Joined In Mar 2022
I remember the first time visiting Mamba Village, we made a call to enquire of the activities and charges. The attendant was kind to us to give us everything at a go and even extended a welcoming message in advance. This made us change our minds about visiting Mamaba that same day! Upon arrival, the attendant gave us someone to take us around and experience it for ourselves. I had never touched Ostrich eggs nor seen them, I was amazed at how big and heavy they are, I had never done horse packing, that was my first time and I enjoyed it. I had never been on a boat before and at Mamba I was able to experience something you don't find In Nairobi. After our activities, we went to their restaurant for lunch, we chose to seat outside so that we could enjoy the cool breeze as we watched the various activities that were going on. Their cold cocktail and hamburgers are something you may want to try when you are there, very tasty! I would recommend Mamaba Village to a family or even a couple who want to enjoy their special time without having to worry about anything, especially CBD noise.
If you have ever been to Upperhill, you cannot fail to notice Crown Plaza Nairobi, We stayed for 2 days (Work-related) and were impressed with the reception staff, the concierge service, and the assistance we were given. We Had a kind and attentive waitress by the name of Judith, she was really patient and offered us a variety of menus and advised on the best dish. The hotel is sparkling clean, you cannot miss noticing the huge unique chandelier at the reception. Their food was so legit I would recommend the hotel for the best Lobster. The ambiance as a whole. made us work without a struggle, Spacious room, clean sheets, comfortable bed. We enjoy our work staycation.
I had always wanted to visit Diani for the longest time, but for some reason, I would find myself postponing. I remember one Monday morning I decided to explore Diani hotels and apartments via the internet before making my mind, why lie! I was spoilt for choice, for a moment I could not make a sobber decision where I wanted to spend three days two nights. One thing that caught my eyes when I bumped into Diani Place was the name, at the back of my mind I knew I wanted a place home away from home, and this was it. I immediately dialed the number that was provided on the website, it rang once and the second time a lady by the name Reginah answered, I was taken away by her warm reception, I knew right there I wanted to go to Diani Place. I made all the necessary arrangements for booking and the following day I was set to go. Why I loved Diani Place was because from the airstrip it's only a 5min drive, the beach is 100meters, the town centre is 200meters... everything you may want was around you. Upon arrival, Reginah was there to welcome me, she was more excited than I was lol! her warm welcoming smile as she gave me some cold pineapple juice was a confirmation of what I heard when we first talked. She took me to my apartment made sure I was okay, gave me the history of the furnished apartments. I was more than happy to be home away from home, the apartment was so clean starting from the main entrance gate, the towels and beddings were smelling so fresh! the toilet was sparkling clean!.. since it was almost lunch hours I was excited to make my lunch booking and try out something new. Yes! if I wanted I could cook for myself since it was furnished, but there was no way I could do that especially if it's a holiday! Reginah introduced me to the chef, he was so kind to walk me take me through their Menu, I wanted to try any seafood they had, but I was skeptical, he assured me that I was going to love whatever I chose. I went for prawns, my ooh my! the prawns were so delicious I was served with rice. After an hour of relaxation, I decided to swim, their swimming pool was clean and the water was warm. This made me love Diani Place more!
''Maili Saba Camp is a real hidden gem. We arrived after a long day driving and circuit of Nakuru national park to find inviting friendly staff, that swiftly checked us into the hotel and got us settled in the rooms. Rooms are clean and well presented. Room 10.B, Our room overlooked the crater and was large and well furnished had the most spectacular views! At the onset you might overlook or be unaware of this most exotic and special place, simply because it may not be recommended by a tour operator as it is based out of the Nakuru National Reserve and is a 30 minute drive uptill there. However , this place shouldn't be missed for all its worth and what it provides! firstly, it is based on top of the Menangai Crater and your camp stay there overlooks the crater. The views are spectacular and breath taking. One can spend the whole day just sitting there, soaking in nature to heart's content and observing the crater . The tents are very organic, authentic and gives you a total camp feel with all luxuries attached. At Maili Saba, there was no buffet thankfully, it is an a la carte menu and make to order. And may i say, it is the most delicious food we had. I cant forget the zucchini salad, the vanilla ice-cream and banana split, the delicious vegetables and rice that i savored and the family gorged on some spectacular meat dishes.. so fresh, so tasty!! The camp has a phenomenal social outreach programme, where they hire locals , train them in hospitality and assign them work at the camp. The proceeds are also used for development and training of youth for the hospitality industry. Great job Maili Saba Camp!! We loved our stay there and would like to come back for more.. For the traveller willing to branch away from the norm of a park based lodge Maili offers an excellent alternative".
"The Fairmont Safari Club has to be one of the most beautiful hotels that we have stayed at. I was there for an assignment and I can’t fault the staff for always being on hand and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in one of the lodges on Forest Road, the hot water bottles and the fire at turn down with a great touch especially as the air is so crisp closer to the mountain. The rooms and patios of the hotel are stunning. Just being there is a pleasure with all the artwork and style. How delightful the bar is with stylish African decor. Hospitality is second to none. There are many activities that guests can take part in to keep themselves entertained. They have an animal orphanage inside the hotel which is really something special. A memorable experience. I cannot forget how the peacocks entertained us when having lunch! The chefs really did a fantastic job!
My friends and I visited Ol Pejeta for the first time in 2016. It was recommended to us by a friend, indeed we were not disappointed. The Conservancy itself is excellent. It's a dream for East African wildlife. Despite the short stay, we saw nearly as much quantity and variety of wildlife as I did visit other destinations. The highlight of Ol Pejeta was the ability to visit the only three remaining Northern White Rhinos left in the world, And therein lies the mixed emotions, where we first saw Sudan (late) alive and in 2021 we went back to see where Sudan was buried. Likewise, it was wonderful to see the remaining females in a natural environment. But it's also incredibly sad to see these beautiful animals and to know that they're at the doorstep of extinction because of human activities like poaching and habitat loss. They have a program to provide a refuge for chimpanzees rescued from the black market. You will always find there a kind staff who will share with you their expert knowledge about the different species. . There are a lot of activities to do and our guided tour was absolutely amazing, not forgetting our tour guide John, he managed to literally show us all corners of Ol Pejeta. There is only one restaurant inside the conservancy, and its always packed, I would highly recommend if you will be having lunch in the restaurant you make your booking before doing gave drive, this will help you save on time... if you have kids, I would recommend you picking lunch for them. Highly trained waiters and waitresses at the restaurant were kind enough to help us in choosing what we were going to order. The food was delicious!!
It's not a large mall, they've however made it a really nice place to dine, shop, watch movies, browse books 'hang around' the wide corridors (for teenagers!). They have increased parking spaces and their security personnel are always very helpful. The wide selection of restaurants is a huge advantage. Every Thursday you can always catch Massai Market on the rooftop. My friends and I decided to check it out. We were was a bit sceptical about how much fun could be had at a shopping centre but this one surprised us! Really great shopping options, friendly staff and safe environment to wander around alone. Prepare to get your haggle on at the market and don't be afraid to say no if you want to, although I had so much fun conversations with market sellers it was worth the few extra things we were convinced into buying.
A tranquil place in the wild! Loved the trim decor as well as food. My colleagues and I visited Tiaita Hills Resort and Spa for the first time in 2017. We were amazed by the services. What swept me was how my specious, clean room had different looks each day we were there. Their meals were absolutely delicious, the friendly staff made sure were comfortable at all times, it was a big buffet with so many different types of foods, fruits, salads, desserts, and drinks.I really enjoyed the salads and the surprise cake we received at the first dinner. if you sit next to the window you would have a view of the great garden while having your meals. We liked how spacious the Resort is, for those who wanted to play netball, football or swim all that was provided. Our sunset watch was the most memorable moment we had there, you will witness a spectacular sunset on the rooftop at the same time enjoy the many animals that come to drink water in the man-made dam. We cannot forget our game driver Dan, he made sure we saw lions and we were lucky to see nine lions together at close range. What an experience we had!
