hazel luvuno

Joined In Dec 2020

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I am a 24-year old girl studying in Nairobi.I love reading books, and traveling (sight- seeing), and having exotic foods from different places.

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UnOPPOsably the best option.
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4.17

Oppo Service Centre, the most trusted Oppo-owned tech repair shop for Oppo phones is located along Koinange Street just a few minutes from the Nairobi CBD. Their service centre is quite conspicuous with the signature green Oppo logo lighting up its entrance so you definitely can't miss it. After an unavoidable home accident during my Christmas break, my phone got numerous massive cracks on its screen and I was pretty sure it was irreparable considering the level of damage on the screen. Knowing how often many friends of mine have had their spoilt phones poorly repaired or have them come back worse than they initially were before repair after taking them to random tech shops, I opted for Oppo Service Centre and paid them a visit two weeks ago. In case you want to know the price of repair depending on the kind of damage or problem your phone has, their Oppo service landline number on their website always goes through as long as the call is between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. Any call past that will be forwarded so you will have to call again the next day. I called in to inquire about the cost to repair my screen and I must say, the attendant was very friendly and asked the exact type of my Oppo phone since the price varies according to the make. Afterward, she gave me details on how much time it takes to repair and their opening hours. One thing I loved about this place is that the reception there was quite welcoming from the moment I stepped into the place. A guard always on standby to sanitize one on entry ushered me in and an attendant met me at the door asking me how they could be of assistance. He requested me to have a seat and approach any of the four attendants at the front desk when there is a free slot. The place has a customer-friendly environment with a waiting and service area that is quite spacious with couches to sit on as one waits to be served. There is also a water dispenser to quench your thirst as you wait which I found very convenient considering how the walk under the scorching sun in town has one's body all hot and sweaty. I was served just a few minutes later after arrival and the attendant at the front desk was kind and very courteous. She informed me about the whole process and that the procedure would take around 40 minutes to one hour but luckily it wasn't a busy day so I got my phone back looking good as new in 30 minutes! I was actually impressed by the level of efficiency. Their work on my phone was impeccable and as proof of repair, they packaged the broken screen and let you dispose of it yourself. They also give you a few minutes to confirm if the phone camera and other settings are functioning before you leave and any problem rectified. The greatest thing about repair here is that they give you a 6-month warranty after the repair so you are assured of quality service and aftercare in case anything related to your phone problem occurs within that time window. However, during the repair period in the centre, one cannot leave the premises so you are advised to just sit and patiently wait till they call out your name for pick up after a specified time. There is another Oppo shop along the same street so one might get confused as to which is which, so ensure you ask the guard at the entrance whether that is the main service centre or not. They not only deal with screen issues but also battery, charging, and other numerous phone problems so Oppo service centre should definitely be your #1 option when in need of phone fixing.

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Paradise and a home experience all at the same time.

PrideInn Flamingo is a family beach resort located on Serena Road - Shanzu, Mombasa. It has modest rooms in a relaxed ocean front resort with free breakfast, plus a lagoon pool and a spa. It also has conference rooms, a unique beach cave bar and entertainment facilities. There is access to the beach front though there is a lot of sea weed. Here is where you rest easy. The bright spacious rooms are your own home away from home with top-of-the-line amenities and comfort. All rooms are fully air conditioned and have private shower and cubicles. They also have spacious balconies, some with a breathtaking view of the ocean, with a table and chairs. The rooms are well maintained and very clean. It’s a very convenient place for hosting parties and even weddings. Event planners at Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa will help you create your perfect day from weddings to anniversaries and special events in the relaxing resort environment. Hospitality levels are top notch. We had booked some rooms and the garden area for my sister’s wedding reception. They also made our day by upgrading the bridal party to a deluxe room decorated with roses. It was the most brilliant experience. The hotel was wonderful with the best staff ever. We had a buffet and I enjoyed it so much. It is an excellent place for family holidays. I highly recommend it.

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Beautiful views at this rooftop restaurant.

The grove on Riverside is one of those hidden gems in Nairobi with very few clientele. It is located in Westlands area in Nairobi and is on the rooftop of a best-western by Executive Residency. There is ample parking space at the lot downstairs and valet parking. When you walk into the building, the guard at the entrance gives a security check then directs you to the restaurant- by using the elevator to get to the top floor. When I got to the top floor,I was astonished to find the restaurant empty. The chef welcomed me into the restaurant and asked me if I preferred to sit indoors or outdoors. Obviously I chose to sit outdoors since it was a hot day and I wanted to appreciate the view of Nairobi. The grove has an indoor swimming pool, which was lovely. The terrace has the loveliest sitting area with a grass-carpet for its floors. A waiter handed me the menu and I opted for the chef’s special which was grilled chicken and broccoli with a side of mashed potatoes. The food was absolutely splendid which was surprising for such a deserted restaurant. It therefore is the best place to dine if you value privacy and good views. My bill came to $21 which was a steal. I will definitely be back to The Grove soon.

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Get your dreadlocks done here!
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3.83

Highwayy Mall is a modern shopping mall strategically located along Uhuru Highway next to Nakumatt Mega, opposite Nyayo Stadium. It has Insurance, banks, salons, brand shops, boutiques and restaurants. I also noted there's a car parts and accessories shop. You could check that out. It has a pristine, ample and accessible parking just in case you happen to drop there with your vehicle. The security guards are up to the task so you have little to worry about, you can even enjoy yourself to the late night hours and all would be well. I went here for dreadlocks. There are 4 dreadlocks shops in the mall. Floors are accessible via lifts and stairs. Locked by Hadad is the place to go, he is very skilled when it comes to sister locks, dreadlocks, and temporary locks. It’s on the fourth floor, shop number 3. I loved the warm reception, as soon as I got there I was served a snack and a drink of choice, either coffee or water. The service was fast, it only took 2 hours for my hair to get done, though it’s quite pricey. The temporary locks looked amazing and I highly recommend the place in case anyone wants to do dreadlocks. Java and carrefour are in close proximity to the mall thus a great place to go get your hair done, enjoy a drink or cup of coffee and do some shopping. I would give it a rating of 3/5 because it's an average standard mall. Let's say it is pragmatical.

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Excellent choice for Chinese food in Nairobi.

Mister Wok Restaurant has two branches in Nairobi-one located at the Two Rivers Mall and the other in Parklands area. I would recommend the branch at Two Rivers for the views and the Parklands branch if you value discretion and privacy. The branch at Parklands has more grounds and room and you can have your meal out on the terrace by the pool. Their meals come in lovely ceramic bowls with generous portions. My favorite thing is how they set up the table with sauce bowls and a salad. Their sauces go so well with their food. Prices at Mister Wok range from $5 to $11 for portions that can serve as many as three people. The service here is always excellent and a waiter is always ready and on standby in case you need anything. The menu is quite wide with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. I always leave Mister Wok feeling full and satisfied and they always give one complementary mints - who doesn’t need a mint after a meal? I recommend Mister Wok for large parties, friends or couples for a romantic dinner. You may need to make a reservation if you’d like to secure a table of your choice. They take orders if you’d prefer to have your food delivered as well.

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Place of choice for Mexican food in Nairobi.
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4.17

Mercado is my favourite Mexican restaurant in Nairobi and had earned its title because of the quality of meals they offer. The restaurant is located at Kenrail Towers in Westlands area. Immediately you get off the elevator on the fifth floor, you will see the entrance to Mercado neighboring Blue Door Bar and Restaurant. The reception is immediately to the left after the entrance which is convenient when you have a reservation. The lighting is composed of dim, warm colors and the tables sit parties of different numbers. I particularly enjoy sitting either on the terrace or on the swing chairs indoors. There is always music playing at Mercado I usually have Mexican food at least twice every month so I am a frequent customer. I love the ambience and consistent good service every time I dine here. The prices are always within budget with tacos going for about $4 to $7 depending on the type and they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Happy hour at Mercado is from 4pm with a BOGOF offer on their cocktails. I like the fact that the bathrooms at Mercado are located in-house being that Mercado is located within a mall. I recommend Mercado for a night out with friends for cocktails and food and large parties.

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Quality and modern learning at this Kenyan University.

Currently being in my fourth year of study in JKUAT university, I must say my learning experience here has been nothing less than awesome and eye-opening and educative at the same time since i came here back in 2016. The learning environment here has given me a chance to open up my mind to new opportunities and experiences as I learn. The Jkuat University main campus is located along the Thika highway at a town called Juja, Kiambu County Kenya. Jkuat is a public university well-known for its quality education in technology and agriculture-related courses. However, the university has numerous colleges that offer diverse prestigious courses in Health Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering and technology, Pure and Applied Sciences, Human Resource and Development. A unique feature about Jkuat University is the fact that it houses another university in its grounds, one of the five institutes of Pan Africa University known as Pan Africa Union Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI). The university is a research hub thus offers a great opportunity for interested parties or learners to venture into research thus it is therefore no surprise that JKUAT houses the Sino Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC) that supports research in biomedicine, modern agriculture and sustainable conservation of natural resources. My favourite facilities in the university are the huge olympic size swimming pool and the huge campus library that towers over all the buildings with its unique open-book roof design. Being a reader and such a bookworm , I have spent most of life in the school library school buried in a book in the Maths section trying to master calculus probability and statistics concepts as the place offers a quiet student friendly environment to read. Inside, one can charge ones phone and laptops since the walls have sockets all round and the study desks/tables spaced out thus keeping interference at a minimum. The students centre is filled with food vendors who offer a wide variety of foods and a gaming centre for video game lovers. The gaming centre also has pool tables that are flooded with players on Friday evenings. The university also has a lot of parks with fixed benches and WiFi connection that give students a place to relax as they wait for the next class, do research and assignments. There is also a hospital located inside the university grounds well staffed with qualified medical personnel ready to aid both students and Juja residents. The workshops and labs are well equipped with the latest technology in order to provide modern and quality learning experience to students. Besides that, the university has exchange programs that allow students to study in other universities in other countries for a semester or two thus allowing exposure , they also offer exchange programs for students in Jkuat Rwanda to study in the Kenyan campuses. Graduates from Jomo Kenyatta University are always on demand due to their high level of skill amd efficiency therefore this should definitely be your university of choice.

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Family-friendly restaurant for Sunday lunches.

Chaka is mostly a deserted town with it being mostly active on market days. The town is a 30-minute drive from Nyeri Town. The town is quite small with its population not exceeding 500 people. However this hotel is quite popular to residents from Nyeri and it's environs. The hotel is just off the road near Shell Petrol Station. The parking lot is right in from of the hotel with a car wash just adjacent in case you want to get your car washed while you eat. The hotel is popular for its barbecue, wet fry beef and sizzling goat fry. The set up is outdoors with tables on the lush green lawn with shades to shelter from the sun. When you walk in, the kitchen is the first sight to your right from where you can order your meal as you secure a place to sit. The staff are very friendly and give you accurate estimated wait time for your meal. I recommend the samosas as an appetizer and wet fry goat or beef with a side of ugali. This delicacy will certainly lift your spirits. The pricing at this restaurant is affordable with a family meal and drinks going for $25 on the higher end. I recommend this place for families who would like to have a nice Sunday lunch with their kids or friends. Alcoholic drinks are also served here.

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Unearth this treasure of books and novels
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4.67

Khimji Devshi Shah is one of the oldest yet renowned bookshops in Nyeri Town. Being a resident of Nyeri for many years, I spent so much time buried in a novel or two most of the time. Visits to this bookshop once every month to add a new book to my Harry Potter collection was one thing I looked forward to most. Their vast collection of different genres of books quenched my book-thirsty self everytime without fail. Besides their uncountable captivating novel collection, the bookshop is well stocked with a wide array of textbooks from different publishers and stationery thus the best place to grab your reading materials during your back to school period.Their products are quite famous among kids especially their files due to their signature Mickey Mouse logo which if I'm being honest helped quite a lot in cultivating a filing culture even from a young age since I was obsessed with how good the files looked. Moreover, Khimji is known to be a great supplier of textbook supplies, files, exercise books, copier papers, rubber stamps and stationery. They also customize badges and school trophies for their client. Having had quite a bit of experience with them directly in supply, their work ethic is impressive. Any order made to Khimji for books and supplies is always well-handled, goods delivered on time and give good deals given to loyal customers. Their attendants are quite friendly and help you in case of any query while you scheme the shelves for the book of your choice. Khimji Devshi Shah bookshop is located adjacent to the Nyeri Post office uptown opposite the Housing Finance bank building. The bookshop recently opened a new branch on Kimathi way downtown to serve customers who come from the outskirts of towns and students going to school since the main stage is just a few feet away from it hence fitting the perfect convenient location.

