Review: Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi Airport

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In the last installment I reviewed Kenya Airways’ Pride Lounge at Nairobi Airport, which is their biggest and most modern lounge. In this installment I wanted to review Kenya Airways’ Simba Lounge, which is their secondary lounge at the airport.

While the Pride Lounge is located near gate 17, the Simba Lounge is located as you walk towards the lower gate numbers, right by the Kenya Airways customer service desk. This lounge is in the part of the terminal where security is at each individual gate, rather than at a centralized checkpoint.

The Simba Lounge is open 24 hours per day, unlike the other lounge, which is open from 5AM until midnight. It’s open to all SkyTeam business class and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers, as well as premium passengers on Air Mauritius, Precision Air, and RwandAir.

Nairobi Airport terminal

The Simba Lounge is immediately across from the “government lounge.” Hah.


Nairobi Airport terminal

Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi exterior

When I first arrived at the lounge there was no one there. Like, no one, not even an employee. So I just walked in and had a seat. As it turned out, the employee were just in the back room, located right behind reception.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi reception

By comparison to the Pride Lounge, this lounge is really small and basic. It consists of one long room, separated into two areas using some partitions.

First there’s an area with about 10 dining tables with two seats each, with the buffet to the side.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi seating

Then there’s the rest of the lounge, which has under 20 seats. Most of the seats are arranged in sets of 2-4, and then there are two red chairs facing a TV.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi seating


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi seating


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi seating

The food and drink selection wasn’t substantially different than in the Pride Lounge.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi buffet

There were a few types of salad and fruit, and then a few hot dishes.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi buffet


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi buffet

Given how few people seem to use this lounge, I had to wonder just how long that food had been sitting there.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi buffet


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi hot food


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi hot food

There was even a menu describing all the food options.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi menu

The lounge then had five types of liquor, as well as wine, beer, soft drinks, water, a coffee machine, and juice.


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi drink selection


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi buffet


Kenya Airways Simba Lounge Nairobi drink selection

In the very back of the lounge was a feature I love as an aviation geek — there was a big Kenya Airways model airplane. Unfortunately, though, the wings were on upside down and an engine was missing. While I assume Kenya Airways’ mechanics weren’t the ones to put these model planes together, it still doesn’t instill much confidence in the airline. šŸ˜‰

Sad Kenya Airways model airplane


Sad Kenya Airways model airplane

The Simba Lounge doesn’t have showers, but does have two sets of bathrooms. The mens room had one stall and two urinals.

Simba Lounge bathroom

The lounge had wifi that was serviceable, so I spent about an hour in the lounge working, before heading to the gate for my RwandAir flight to Kigali.

Kenya Airways Simba Lounge bottom line

The Simba Lounge is quite basic, but on the plus side it was nice and quiet and the wifi worked pretty well. I wouldn’t spend any more time here than you have to, but it’s not a bad place to kill some time.

Given the option I definitely recommend visiting the Pride Lounge instead, though this potentially requires going through security a second time, depending on which gate you’re departing from.

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Comments

  1. Same comment as on the Pride Lounge:
    Kenya airways provides 3 lounges at Nairobi (instead of 2 as you wrote), futhermore this lounge is opened 24h and not from 5am to midnight only.

    The real Simba Lounge (open from 5 to midnight), similar to the Pride Lounge is located upstairs after the Sheri Palm Spa (close to the food court) in T1A.

  2. There are actually two KQ Simba Lounges @NBO. The much nicer one is located on the 1st floor with an elevator next to the duty free area, although that lounge is only for KQ and Skyteam ELP passengers. It’s usually pretty quiet there and the tarmac views are also nice.

  3. Just to add to what Ttraveller said, the other quieter, nicer Simba is also accessible for Etihad passengers. (At least it was today when I went there as one).

  4. OMG if only you could have reviewed the Government lounge – free flowing Krug and ample caviar I bet. Lol

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