Sarova Stanley is one of the most antique hotels in Nairobi so it has a lot of history, this has always made me want to visit since it's located in the very centrum of Nairobi city. During Valentines Day 2022 my husband decided to pull a surprise for me at the Sarova. I was amazed by the warm reception and service we received from the security guards until the executive lounge. As we waited at the reception, we were served chilled cocktail drinks to quench our thirst. A few minutes later Grace, one of the staff joined to welcome us again. Her smile and warm gesture captivated us. After going round and learning about the hotel history we headed to the 6th floor where the pool and restaurant is. We loved the pool, it was very clean and not deep! indeed this was a special day not just for us, but also for the hotel, rooftop was all covered in red decoration, by the pool, and at the restaurant. As you entered the rooftop entrance, I was given a rose flower, while my husband was given two bars of chocolate,, mind you not many people acknowledge men during this day, I was happy to know that they were being kind not only to women but also to men. As we sat to dine after swimming we were welcomed with champaign at the Pool Deck Restaurant was great too. Covid-19 measures were satisfactorily in place around the hotel and to a high standard. after five minutes they brought us smoked salmon, the most delicious salmon I have ever had! this was not even a starter yet! already I was starting to get full. Carol the overall head was the one taking care of us, she made sure we were comfortable and everything we needed was brought on time, we really liked how she enjoyed serving us and educating us on the new dishes we were to have. After finishing the smoked salmon, they brought our starter pack, three different types of bread with different spreading accompanied with soup. I knew within no time I was going to be full and yet we had not even started the main course and dessert. We ended up not having the desert since we were full! I don't regret not having the desert since we had ice cream! The food was in plenty and delicious, the staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and attended to, they were sad that we did not get to enjoy their desert lol. to be honest we were soo full and there was no space left for dessert. I would recommend this hotel anytime even if you have small kids. Their menu is friendly enough to cater to kids.
From the moment you step in to Aberdare Cottages, something in you brightens up. The manager, the staff and everyone involved have a way of making you feel at home. If there was a time we needed a pleasant surprise it was this vacation break... the year had been rough coping with the pandemic! And thankfully we found one of the most beautiful of surprises. We spent a wonderful time in Aberdare Cottages with my four friends. The place is really peaceful in the middle of a valley - 8 km away from the Aberdare Park and along a river that could hear birds singing gently. There are moments that words do not adequately describe the serenity of a place and this is one of those times. Clean air, beautiful landscape and the warmth of a rustic and relaxing escape describe our stay. The Food was Kenyan cuisine and very tasty. I enjoyed the pumpkin soup the most. Drinking water is straight from the mountain and if water can ever be described as delicious it is here!! The staff at the lodge and the cottage were amazing and so helpful. We were later joined in by Aberdare Cottages' tour guide called John. We a day fly fishing, boat riding, and hiking with him, he was a wonderful guide... unfortunately we did not catch that day but had a fabulous time trying!! John showed us plants that used to be used as soap and foam in water and explained how to pick and process the tea as we walked by tea plantations.... all in all a real true Kenyan experience with honest and sincere hospitality. At night it would get really cold, but the staff made sure we were all comfortable, they provided us with as many blankets as we needed, and hot water bottles! the best feeling ever I would certainly go back to feel the peace and tranquility that can never be felt in the busy cities.
Java is what one may describe as a diner. They know what they are and they do it well. The food is consistent in all the brunches I have been to Westgate Mall, Junction, Adams Arwing Khodhk, Mama Ngina, Upperhill Yaya Centre, Kimathi Street, Galeria Mall Abc Place. and good with proper portions. The service is what one would expect at a diner, friendly but somewhat slow. The coffee continues to be excellent and they have now added Rwandan coffee to the menu. The staff continues to be kind and friendly. Java has always been my good place to catch up with friends and to have short meetings. I have been privileged to try everything in their menu of course not at a go, but in different branches. The ambiance and the smell of brewed coffee are what I love anytime I am walking into Java. Most recently I had the vanilla latte with the chocolate chip cookie I never regret it! I like it when you order a Double cappuccino, it's accompanied by loved heart-shaped biscuits, something you don't find anywhere else but in Java! Unfortunately, the news of people stealing bags at Java is surprisingly very common, my friends and I have been warned by Java staff in different branches not to hang our bangs on the side of the chair, instead keep it where we can see. An overall good place to be with my friends!
Our first time visiting Shaba and it was everything we hoped it would be! The place is beautiful and calm, It immediately makes you forget reality. As you approach the main entrance of Shaba you are welcomed with freshwater flowing from the springs. this indeed was breathtaking! Situated on an oasis next to the Ewaso Nyiro river it's the only lodge in the Shaba national reserve where wildlife abounds including the rarely seen cheetah. The staff and the manager, Alex, were more than helpful to us. He even arranged our special dinner on the island in the pool, complete with a charming guitarist serenading us. It was perfect! You hear the water from the many springs as you walk the grounds while enjoying a drink in the expansive bar with a pool table, dartboard, and multiple beer taps. The manager Alex. made us try the resident tilapia, trout & catfish fish pedicure and it was the highlight of our trip. The room was cozy and spacious too. The dining area was also a favorite for me, especially our spot where we could hear the river so close by. Steven cared about your day and how you like the food he prepared. Jackson and Collins were always there with a smile to talk, make you a coffee, or pour you a drink. These are just a few of the wonderful folks there, investing their time to take care of their guest. After having dinner we could always go and watch how the crocodiles were being fed. What a gem Shaba is! We desire to go back to Shaba, as coming home to a group of friends and family!
This is the second time I have had the pleasure of eating at Mediterraneo located at the Junction. This time around my friends and I decided to take my sister to have a taste of homemade Italian pasta, we sat upstairs which typically is their rooftop! aah! the view is magnificent, you are able to see Ngong road from all corners, the breeze itself makes you want to stay longer as you watch people in the mall walking at the same time watch the variety of cars that drive-through. The service is fantastic - all staff is helpful, friendly and flexible - and they remember you from time to time. I adore seafood and decided to order the Seafood Starter. WOW! The presentation was amazing, the taste too! What a treat to eat Octopus in Nairobi! The smoked salmon stuffed with cream cheese and mango was an interesting flavor combination. We also ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana and the Beef Carpaccio as starters. Both delivered ample flavor and stayed true to what they are - Italian Classics. my sister since it was her first time I recommended Garlic Pasta in prawns, What a great choice I made for her as a beginner. As we waited for our orders we asked the waiter for fresh juice (be prepared to pay a lot of money if you are a wine person :-) their unique juice is made on order, I don't know how they do it but there is something special about their tangerine Juice. It juggles your mouth like sparkling water, so fresh and so tasty. The service was good with the waiter responding promptly to our requests. All in all, we all had a great meal, which was well presented, tasty, and excellent value for money. Mediterraneo is what it says it is - An Italian Restaurant and a very good one at that! I'll be back! I highly recommend this restaurant as it is friendly to families with kids.