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A haul a day keeps the basic goods at bay : Unique variety low priced products
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3.67

Miniso a japanese owned retail chainstore, has become quite famous among Kenyans since most of its outlets are located in malls thus easily accessible and have convenient location. Miniso has branches in The Hub Karen, Junction Mall, Village market , Thika Rd Mall and Westgate Shopping Mall. Miniso can easily be described as a mini supermarket for everything houseware , make-up, kitchenware, electric devices/equipment and many other products, all besides food products. I have been to the junction mall and Thika road mall branch both of which are well stocked but the junction mall outlet quite larger. Their aisles are orderly and strategically arranged in sections according on the products. The TRM branch however, isn't quite spacious so the aisles are a bit squeezed which was the only downside about the place. The main reason why Miniso is the preferred shopping option to supermarkets and other places is because of the uniqueness of thw products they sell. Which are quite affordable which is a plus when it comes to shopping here. Since Miniso only occupies one floor the attendants are few but quite helpful in case of any issue or query about the products. I for one love their electric devices which range from their signature uniquely coloured headphones to earphones and bluetooth devices, make-up products and children products like lunchboxes which my little cousins loved so much. Their kids collection is to die for, you might actually end up impulse buying because what's not to love! The kitchenware collection here is amazing I specifically loved their non-stick frying pans which were going for such a fair price. My favorite thing about Miniso is that they always ensure they renew their stock every week so you are sure to find a new variety of products weekly so do head of to Miniso for your mini-haul!

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Excellent standards of learning.
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4.67

Nyeri Junior School is a well known elementary school located on the outskirts of Nyeri Town along the Nyeri-Chaka route in Mukaro constituency. This area is known as an education hub since it hosts other prestigious schools such as Nyeri Good Shepherd and Mt Kenya Academy therefore convenient in terms of location thus organized transport to and from the school for kids can be easily organized. It is a mixed day and boarding that offers education from grade 1 to grade 8, 8.4.4 education system curriculum. It is therefore a choice for the parent/guardian whether they prefer their child being a border or a dayscholar. The outstanding trait about this school is the fact that besides being a public school, the services and facilities offered here would make you mistake it for a private-owned entity and not a government school. The school is located on a huge area of land thus the usual presumed idea of public school seeming squeezed is out of question here. The first thing you will notice upon entry is the arched entrance far off at the end of the one-way road once you enter the main gate , the driveway towards the administration building is beautiful giving a view of two of the four fields on either side . The view of this driveway during the November December jacaranda shedding period makes the place even more beautiful. The classes are well spaced with each of streams of classes , usually 4 classes each having its own building. The amazing thing about this school has a swimming pool, which is quite rare for a public school. This owes to the fact that the school was initially a learning institution for European settlers during during the colonial period therefore its facilities are of high quality standards. Kids get to swim in the pool once a week as slotted in their timetables. The four fields namely the Hockey field, Main field, Junior field and Lower field provide ample space for the entire school population to enjoy field day/games day on Thursday and enjoyable P.E lessons. The school is equipped with a wide range of sports equipment giving kids a chance to venture in different sports such as badminton, shortput, discuss, netball, volleyball, football, javelin among other games thus promoting sports talents for your kids. Moreover, the school has a tennis court that provides suitable area for playing lawn tennis which I found quite exciting during my learning experience there in my childhood. Besides the facilities, the school has highly qualified teachers dedicated to offering holistic education ranging from class learning to psychological /counselling to outdoor learning e.g sports and extra curricular activities such as drama and music. The school always scores high means in external exams thus always securing top position ranks among numerous schools in Nyeri County. Students are always the cream with excellent marks in their K.C.P.E results with a huge fraction securing spots in the top national schools in the country. Letting your child learn here will definitely be one of the best decisions you can ever make.

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Your substitute doctor.
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4.17

Othaya Chemist is a large well known drugstore/pharmacy located in the heart of Nyeri Town. Being one of the old chemists founded in the Town over 10 years ago, this store has gained the trust of most of the residents of Nyeri Town. They open at exactly 8a.m thus provide a convenient quick stop before work in case one has a prescription needed to be filled in. Since it is located along Kimathi Street, it does not provide ample free parking space since it is along the busy road around the main stage so one has to pay the city council parking fee if you wish to park right outside the store. Othaya chemist has highly qualified medical personnel who are conveniently positioned all round their wide front desk therefore one does not have to queue in line to consult one pharmacist which is a plus since the store is ever flooded with customers especially on weekends and evenings. The great thing about this chemist is that it is always well stocked and their drugs sold at pocket friendly prices that are way less-priced than those of the other chemists within Nyeri Town. Since they are ever fully stocked with both generic and original drugs referrals to other phamarcies are quite rare. Since they provide medicine and medical products at customer friendly prices, they are always getting orders to supply numerous hospitals and dispensaries within Nyeri County. When one does not have a prescription they do a great history taking and truth be told everytime i go there i feel no difference between being diagnosed there and going to hospital, they actually are quite swift and do not delay consultation or keep one waiting which is common in hospitals. Many requests have been made however that they should consider expanding and open branches in surrounding towns of Mukurweini and Karatina since their loyal customers and people who depend on them as suppliers always have to travel all the way to Nyeri time in order to access their services.

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Trendy collections to suit everyone’s needs.
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4.17

Woolworths offers a wide product portfolio namely ladies, men’s and children’s clothing-both formal and casual, lingerie, footwear, home-ware, toiletries, gift items, jewelry, bags and accessories. Exceptional quality and durability are what you can expect at Woolworths. It’s the one stop family store. If you love casual but stylish things, you’re sure to find some fabulous bargains at Woolworths. Here, you can spot the latest trends and international catwalk designs skilfully presented as practical everyday wear. From awesome dresses to warm pullovers, elegant suits to cool designed jeans, outfits that are definitely chic. It’s pricy but totally worth it. The footwear are also of very high quality. I’ve been to several branches but was most impressed by the one in Sarit Center, Nairobi. The store is huge and very clean. The customer service is awesome and I loved the warm reception. I went to get lingerie and since I wasn’t sure of my lingerie size, they assisted me by taking my measurements and made sure I got the perfect one. The lingerie collection are of good quality and very pretty. I got some good quality jeans too and they are still in good shape after years so value for money. I would definitely be shopping here again!

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Burgers!!

This restaurant has a few branches in Nairobi. At Capital Centre, Prestige Plaza and at TRM. The closest to my area is TRM. I've been to this restaurant a few times. The ambience is okay. It has a modern setting and the tables are well spaced. The first time I was here was with a group of friends and it was a good time for sure. We went on a monday and found they had a burger offer for BOGOF. They have different burgers to choose from. My favourite one was the Texas burger which went for 990KES. The rest of my friends ordered different burgers but they all liked it. I really loved mine. It was huge! All burgers come with a side of fries. For drinks we had a few beers and some had milkshakes. They usually have a happy hour for beers. I loved my vanilla milkshake. Their customer service is fairly good. The members if their staff are polite and willing to help you with what you need.They have parking space in the area at a fee. The food is what keeps me coming.

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Best nail parlour in town

Always treating you like the queen you are. I love this place. Located right in the middle of Nairobi CBD, at BIHI towers 8th floor.Their customer service is top notch. Their staff are super friendly and always smiley. This nail palour is the perfect place to spoil yourself. The ambience is amazing. The place is spotless. It always so clean. They give you some tea while you get your nails done. They offer many services. Gel polish application is 1000KES. Colour Changing gel is 1500KES. Matte gel is 2000KES. Stickons range from 1000KES. They also have skin brightening pedi rangeing from 1300KES. They also do nail sculpting and acrylics. Their nails techs are well qualified and their service are quite perfect. Everything about this place is amazing. They also fix your nail for you if you break it before a certain time. Their nails last more than weeks and are still intact. Their pedicures are my personal favourite. You leave here feeling so relaxed. Best parlour ever.

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Food delivery made easier

This app is from the transportation app called Uber. Uber eats is a food delivery service that is most of y in Nairobi, Kenya. Their app is both on iOS and Android. This make it easily accessible to any phone user. The application itself is very easy to use. Once you log in and select your location, the application will display all the restaurants in your area. All you need to do is select the restaurant and pick your meal. You then wait for your meal to be delivered to your home. The thing I like about uber eats is that is has so many restaurants on its catalogue. You will always find what you are looking for. They also have very affordable delivery charges. The can go as low as 40KES!! Their riders are also very polite and are quite good with directions. This app has definitely made my life easier.

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One stop Mall

Garden City is located between Exit 7 and Exit 8 on the Thika superhighway and only 15 minutes drive from Nairobi’s CBD. It is one of the biggest malls in Kenya. Garden City mall is home to more than 80 stores. With a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, clothing stores and outdoor activities for children. I usually frequent this mall because it's in my area. I get everything under one roof. The stores are very diverse and you will always get what you are looking for. I really love their restaurants with my favourite being mambo italia. I also frequent the IMAX here. This one is a favourite of mine. Garden city is also home of shoprite and game. The stores are fully stocked. Their clothing stores are great too, I particularly like Mr. Price. Garden city mall also offers parking on the site at a fee. The place u is quite large so you'll never miss parking space even on a very busy day. The also have offices and apartments in the area. It is the first integrated mall in Kenya with both residential and retail.

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Hidden gem in Nairobi

Located at Loresho Ridge, Nairobi, this restaurant is quite the site. The environment here is scenic. It has a lovely outdoor atmosphere. We went here with a group of around 6 people. We arrived at around 12 and were lucky to get a table as it got busy after a few. I'd suggest making a reservation. This restaurant is known to source all it's good from their shamba so everything is super fresh. We got a variety of food from the menu, including a shamba burger which was 1100KES , a meat lovers pizza that was 1200KES, barbeque pulled pork which was 1100KES and some beef fillet that was 1850. Their fries were 300KES. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. You really dont feel time flying when you are here. We ended up staying till sunset and it was so beautiful. The food takes quite some time to prepare so dont go if you are in a rush. This place also has vendors around selling different things, from seedlings to jewelry. Perfect for families, intimate breakfasts or dinner or just a group of friends like us.The space is an excellent location for birthdays and team building. Their food is not halal for muslims so I'd recommend not eating the meat from here. This place is quite the hidden gem in nairobi.

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Leading provider of converged communication solutions in Kenya.

Arguably the biggest communications company in Kenya. Safaricom provides a wide variety of services like Broadband internet and Financial services. Mpesa is the most convenient way to pay for services in kenya. The customer care personnel are very professional and helpful. Whenever I have an inquiry, they try their level best to fix the issues relayed. I love the way it's easy to make calls at good rates and the internet connection is really good bundles are quite affordable as well. The company has the widest modern mobile network coverage in Kenya and prides in its experienced shareholders, attractive tariffs, a nationwide network of effective dealers, enabling it to maintain its position as the region’s mobile market leader. They also have offers like tubonge minutes and storo bonus. Safaricom seeks to uplift the welfare of Kenyans through value-added services and support for community projects. This is the most outstanding company especially this time of COVID-19 pandemic in terms of helping the society through lowering their (M-PESA) costs and passing important information on this pandemic. It is the most convenient telecommunications company in Kenya.

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Birthday dinner with friends.

