lovely view of the gardens and the swimming pool from the balcony deck, where volunteers often gather to work, read, play pool, or sit to chat.
Each morning, Porridge and Rice volunteers like Emma and Ken, meet on the deck to eat a tasty breakfast and plan the day ahead working with the partner schools in the Nairobi slums.
Porridge and Rice volunteers Ken and Sharon, relax after a filling breakfast in anticipation of a busy day at the Porridge and Rice schools in the Nairobi slums.
Porridge and Rice volunteers Ken, Vish, Jude and Emma, sit down to breakfast together on the deck overlooking the gardens and the swimming pool at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
Breakfast options at Wildebeest Eco Camp include eggs, fresh fruit salad, or pancakes cooked to order, with as much toast as you can eat, and tea or coffee.
The main deck at Wildebeest Eco Camp is spacious with plenty of seating for residents along with power sources for phones and laptops. It also has a bar and a restaurant attached.
The main deck looks out over the gardens of Wildebeest Eco Camp planted with a mixture of indigenous and exotic plants. The impressive thorn trees (Acacia xanthophloea) bring interest to the garden and provide valuable shade.
The main deck has two levels providing considerable space for people to spread out or congregate to work or have a drink, however, the mood takes them.
The deck with the restaurant and bar overlooks the large pond planted with native water lilies and visited by wild birds like the yellow weaver, hamerkop, hadeda ibis, and humming bird.
The grounds at Wildebeest Eco Camp are planted with beds of flowers and shrubs creating attractive gardens with nooks and crannies to relax, read, or just enjoy the surroundings.
The swimming pool and deck are framed by indigenous thorn trees and native palms which can be found throughout the gardens. After a hot day working in Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums, a swim is refreshing.
Bedrooms are dotted around the extensive gardens at Wildebeest Eco Camp creating a feeling of space and calm, a wonderful haven in a busy city.
The pond is a major feature of the gardens, around which visitors can often be found sitting enjoying the native bird life from the small pied wagtail to the large, loud hadeda ibis.
The gardens of Wildebeest Eco Camp are lush and extensive with space to lie in the shade reading or kick a football. It also contains a giant chess set and a table tennis tent, popular with volunteers.
There are many ways to occupy yourself at Wildebeest Eco Camp, including giant chess, table tennis and swimming. That's if you have the energy after a busy day out in Nairobi!
Guests enjoy a game of chess in the extensive gardens, just one of the many ways to relax at Wildebeest Eco Camp, headquarters for volunteers while in Kenya.
There are open spaces for guests to play a game of casual football among the many trees and planted flower beds at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
There are a wide variety of trees including jacarandas, guavas, and thorn trees, in the gardens providing colour and interest for guests and wildlife like visiting Vervet monkeys and humming birds.
The rooms at Wildebeest Eco Camp are placed near and under trees to provide shade and keep them cool during the day. They are a welcome sight after a hard day's work in Porridge and Rice partner schools.
There are benches and tables placed in the richly planted gardens for guests to sit and relax at Wildebeest Eco Camp, the charity base while in Kenya.
Night lamps are placed in large beds of Agapanthus and other African plants, to ensure that guests can find their way around the grounds at night at Wildebeest Eco Camp, while avoiding blinding those trying to sleep.
The tents have excellent and effective mosquito nets across the doors and windows to keep out biting mozzies allowing guests to sleep well at night. While days are hot, nights are cold so it makes sense to have thick duvets on the beds.
Vish, a volunteer from the UK, being facetious while waiting outside the dormitory waiting for other volunteers to finish getting ready for a day of working at Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums.
Volunteers, Vish, Jude and Ken, ready to head out from Wildebeest Eco Camp for a busy day visiting Porridge and Rice schools in the Nairobi slums.
Fresh-faced newly arrived volunteers, Vish, Taylor, Ned, Kuljit, Leonie, and Luan, pose for a photo before heading out to visit the schools to work on charity projects, in front of the domitory at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
Emma and Jake, UK volunteers, wait patiently for other members of the volunteer team on the main driveway behind the main building at Wildebeest Eco Camp. Volunteers travel together to the schools in the Nairobi slums.
African warthog sculptures made by local artists mingle with real monkeys in the grounds of Wildebeest Eco Camp near the table tennis tent, a favourite with volunteers while in Kenya when not at Porridge and Rice partner schools.
The grounds of Wildebeest Eco Camp, home for volunteers while in Kenya, are lit by low level lights at night so guests can find their way around easily after dark to the deck, the facilities or the tents of friends.
The swimming pool set in the grounds at Wildebeest Eco Camp overlooks the large pond at the centre of the richly-planted gardens. The large pond attracts a wide selection of Kenyan wildlife from frogs to birds.
The gardens are planted with a wide variety of plants including native palms and reeds, providing interest and colour all year round. The native thorn trees provide shade for visitors and habitat for local insets, birds and monkeys.
The swimming pool is cool and refreshing at the end of long and dusty days volunteering at Porridge and Rice partner schools in the slums of Nairobi, namely Ngando, Githogoro, Mithonge, and Kawangware.
The swimming pool, lit at night, creates an atmospheric space for guests at Wildebeest Eco Camp to gather, relax and chat.
The firepit at Wildebeest Eco Camp is a popular focal point in the evenings, where volunteers frequently gather to socialise over a relaxing drink, home from a hard day working in the Nairobi slums .
Each morning, volunteers leave Wildebeest Eco Camp after a hearty breakfast and make their way down Mokoyeti West Road, on route to a day of working at Porridge and Rice partner schools in the Nairobi slums.
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