The lodges along Lake Elementaita provide a great jump-off point for either Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru. We managed to secure two rooms at a reasonable deal at Pelican Lodge in spite of the fact that it was the Labor Day weekend, and we did a last minute booking when many of the accommodations in the area were fully booked. The lodge itself is situated just beside the lake, making for great sightseeing opportunities. Access is very easy from the high way once inside you leave the hustle and bustle of the world, it is a very quiet well-organized hotel and the only noise you will hear is of the birds singing Swifty on the trees, a short walk takes you to the lake where you have a wide array of birds without any interruptions or distractions, Unfortunately though, when we were there, there were not many birds to see on the lake, though the staff assured us that there were more birds at other times. We spent 2 Days at Pelican Lodge and the experience was amazing! Rooms are spacious and magical and the Beds with African design were admirable! the whole lodge interior design is to die for!! Very vibrant and unique pieces. We learned that most of the furniture was actually locally made. Even the complex itself - kudos to the owners for giving the local people jobs and an income by using their skills. Seriously I wish I could take the room home with me, the bed was SOOOOOO comfortable and the outside showers were amazing!!! There is a first to everything here. The food was lovely and the drinks prices were actually affordable, unlike other lodges I have visited near that area. OHHHH how could I forget the breathtaking sunset - warm lavender, the orange glow, and the blushing clouds canvasing the sky. We were serviced excellent food throughout our stay, and the Chef got every special request right. We had absolutely no problems. The staff is very friendly - Mildred, Martha, Samuel, Michael/Mark - 4 staff who all provided exemplary service! There are 4 outdoor tables very close to the lake - very serene for breakfast & lunch! In the evening, guests can enjoy lovely walks to the lake with guides - enjoying the great Acacias, various birds & the lake itself. Sundowner service is also available. The swimming pool is also well maintained. Perhaps not a place for kids' enjoyment as few activities, but more for couples & those seeking peace away from urban noise! The woodland habitat is kept intact here allowing other species to thrive and thumbs up for that! I cannot forget the high-speed WIFI
My husband and I went to Movenpick Hotel and Residence for a dinner date in 2021, My first glimpse of the hotel was a little alarming: the main entrance lay down an unpromising little road, and even before our taxi could get in, we were stopped and asked to alight—for a security check, as it turned out. Fortunately, the hotel reception was just a few steps from there, We received a very welcoming reception from Serah and Ann Marrie and had the best experience right from the entrance to the end of our dinner. The hotel is absolutely beautiful in design. The color and artwork featured in the lobby and restaurants make you want to buy the art/furniture and take it home with you The food was excellent, very well done, delicious and with generous portions... we had the starter Beef Taglianta; Main -lamb shank with steamed veggies….. I can recommend this dish….the desert Tiramisu and Movenberry were even much better, Chef David came to our table to get a review of the meal, which was very commendable! and Felix was the best pleasant, respectable and friendly waiter, he explained the menu and made sure we made a great food choice. For sure he made us feel sooooo welcomed. we cannot forget their assorted fruits, The restaurant was giving you a taste of everything and the presentation was definitely a 5-star standard... The view was spectacular and to add to it the restaurant was rotating! this gave us a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole of Nairobi. something you can only find at Movenpick Hotel. We will definitely be back again!
Why on earth did my friends and I decide to head 960 km north of Nairobi? An adventurous safari in Sibiloi is for those that have tired of the traditional circuit. Visitors with a pioneering spirit and a yearning for the road less traveled will find their ideas of life in Africa transformed park and without a shadow of a doubt, this was us! Shimmering like a mirage in the harshly beautiful desert landscape of northern Kenya lie the blue-green waters of Lake Turkana. On its shores is the Sibiloi National Park, harboring one of the world's greatest treasures, the three-million-year-old, Koobi Fora palaeontological site. First discovered by Dr. Richard Leakey and his team in 1972, Sibiloi is now universally recognized as the ‘Cradle of Mankind' and the most likely site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Why Sibiloi of all the National Parks in Kenya? personally, these are questions many people have asked me. I wanted to be among the few people who have visited UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Kenya’s most remote national park, even with the stores of bandits, we were still determined to set our foot on the magical land that allowed us to enjoy a tour in Koobi Fora, meet and interact with the local tribes like Gabra, Dassanach, and Turkana. Besides, it allowed us to enjoy activities like bird watching, viewing, and archaeological exploration, unfortunately, we only encountered one wildlife Zebra out of the many wildlife Somali ostrich, kori and Heuglin's bustards, northern carmine and Somali bee-eater, Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse, and fox kestrel that is found in the park! We cannot forget how scratching hot and arid the park was when we visited omg! for a moment it looked like we had made the worst decision ever! we had to keep ourselves dehydrated all through, the saddest part was we could not get out of the cruiser to pee when we felt like lol! you can only imagine what we were going through. All through our travel, when we got to Marsabit we were accompanied by two amazing Park officers Grace and Richard, all fully armed and ready to strike in case they smelled a rat! we were given the full history of the park in detail, this made our journey shorter and made us more confident in pursuing the road less traveled! I remember vividly as if it was yesterday how we got lost in the middle of nowhere as we were heading to Sibiloi National park for the night, to be precise we were still out on a cruiser at 11: 00 p.m. This got us all freaked out! yet we had two great officers with us. The network was horrible! we could not make any calls to the park to inform them that we were lost! at some point, I remember I started praying out loud for God to cover and protect us! Lol! now it's funny to look back and laugh. We finally made it to the park quarter to 2:00 a.m, upon arrival we were shown our guest rooms by one mzee wa kijiji, he became our tour guide, our chef, and cleaner for the time we were there. This was a furnished house for guests who visit the park. all we did was take a shower and straight to bed. We were hungry and tired! did I mention our packed food that we had brought with us got spoiled due to the heat? terrible experience! of hanger and fatigue. The house and the bedsheets were clean. Please don't expect any high standard of food service, you eat what is available at that particular time. especially if you did not carry along with food. We only had a few hours of sleep and at 7. a.m we were up and ready to explore after taking breakfast! I will never forget how our cruiser got stuck in the park as we were heading to Koobi Fora Museum, this park is invaded by the outside communities who are illegally staying in the park with their cattle, families, and guns. All in all, we enjoyed this trip, we later headed to Loyangalani! story for another day lol!
Located in the heart of Kilimani at the Iconic FCB Mihrab, Flair as commonly known is a one-stop-spot for everything beauty. I was ecstatic to finally visit Betty Kyallo's Palace! personally, I love her enthusiasm, her passion for everything she has set her mind to do. Flair by Betty continues to outshine her competitors in the industry. The beauty parlor, which was relaunched in 2020 is a two-story building that offers different services to its clientele. The high-end parlor is partied in different segments, women’s salons, men’s barbershops, massage rooms, and kids’ haven. I absolutely love the interior design of Flair. Inside there’s a wall of fame, full of portraits of Betty, her daughter Ivanna, sisters Mercy and Gloria, and two close friends.. At Flair, they pride themselves on a number of things. their staff members, very professional, kind and attentive to detail are some of the best in the country, have years of experience in their various departments. From their barbers to the hairstylists, beauty therapists, and front office staff, I was welcomed by a big smile at the reception. Mind you I had not booked, this was a random plot that I decided to go and plait rastas after hearing so much about the place. Flair by Betty assures you of quality in everything they deliver, I was happy to be a partaker of the quality service. From the minute you walk in through their doors, the warmth and the friendly environment feel like home. Depending on the day and time, you cannot miss the Queen herself, Betty! She personally came to my table and asked if I was enjoying the service. oooh! I felt honored! after my hair service we even took a picture together! what a memory to have! Prices are affordable, service is top-notch, the place is spacious. I highly recommend it!
For the first time in 2017, my nephew, sister In-Law and I went to Rolf's Place for lunch as we took beautiful pictures of her since t it was her first birthday and we wanted to break from the norm. I had been looking forward to going to Rolf's Place for some time, it looked amazing in the photos and had a number of good reviews on their website and the restaurant. It's a good drive from Nairobi, the last 6-7km being a pretty rough track, but when we arrived at the parking and saw the place and the bridge it was really nice. The resort is located on the outskirts of Ongata Rongai. To access it, you have to leave your car and cross a suspended wooden bridge about 40 meters long to the other side of the gorge. the bridge is really fun and makes a great entrance If you are scared of heights crossing it can be a nightmare especially when you get to the middle where the winds are strong swaying the bridge sideways. One misstep could send you plummeting down to the huge boulders below. We were the only people at the restaurant since we arrived early in the morning, this was an added advantage to us since we received full attention. It's sad to see the pictures I saw on the internet were quite different from reality, the place was no longer beautiful, it was run down! I remember we ordered food first even before we started taking pictures, this was to give them upfront to prepare our meal on time especially since we had a one-year-old girl. omg! the meal to so so long! we had ordered chips with Grilled chicken and soup on the side for the baby unfortunately when the waiter served us there was no soup he had to go back and prepare. Though the setup is charming and well done incorporating the African theme... And that Bridge is worth just walking across for... You can choose to visit the place and plan on eating further ahead at masaai lodge where there is better service or stay at rolf and wait for an hour and a half to be served.