The Copper Ivy is a relatively new restaurant in Nairobi which surpassed all my expectations. It is located in Westlands area and easily accessible by cab. The promenade building, within which it is located has ample underground parking and is quite secure. We got off from our Uber and walked in. The restaurant is on the first floor and we easily spotted the entry. At the entrance, a waiter asked whether he could sit us to which we pointed out that we already had a reservation. He then guided us to our table which was already set with our menus. Some members of our party had already arrived as well. The most striking thing about The Cooper Ivy is the stunning decor with good lighting. We took numerous photos. I would certainly commend them for the quality of service. The waiters were keen, helpful and efficient. The menu at copper ivy has a wide array of options and a separate drinks menu. The prices per meal range from $10 to $20 which is quite affordable for such a fine dining experience. I ordered the mushroom pepper steak which a side of mashed potatoes which went for 1150KES. The portions were generous and I was quite full. I ordered a bottle of their 2014 Merlot to go with the meal which was quite exquisite. The steak was well done to my requests and perfectly moist with rich flavours. I was quite impressed with their food and presentation. For dessert, we had a slice of the caramel cake which was recommended by the staff and I was quite pleased. I am definitely going back to the copper ivy for date night and lovely food!

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A one-stop shopping mall with a theme park.

Two Rivers is a shopping center with over 200 stores. It is a fun-filled place that has all the necessary amenities, attractions, and amusements. It is located at Ruaka in Nairobi, Kenya. Two rivers has become very popular due to the best services that it offers to its customers. It offers all you can get, it has office blocks, shopping centers, banks, restaurants, fun activities, among others. The place is very secure, manned by professional and competent security personnel. There is ample parking space, at the basement and rooftop, and wheel-chair accessible entrance and lifts. The mall is very huge and I got lost around 2 times and had to ask for directions. The security staff were very friendly and assisted me in finding my way around the mall. One can be spoilt for choices as it offers a wide range of family fun activities such as a dancing fountain, theme park, flume ride, ferry wheel, games, skate part, and many more. The most popular fun activity in this mall is the tallest Ferris wheel which I enjoyed and enabled me to have an exceptional view of Nairobi city and the sunset. The Ferris charges are 500KES per person. There’s also a whole host of games to enjoy, including GP karting. There are snacks such as popcorn as well as fresh juices offered in the theme park. It gets more scenic at night near the rafting canal, with the lit-up, metallic zebra and giraffe mesh artwork. The Ferris wheel is also quite the sight to behold. The food court and amazing restaurants are of different cultures making it a good place to get to taste new cuisines. I got to try out Chinese food for the first time at Mister Wok restaurant and I must say I was impressed by the taste and quantity of the food. This mall is a great place for a fun weekend out with the family. I can’t wait to go back for the experience.

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State of the art driving school in Mombasa

UNIK offers training for motorcycle, light vehicles, light trucks and heavy trucks. The institutions have a vast fleet of light motor vehicles for teaching students the most advanced and futuristic driving skills that are unmatched. It is quite affordable and the fees structure is based on the type of training an individual selects. They have a planned schedule for each student. Right from his basic training to the final stage, every minute detail is snapped based on his/her ability and how well he adapts to the process. Soma of the skills that are impacted include basic vehicle knowledge, Highway Code, driving manouvers, road safety. This ensures the students get through their drivers theory examination in able to obtain a driving test certification. I liked my experience at UNIK driving school in Kilifi. The trainer was very patient and experienced, and the training hours are very convenient since you can either go in the morning, afternoon or evening according to your schedule. The downside is that they give little time for practicals because of the many students. Their offices are also very small hence it can get too crowded. I like their services though as they try to cater to most of your needs and the attendants are very helpful. I would recommend this driving school for a good experience.

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A surprise in every lick.
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Cold stone offers a variety of ice creams, yoghurts and sorbet flavors giving you the ultimate ice cream experience. They have several branches in Kenya and I’ve been to the one at Thika Road Mall. I like the way they have different varieties and if uncertain you can taste the flavors. I once tried their signature cheese cake at a price of 800KES which can serve 2 people and it was the best I have had. Their plain ice cream ranges from 350KES to 1200KES, in good portions hence value for money. They offer great service from well trained staff. It is a nice place to chill with friends or better yet take away. I can’t wait to go back and try out their wide variety of flavors that they have to offer. My best flavors so far is the peanut butter chocolate icecream. I would give it a rating of 4/5.

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A day out at a crocodile amusement park.
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Mamba village centre is a playful amusement park with bumper cars, a merry-go-round and other rides, plus a big crocodile farm. It is located at Nyali, Mombasa along links road. It has ample parking space and there is also a wheelchair-accessible entrance. It was the the first time I saw a huge crocodile, the very famous Big daddy at more than 1.3 tones of weight and over 100 years old. It has great tour of the reptiles (crocodiles), you get to learn so much at the crocodile farm. The best time to go is in late afternoon, because then you get to see them feeding the mambas. You can take photos with the little crocodiles under supervision. The mamba restaurant offers great meals. I tried their crocodile meat for the first time at 1,000KES per 1/4kg and I was really impressed with its unique savory taste. I would highly recommend trying out the crocodile meat. The food portions are decent and affordable and the service was fast. The staff are also very friendly. It is a great place for family hangouts especially for kids.

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Best game drive experience.
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4.67

Tsavo East has an undeniable wild and primordial charm and is a terrific wildlife-watching destination. It is located mid-way between Mombasa and Nairobi at Mtito-Andei. The main entrance gate to the park is the Mtito Andei gate. Tsavo East is a diverse park with many features and it is home to the largest elephant herds in the country, as well as a good population of giraffes, many zebra, impala and gazelles, as well as irascible buffalo. Predators are represented by large prides of lions, elusive leopards, and the fastest animal on land - the cheetah. One of my highlights from the game drive was the huge herds of Elephants covered in red dust from wallowing and dust bathing. The entrance fee for adult resident is 1200KES, children resident is 600KES , adult non-resident goes for US$75 and children non resident is US$40. Apart from the game drives there are other activities like bush walks, horse riding, hiking and rock climbing. One of the Park's most recognisable features is the Yatta Plateau which is the longest lava flow in the world, stretching for over 300Km. The Park offers the quintessential safari experience, and the game viewing is usually best around water sources such as the Aruba Dam. Tsavo East National Park also offers camping and accommodation. We once stayed at Satao camp which is at the heart of the park. I had an out of Africa style safari experience with guided game drives led by knowledgeable local guides. Accommodation is offered in luxury tented suites that have verandas from which you can watch Elephants come down to drink. We had a lovely time, we were there for two days and enjoyed it. The lions were tricky because they blend in to the grass but we got lucky on the last day when a whole pride came and laid down in front of our car. Tips: take a good camera, carry snacks & drinks and if you are planning to stay over in the camps take insect repellent. I highly recommend Tsavo East National Park to local and foreign tourists.

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Everything cosmetics and hair under one roof.
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Best lady is a beauty supply store in Kenya. It is a one stop shop for all cosmetics. It deals with designer cosmetic brands that include hair care and accessories, makeup, body care, skincare and nail polish that comes in several colors. It stocks a wide range of weaves, wigs and braids and many other hair products in Kenya that comes in different styles and colors hence reducing the need of moving from one store or supermarket to another for a wide range of hair products and accessories. It is very convenient since the customer can choose their preferred hair accessory depending on the type, taste, and color for the ideal look they want to pull. The price range from 55 KES to 245 KES for braids, 350 KES to 1,500 KES for weaves and 1,500 KES to 3,000 KES for wigs. The prices for their products are cheaper than most places. I have been to several branches in Mombasa and Nairobi. The attendants are very helpful and friendly. However, the stores are usually crowded most of the time and it can get disorganized, especially the braids area. I would definitely be going back for more hair products.

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A very convenient filling station.
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Shell provides oil and gas services. They have several outlets in Kenya. They provide fast services and good security. They are conveniently located mostly along the major highways. The staff are friendly and understand customer experience. They fuel vehicles of all types and sizes. Most outlets are spacious and clean, and have good parking space and food outlets. Some also have car wash which are decent enough. The attendants are experienced in car services like fixing car tires and assisting with air pumps. It is very convenient in terms of payment because there are various options like cards, cash or via M-pesa in most branches. I would highly recommend Shell Petrol Station for good quality fueling and car services and products.

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Great shopping experience.

Naivasha has different outlets across Kenya and offers a wide variety of product shopping and services. I mostly shop at the one in Nyali ,along Mombasa- Malindi highway. It is located on the ground floor, east wing in Nyali Centre. There is ample parking space and good security. It is one of the largest supermarkets in Mombasa however it gets crowded during peak hours and on Sundays. They offer a variety of products and many discounts, and the goods are well organized. You can get practically anything under one roof and the prices are very competitive. The attendants are nice and helpful. I particularly love their bakery, I have bought pastries from there and I would highly recommend. They also have a cafe within the supermarket which sells a variety of ready made food. It has great customer service and sufficient cashiers at the check out area. They need to have express counters for customers with less items. Just outside the supermarket, there are vendors who sell beautiful Swahili shoes and accessories at affordable prices. It is an amazing place to do shopping and I would highly recommend.

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Substandard patient care.

Pandya Hospital is located along Dedan Kimathi Avenue in Mombasa just 5 minutes away from CBD. There is ample parking space and good security. It has a nice waiting bay for patients, complete with a water dispenser and a television screen. Hand sanitizers are also placed strategically hence they adhere to the COVID-19 precautionary measures. They accept payment through insurance and paying cash is a bit on the higher side. However, the services are slow and have the worst reception ever. There are always queues and very few attendants when the reception can accommodate around 5 attendants but for some reason there’s always one person who takes their time to serve patients. The staff are not trained to understand customer service and giving patients a good experience while there. They forget that people are sick and need to be served quickly and with compassion so that they can go home. I was only here because I needed to see a specialist who has a clinic in their hospital but the services were too slow. The professionalism of the doctors was impressive regardless of everything else. Most of the nurses are friendly and helpful too. I once visited an in-patient and the private, semi-private and deluxe wards are great. I would give it a rating of 6/10.

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Almost as good as a game drive.

My friends and I took the SGR train from Nairobi to Mombasa so that we could maximize sight seeing opportunities. The SGR offers that feeling of adventure in modern comfort. The security is top notch. In the Nairobi Terminus you arrive at this imposing concrete addendum to its surrounding. Once you have passed through the sniffer dogs, body scanner and bag x-ray machine, you reach the ticket office. Two types of tickets are available, 1st & 2nd. Forget using a credit card, it's cash only. At weekends book in advance as the 2 daily trains (am & pm) sell out. There is also an option of booking online via Mpesa which is very convenient. After more security checks you reach the waiting area, before heading on to the train. On the way to Mombasa, I saw several animals including zebras, wild beast, ostrich, elephants and various birds. We also saw some intriguing villages and a distance glance at the stunning Mount Kilimanjaro, what more could a passenger ask for? It took a steady 5 hours through some stunning scenery and what amounts to a free safari. I travelled out in 2nd class and back in 1st class the difference is noticeable. In 2nd class, the seats are very hard and upright, which by the end of the 5 hours takes its toll. In 1st class, the seats are more comfortable and recline, plus there are electric sockets to recharge phones. However there is no Wi-Fi on the entire train. A limited selection of food and drink is available, but not chilled. Overall it is worth for the nature, scenery and value and probably on balance worth paying the 3,000 KES ($30) one way for 1st class.

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A not so blissful experience.
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This is an outpatient healthcare network with centers all over Kenya. Ive visited the one in Mtwapa, Mombasa located just after the Mtwapa bridge. It accepts insurance, especially for TSC teachers in Kenya. They offer accessible and affordable healthcare services. The building is equipped to offer Health services and referrals when need arises. They have some specialists, and I had gone to consult an optician. The service are so slow since I was told to pick spectacles from the hospital and I had to wait for over a month for them to be ready. Wouldn’t recommend it if you have an emergency and require quick medical attention. In another occasion I had taken my niece to the hospital and the support stuff were helpful but services were still very slow. However, I loved the professionalism of the physicians. The friendly staff, cool calm atmosphere with adequate waiting room space provides a therapeutic aura and I would give it a rating of 5/10.

