One of the dormitories at Wildebeest Eco Camp, where Porridge and Rice volunteers stay 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 - 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.
The balcony deck has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is a good place to meet other guests at the lodge and share a drink.
The 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.
Porridge and Rice volunteers Ken and Sharon, tuck into breakfast in anticipation of a busy day at the charity schools.
Porridge and Rice volunteers Ken, Vish, Jude and Emma, sit down to breakfast together on the deck at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
Breakfast options include eggs, fresh fruit salad, or pancakes cooked to order, with toast and tea or coffee.
The main deck is spacious with plenty of seating for residents along with power sources for phones and laptops, and a bar and a restaurant.
The main deck looks out over the gardens of Wildebeest Eco Camp planted with a mixture of indigenous and exotic plants.
The deck has two levels providing plenty of space for people to spread out or congregate, 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 social weavers.
The grounds 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.
Bedrooms are dotted around the extensive gardens 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.
The gardens of Wildebeest Eco Camp are lush and extensive.
There are many ways to occupy yourself at Wildebeest Eco Camp, including giant chess, table tennis and swimming. That's if you have energy after a busy day out in Nairobi!
Guests enjoy a game of chess in the gardens, just one of the ways to relax at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
There are open spaces for guests to play a game of casual football among the many trees and planted flower beds.
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 monkeys.
The rooms at Wildebeest Eco Camp are placed near and under trees to provide shade and keep them cool during the day.
There are benches and tables placed in the richly planted gardens for guests to sit and relax.
Night lamps are placed in large beds of Agapanthus and other African plants, to ensure that guest can find their way around the grounds at night, 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.
Vish, a volunteer from the UK, being facetious while waiting outside the dormitory waiting for other volunteers.
Volunteers, Vish, Jude and Ken, ready to head out 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.
Emma and Jake, UK volunteers, wait for others on the main driveway behind the main building at Wildebeest Eco Camp.
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.
The grounds of Wildebeest Eco Camp are lit by low level lights at night so guests can find their way around easily after dark.
The swimming pool set in the grounds, overlooks the large pond at the centre of the richly-planted gardens.
The gardens are planted with a wide variety of plants including native palms and reeds, providing interest and colour all year round.
The swimming pool is cool and refreshing at the end of long and dusty days in the slums of Ngando, Githogoro, Mithonge, and Kawangware.
The swimming pool, lit at night, creates an atmospheric space for guests to gather in the evening.
The firepit is a popular focal point in the evenings, where volunteers frequently gather to socialise over a relaxing drink.
Each morning, volunteers leave Wildebeest Eco Camp and make their way down Mokoyeti West Road, on route to a day of working at Porridge and Rice schools.
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