Extremely Professional & well-maintained Property. With a Massive Outdoors & Huge Indoors venue. Sprawling open lawns. GARDEN seating & dining (all day). FLOATING Restaurants Bobbing in the Lake waters. Prompt & excellent service with a smile by Friendly staff. Well maintained rooms & cottage style accommodation for all kinds of Guests. Corporate & Business style travelers or Holiday & Tourist type of Backpackers. The perfect venue for INDOOR & OUTDOOR Weddings, Corporate Conferences, Outdoor Events, Parties of Larger Gatherings & team building activities. Bird Sanctuary, Animal & Snake Park, Heated Olympic-sized Swimming pool & GYM… Early this year 2022 went there in the afternoon. I was more interested in the amusement park than the restaurant, I paid 1000ksh via Mpesa (they don't accept cash both at the restaurant and amusement park ) I got one knowledgeable, friendly tour guide by the name Mbogo to myself. Sooo many pigeons to see different species of parrots and chicken… the snakes never ever go near a boomslang was the take-home no antivenom for that in case ur bitten by the others they have antivenom at the park… been a while since I saw a peacock … hahaha the irony of the name … I learned so much about the birds and my favorite was the Lion bird, nice place for kids to learn animals. Lunch on the water was quite good and service (thanks Captain Elizabeth) was excellent and timely. The staff was friendly and helpful ! I combined delicious nyama choma and I highly recommend it with an accompaniment of your choice. I will definitely be back!
Villa Rosa is taking the concept of the “lady in red” seriously. Perfect check-in experience. Perfect set up for our exhibition launch at the Chinese restaurant. The level of service in this hotel is really fantastic, the staff were very friendly and available ready to serve us during our exhibition they really make it seem like nothing is too much trouble for them. They offered greater cuisine to suit all tastes! the washrooms were heavenly! one could even dine in there. OOh my! the pink mellow desserts served made our launch even better!
Was here for a solo weekend getaway. For first-time visitors, one may judge the camp according to the dirty rough road that is in a very remote location. A centric lodge, Stayed in one of the Bandas in a comfortable bed, close to the bathhouse, a short walk to the restaurant and bar. Bandas are no-frills, but comfortable, private, and a big step up from camping. 3 hard sides, tin roof, an elevated wood floor, with a canvas front cover that rolls up to expose you to the outside, plus a comfortable sitting porch that allows you to enjoy nature in privacy. the grounds were well kept and the bathrooms clean and I liked that you showered semi-outdoors. The restaurant was surprisingly good....a creative chef who knows his way around flavor. The bar was friendly, and the drinks were not expensive, I enjoyed my none alcoholic drinks, it was a good gathering place to watch soccer or just hang out after a long day of sightseeing. Punda Milias understand camping and bandas! there are different activities that can be done at the camp, I was so glad I did horse packing to the lake and back, such a friendly staff to understand your fears. Lol, I have watched so many movies, and I could only imagine what would happen if we encountered one of the Big Five! it could probably charge towards us. Gosh! my fears were real, the staff assured me that nothing of the sort could happen because it has never! I highly recommend this place especially for families! and parties
I got to visit Nairobi National Park for the first time in 2015, I was excited at the same time a little bit scared since I have watched a number of clips where Elephants/Buffalos would charge towards cars in various National Parks around the world, and certainly, this was my biggest fear! It was high time for me to visit the ONLY National Park in a city keeping in mind that East Africa has an incredibly rich biodiversity, with a variety of habitats such as the savanna, forests, and grasslands, homes to the countless flora and fauna kingdom. Being part of the supercontinent Gondwana, many areas resemble the areas found on the western coastline areas of India, what a blessed nation we live in! My friend and I opted for an early morning drive so that we could catch a sunrise with the backdrop of Nairobi city. To be honest, if you live in Nairobi and you have never visited the park, you should not be considered a resident! Having visited NNP for years my friend was convinced we did not need a tour guide. There are plenty of safari companies that do tours of the park in the standard pop-top vans or Land Rovers. You can also drive into the park yourself, which plenty of people does. The roads are all dirt and can be rough and dusty in some places, but a small SUV can handle most of it without too much trouble. At the park's entry gate we were greeted by none other than the Superb Starling, a beautiful bird showing off its metallic blue-green shoulder feathers with strong white eyes, later on, I came to know this bird is quite a common and a nuisance sometimes, its found all over Kenya. Bird species were plenty at the Nairobi National Park, and we saw Pin-tailed Whydah, speckled mouse-birds, grey crowned cranes, bee-eaters, egrets, Marabou storks, vultures, ostriches, and many more. Out in the open plains between small bushes we saw two young lions taking a nap, around some acacia trees we saw some white rhinos, one was with her young calf, Masai Giraffes, Plain Zebras, buffaloes, Antelopes and Gazelles lazily moving around. As it was my first time seeing Elephants so close, my friend wanted to use that same road where the Elephants were grazing! I could literally hear my heartbeat and this was not a good sign lol! the Elephants had a young one with them, mama Elephant kept on flipping her ears and I want to believe it was time for us to just drive back and use another road, the Elephants were not ready to move! we got that indication loud and clear. We decided to use an alternative road that was sooo mady! yes we had a 4 by 4, but my friend could not imagine how we were going to get on the other side, We tried our best to manoeuver the cruiser so as not to get stuck, but Nah! our vehicle was giving in. for a minute or two we got stuck and I just could not stop imaging the worse! the Elephants were just 20meters away from our vehicle, this was not a good idea, but I am glad we managed to get to the other side. Loads of cheeky Baboons and other monkeys trying to steal chocolate bars and ice creams just made it a very good day out We managed to take lots and lots of pictures. The costs are very reasonable. I highly recommend a trip to this national park to everyone who lives in Nairobi and they have never visited It is a great escape from the urban environment.
We checked in for two nights and someone showed us to our room carrying our bags. First impressions were good, the grounds were lovely with great views across the lake, and felt like you were in amongst nature. The room itself was a little small but we had everything we needed. The bed was also very comfy. I would say a beautiful Lodge in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park, all the facilities you need for a weekend getaway - very good and impeccably clean rooms with hot showers, shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc, personal hygiene packs with masks and sanitizer, coffee/tea. The view of Lake Nakuru from our room was very therapeutic...…. I also loved walking around the compound..... The Staff Members led by Jane were very very courteous.....Good Morning...did you sleep well.... are you happy with the food.. your room ..... Anything you would like us to improve on ....Meal times were awesome. Well thought out Buffet .............. we loved how exceptionally nice and helpful they were. They also work so seamlessly together with such harmony. Special thanks to Mr. James at the meats station, Simon serving with Sarah and Peter and overall, Angela who made sure all our special meal needs were met to the dot. Good and tasty food - lots of fresh fruit and salad options. You should try Turkey - found the beef and lamb quite tough. Loved the pancakes! not forgetting the great sitting area in and around the bar. Nice and clean pool, if you enjoy table tennis, they got your back! I never went for swimming for the time we were there if you missed me at the restaurant or room you could find me at the table tennis pitch. Table tennis is BAE! The bonfire was super cozy during the night! Plan to pay the Park entry fees for everyone traveling with you, as well as the vehicle for every 24 hours you are at the lodge. We would definitely go back for another weekend. We cannot forget this hotel for the fast wifi IN the room. We will definitely come back.