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The ultimate movie experience.
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Nyali Cinemax is located just a few minutes drive from Mombasa Town. The theater is the only one in Mombasa. It has ample parking space and strategic location with diners like big square and Bollywood bites. It is simply convenient for an evening refreshment, shopping and a movie of course. I have been there several times and I loved the fact that the place is not packed with people because it’s very spacious which makes the movie experience more enjoyable. It has that wow effect upon entering. They have a variety of snack shops which serve an array of snacks from popcorn, potato crisps, drinks, and more. Their caramel popcorn is the best I’ve had, I would highly recommend. It has a good quality sound system and the screen is big enough. 3D glasses are available too at 100 KES. I loved the ladies washrooms too, there are these really great photos of actors mounted all over giving you that movie feeling. The support stuff and attendants are very helpful, for first timers too. It is a great place to visits with friends and family. I can’t wait to go back for that movie experience again!

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Good quality and affordable clothes.

LC Waikiki is the store that provides quality products which suit every style at reasonable prices. They have several branches and I love shopping at the LC Waikiki in City Mall, Mombasa because the location is strategically placed and very accessible. The clothes are very unique and fairly priced. I must say they also have a wide variety of accessories and collection including maternity and infant clothes, making shopping so much exciting and very memorable. Their clothes are of good quality, I bought jeans from there about 1 years ago and they still look nice. The changing rooms were really nice, I particularly loved the huge mirrors and good lighting. The store also has a shoe collection for kids, men and women. Most of the support stuff are very helpful and service is fairly fast. This is the perfect place for quality clothings and gear for the entire family, pricing is fine and shopping experience is exemplary, you get the feeling that indeed, they mean business, “ Everyone deserves to dress well”. I would highly recommend.

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A combination of Nairobi’s finest art and dining experience.

Nairobi’s art scene is composed of very talented artists, especially on canvas. The collective restaurant showcases art from different artists in Nairobi, in their hallways and dining areas. When you walk in, you might think you might be lost at first because the restaurant looks exactly like an art gallery. Numerous paintings garnish their walls giving you a luxurious dining experience. The restaurant is a hub for creatives to meet other creative individuals while enjoying many forms of art such as stand up comedy and many canvas and oil paintings . I typically don’t know a lot about art but I enjoyed the lovely ambience and stunning decor. The restaurant’s dining area is dimly lit which is perfectly for a romantic dinner and conversation. Any new person visiting Nairobi would love it here as it is a good representation of local talent. The setting caters for everything, dinner dates, evening chills and meetings. I particularly loved their cocktails and the food was very delicious , would highly recommend their Hydrabad mutton biryani. If you love art and food you would definitely fall in love with The Collective! Their customer service is top notch and they make you really feel awesome. As for the price it’s moderately higher but totally worth it. I would definitely go back to this place.

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Luxurious accommodation for students.
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4.67

Qwetu are accommodation hostels for local and international students in Nairobi. The residences have rooms which are safe , clean and fully furnished. They are located in conducive environments and offers a variety of amenities and services. They offer three types of rooms, a double room with a starting price of 12,000 KES, a single room at a starting price of 22,500 KES and a superior room with a starting price of 26,000 KES. It offers free fast internet, TV, pool, laundry, gym, chemist and a supermarket. Water and electricity is also available throughout. They also offer a shuttle service that operates at particular hours in the morning, afternoon and evening which is super convenient. The place is vibrant and fun. The staff and most of the residents are friendly and nice. The rules are pretty reasonable. It’s the most secure students accommodation and I would highly recommend.

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Nature at its finest.

Haller Park is located in Bamburi, Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast. It is a nature park that comprises of a variety of animals. The entrance fee for tourists is 800 KES for adults and 400 KES for children. For residents adults it’s 500 KES and 200 KES for children. You can use a wheelchair both in the parking and within the park. If you prefer nature and walk under shaded mixture of tropical trees, then this is the pace to be! The walk is an hours long so bring comfortable shoes. The environmental is serene and peaceful. The animals put into this sanctuary are well taken care of and since there are not so many animals to see, it’s better to plan your trip around the feeding times, which is 11AM and 3PM for the giraffes and 4PM for the hippos, buffalos and crocodiles. Giraffe feeding is an exclusively amazing activity and very fun, I would highly recommend. The place is also good for photo shoots. The guards are super friendly and informative. The services are timely and responded well. It’s a very convenient place for a nature stroll and family outing, however they need to increase diversity to make it more attractive.

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Travel with comfort!

Dreamline offers comfort, quality, safe travel and good customer service. The company operates a fleet of buses that travel across Kenya and Uganda. The company has also included parcel services in their options. The pick up stations are located at very convenient places in different towns. Dreamline has online booking, all you have to do is specify and book a seat on the bus and you will be guided. Alternatively, you can inquire from the customer service through calling or writing them an email. It is very efficient as everyone intending to travel gets their fair chance to book a seat of their choice and pay for it at the comfort of their choice. Talk of the VIP treatment that is accorded, phone-charging outlet, and classy, comfortable seats with an additional space to stretch your legs. The drivers are mostly careful which ensures safe travels. I would highly recommend this for a comfortable travel experience.

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A little haven on the highway!

NOKRAS Sagana is a getaway that is quickly becoming famous due to its strategic location along the Nairobi-Muranga highway. It is a nice solo, family or couple getaway from the city allowing you to get soke fresh breath of the countryside as it is located in Sagana The place has a beautiful entrance with flowers and some nice nature feel to it which i loved. They have an oudoor pool which my friends and i got to enjoy. The pool is not so packed so you get to enjoy a nice uninterrupted swimming experience under the sun. Their room service was however a bit disappointing and their rooms a bit stuffy. That i wish they could improve on. The food was very tasty and i loved their wet fry , very delicious indeed! Their fish is also well cooked. However , their waiters gave poor service having us wait for about an hour to bring our order and bringing our order in portions so we didn't enjoy our meal on our first day quite as much. Their customer service is pathetic and should be improved because waiting on an order after swimming is quite annoying since we were super hungry. Otherwise, the rest of our stay was great besides the small disappointments we encountered on our first day. The view of the scenery from the resort is breathtaking . It is definitely a place to consider while enroute to or from Muranga.

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Great experience from start to finish!
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4.67

I went to this place with my friends for a special occasion and we were not disappointed. We were warmly greeted and escorted to our tables by a staff member called Christopher who further guided us through the menu and wine. Christopher was great at introducing himself to everyone who walked in and making sure that everyone was happy and in so doing, has earned the hotel life- long customers. The food was absolutely delicious and just as good as the service. Great experience from start to finish, I cannot say enough about the Chef. My only regret is that we didn’t have enough room for three courses. The value was excellent compared to prices of other similar hotels such as Ole Sereni and the atmosphere is hard to match. I had lamb chops and fries which I would highly recommend. Here, you get what you order. From the mood to the food.

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A not so max exeperience.
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3.83

Maxland hotel is a well known hotel by the residents of juja town located directly behind Juja city mall. It has a marvellous reception at the entrance with a quite welcoming look .My friends and i needed a break from the Nairobi hustle so we chose a different place altogether away from the town madness on weekday evenings. The interior dining area needs a bit of working on , it does not match up to the beautiful reception which is the first place one sees so standards are already set quite high before one enters the building. The waiters were quick to take our orders but took so long to serve us which got a bit annoying because other people who had come in after us got served before us. The food was so delicious , had pork platter for the four of us , fries and drinks . I must say it was very well made quite delicious in fact , but the wait had made us a bit impatient since we were so hungry after an exhausting day at school. The washrooms at the end of the dining area were also not as clean tgat day which was a bummer since we'd already had our first disappointment with the food. They have a pool out back which I've gotten to enjoy . They sometimes call in a Dj once in a while and play music which makes the swimming a bit more livelier. The should however improve on their customer service.

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Luxury in Nakuru

The epitome of luxury in Nakuru. Sarova Woodlands Hotel and Spa is a tranquil retreat for travelers on business or leisure, offering the ideal place to break the journey for those passing through Nakuru Town. It is also ideal for locals to experience the complete hotel and spa experience in their own backyard. The hotel is located off the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway just outside of Nakuru town and is situated on a wooded avenue in the upscale Milimani area adjacent to the State House. From Nakuru CBD, an uber will cost 200/= and will drop you off past the entrance, at the reception of the hotel. Before reaching the hotel, you notice how the area surrounding the hotel is tranquil with grass and trees in every direction. On arrival at the entrance, the hotel looks like something from the movie. It is a spectacle. Past the reception, you get to the Cinnamon restaurant which offers a wide selection of cuisines including Continental, Pan-African, Pan-Asian and Indian in a buffet setting. There is also a Courtyard with a pool on the other side of the hotel. It is a place to relax, where guests can conduct meetings, have a drink or a bite while enjoying the outdoors. There is also a Leather bar furnished with a combination of wood and leather, creating a luxurious ambience. Having a drink there, is something you should experience. They also have quite a number of hotel rooms. All rooms at Sarova Woodlands are ensuite and feature contemporary guest facilities and services to ensure a tranquil, comfortable and pleasant stay. This hotel lives up to the Sarova brand name.

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Wildlife Haven

If you happen to visit Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park should be on you list of destinations to pop by. Termed as a “A beautiful wildlife haven”, it is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland. It is famous for hosting quite a number of beautiful pink flamingos. The park is located 2km from Nakuru CBD and an uber from the CBD would cost 450/=. We got there at around 2 pm. Just before you go for the drive, there is a parking lot and the best part about this parking lot is the baboons. There are baboons everywhere. Some even came to our car and took some bananas from us. We took the 7 seater Land Rover which costs 1800/=. This package includes the car, a 2 hour tour around the park and a tour guide. Driving through the park, I got to appreciate the wonder that is wildlife. I was giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, gazelles, rhinos and some lions. Luckily we were on time to see the flamingos. The make almost a quarter of the lake turn pink. Its an amazing site to behold. Afterwards we were taken to the baboon cliff which is a spot on top of a crater within the park where there are hundreds of baboons and the most beautiful view of the entire park and lake. The whole experience was magical.

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Camping
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Lake Elementaita is a small soda ash lake 18 sq km in size, and is located on the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley. From Nairobi, it is a 2 hour drive while from Nakuru it take approximately 30 minutes from Nakuru CBD. Unlike its neighbouring Lake Nakuru which houses a National Park, Lake Elementaita in best known for its numerous resorts and camp sites. Most of the land around the lake is privately owned and majority of the owners have gone above and beyond to build resorts, campsites and airbnbs that suit the different needs of travelers. Personally, I have visited 5 different resorts within that area but the one that stood out is the Soysambu Conservancy. I stayed at Simon’s Campsite which overlooks Lake Elmenteita among Acacia and Candleabra trees. We had to carry our own tents as a formality. The view from the campsite is something else. It faces south with a commanding view of the Sleeping Warrior crater and Mt. Eburu. We settled in at around 5pm and this gave us time to go for horse riding. You wouldn't believe how excited I was. To ride horses on the shores of the lake with the view of the flamingos and a beautiful sunset. I can attest that it exceeded my expectations. After that, we got to go for a night game drive. I have never done a night game drive before and this was something I was looking forward to. Imagine seeing all these wildlife in their natural elements at night. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that night. The camping experience was also quite something although you need to be prepared tp keep warm. Its freezing in the wee hours of the night. This is truly a hidden gem.

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World Class education

Repeatedly acclaimed to be the best university in East Africa and one of the best in Africa. The University of Nairobi is located in the heart of Nairobi City. Once you get to the CBD, it takes a less than 10 minutes walk to the gates of UON. From a far you can see the towering University of Nairobi Towers. Most of the times, this building acts as a compass on locating the campus.The sheer size of the campus takes you aback. With its blue and white colour on the gates and all the buildings, its hard to mistake this for any other institution. At the gate, there is the mandatory security check by guards. Past the gate, everything is pavements and the most manicured lawns. Walking a few steps and you come across the graduation square. Its in the middle of all these buildings which house offices and classes. Thankfully there are sign posts everywhere, otherwise, navigating this jungle would be quite a task. I visited the main offices and there is something about the way you are welcomed at the reception. The secretaries are very friendly and always smiling ready to meet your every need. Quality services for a world class university.

