Olympic Estate Kibera Self Cont.

Apartment - Shared room · Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Your host, Edmund
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Come and stay in our self-contained apartment in Olympic Estate, Nairobi. This place is ideal for people who want to explore Kibera slum and have affordable accommodation. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa but it is also the friendliest. From this place you can see what it means to live here.
The listing is for a shared dorm in a self-contained apartment with full facilities. We have a shower and a flushing toilet but if you want hot water you can either go across the road to our sister hostel for free or boil a kettle for a hot bucket shower.

Security wise this listing is behind two locked gates, one with a 24 hour guard. We offer free laundry services and cheap meals in our sister hostel - 150 shillings for breakfast and lunch and 200 for supper.

There is no wifi in the apartment, but you are welcome to come to our internet hub a five minute walk away and use internet for free.
Olympic is a dynamic area on the edge of Kibera slum. Kibera has over 800,000 inhabitants squeezed into 2.5 sq km. This leads to a lot of issues but a lot of good things as well. In our community we celebrate the good things of Kibera and you are welcome to do so with us. Olympic Estate is relatively developed and spacious so here you get the best of both worlds.

Room type: Shared room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $11 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $70 /week
Monthly Price: $330 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
  • The hosts were warm and friendly. The price was very reasonable and the guest house was always kept clean. Located not far from the places where I wanted to go and could easily be reached. I recommend this guest house.

    March 2014
  • This was my second stay at this guesthouse. The staff is great, and so are the other guests. The neighbourhood is the best in town. Hope to come back another day!

    March 2014
  • Situated just on the outskirts of central Kampala, this cozy little guesthouse is a great simple place to stay out of the chaos of the city but within easy reach by public transportation, with all your basic needs available just around the corner. The house manager and maid are very welcoming and keep the place clean and tidy! And Edmund was very helpful arranging my booking and airport transfer. All around, I'd definitely recommend staying here!

    February 2014
  • Edgar and Maddie are great hosts! A very welcoming atmosphere. Clean and not far from downtown.

    June 2013
  • I have had a wonderful stay at the guesthouse. It is very clean and close to the center of Kampala. Edgar and Madrine are very warm and welcoming people. They made me feel like I was home. I would definetly come again and recommend it to others!

    February 2013
  • I came in late in the evening and I and my African friends did not know the neighborhood so I was a little apprehensive at first. But after meeting the staff and wandering the local I had a great time. I would visit again. Near American Embassy and nice St Peters Cathedral at top of hill makes a nice walk. There are three rooms at this local that share a shower/bathroom, but I was clean and available whenever I wanted it. They support a good cause too.

    January 2013
  • Loved the (website hidden) Kampala. If you are looking for a luxurious apt., this is not the place for you. What I can say though is for budget travelers you will not find a better deal. It is clean. Madrina, the cook/housekeeper does an excellent job. We were able to tell her our food preferences and she took great care of us. I would describe this place as an apt. with shared living space. Each bedroom has a key and it is very secure. There were no other travelers with us. The compound felt perfectly safe and was in an excellent part of town. You will not find a better deal and that fact that meals are included makes this my new number one spot. I will be recommending this to an online (website hidden) group of people who frequent Uganda. Like I said, if you need the Hilton, this is not for you. But if you like clean, affordable and friendly this is a perfect spot!!

    January 2013
  • We had the pleasure of staying with Edwin at Olympic Estates. Edwin was friendly and personable and really made our stay enjoyable. The place was clean and comfortable and we enoyed the food so much! Internet wasn't working, but Edwin was thinking it would be fixed soon. The location is safe and took Diddy's Kibera tour, which was great. We would definitely recommend staying here.

    January 2013
  • There was four of us that drove to the hut from Nairobi. The drive was fine a short 2 hours and you got to see the African landscape. We were welcomed by Simon, one of the Masaai, and introduced to the area and shown the hut which was amazing and completely authentic. There is nothing touristy about the Massai hut or the people - this is as real they get. We were offered supper and tea and then we all were dressed in traditional costumes and treated to a Massia dance under the stars by the fire. This was magical and I will never experience anything again like this. At dawn (if the clouds clear) you are able to see my kilimanjaro. We went on a 3 hour walk up into the mountains led by two of the Massai's. We saw snakes and tortoises and warthogs and the view from the top was breathtaking. The hut its self is basic, as you would expect, but totally comfortable. The stay at the Massai hut made our African experience and I will never forget it. Thank you!

    December 2012
  • Staying in Xavier Project definitely made our experience in Kampala infinitely different than if we had decided to stay in a fancy Muzungu hotel. Eddie showed us around town, having him as a guide was such a great help and interesting insight into Kampala lifestyle. Good luck with the project, great initiative!

    December 2012
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I am a teacher by profession currently living in Nairobi working for a project I founded called the Xavier Project. We provide education, employment and media opportunities for refugees, primarily from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I love Nairobi and enjoy many different aspects of it from the simmering technology revolution to the traditional customs and the simple way of life found in my surrounding neighbourhood. As a result I have a diverse selection of friends here who I can introduce you to and who can give you the full Nairobi story. I also spend a lot of time in Kampala where my other listings are located. I have been coming to Uganda regularly for the last four years and in that time I ticked a lot of the tourism boxes so I can offer advice on the many opportunities Uganda has to offer. In particular I have developed a walking tour route around Kampala, which has more gems than people give it credit for. If I'm feeling energetic I can take you myself or give you a bespoke map! Included in the itinerary are Kabaka's Palace and Lake, Rubage Cathedral, the minaret at Gaddafi's Mosque (top of - great views), Owino market, the craft shop complex, and Uganda Parliament, wrapping up with a drink in Boda Boda bar overlooking the Golf Course. A very nice afternoon adventure.
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