Hells Gate National Park is where geothermal activity falls alive, you will hear a brushing sound when walking on an oblique slope, which is a desolate geothermal area. I have been privileged to visit this park twice, the very first time was a pure photography session in the canyon, while the second time was an adventure in the wild with bikes. The Park It is a niche attraction with its impressive cliffs makes for a nice day trip from Naivasha. Although there are plenty of herbivores around, it doesn’t really compete with some of the more popular parks in Kenya. Unfortunately (but sensibly!), in most national parks you’re not allowed to get out of the vehicle and, if you’ve never been on safari before, you might be surprised to hear that spending days in a car on bad roads looking at animals can quickly get very tiring. What makes Hell’s Gate special is that this is one of the few parks that allows you to dump the car and walk or, better, cycle, with African megafauna. It’s an opportunity not to miss! Aside from some buffalo, the park lacks dangerous animals and you are allowed to walk and cycle throughout. We were doing three hours of cycling and for one hour I found it amazingly exciting to cycle for a time unguided through herds of zebra, giraffe, and buffalo. You could even take a picnic along and you’ll feel like a character in ‘Out of Africa’. The bikes are for rent not far from the main entrance and you can bargain! The scenery of the canyon and the park is special, it's a mix of classic savannah landscapes hemmed by impressive cliffs and volcanic and it is one of the filming locations for the Lion King and Tomb Raider. To be honest it was foolish of us to try to mountain bike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a clapped-out machine rented at the roadside lol! Suffice to say the ensuing three hours of aching legs, flat tires, copious sweating, and even more, copious swearing is not one of my adventure highlights. Here we were on a clanky old bicycle gingerly cycling past buffalo and wondering whether it was safe to cycle through the middle of a group of baboons who were blocking the road. I still recall the excitement and exhilaration of feeling that I was now a part of the food chain hahaha! Today I still prefer to walk in the bush for ONLY an hour rather than view it from a car and so on every trip. Other plus points for the park are that it’s an ideal family-friendly park and it’s considerably cheaper than many other parks. Now I understand why some of my friends opted to do rock climbing and use the car to go around the park.
My sister's graduation party was at Valencia Gardens Riara Road. Our occasion took place in November 2021, with all the uncertainty around us. When we went to the management and staff at Valencia with our ideas they took it on with the utmost professionalism and seriousness, they wanted to bring our vision to life. The staff on the ground are professional and have years of experience in hosting events. They were all very responsive to our queries and quick to provide solutions. The food selection was incredible and all our guest really enjoyed the variety from Nyama choma, Mbuzi Choma, kukuchoma (they make the best Mbuzi choma). The venue was exactly what we were looking for in terms of atmosphere, scenery, food and Clean washrooms, not forgetting the band that was playing for us. Their prices were very fair and this made us recommend our friends. Although there were birds on the grounds, along with assorted cats, none of which bothered us while eating and were a joy to watch. They also provided us with a bouncing castle for the kids and we couldn't be happier! It gave us the experience of a home away from home which is what we wanted to feel
This is a fascinating place - and should not be missed by locals and visitors. My friends and I got to visit Nairobi Railway Museum for the first time in 2015- the memorabilia and photographs of the extraordinary endeavor that building this railway represented, and the hardships of those involved are a significant part of the history of the country and come to life here. This museum literally catalogs the birth of Nairobi and Kenya in general. It gives the history of how the Kenya-Uganda railway was built and with it the nation of Kenya defined. It is full of history that every Kenyan should know. You get a chance to see the various train engines used over the years including the hand-pushed train wagons. The Museum is dated and worn around the edges, but they do a good job on a meager budget. Rail history is well-articulated and its significance to the growth of Kenya and relevance within the British Commonwealth is clearly presented. Exterior exhibits (e.g., trains) are unfortunately not comprehensively labeled; it's minimal. But one gets the idea. Entry fee for residents is 400ksh and none residents 600, photography charges 3000ksh, this is charged separately if you are doing a commercial shoot. The museum spreads out across four rooms and the large yard outside. The first room is the largest, and the most interesting. Before we started, a museum staffer conducted us to a relief map of Kenya and gave us an introduction to the history of the Kenyan railways: how the system was designed by the British primarily to allow them access to the Nile in Uganda; how Indians were brought in to work as supervisors while local Kenyans provided most of the labor; the progress made; and important landmarks and incidents related to the railways, such as the infamous Tsavo maneaters. Another highlight of this room is three claws of one of the Tsavo man-eaters that disrupted work on the ‘Lunatic Line’, as the Mombasa-Nairobi line was known. The claws are kept safely in a little plastic box, at the staff’s office: we asked to see these and were shown them readily enough. The second room is much smaller and contains signaling equipment and other communications equipment used by the railways, from bells and lamps and early typewriters to telephones of various vintages. In the third room are items related to ships and water transport: models of ships associated with Kenya, and a good bit about a German cruiser named Konigsberg, which was sunk off the coast during World War I. This room contains a fine sideboard and the captain’s table salvaged from the Konigsberg. The last room is about modern railways in Kenya, most of which are being developed with Chinese collaboration. After these four rooms, we went off to the large, graveled yard outside, where are stationed several engines, coaches, and related railway equipment. Several of these are open, and you are allowed to climb in to look around and take pictures, ooh boy! we took loads of them! For me, the most interesting piece of history here was stationed inside the pale blue shed near the gate: here stands Coach #12, a first-class coach inside which a British police officer, Superintendent Charles Henry George Ryall, had decided to sit up, armed with a gun, to try and kill one of the Tsavo man-eaters. Unfortunately for Ryall, he fell asleep—and was killed by the lion, which entered the coach. A little outside the shed and close to the gate of the yard is a locomotive which was used in the filming of the movie ‘Out of Africa’. A fascinating museum!
The Radisson Blue Hotel and Residence Nairobi Arboretum is located in a calm and secured part of Nairobi, the hotel provides a quiet and favorable environment for both holidays and business. Its proximity to the Arboretum park and away from the central business district isolates it from the hustle and bustle of the city. When you enter the hotel you can easily forget you’re in Nairobi. I was there for 2hrs recordings Unscripted By Grace Msalame I being the guest. We were in a serviced apartment that had a great design, was super spacious, and was clean. After recording, I was able to take a tour of their ground-floor restaurant, Aaah! the view of the swimming pool is magnificent. I was craving hot chocolate so I decided to order, it came with unbelievable 8 Samosas, three different sauces, and some veggies aside! I must admit I could not finish those Samosasa they were big and scrumptious! The staff was friendly and very helpful. For the little time, I was there I must say I will certainly go back there with my family for a meal!
The Ark was constructed by the Aberdare Country Club to provide a rustic lodge in the middle of the Park. It is built in the shape of an ark and the rooms were intended to resemble cabins on a ship, meaning its stands on wooden pillars partially and has long halls and very small rooms Unfortunately, but It didn't matter as staying in the room was not why we came, our experience was more than made up for by the remarkable game viewing! It takes you about 3 hrs drive from Nairobi by car. We liked The Ark! I even liked the Aberdare Country Club which is the starting place. So we arrived at the country club a little early, I believe around 11:30 am so we toured the grounds before lunch was served. Luckily when we arrived, there weren't many people. Lunch was then served which was delicious. More people started to arrive and have lunch as well. After lunch, it was time to board the bus to be brought to The Ark. We were told by a couple we met that one could horseback ride on the country club grounds with the giraffes! So we did and it was the best experience ever! we loved the country club and the staff there were so friendly and nice and accommodating. We were the last to leave the country club since we stayed on a horseback ride with the giraffes so it was just us and the driver, which was nice. Once we got to The Ark, we were shown to our room and after 30min we joined to explore. The lodge is exactly as we expected. The rooms were small as I had written earlier but very comfortable and more than adequate. BE WARNED though it is not a joke when they say to pack a small overnight bag and take only the essentials as there really is no room for large bags LOL! The hotel has cute little bathrooms with hot water, it is also cold cold cold, they did put hot water bottles in our beds which was wonderful. The buffet was loaded with something for everyone - soups, pasta, salads, and the full meal menu. The bar has everything you need, and there is coffee and tea service available in the cozy lobby sitting areas. A fireplace keeps the sitting areas toasty warm. The staff were so kind to us which really made this experience the best. Then you have the observation decks and the ground-level bunker for viewing. They have a buzzer system to alert you if certain animals visit the watering hole at night, the alert can be turned on and off depending on whether you want to be woken up at night to see new arrivals, and we witnessed a pack of hyenas make a kill - a waterbuck calf! It was an interesting (but saddening) experience - the circle of life! The level D bunker-style viewing area is amazing - you can be within 2-3 meters from the animals with no window between you - they can smell you and you can see their eyes! We were fortunate to see two herds of elephants, birds, buffalo, warthogs, and the sounds of the jungle surrounded us as we watched. I must say as a photographer I had a blast! I recommend The Ark hotel for the staff and the views and the food and the experience. It's one of a kind. And riding horses with the giraffes at the country club was the best experience!