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Picnic at the castle

Lord Egerton Castle is a splendid piece of architecture Off Nakuru- Eldoret highway, just past the exchange route to Njoro, get to Ngata farm where it is situated. It was built between 1930 and 1940 by Lord Egerton himself. Known as a castle without a prince, the fort stands still like a pendant in the beautiful countryside of Nakuru. It is a well-known tourist attraction and therefore I decided to visit it. I paid 500/= for an uber from Nakuru CBD. From the entrance, you notice the ambience. It is all green. I paid an entrance fee of 150/= On entering, you notice the stunning mansion which has expansive green lawns and splendid colourful gardens on all its side. Before exploring the castle, I noticed other tourist who seem to be team building an a lawn not far from the castle. Now, this castle is splendid. The anachronistic architecture is timelessly beautiful.It takes you back to a different era. I enjoyed the tour through most of the 52 rooms. They were filled with paintings and furniture from a different time. We even got to see a dark room where Lord Egerton would develop the photos he took. There is also a grand piano whose music can be heard from 3km away. The part I really enjoyed was the story on how the castle came to be. If you want to hear about it, you should make a point of visiting.

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Sunsets by the lake

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley .Afternoon wind and storms can cause the Lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Maasai named the lake Nai’posha meaning ‘rough water’. When I visited Lake Naivasha, I was hosted at Burch Resort. It is a small hidden gem with a couple of cottages and an open field for those looking to camp. The resort is right at the shore of the lake. I noticed that much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. After putting our luggage away, we decided to go for a boat ride. This was quite the experience. We paid 1500/= for one boat to take us for an hours ride. You are provided with life jackets before boarding. The first wildlife we saw was the hippos. There we so many of them.There were also some giraffes wandering among the acacia. While also on the boat, we got to see so many birds on the trees surrounding the lake. Guests on other boats had all these professional cameras and huge binoculars. The guide tells us that this place is a world class birding destination. While at the end of our ride, we witnessed the most magical sunset. If you're planning a safari trip to Kenya, Lake Naivasha should definitely be on your bucket list.

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Fun in the wild

Despite its name, the park has spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. When I visited it, I was not sure of what to expect. Park Entry includes 250/= for residents and 20USD for non residents. From the entrance, you feel so welcomed. My friends and I decided to try cycling. We used the route closest to Devil’s Tower and Elsa Gate. Within the first 10 km, we were able to see buffalos, giraffes, antelopes and baboons. After cycling, we were taken for bird viewing. The park boasts of over 100 species of birds and I remember not knowing the names of half of the birds we saw. But our guide was quite knowledgeable of the different species. Regrettably, I can’t recall most of them.There was also this gorge with a pond in it where we got to swim. It was so much fun. There were other activities including rock climbing and hiking through the gorge. Even though we didn’t partake in these activities, our guide kept telling us how this place is a hub for team building. I really enjoyed my time there.

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The most convenient online marketplace.

It is an online platform for electronics , beauty products, fashion products, and food from prominent restaurants and food joints. I love using the Jumia app during Black Friday period because they have good deals. It is very convenient since items are delivered to your doorstep at an extra delivery fee and service fee. They have a variety of payment options either on purchase via mobile payment methods or payment on delivery. I love using the Jumia food app since they offer nice deals. It uses one’s location and suggests restaurants that are nearby. Delivery time depends on the distance and time because during rush hour there is traffic therefore it would take longer. It is a legit app and very reliable. If goods have not met the consumer’s standards there is a customer care line which one can contact and the issue will be resolved. Jumia comes in handy when one has a tight schedule and I would highly recommend.

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The go-to place for fresh groceries.

Zucchini green grocers is a retail business that focus on fresh produce. They offer the freshest vegetables, fruits and even have a bakery and a fruit bar. It has stores located at various places and I’ve visited the one at Garden City Mall because its closest to where I reside. I particularly love shopping at Zucchini because it has a wider variety of produce and consistent supply, just about everything you would need. I love their wide variety of other complimentary products such as pastries, coffee, cheese, healthy snacks and ice-cream that makes a visit even more enjoyable and worthwhile. I always try out their different flavors of ice- cream at 100KES per scoop and I must say they are very delicious! The stores are well stocked and very clean. Whenever I go grocery shopping there I have to add chili to the list since they stock the widest variety of chili sauces I’ve seen in Nairobi. The staff are friendly and helpful . The prices are a bit high but it’s totally worth it because of the quality and wonderful shopping experience. I would highly recommend this place for grocery shopping.

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A fun staycation with my girlfriends!
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4.83

Mnarani Club and Spa features accommodation with a restaurant, free parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. They also offer conference facilities therefore a convenient place for holding business meetings and conferences. The accommodation offers a private beach area and a water sport. It’s location is very convenient, just alongside the Malindi highway, in Kilifi. Went there with a couple of friends on New Year’s. The gate keeper was super friendly as he ushered us in and guided us to the reception area. The parking space is very spacious and well maintained, I particularly loved the beautiful scenery of the trees and flowers. The arrangement of the restaurant was neat and tables were set far apart from each other. The club provides a great view of the ocean from the comfort of the seating area, the bar and the swimming pool. The best part is the infinity pool, the water is very nice and warm. The entertainment sector is amazing, there was a live band playing African popular music giving the place an African Essence. We had a reservation for food and swimming which costed 2200KES each. We ordered drinks at an extra cost and settled for cocktails at a cost of 550KES each. We had a buffet and there were a variety of options including sea food so value for money. The food was so delicious, I had the best prawn curry ever! The support stuff are so friendly and services were excellent. I would definitely go back and would highly recommend the place for a vacation with friends and family.

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Let’s go shopping.
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4.83

Carrefour is a French retailer and it has several branches in Nairobi and Mombasa including one outlet at City Mall in Nyali. Its one of the best hypermarkets in Mombasa and as usual I was impressed when I went there for shopping. The prices are the best and they have a variety of goods and services ranging from food, grocery, electronics, mobile phones, home appliances, beauty and more. I particularly loved the deli and bakery section as they have an assortment of freshly cooked and baked food, pastries and cakes at very affordable prices. Definitely unplanned for because I am an impulse buyer but totally worth it! The place was very clean and organized and it’s very easy to locate stuff because things are arranged neatly in aisles and named according to the categories. The staff support are also very helpful when you need help to find something. Services are very fast because there are many cashiers hence shorter queues. Shopping in carrefour is made easier and faster because they have a mobile shopping app in place of a smart card where one can scan and monitor shopping points personally. Carrefour is a great shopping place and I’m sure you would enjoy the experience!

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Fast food delivered to your doorstep
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3.33

This fast food joint is a go to place to eat in Kahawa Sukari. It is located right opposite quickmart a few meters from shell petrol station. Moyos is known for their fast service and yummy meals. The best part about it is they offer free delivery for items worth more than 300KES. Sometimes the delivery takes up to 30 minutes which I found very annoying. The place is usually clean. They do not have many staff as the system is self service, you start at the cashier then proceed to pick your food. I find their prices quite fair with a pack of chips being 100 while quater chicken 150. Their chips masala is 150 but it is definitely value for money. I always ask the chef to make it extra saucy. The masala goes incredibly well with kebab which is 100KES. Make sure you try this combo. They sell sodas at 50 and fresh fruit juice at 150 for a large cup. This place is popular among students and the locals around. I however would not recomend to go on Sunday or during rush hour because the quality of the food goes a bit lower due to high demand. They used to be open 24hours before the curfew making it a great joint for after a night out. Yummy fast food delivered to your home.

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Always a goodtime at java

If you have ever wanted to have a business meeting, a date, some silence to do some work or meeting a friend, then you most likely have gone to java. This branch in particular is at a very busy street but guess what, once you walk into java, all the noise dies off and you are welcomed by such ambience and delicious smells. The decor is similar among all java branches but it never gets old. The rustic look, paintings on all the walls, standalone tables and booths. Whatever you taste is, best believe java has already met it beforehand. I usually sit in the booths. The feel more private and if I have a date, the booth feels accommodating. It’s usually super cozy. Now, when it comes to the menu, you need to try a number of things to know what you like. The good news is, you might like a lot of things. Personally, I like the chocolate fudge cake which goes for 370/= and croissant which goes for 220/= whenever I’m having coffee. When I want a heavy meal, I go for the fries with grilled chicken which goes for about 800/=. I also normally get the mushroom steak which never disappoints. The waiters are always smiling and the service is top notch. I frequent this particular brunch right before a night out. Java prides itself in being the same wherever you go and I think this is why I like it. It feels familiar no matter where I am.

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Picnic in the Forest.

Karura Forest is an urban forest within Nairobi city and sit on 2570 acres of forested area. Its a beautiful place for nature walk, picnics, bird watching and cycling. It is an ideal location for unwinding during weekends with the family. There are five gates with which you can enter the forest depending on which one you are closer to. An uber from Nairobi City Center costs 320/=. My visit to Karura Forest was through a class picnic. We organized as a class to visit Karura Forest on a Saturday. Our group consisted of about 30 people and so we were able to take the school bus to the location. We arrive at the entrance within 15 minutes and this was at around 11am. The entrance fee was 300/= per head since we wanted a general tour which consists of a two-hour tour within the forest capturing different features and activities, combining introductions to wildlife, vegetation, birding with the help of a tour guide. For the other activities you get charged 100/= for walk, 150/= for picnics and 500/= for renting a bike for 2 hours. We got out of the bus and started out exploration. The place is so beautiful. We got to see some tributaries of river Nairobi which pass through the forest, indigenous trees and a lot of birds. I had such a good time with my classmates. Its almost certain that we’ll be back there sooner rather than later. This is the place for nature lovers like me. It is so serene and all you can hear is wind in the trees.

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Good vibes and great cocktails

Located a few minutes from Nairobi CBD off Ojijo Road, K1 is a popular spot for many Nairobians. Be it going for lunch, meeting for happy hour, brunches or clubbing, K1 promises to meet your needs with good vibes from the moment you step into the club. They have various themes for different days. Wednesdays are for karaoke nights, Thursdays are for reggae nights, Saturdays are for live bands and Sunday there is the famous K1 flea market. I remember the first time going there, I was meeting up with my cousin. It was on a Saturday. I had never been there so I didn’t know what to accept. I took a cab from town and I paid 230/=. I alighted at the entrance and immediately noticed just how good the entrance looks. It has a board outside with the offers on foods and drinks available and the event for the night. Since it was Saturday, we were going to have the live band. After the entrance you are taken aback by the canopy of umbrellas on that act as the shade. I remember thinking “this is so cool, how come I’ve never been here before.” The clubhouse has a bar, restaurant, indoor bar and outdoor sitting area. We drank our beers and cocktails at the outdoor sitting area until the live band started at around 7pm. .The music was lovely and the service was so timely and polite. I really enjoyed my time there.

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Beautiful marine life at the park

The marine park is a renown tourist destination where tourist get to see a tonne of fish while snorkeling. It is Malindi which is a 2 hour drive from Mombasa. My friends and I were on holiday in Watamu. We had our tour guide who insisted that we should visit he marine park. We came to a consensus that the next day we would visit. Early the following day, we departed from our airbnb at 8am. It took us a few minutes from Watamu to the marine park. On arrival, we were asked to produce our identification cards and a fee of about 400/= per head. Please remember to wear your costumes at the hotel because changing rooms were not very clean there. We were then directed to a boat, given life jackets, goggles and some drinking water. It was a huge boat with a glass floor so that we could see the fish while still on the boat. The boat ride cost us 2000/= We rode for some distance into the ocean. At no point would you look through the glass and not see a different type of fish. I was so fascinated. As opposed to the norm where snorkeling was done near the shore, our guide decided to take us further insisting that ther view would be better. Guys were afraid to snorkel that far from the shore, so when the guide asked who would go first, I was more than willing to volunteer. I have never experienced such beauty in my life. I would put my face into the water, with goggles on of course, then the guide would dive deep and point at different fish. Our guide was quite helpful and very patient with group, giving everyone ample time to enjoy. He would also collect corrals and shells from meters deep. This was the most amazing experience I’ve had in my life. The ocean is truly beautiful. Also please remember not to carry plastic bottles during the boat ride to avoid littering the ocean.

