Where do I start? I must admit, this is one place I am going to talk about for ages! I first stumbled upon ‘The Brandy Bus’ on Instagram HERE and instantly thought to myself, “Wow! What a hidden gem right in my own backyard! ”
As the name suggests, The Brandy Bus is an old-school bus that has been revamped into a cozy, fancy and distinct Airbnb home. Tucked away in the serene beautiful suburbs of Karen (Nairobi, Kenya), it is a place perfect for weekend vacations and short-term stays either with a group of friends, a couple or alone.
I spent a night at The Brandy Bus a couple of weeks ago and I must say, it’s truly a little piece of heaven.
The Brandy Bus is 18 Kilometers from Nairobi city centre. It is located in Karen, off Bogani rd -off Quarry lane -off Kibo lane. You can get there by Taxi or drive yourself like I did. Using Google maps, I indicated my destination as Kibo lane and it directed me straight to the location. If you opt for public means (buses or matatus), get a number 24 from Nairobi city centre – Ambassadeur bus stage and request the conductor to drop you off at Moran Lane/ Masai junction. From where you will alight, The Brandy Bus is 400 Meters (around 5 -10mins walk). The place is absolutely safe. However, you will need to keep The Brandy Bus team in the loop of where you are so they can assist you just in case you get lost.
THE BRANDY BUS
For this particular review, I’ve let the photos do the talking and hopefully they’ll inspire you to book the place. Enjoy!
The lower level of the bus – Kitchen area and the lounge. Comes with cooking utensils and basic cooking ingredients (oil, salt and spices). The lounge area is very comfy, breezy and I loved the quirky interiors.
What I also liked is the fact all the flowers were freshly picked! In addition, there’s a Brandy Bus book that gives a brief history of the bus and suggestions of exciting places to visit while you’re staying there.
PLACES NEAR THE BRANDY BUS
Jomo Kenya International Airport (Accessible through the new bypass)
Wilson Airport (the airport used for local safari flights – Mara, Amboseli, Mombasa, Mt. Kenya etc.)
The Brandy Bus is a place where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. I woke up in the morning and the air was full of amorous chirps and whistles from the birds plus the view of the gardens was absolutely stunning!
The Brandy Bus can comfortably accommodate 4- 6 people. I was there alone and must say, it was quite refreshing. However, there are other houses in the same compound so you’re not alone per-say. If you are an international tourist and you are travelling to other places in Kenya like the Mara, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Karen Blixen etc. then you can opt for the Brandy Bus that will offer a unique experience as compared to ordinary hotels. It is also perfect for weekend gateways with friends and you can have a BBQ.
TIPS: Karen area can get chilly so make sure you carry warm clothing though there are extra duvets and throw blankets that are provided.
Moreover, there’s a music system so you can carry some music CDs or if you have an iPod there’s a dock station. However, there are some music CDs available in the bus. Alternatively, you can listen to the local radio station.
It is self-catering accommodation, however, utensils and basic ingredients are provided. You’ll also get a bottle of water and fruits provided. If you are staying one night like I did, then you can order take out or visit nearby restaurants. If you’d like to stay more than 3 days then there’s someone to clean your clothes and tidy the bus at a small fee.
A special thanks to Karen, Cathy and Rhoda for making my stay memorable. Keep up the good work!
Well, that’s it guys! What do you think about The Brandy Bus? Is it a place you would want to try out ? I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below. Thank you. xx
– Photography by Antony Trivet –
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