A friend had requested I should join them in hiking, I thought this was a great idea since I had once done Mt Longonot many many years ago, LOL! It was the first time I did Ngong Hills, I thought it would be a nice leisurely Monday morning stroll! Not at all! Be prepared that this is not an easy hike. If you are very fit, you can try to do all 4 hills, but remember that you then have to turn around and come back again too. After the first 2 hills, I started to feel the intensity of the wind! mind you I had no Marvin that would cover my ears neither did I have a heavy jacket, OMG! I wanted to go back to the car, seat, and wait for them, unfortunately, this was not possible, my friends were determined to do all 7 hills, the only option was I do 2 more hills and wait for them with one guard, while they could continue with another guard. Be prepared, I cannot stress this...it is not so many technical difficulties but more endurance that you need. The hills are not that steep, except the last one, but you do need to be careful on the down parts. I strongly suggest going there well protected against the wind. It is so windy at some point I think I was almost carried away by the wind! hahaha, I will never forget! I liked the fact that the area is easily accessible by any means imaginable really. Entry fees for citizens are Kes. 200 and the facility is managed by the Kenya Forest Service. Visitors are admitted from 6 am and the hills should be cleared by 5 pm. My take! DO NOT Bring kids for the hike, you will curse them after the first hill. Carry Snicker Bars and Water, not Soda and Crisps/biscuits. Have warm Sweaters even on a sunny day. It gets really windy once you get to the Highest Point (hill 4). DO NOT be misled, the Hills are Serious Climbs and Descents. Have light shoes with good grip and Start off Early. Around 10 am is the best time to start the hike when the sun isn't beating down on you too hard. With a good pace and no breaks, it will take you 3 hours from Corner Baridi to The Turbines. If you have vertigo, stick close to your partners, there are some places you will wish you never went for the hike. When Starting off, use the phone masts as markers or targets. There are no directions once you pass the check-in gate. Do not try to use maps me or those fancy hiking apps...waste of phone battery. Speaking of Phones, Carry a Good Camera the views are stunning!!. You have the vantage point of looking at Nairobi town yonder and clearly at that too!. The windmills (very loud) line the path for quite a distance, after which the climb now begins. There may be Buffaloes along the way but do not stop to ogle at them, they don't like it. Keep Moving. DO NOT LITTER THE FOREST!
We were booked in for 2 nights and our experience was remarkable! We have found Eldon Villas to be a very good value for money in terms of the size of the apartment and the service received. The new staff Team is much more professional - very helpful, kind and friendly. We had one slight misunderstanding relating to visitors - however, once the management understood that we were to receive a friend who was staying opposite Eldon Villas. The accommodation is large, comfortable, and of excellent value for money. The cleaning staff was very friendly - and by the time we left, we were virtually on first-name terms with them all. Similarly, the management team was able to respond to all our requests quickly, and efficiently and provide a good outcome. One thing we found outstanding with them was them doing our dishes. We had stepped out to get something from The Junction and when we came back ALL our dishes were sparkling clean! it is excellent value for money. Spacious apartments, cleaned daily. Bedsheets and towels were changed twice per week and the rooms were cleaned to a high standard. A very welcome addition since 2020 is the excellent restaurant - we had several meals delivered to the apartment and they were superb!! Location for us was the biggest selling point. It's a walking distance to the Junction Mall and a crawling distance from the Brew Bristo (Boutique Bar/Night Club & Restaurant) - and the security staff is very efficient - whilst still friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend Eldon Villas highly enough in terms of value for money, safety and security, friendliness of staff, and great location. Two other things that need to be mentioned - there is a delightful pool in the complex and you are able to swim daily between 8 am and 6 pm. The pool area has seating to allow sunbathing and it is a quiet haven of tranquility allowing you to relax and enjoy the sun - there is also a very well-equipped gym which I believe is open 24/7. Having a hotel that clicks the boxes of comfort, friendliness, price, and location is a good option to have for any traveler be it on business or pleasure. Collins, Mercy, and co - you are doing an excellent good job at Eldon Villas!! It is a home away from home - and I hope you will all welcome us back next time around!!
Been privileged to visit a number of their chains, however, this review is directed to Westgate. The artcaffe at the Westgate mall definitely got it right on creating a nice environment for family lunches and even one on one meetings. The ambiance was quite welcoming and relaxing. However, when it came to the service it wasn't as great as we expected. We had to wait quite long for food and the servers didn't seem to be pleased with that moment. I personally love the art cafe milkshakes but this time I was firstly served in a takeaway cup and it was only half-filled, then once it was returned and served in the glass it was no longer and thick nice milkshake but rather a milky watery one. Both milkshakes we had ordered had to be returned more than three times. When it came to the meal, I cannot lie the food was very good and well cooked. The home fries were absolutely delicious and I definitely recommend them especially if you have children with you. However, with children choose the mild option. I loved the dessert. The dessert won my heart. The Newyork cheesecake is a favorite in my books and I would recommend it for the rest of my life. Artcaffe also has a range of delicious cakes such as salted caramel. My only problem is how slow they get sometimes, especially at The Junction, and the whole issue of milkshake which made that particular scenario at Westgate a bit sour
One of the foods that makes an appearance at every Ethiopian meal is injera. Injera is a tangy, sour, spongy flatbread that resembles a crepe, made from a fermented batter. The key ingredient in injera, Teff, is a gluten-free super grain native to Ethiopia. The country’s famous superfood is a highly versatile grain that has a mildly nutty and earthy taste. Paired with other Ethiopian diet staples – wat and colorful veggie platters – all made from beans, grains, pulses, and vegetables – Ethiopian injera prepared by The Little Addisss is just so delicious! For some time now they have been purely online, hoping they can have a restaurant to dine. Once you call in to order, the waiting time is an hour since they prepare everything from scratch! another reason as to why we order from them... depending on where you live your delivery charges might vary, This is very IMPORTANT for one to note. We really like how they package their products, you will be very surprised! their food never gets any spill off! how they wrap their stew is remarkable and it's always hot by the time it's getting to you. One of the things that make us love injera so much is the nutritional value it adds to our bodies and also it's incredibly vegan-friendly. We personally like to order on Wednesdays because they always have Wot Promo.. where you buy one, get one free one can always choose 2 from 4 options for 1000 shillings Zigni - Non Vegetarian option Key tibs - Non Vegetarian option Misir - Vegetarian option Shiro - Vegetarian option Each meal is accompanied by an Injera (choose from white & brown). Another combo we like to order is Shiro and Zigni! my ooh my
Bomas of Kenya is a neat spot, with natural vegetation and surrounded by some much-needed calmness. We made a half-day out of our visit there. We started with lunch at the restaurant, then walked around the Bomas, and topped it off with the dancing. Overall it was a really cool experience. Learning about the different types of houses, layouts, construction styles, and materials used by the different tribes is really educational. It is an interesting site that you can visit alone or with a guide. The "villages" were laid out nicely and it was awesome to go inside and imagine living in one as a first wife, of course. I appreciated the description at the entrance to each tribal area describing who in each clan does the building, where this tribe is located, what materials they use, and why they chose the layout that they chose. Our kids LOVED it. They were really excited to see structures built out of mud, sticks, straw, grass, all the natural things they love to play with. They also enjoyed seeing some houses similar to those we have seen during our travels. The dances were really engaging and the acoustics in the auditorium are really good. Hearing the singing, stomping, and catcalling was great. For a long afternoon adventure just outside the city, this is a wonderful place to go, excellent value, and well worth a visit! As a tip, I suggest checking the availability of shows due to the covid regulation. Another tip is to get ready for the mini-market of people who will sell you souvenirs
Beautiful shopping mall, It houses many famous brands in fashion as well as a number of high profile restaurants and coffee shops. with all designee watch and clothing outlets, you may be looking for. The food outlets are numerous and diverse with a large price range between the most expensive and the most affordable. According to me is one of the best malls I have been to in Nairobi. Though It is located at a bit of a distance from the central district of Nairobi (CBD) but can easily be accessed by public transportation. The staff is friendly and the security is tight. The security dogs are impressive, their ability to sniff out firearms is unimaginable. It definitely is an ideal place for scheduled shopping, impulse buying, or hanging out. The children's section will definitely keep your children fully occupied. There is a little corner for every personality type and age group, I could sit in a cafe and quietly read my book as the rest go to watch a movie and bowling While it is Less crowded there are a lot of things to do. I loved the pop market and the coffee shops. Spring valley cafe is one of my favorite joints. You should try it! And ohhhh! out of all the chicken inns around town the one at Westgate takes the crown from the size of their pieces of chicken to the flavor of their chips well I now know where the extra calories came from glad I burnt out most of it at the play area. As for the adults you can enjoy a meal and wash it down with a drink of choice at Strikerz, and if you're like me you can burn the calories on their wide selection of games from bowling, to pool table or just sit and relax and watch a game on their multiple screens. Give it a try sometime.