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Cant believe I made it through 4hours of hiking!

Mt Longonot National Park is located 90km from Nairobi city in the Great Rift Valley. For those fitness junkies, this is a good gate away from the norm. We visited the park a while back with a group of friends. We used private means to get there but there is the option of using public transport. We had been advised on some things that I will recommend to you in order to make the hike less treacherous. You should make sure you hydrate days prior to the hike. Eat enough food before the journey. Carry at least 2 litres per person for the climb. Wear sun screen before the climb. Wear light clothes since it gets really hot. Carry a change of clothes since you get dusty from the hike.Use walking sticks and bring a face mask if possible. There are several sections that are very steep and soft with fine, powder-like dust. The sticks will help slow you down on descents and the mask will help keep the dust out. They offer walking sticks at the entrance for 50/=. We got to the entrance and were charged 300/= per head. For non residents, the cost is $28. We also paid 2000/= for a guide. The hike took approximately 2 hours from the Park Gate to reach the rim of the crater rim and descent back to the gate. We began the hike in a counterclockwise direction around the crater since the steep sections are easier to ascend than descend The hike going round the crater rim would mean another two hours, thus the total hike takes approximately 4 hours for the round trip. I would recommend this hike over and over again. The experience is quite something but be ready for the burn!

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Exploring the wild.

One of the things that make Nairobi a wonder is that it’s the only city with a national park in its backyard. The last time I was there, I was a toddler almost so I had to visit it again. It is located in Karen and a cab from town to the park will cost 690/= You can also use a matatu which is way cheaper. Last month, my friends and I decided to indulge in visiting the park. Through Intagram we got a tour company, Kilian tours and travel. After communication we settled on a half day tour with soft drinks provided by the company. We paid 2000/= per head. On the set day, we decided on a rendezvous point in town. At 8am we were all there and the tour land cruiser picked us up a few minutes past 8am. At the park entrance we paid 430/= which is not included in the 2000/= we had paid. As soon as we entered the park we were welcomed by wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers. It’s quite the scene. We were able to see lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and a number of birds. This place can be enjoyed by even older people. The feeling of oneness with nature is still nostalgic. I loved the experience.

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Adrenaline rush!!!

I’ve always wanted to try out paintball since I’m low key a big fan of call of duty. So a week to my birthday, my friends and I decided to book a slot at waterfront. It was during the holidays and a getting a slot on weekends was difficult thus the early booking. We were charged 1500/= per head. Each person gets 150 paintballs and to get refills you pay 500 for 50 paintballs. I remember how excited I was that morning. I know how crazy traffic in Nairobi is on Saturday so I made sure we got out of the house an hour to time. A cab from Nairobi CBD cost us 630/= Waterfront is really beautiful with the slides and the restaurants. We got there and found another team finishing up. This gave us ample time to meet the instructors, put on the overalls, divide into groups, choose captains, get 150 paintball in the gun and be given the game instructions and safety rules. All this time I was grinning inside my mask. I couldn’t wait for it to start. We waited at the booth then the whistle went off. You hear gun sounds and screams. It takes a minute to take it all in and be composed but after that, it was so much fun. My team won, no doubt. It was such a memorable experience. Would definitely recommend.

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Picnic and Peace
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3.33

Nairobi people love partying, me being one of them. So when the clubs we closed down due to covid19 government regulations, people sought alternatives where they would party and still maintain social distance. That is how paradise lost became popular. Located along Kiambu Rd, it is a 10 minutes drive from Nairobi city center. An uber from the CBD costs 570/= So one Friday my friends and I decided to go see what the hype was all about. We got there at around 2pm. Its almost a kilometer off road from Kiambu Rd. At the entrance, we were charged 400/= per person. Past the entrance the scenery is amazing. Its all manicured grass and then there's a big pond in the middle. The are quite a number of activities like visiting the stone age caves, fishing, boat rides and horse riding. We chose the side with fewer people. We set up a small picnic. It is so tranquil. I imagined going there alone to meditate. After eating I decided to walk around and take in the entire place. I can’t put it into words but that place cleanses your soul. At around 4pm, more cars started coming. So here is how it goes, you park your car, open the doors, pop the trunk and listen to music with your friends. They also sell food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks in the vicinity. My first time experiencing that was so much fun. But now I know, if I want quietness I come early enough.

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Nairobi night life
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3.67

One of the most sort after night clubs in Nairobi. Unlike other clubs which have boom seasons then its downhill form there, 1824 has been top 5 of most peoples favorite night club for the longest time. Its hard to believe that during the day, it is a garage then at night it transforms into a ravers paradise. So I arrive at the spot in Langata Rd at 10pm. A cab costs 300/= from Nairobi CBD. I alight some distance from the entrance since the place is packed. The parking lot which extends for quite some distance is almost fully packed at 10pm. I have heard stories that on some days you get late and you are locked out because there is no space. What a reputation. There is a line at the entrance, which is not a surprise. My friends and I are quite anxious to get it. We get searched and go through this space where there is noting but you can hear the music getting louder. One turn then bum, you see hundreds of people dancing. One waiter notices us and asks if he can assist us get a table which we oblige. We are lead through crowds of people to the other end where we get a table. The table is made out of these oil barrels turned upside down and the seats are high enough. We quickly place our order for a Jack Daniels which costs 3500/= and some cocktails that were ranging from 500 to 700. Imagine with the packed crowd, we still got our drinks within 10 minutes. The night was liiiiittt. Like they say, the rest is history.

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Quality shoes that last a lifetime.
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4.17

Bata is Kenya’s leading footwear company with over 150 stores spread across the country. It is a household name since most pupils from kindergarten to high school buy their shoes from bata. I have shopped at various bata stores since I was a kid. But recently I visited the bata store at Garden City and I felt nostalgia from all the memories. It was by impulse that I entered the store. I was welcomed by this lady dressed in the standard bata employee uniform. She was quick to enquire on what I was looking for. In truth, you rarely need assistance to maneuver bata stores. They are organized in a simple way with sneakers on one side, ladies shoes on another side, men shoes on another side. Its hard to not access whatever you want within a short amount of time. Now since this time I had not come with a specific need, I decided to wander. It did not take me a minute to know what I was leaving there with. I saw these slides, maroon in colour and they looked really good. On touching them, the material felt so soft yet durable. I quickly asked for my size. The lady serving me was back from the store in seconds. Talk about customer service. In all honesty, the shoes I came with where the ones I put into the carrier bag and the slides became my favourite footwear right there and then. Plus they only cost 300/=

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The best chicken biryani in town

This is the go to place for the most delicious Swahili, Arabic, Indian and Somali cuisine. Located in the heart of Nairobi CBD, Kimathi Street. It is hard to pass that street and not notice the beauty that it is. I was there the other day with a friend who had recommended it. She also insisted that I came on an empty stomach. That should have alerted me on the quantities served. We arrive at around 3pm which was late enough to miss the lunch time rush. We went past the entrance then past a flight of stairs to the first floor where the restaurant is. We were warmly greeted by one of the waiter who directed us to available seats. We choose to seat at the balcony because of the ambience and some privacy. The menu offers an array of dishes. We settled on the Chicken Biryani special which costs 500/= The guy waiting on us asked whether we'd like chill and ukwaju which we were more than happy to oblige. The food took 15 minutes to be ready and I have to say, the serving is quite generous. Value for money is certain. They serve some of the food on a Swahili plate known as sinia which we were to share. The food was delicious. It was so tasty that at one point, I was full but I couldn't resist adding more. We had to get the remaining food packed. I really had a great time. Definitely coming back.

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Good quality education
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3.67

Known to be one of the best universities in Kenya. The main campus is located along Thika road. This university is on about 1000 acres. This university is well known for producing competent graduates due to the good quality of education. The environment is quite good with neatly mowed grass and no litter in sight. There are other satellite campuses in Nakuru, Nairobi CBD, Kitui, Mombasa and Nyeri among others. The also offer online or digital schooling to those who choose but for specific courses. The school is quite large so getting lost is super easy especially if you are new. This university has great facilities such as the Post Modern Library that is 5 floors. This allows huge reading areas and also numerous discussion rooms. Kenyatta university also has many fields designated to different sports e.g football, netball, volleyball and tennis. It also has many other co-curricular activities like drama club and art. The security in the school is quite okay with a mandatory security check at the gate and guards walking around. This school is also well situated as there is affordable housing to students who choose to stay outside school just 10 minutes’ walk from the school. There is also a small area behind the school where there is cheap hostels. This area is well known for its numerous printing areas and the eating joints. The service in Kenyatta university offices is not quite good as its slow and sometimes you encounter rude staff at the finance office. This university however produces very qualified graduates ready to enter the job market.

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Public transport with a touch of class

By far the best public transport service. Mololine services provide transport to many parts of Kenya, including Nakuru, Nairobi, Eldoret and Kisumu. I mostly use the Nakuru - Nairobi route. The Nakuru booking office is located in Milimani, 2 minutes drive from Nakuru CBD. Once you get there you are received by a member of their staff and instructed to wash your hands and always have your mask on due to the current corona virus pandemic. Once you are through with that you are directed to where you'll pay for your ticket. Their prices were quite good before the pandemic with Nakuru - Nairobi being around 400 - 500 KES. They increased their prices to 700KES due to social distancing. But still worth it as you travel in comfort and style. There is ample sitting space to wait for your car to arrive and a canteen that sells a wide range of snacks at an affordable price. The staff are very friendly and ready to assist. The drivers are polite. There are no conductors as there are no stops during journey. This saves on a lot of time. Their booking office in Nairobi is quite small with no sitting space so you have to stand outside. They also offer good parcel services where even your fragile parcels get to you in good condition. Their security is quite good, as every passenger is searched before entry. Public transport taken to a whole new level. Would definitely recommend it.

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Great frames at pocket friendly prices
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3.83

This place has been my go to place since forever. This is the place I get my glasses and my eyes checked. Their service is top notch right from the moment you walk in. They have a number of branches e.g Garden City and a few in Nairobi CBD-Moi Avenue. They also have branches in many towns like Nakuru, Malindi, Kakamega and more. I mostly go to the one on Moi Avenue or the one at Garden City. There is someone who welcomes you the minute you walk in. They ask you what you need and then direct you to a seat where you'll be served. There is usually a member of their staff waiting on you already. They offer free checkups to all their customers only if you've been there before. The first consultation is 100KES and you get unlimited consultations free. I've gotten glasses from them numerous times and they have a wide variety of frames. They are quite affordable too with frames ranging from as low as 800KES and as high as more than 25000KES for the designer frames. The spectacles from here last long and are of good quality. They sell sunglasses too and they are not too pricey either. They also give very good advice on what type of lens to choose from. Based on the number of branches I've been to, their quality of service is standard. You wont be disappointed. One shop, all your optical needs catered to.

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All your school needs in one store
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4.67

All your stationery needs under one roof. This chain of stores is known for its diverse range of books, art supplies and stationery. They have quite a number of branches e.g Galleria Mall, Garden City, Junction Mall, The Hub and Two Rivers. They also have delivery services on their website and have an ongoing offer of free delivery for any goods worth 2000KES. Their wide selection of items is what keeps me coming back. I mostly go there for art supplies and they have from sketchpad to canvas to brushes and even paint(acrylic too). The last book I got there was 'Love in colour' by Bolu Babalola. The book was in mint condition and well packaged. I also got it for 2050KES plus free delivery. I found that very continent. For the art supplies, I go there every once in a while and they are good quality. The staff are ready to assist and show you where the item you are looking for is. The store itself is nicely organized into sections so it's easy to find your items. They also sell electronics like laptops, printers and cameras among other things. It's definitely the place to go to for school stuff.