Having visited various Prideinn brunches, my review is directed to Prideinn Nyali. First of all, the proximity to the beach and malls is amazing (Nyali Centre)! the hotel is easily accessible with a matatu from Mombasa City. You will hear the conductors shouting "Nyali reef, Nyali reef" you will want to hope on that one. We were there for a weekend and we loved everything about the hotel. The ambiance of the hotel was good, It is quiet and peaceful, the perfect definition of tranquility, with a warm welcome from the front desk. The staff is also friendly, with high-speed internet and a well-secured parking area. Waitresses are courteous neat and smart, at the same time the entire team are very professional and friendly. We enjoyed their breakfast more than anything else and because it was up to 9 am we had all the time in the morning to sleep up to 8:20a.m lol. We were booked on BB and we loved the buffet breakfast so much that we opted to have the other meals here as well, their lamb chops oh my! it was something we enjoyed... you will rarely get it anywhere else! Pride Inn Nyali offered just what we needed. We got a spacious and super-clean room, with spotless linen and towels. Once, we were allowed to order pizza as it was not offered on their menu. We also loved the clean and warm pool, which is actually more spacious than it appears in the photos. Being centrally located, it was also very convenient to access fun parks e.g. Wild Waters. On our departure day, we were allowed a late checkout as we were traveling much later and it was raining. I commend the warm hospitality by all staff, We would definitely go back there again.
Are you a member of the club? Feel free to enter, eat and play. Are you not a member? Then get out! You can only visit this club if you are a friend of a member or a member but nevertheless, it is worth trying to get in. My cousin decided to surprise me with a tour visit to his club, this is how I got the chance to be part of the colonial splendor! Inside the golf court club. Muthaiga Country Club is a famous part of Nairobi's colonial life and is a reminder of how things were for the old settlers back in the day. Nestled in this haven of tranquility is this family-friendly old colonial-style clubhouse. Situated on "Ambassador Avenue" as the area peppered with embassies,(from the USA embassy residence to that of the Saudi embassy)is fondly called, this quiet and safe area boasts tree-lined avenues and well-guarded streets. The club sits on expansive well-manicured lawns behind well-manned security gates accessed via members' swipe cards or by guests on a list. Past the clubhouse sits Pinks Restaurant, the more relaxed part of the club, nestled next to the pool and children's play area. Keen-eyed caregivers and pool attendants look over the children, allowing parents to relax and take in the scenery. An optional set menu or buffet allows for a variety of meal and heath options. It is possible to stay there and the guest rooms are comfortable but basic. The bar is wonderful as are the gardens but there are traditions and rules which must be respected and you will be politely reminded by a member of staff if you infringe on any. Some may find this place stuffy but if you like old-fashioned style and service then this place is highly recommended. It is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise rather depressing city (Nairobi). I found them to be really strict, but guess what! If you can't beat them join them! some of the rules that apply: Taking pictures is prohibited no phones, no laptops except in designated areas. The "colonialness" of the place evokes "Out of Africa", but also oppression. Rich history and fabulous library. Service and food are top-notch. Well priced, (Expensive if you are not a member) great variety and a desert choice fit for royalty. Glad I got to experience this venue and consider it a treat. . A great, family-friendly multi-cultural Club that still however remembers its origins proudly.
Your tour of Nairobi City Centre would be incomplete without a stopover at K'Osewe on Kimathi Street...I mean even Zuckerberg ate Fish there!!! How cool is that!! Whether you're in town for shopping or any other business, Kosewe should not be missed by anyone. Nairobi just like any other city in the world has its good share of exotic 5-star hotels. Mostly that's not where you want to be if you want to get the true Kenyan experience. K'Osewe offers culinary diversity, clearly reflected in the many Kenyan culinary traditions in terms of choice of ingredients, style of preparation, and cooking technique. They have something for every plate! The need for a quick lunch after a long morning of shopping made us rush to Kosewe. Lots of other restaurants around the same area also. Up a flight of stairs with our shopping, we went to the famous ranalos. To order one goes to the cashier and literally picks one of the receipts that are already punched and ready to be paid for. Prices are fair for such a place. The food was brought within a few minutes quickly and efficiently. The place fills up very quickly at lunchtime and we were lucky that we came early. Clean and comfortable. Its rooftop semi-inside/outside location is perfect for those warm Kenyan evenings. Authentic African menu at its best! Unlimited choice from Tilapia , omena chicken ,Aluru, Aliya ,boiled beef to wet fry. Osuga. Lisusa, akeyo to dek amongst other traditional veges. Brown/ white ugali .Al this drowned with either fresh juice or a favorite soft drink. My three favorite dishes are: coconut fish, athola(smoked beef), fried chicken & all the traditional veggies ( managu, kunde, sagaa etc). I especially love their swanky. If you're into music from East and Central Africa (Rhumba, Benga, Soukous, Ndombolo) and you enjoy dancing to the beat and melodic sounds of a live band, Friday and Saturday nights at Ranalo's is for you.
One of the pioneer malls in Kenya. It has held its own over time and definitely kept up. I'm not a shopping person. It's been a while since I was at Yaya Center. However, this place has a life of its own, its a cozy mall in a dynamic part of the city with ample parking space, tantalizing restaurants, vegetable vendors who have literally everything you need to different fashion stores, From luxury brands of Brioni and Ermenegildo Zegna to the fashion Collections of Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss and Leather accessories and shoes of Salvatore Ferragamo and Santoni, Little Red menswear have the greatest menswear shop collection for the fashionista! The ladies Little Red similarly has beautiful collections of Escada and Armani Donna to the Italian Group of MaxMara and the Shop in Shop of the world re-known Gerry a Weber and Basler shops within.in addition are the Salvatore Ferragamo ladies collections, ice cream stores, and pastry shops( we had to take their amazing blueberry cheese pie. Try it. it's a pastry shop on the ground floor next to ArtCaffe. Sorry have forgotten their name). We had a specific appointment with the Body Shock store second floor. They have amazing jewelry and soft apparels and oh if you want a tattoo? Check them out. Abraham and their colleagues are just amazing at this art. They are affordable too. Did I mention security is great?? And Kids have a voice too here! the entire rooftop is a playing area for kids during weekends. Sierra lounge is a step-in restaurant, located on the 3rd floor in Yaya Centre, try their food, steak... That is. With the best and most tasty food, their cuisine is the best! Yaya Centre is also one of the few malls in Nairobi that has good exchange rates, and there is a designated drop-off and pick-up spot in the mall parking lot for taxis. Nairobi is indeed evolving so is Yaya Centre!