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Breathtaking Views

A heavenly view of the Great Rift Valley depression. Located on the northern side of Nakuru is the single largest surviving volcanic crater in the world. The Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano that offers striking views of Lake Nakuru and the crater itself. It is advisable to use a 4 by 4 vehicle to get to the top of the crater. Although one can also use an uber which will cost you 500/= from Nakuru CBD. There is also the option of hiking or biking if you are up for some team building activities. The crater is under the Kenya Forest Services and it is therefore mandatory to pay a fee before maneuvering through the forest to the crater. We were charged 200/= per person for residents and 500/= for non resident. After payment, we drove through 2km of a forested area. The drive is not treacherous since there is a murram road that leads directly to the crater. While driving we got to see some settlements. We also got to see the service station for KBC. There was this spot we stopped and got to see a magnificent view of Lake Nakuru. We got to the crater and thats when I realized just how high up we were. . There are these cottages right at the edge of the cliff that thats where we had our lunch. If you are not a big fan of heights, you will most likely need to face your fear when getting there. There is also a beautiful curio shop at the edge of the cliff where we got to buy some souvenirs. The locals are the once who own the curio shops and they are the most delightful of people. This is truly a spectacular place.

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Drugs, beauty products and more

This is a new type of pharmacy which not only focuses on provision of medicine but also health services such as laboratory services and doctor consultations. This is quite unusual as most pharmacies provide on medicine for their customers. Goodlife also has availed a service know as “Dial Daktari” where you get access to clinicians without physically stepping into their store. The store I visited is in Westside Mall, Nakuru. The moment you step into the store, you are welcomed by such ambience that is unparalleled to any pharmacy I’ve ever been in before. The store is well lit and spotless. The design is in such a way that you are able to walk around the store and select whatever you need. The arrangement allows you to immediately get what you are looking for but also have a look at what else the store has. I noticed that they also have a wide range of beauty products. At the far end of the store, there is a pharmacist ready to advice and cater for billing and prescription. We had a chat with him and to my surprise he told me that they also do piercings at affordable prices. Now I know where to go to for my next piercing.

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Shopping made easy.

Arguably the fastest growing chain of supermarkets in Kenya. There are various stores in different parts of Nairobi which provides convenience to an shopper depending on ones location. The one I visit the most is along Thika Road in Garden Estate. Most of their stores have this similar design, where the exterior is made of glass so you can see inside the whole store from outside. At night when the lights are on, the view from outside is breathtaking. I think this is what attracts me to the store. At the entrance, there is the standard security check and temperature check due to Covid-19. On entering the store, you will notice how spotless the whole place is. It is actually crazy just how clean the whole place is and at no point will you see a janitor. I wonder how they do it. The arrangement is also quite different from other stores. This particular on has the groceries right at the entrance. Therefore, when you enter, the smell of fresh produce takes you to a whole different dimension. The staff are also quite friendly with welcoming smiles on every aisle that you meet them. The whole arrangement is something that you must experience. Everything is right where you want it to be. It is not such a huge store but the arrangement makes it look so spacious. After shopping, you are able to go with your trolley to the parking lot which is right outside the store. Talk about convenience.

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Where there is good food, there is happiness.

It is located on the ground floor of City Mall, Nyali. My sister and I decided to have our first meal out in, almost 6 months after the Corona lockdown period and it was the prefect place based on it’s position. It has a really good ambience and I particularly loved the lighting decor. The open layout makes for a perfect brunch spot. It got chill subtle music and a calming atmosphere, enough to enjoy a nice meal and forget about most of your worries lol. The menu is somewhat limited though very popular for it’s delicious desserts(interesting and delightful selection) and great coffee! Although the prices are medium to high end, I’d say it is by far worth it whether you are stopping by for brunch or a late lunch. We ordered main dishes and had beef burgers with fresh house-made buns that sandwich a juicy patty, with a side of perfectly salted fries, to enjoy with their special sauces that went for a total cost of 1,900 KES. The meal was finger- licking delicious. The service was good and wait staff were very helpful. We had ice cream for dessert afterwards which comes in all amounts and a variety of flavors. I had Stratchiatella Mint Ice-cream and my sister had a Mocha ice cream which costed 150 KES per scoop. Ice cream makes me blissed out and they were so delightful. If you are into continental cuisine this is where to go. Bon appetit!?

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Spectacular view of Nakuru.

It's located in Maragoli avenue, Milimani. From town a cab costs you 150KES. There are no matatus going to that direction so you'll need to take a cab. The restaurant is a good place to hangout and have drinks with your friends. It is at the rooftop and if you manage to catch the sunset there, you'll be amazed by the view. The staff are friendly and warm however their service is a bit slow as you have to wait atleast 30 minutes for your food to come depending on what you ordered. We had their chicken and naan with a variety of cocktails. The chicken was very tasty and worth every minute we waited I must say. The cocktails had very interesting names and were quite good too. Their prices are a bit on the higher side when it comes to the food but the cocktails were nicely priced. Their rooms are well maintained and very clean. The rooms are very fairly priced with 7,500 KES per person and 8,500 KES for two people in a double room. We couldn't access the internet on TV even though it was a smart tv. It wasnt fixed even after we asked them to. The bed is comfortable and the balcony over looked the whole of nakuru town. We ordered  dinner to be served in our room. Even though it was late, they managed to bring us a platter that came with lamb chops, chicken, fish and a side of fries. Their bar is closed very late in the night.  It was quite the getaway from the city. They also organize visits to lake nakuru for you. Lovely place to run away from the city to. They also have a pool that has a lifeguard all through so it's a great place for family and kids for half day.

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Nyama Choma time!

Got to love this place, the front sea view is to die for right by the beach. The restaurant has a wooden deck set-up and also a kids play area. It had a good ambience and I loved the breeze from the sea. My friend and I had a difficult time getting to the restaurant because it’s very hidden and there are no signs anywhere pointing to its direction. It is located off Malindi-Mombasa highway, along beach road, in between Aga-khan cottages and Whitesands. The place plays really loud music so I wouldn’t recommend it if you want a chilled and quiet atmosphere. However ,if you are a lover of live bands , it is the perfect place to visit, usually on Wednesday and Friday evenings. We both had lamb rack cuts that costed 500 KES each which comes with a side of choice and with some sauces to go with. I had that with a mango smoothie which costed 400 KES. You can either choose your meat to be grilled, pan fried or baked. We chose all choma choma... The lamb was all tender and really good, well incorporations of flavors. The sides were great too, enjoyed them to the last bit. The drinks were also really good and refreshing. The service was slow cause we had to wait for a long time before the food was brought to our table and the wait staff were a bit disorderly, but the food was amazingg!! I would definitely visits the place again with my nephews for a swim and let them make use of the play area.

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My happy place.

Where taste meets class. It is located in Nakuru CBD, Inder Singh Rd on the ground floor and first floor of Inder Singh building. Parking spaces are available within the town centre. It is a hidden gem that you only notice once you are at it’s entrance. As soon as you enter, you notice how glamorous and classy it is. The space is not huge but the spacing is suited to please a customer coming for a date or those wishing to have business meetings. It also houses an additional floor which is a replica of the ground floor with a more classy arrangement especially the beautiful golden lighting. The waiters are dressed formally with shirts and bow ties. The whole thing is a sight for sore eyes. Concerning the food, Majid is quite popular for its Chicken Biryani which goes for 500 KES and Samosas which cost 50 KES per piece. Always my go to meal on multiple occasions and each time, I keep wanting more. The service is so pleasant with the waiters moving gracefully and always wearing smiles. It’s one of those places where you don’t notice time passing. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a good meal.

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Just here for the umbrella drinks.

It’s set in Mombasa, about 0.6m from Nyali Beach. It offers accomodation with a restaurant, plus a free private parking space, and the best part a pool( though only accessible to residents). I went with friends for a lunch hangout. I loved it’s location, it was quiet and serene. We were really impressed by the beautifully manicured lawns, leading to the outdoor restaurant and lounge, which is accessible to non-residents of the hotel. It has such a lovely open space which you can hire to hold functions, very ideal for outdoor events, and a close proximity to the beach with a breath-taking view of the sea. The restaurant has a good ambiance, it is very spacious and was very clean. They offer a variety of meals on their menu which are quite affordable. We had chicken pizza which goes for 1,200 KES and mojito at a cost of 450 KES each. Hands down, it was the best mojito cocktail I’ve ever tasted, I would highly recommend. The wait staff was super friendly and the service was fast. I would give it a rating of 5/5.

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Chill and grill!!

Hands down the best burgers I've had in nairobi!! I was never really a fan of burgers...you know how messy it gets. My friends and I heard about this place and we were in the area so we popped by. It's at Magharibi place, Nairobi West. There is also one in Westlands for guys near those sides. The arrangement is a bit different as it's right next to the road so the restaurant does not offer much privacy but I promise the food makes up for it. Their service is quite good and the staff are smiley most of the time. I tried the shack burger but ended up requesting for the shack tower which was 750KES with cheese at an extra cost of 50KES. The have the juiciest patties that are so rich in flavour. You really cant get enough. The other people in my party either ordered the double shack which was 600KES or the shack tower. Each burger comes with some fries and a variety of sauces...like the garlic mayo, hot chili, white sauce and cajun. It's the sauces for me.  The fries are nicely seasoned and salted.Their chicken wings are to die for. You'll definitely ask for more. For the drinks I had a simple soda with my meal which went for 100 KES. The shack is ideal for group of friends, family with children or even a date. They also have offers for monday for a buy one get one free. Definitely worth it!! 5/5.

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The most crabsolutely delicious sea food platter.

Oceanic seafood restaurant is located at Tudor, in Mombasa island. Very famous for its seafood cuisine, my family and I decided to give it a try. The parking space is small and limited, good thing it was not so busy and we managed to get a spot. I loved the modern and vintage and rustic interior, particularly awed by the massive aquarium on the walls and the aquarium display underneath some of the tables! They have a huge variety of meals and I was impressed by the affordable fish food platters that come in generous portions, value for money. I would highly recommend!! We settled for a seafood platter that consisted of fish fillet, lobster, crab , calamari, prawns with a variety of sauces and salad which costed 4,500 KES, plus an accompaniment of choice, with extra cost. The food seals the deal!! It was well cooked, fresh and very tasty, best seafood I’ve had with no doubt. I especially loved the lemon cream sauce which complemented the fish greatly, I couldn’t get enough... I was so delighted as I’m a huge fan of sauces. The service was excellent and the staff is super friendly and jovial. I would say it’s a must- go place, you won’t be disappointed?. I would definitely go there again with friends and family.

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Work hard, brunch harder!

It is located in Ralli House, Nyerere Avenue, within CBD in Mombasa. I went for brunch after finishing my errands in town. It is a classy and elegant coffee shop and restaurant. It contains two floors and has a very nice ambience, the white tiled walls bring about a feeling of tranquility. WiFi is available upon request and it contains electric sockets next to every table, with very comfy seats, hence very convenient for business meetings. The two lounges,upstairs and downstairs have a big screen TV. The menu consists of different items, from English breakfast, to seafood grills, stir fry, shawarma, pizza and burgers to cakes and snacks. Prices of meals range from 300 KES to 1,700 KES. In addition to their burgers and pizza and other grills, they have shakes and juices. I had a beef burger at a cost of 680 KES and plain fries at 200 KES. I also had a strawberry smoothie which went for 350 KES. The meal was so delicious and I particularly enjoyed the cold smoothie. The service was good and the staff are always ready to serve though during peak hours it can get so busy. The comfy seats and good food will keep you going to Qaffee point , whether it’s a business meeting or with family and friends.

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Cheesyyy pizza!!

Arguably the best pizza joint in Nakuru. It is located within Nakuru CBD, on Gusii Road right opposite Woolmart. From town centre, you will have to walk for about 5 minutes to get to the joint. The set up is quite simple. It looks like your typical pizza joint with enough room between tables to enjoy some privacy. It is quite sizable and can host a handful of people at a go. The best part is the food. The menu has quite an assortment of options to choose from. I had the Chicken Tikka pizza. I always get the Chicken Tikka. It cost 800 KES and I can attest that with the first bite, you know they are about pizza. It is so delicious and the toppings are in bucket loads. Literally salivating just thinking about it lol. The service is also quite good. Once you enter, a waiter approaches you almost immediately and upon ordering, the pizza will be on your table within 10 minutes. You know what, I think I’ll head there right now.

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Lunch dates taken to a whole new level.

From the name, you can tell that their fast foods must be quite something. It is located within Nakuru CBD on Club Road, opposite the Rift Valley Sports Club. With the first glance, you will notice that this is no ordinary fast food joint. It’s ambience is quite unparalleled and the colors just draw you in. Upon entering the restaurant, you notice just how well lit it is. During the day, the natural light fills the whole place and with the numerous paintings on the walls, it is quite a sight to behold. The tables are well placed that it is impossible to eavesdrop on the next table. Concerning the service, all the tables have this button that you press when you want to be served. It is quite ingenious. A waiter will come almost as soon as you press the button. Now about the food, I have had the opportunity to enjoy quite a number of meals there. From the chips masala which costs 200 KES, to the pizza which costs 800 KES. In all honestly, their food is finger licking good and the quantities served are beyond generous. The service takes not more than 10 minutes regardless of what you order. The liveliness of the place makes you want to go there over and over.

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It’s coffee o’clock☕️

A little cafe at the corner is how I would describe this place. The kind of place you read about in books. Its located right in the middle of town on Kenyatta Avenue. Once you enter you'll forget that you are in town. Its quiet and you are always welcomed with the smell of good coffee. The decor has a rustic wood feeling. I've been here couple of times. The service is good with the staff very friendly. They are also clearly well trained and quick to assist. It's quite small but very cozy. Especially in the mornings....grab a coffee while you read the newspaper or a book.  What keeps me coming is the food. I like trying different things on the menu but I mostly get the wrap and the masala. The chicken wrap goes for 350KES and comes with a side of fries. Value for money if you ask me to be honest. It's also quite tasty. The masala here has just the right amount of chilli. Not too spicy but not mild either. Their milkshake is the truth!! I always have a baileys shake going with their muffins or cakes. Yes!! They have boozy shakes. On Friday's they have 30% off on all coffee, tea and cakes. On Wednesday's they have a wing it offer for 850KES. In this package you get 18 pieces of wings, some fries and two milkshakes. The wings are crazy good and so saucy. Knowing Nakuru you'll know there aren't many joints like this. So this is my go to place for a chilled date or even a meeting (good wifi).

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I think I’m addicted to burgers!!

Located in Manohar Centre, Mpaka Rd, Nairobi. This is in Westlands which is around 200KES if you use an uber or 50KES for a matatu from odeon CBD. This little hidden joint has been around for many years. They have had the best burgers hands down for the longest time possible. The decor is not all that impressive. It's quite simple but I promise the burgers will make you overlook that. However, I usually prefer to get take out. The staff are quite nice, very polite and respond quickly to getting what you need. This place is hardly packed so no need for reservation. The prices on the menu are very affordable with a full meal per person coming to a total of 1000KES without drinks. I always get the double chicken double cheese burger which goes for 700KES. This is super affordable considering the quality of food that you get. Here, however you need to order the side separately since it does not come with the burger. The patty is so juicy. I think the secret is the sauce because you will keep coming for more. The chips masala I had was too spicy. Could hardly eat it but the waiter informed me that I should have specified on the degree of hotness. Maybe next time I'll ask for mild chips masala. You cant say you've had burgers if you haven't been to burgerhut. I know I'm addicted.

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Lunch by the Indian Ocean

It is located in old town, Mombasa, 200m from Fort Jesus. The walk to the restaurant is a treat in itself, with ancient buildings and stores containing amazing artifacts. The parking space is limited since the road leading to the restaurant is narrow so I would recommend taking an auto-rickshaw from town to the restaurant that costs 50 KES. The unique door of the restaurant is a handcrafted work of art and there is an alleyway leading to the lovely modern restaurant. I loved the spectacular view of the sea from the various sitting spots and the breeze on a hot afternoon is awesome. The menu offers a great selection of local cuisines including seafood and authentic Swahili juices for reasonable prices, and also a treat for the vegetarians. I had beef shawarma in pitta bread which costed 350 KES and the popular tamarind juice which costed 250 KES. I loved the taste of the meal and needless to say, I would go back to try out more dishes. It is usually so packed in the afternoon so the service is a bit slow, and the waiters were a bit disorderly. On Fridays, the restaurant is operational from 2pm so if you are considering having lunch there on Fridays be keen on the timing. I would recommend the place for a lunch date with colleagues, friends and family.

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Game night !!!

The first ever gaming restaurant in Nairobi. It’s located on 8th Floor Pramukh Towers, Westlands Rd, Nairobi. This restaurant is quite unique. From the decor to the food. Being on the 8th floor, the view of the city is beautiful. Watching the lights go on one by one in the evening was a sight. There are quotes on the walls written in chalk and it gives the whole place a really good vibe. The service was great and the waiters very helpful. We went as a group and played about 4 games. Baobox has a large range of games to choose from. Each game is paid for separately so remember to carry enough money to play enough games. Their food was quite good and the portions were very generous. We had the platter that came with 2 full chickens, lamb chops and a side. This meal was on offer and went for 5000KES, value for money. The chicken was well marinated and was very yummy. We also had some cocktails to accompany that and I can say they exceeded my expectations. This restaurant is perfect for family or for groups to hangout and have some fun. Everything here was really good; the food, the ambience and the games. I'd give it an easy 5/5.

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The place to be!

This was a lucky find in Kikuyu town. It is located right at the edge of Kikuyu town and not too far from the old Lunatic Express railway line. Parking space may be a problem seeing how it gets packed, especially on weekends. When you see the tiny door that leads into the cafe, you would not expect to be hit with the culture shock of the contrast of the street and the interior of the cafe. It has a very creative interior, crafty design and beautiful natural decor. The amazing paintings on the walls are a sight for sore eyes and there were book shelves containing a variety of magazines and books. I particularly enjoyed the selection of the background music, giving the place a chill vibe. It has an open kitchen setup and it was an interesting sight seeing the chefs and waiters engrossed in their activities. It also has a pastry area filled with a number of baked delicacies. There is an open garden with outdoor seating at the backside of the restaurant. The roast beef is one of my go to meals in this place and it goes for 800 KES per kg, with an accompaniment at an extra cost. It is fairly good. I would recommend their freshly baked pastries and brews. The service is usually very slow at peak hours but I really love the young and vibrant wait staff. The tranquility of the place is unmatched considering the location and I would highly recommend it to be a must visit!!

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A comfy dining experience.

Went for a cup of coffee in the evening. The location is very convenient since it is found in town centre. It has a contemporary interior design and I loved the lighting decor, it gave me vintage vibes. This is where my photography skills came in handy and I was impressed with the photos. The overall ambience of the restaurant was cosy. The menu offers a wide variety of authentic dishes of the Swahili Coastal cuisine. I had iced coffee which went for 230 KES. I loved the strong nutty aroma and the smooth flavor, though it was a bit watery. I would recommend the place for a relaxing cup of coffee when one is in town, especially in the evening with a friend or while reading a book. The service was a bit disorganized but the wait staff was helpful. The upside is the cosy feeling , I wanted more coffee then I remembered I was not at home? I would give it a rating of 6/10.

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Death by chocolate!

I know I'll have a good stay at any town when I find a java!! You see Java is the place I go to when i want to clear my mind. The ambience is good and feels like home. I always order my favourite milkshake -salted caramel which goes for 470KES. My meal here is never complete without it. I have to give it a 5/5. Java is the kind of place you go to on solo dates..read a book... rethink your life choices??.  I usually sit there for hours on my laptop(the wifi is good) or with a good book. The music they play is calming. It also works for a group of friends, family and even kids (the have the baby seats). They have consistently great meals. The service is amazing with always ready to help waiters. The menu is diverse and they have avocado in most of the meals I like!!! Their CAKES!! You have not been to java if you haven't tried their chocolate fudge cake! It's so moist. So chocolatey. The mushroom steak is very flavorful and juicy. My tastebuds were going nuts. The grilled fish is a must eat here. The loaded fries is quite good too. Their burgers are not crazy good but they are quite tasty. Their portions are good so value for money. It's also quite affordable with a full meal plus drinks at not more than 1500KES per person. You can literally find them anywhere. Make sure you try the Salted caramel-you wont regret it!. Also they have different offers every week. Literally 50% off on different meals. You have no excuse.

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Dining by the creek.

My sister and I went for a lunch date to this popular floating restaurant. I was so excited and thrilled as I had heard of it from several people. It’s location is very convenient since it’s located just 1 km after Mtwapa bridge in Mtwapa town. We found the place with so much ease, and as soon as we arrived the security guard advised us on where to park the car since the parking lot is outside. The path leading to the restaurant was so serene, which led to a walking bridge. The place has a great waterfront setting and spectacular view of the ocean and the yachts. There was a natural breeze from the ocean, giving it a casual breezy atmosphere. They have an assortment of meals on the menu, including sea food which I particularly love but we both opted for fries and crispy chicken wings which came to a total cost of 1900 KES. I loved the tangy taste of the chicken wings which blended well with the chilli sauce, I would definitely recommend that meal. The wait staff was super friendly and service was good. The place offers a variety of fun activities, like boat rides and karaokes( on Saturday nights). I would certainly go back for the karaoke nights because I love singing? It’s a good hang out place for large groups of friends and family, or even a romantic dinner date. I would highly recommend the place for an awesome experience.

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A balanced diet is a milkshake in each hand?

I had gone for a lunch date with a friend. I loved the high beaming ceiling and eclectic decor, it worked wonders for the ambience. The inside area looked pleasant and inviting whereas the outside was so busy. The service was a bit slow. I suspect it was due to it being peak hours. I settled for chips and steak which went for 800 KES while my friend opted for chicken biriani that costed 700 KES. The restaurant also has an ice-cream parlor and we ordered an accompaniment of ice cream shakes. I’ve always loved the oreo cookies shake so I definitely vouched for that which costed 450 KES each. There was a burger offer on that day, buy l burger get 1 burger free and a side of chips for 800 KES, we decided to try them out too. We had to wait for quite a period of time before the food was brought to our table since the area was packed at that hour. I enjoyed the steak as it was so juicy and tender. It was loaded with flavor and had a minimum amount of fat. The chicken biryani looked so appetizing and it had an amazing aroma. The burgers were small in size but they had a very distinct salty taste with a bit of crunch, it was fairly good. The best part was the ice cream shakes. As soon as I took the first sip, I was thinking of how I would go back there for more . They were amazing!!? The place is perfect for families, children or a casual date. I would definitely go back to the place although I would avoid the peak hours which is usually around midday as the place is usually packed and services are a bit chaotic. Overall I had a pleasant dining experience with food and a very friendly staff.

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Birthday dinner with great views.

This place had been on my wish list for sometime so when my best friend finally took me for my birthday dinner here it was the perfect gift. The restaurant is in westlands, 7th Floor One Africa Place. We took an uber from town which cost us 180KES but you can also use a matatu from odeon at 50KES during offpeak hours. The distance from town is short and takes less than 10 minutes with no traffic. The ambience is amazing. I have to say very Instagram worthy ?. They really put some thought to it. The restaurant is on the 7th floor so you'll enjoy the views of the surrounding city. At night it comes to life. The place is huge but gets quite full in the evenings so make a reservation on their website. The service is good and their waiters are very polite and friendly. Now about the food and drinks.....offcourse we had to catch the happy hour. A girl loves her cocktails. Their happy hour runs from 3pm to 7pm everyday. I  had 2  Fallen angels which was 950KES for both. They were yummy but didnt hit.I like my cocktails strong. I also ordered the chicken burger at 1050KES. The patty was super juicy and the ban was soft. It comes with a side of fries. Maybe order an extra side?? My best friend ordered the pork chops which was 1400KES. I didnt taste it because I dont eat pork but she went crazy about the teriyaki sauce.  She ordered the same cocktails as me. It was the perfect dinner with my girl! Definitely going back for the views, the ambience and the teriyaki sauce!!

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