Cold Stone chains are usually the same, but the 5 stars go specifically to the young lady who was working this afternoon at the Junction brunch. I wished I had gotten her name, but she was incredibly friendly and somehow made watching her mix the ingredients really fun. I have to tell you. Cold stone is one of my favorite places to grab some yummy ice cream. I used to go all the time to the city center Mama Ngina Street and when they opened up at The Junction they did not disappoint. Though they have cut down on their menu since the pandemic began, they are still serving awesome stuff daily. When I first visited, I was shocked and delighted by the intermittent bursts of singing by the cheery staff. That does not happen as much anymore and I am not a happy camper. Anyways! Their ice cream is creamy, firm, and doesn't melt very quickly. The cone also tastes very good and it's always fresh. If you are a first-timer, the staff will carefully guide you through the icecreams and toppings available. I've always loved Coldstone for its unique, rich, and creamy ice cream flavors. Love their staff they are always super cool and clean. The place always smells of yumminess as soon as you walked in... Their freshly mixed add-ins make it even better! My number one go-to since day one has been the cake batter ice cream with brownie add-in. For those that don't know, Cold Stone is basically custom-made ice cream, you select the ice cream flavors and toppings are then mixed in. It's fun to watch the ice cream being made right in front of you. I think this would be a great place to take kids and it's especially fun to visit if you don't have a Cold Stone by you. The service was quick and our order was perfectly made. I would certainly come back and recommend anyone who may want to try out ice cream.
You may or NOT be familiar with the popular game show Total Wipeout, which used to be aired on DSTV. The premise is simple: adrenaline-fuelled contestants race each other across an assault course over a large pool of water, tackling obstacles with menacing names like ‘Shapeshifter’ and ‘The Motivator’. I’ve enjoyed many lazy mornings watching people faceplant into these obstacles and tumble head over heels into the water. You can imagine my excitement, then, when I found out that Nairobi has its own Wipeout style assault course, at the new Waterfront Mall in Karen. Maji Magic Aqua Park is the first of its kind in Kenya! Its main feature is the Aquaglide inflatable sports park: a circuit of inflatable slides, climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, and other obstacles anchored to the floor of the lake in front of the mall. They also offer stand-up paddle boarding sessions. We were keen to try out the inflatable sports park, so we booked a session with a group of friends. We were advised to arrive 30-45 minutes early to give enough time for a short briefing, and to change into our wetsuits and lifejackets, which were provided. Safety is clearly a priority for the team at Maji Magic. The lakebed is lined to avoid contamination, and the water is chlorinated every few days, so is safe to swim in. A filtration system is also being fitted to remove all of the sediment from the lake to make it clear. The park’s lifeguards are qualified by the Kenya Life Saving Federation, and recently completed a UK lifesaving open water course specific to lakes and aqua parks. Once we were briefed and fully wetsuited up, we hopped into the water and swam a short distance to the inflatable obstacle course. Eager to get around it at record speed, I clambered over the first obstacle, called ‘Thunderdome’, and raced towards a loosely connected platform called ‘Walk on Water. I learned very quickly that I couldn’t in fact walk on water, and as I crashed into the lake I developed a newfound respect for contestants. Over the next 50 minutes, we slid our way across the course, tackling climbing walls, bouncing on trampolines, and swinging from monkey bars. My confidence grew but vanished abruptly when I face-flopped into the water attempting a backflip on the giant swing. We spent most of the session playing on my personal favorite obstacle, the big inflatable dome called ‘Kaos’. We took it in turns to lie flat at the top of the dome and get propelled in the air as the others jumped into its center. One can book a 50 minute session on the inflatable obstacle course, or a 75 minute stand up paddle boarding session. Depending on the activity it will costs you between 500- Ksh 3000 per person, including the wetsuit and lifejacket hire. The aqua park can also be booked exclusively for large groups – for corporate team building activities, birthday parties and school trips. Maji magic is a super fun family activity in the heat of the nairobi sun. The fun is endless and the team there are very nice, patient and friendly. We call it Aqua safe heaven! Try it out you will NOT rgret
Karura Forest is an excellent place to go if you want to hike in nature for the day. It's easy to forget that you are anywhere near Nairobi. It takes a bit of time to get to from the other side of town but lovely if you like nature hikes. Easy to get to by a matatu or taxi, a great watering hole at the River Cafe, excellent walks amongst the trees and wildlife. A spectacular waterfall awaits you and flows away past caves and wildlife. We saw Syke’s Monkeys monkeys high up in the tree canopies, Harvey’s Duiker, Grimm’s Duiker, Desmonds Green banded swallowtail butterflies. The rangers are very helpful with directions and the map and signposts are easy to follow. Our visit was just after heavy rain and therefore the steps down to the waterfall and caves were very slippery under foot. Beautiful flora and if you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the animals I have mentioned above on your walk. Well... worth a visit but remember to wear good walking shoes, especially in the rainy season. I love this green haven in the middle of a super busy and incredibly congested town. they have 5 km - 10 km and 15 km trails and you can mix and match to extend the trails as much as you'd like. The map is worth purchasing and it's well detailed. Karura Forest is an excellent place to go for any of the following: 1) trail jogging; 2) Cycling; 3) Dog walking; 4) Hiking; 5) Exploring the caves and waterfalls; and 6) Enjoying a cappuccino or cocktail at River cafe. Although quite muddy, we enjoyed our walk. Would highly recommend it as an escape from the city in a safe and beautiful setting particularly if a business trip means a weekend stay in the city.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrating flamingos and abundant wildlife. Nakuru is an alkaline lake, which is what further draws birds and wildlife to its shores and the lake is most renowned for the tens of thousands of flamingos that can reach over a million at their peak. An area around 188 km has been fenced to create a protected area for both black and white rhinoceroses as well as giraffes. The park features about 70 white rhinos and another 25 eastern black rhinos and it is one of the largest collections of rhinos throughout Kenya. During actually 1 hour we have seen 2 black rhinos, 12 white rhinos and lions. This reserve is a shadow of its former self having been flooded rising the water levels to such an extent that the thousands of Flamingos that made such a spectacular show have now moved on to inhabit other lakes. I have visited many times before and marveled at the prolific and spectacular bird life but now the original driving tracks have been submerged and now there are very few places where you can get close to the lakeside. We visited Lake Nakuru National Park for a day trip using our own car. There are 3 gates you can theoretically use to get into/out of the park (Main Gate on the NW side, Lanet Gate on the NE, and Nderit Gate in the SE). Nowhere does anyone tell you that, once in the park you can’t get to Main Gate from either East or West directions. We initially drove from Lanet gate in the NE anticlockwise and, after about 5km, found that the road was blocked off at about the 12 o’clock position of the lake (it looked like it had been purposefully blocked by trees for quite some time to prevent people using the road). So, we then headed clockwise around the lake with the intent that we would exit from Main Gate in the NW after our visit. The journey inside the park itself was good. We found a couple of KWS wardens there keeping an eye on things. We then drove to the waterfall in the very south of the park - it was ok but I wouldn’t make the effort to head there again. It’s small and muddy and not particularly pretty. After that, we continued to the viewpoints on the cliff on the west of the lake. We found a couple of pretty viewpoints and were glad we had a 4x4 car, it would have been tricky in places if not. After that, we continued the route clockwise heading towards Main Gate to exit. We got 8km away from the gate to be met with a sign saying ‘no through route to Main Gate’ (the first sign mentioning anything about it all day!). From that position, it then took us about an hour driving non-stop (and quite quickly) to get back around the lake (anti-clockwise) to Lanet Gate. All in all, a bit disappointing. Could have been so much better with a little admin and effort on KWS’s part. Given tourism has been so low of late, you would think they would be more helpful to encourage return visits.
Visited Cafe Deli (Moi Avenue) to catch up with a friend. The place has been refurbished, it's bigger with space upstairs too. The decor is lovely, afro-fusion, with lovely plants inside that create a great ambiance, with top-notch selection of music in the background. Cafe Deli provides prompt and courteous customer service, They have a good selection of food and beverages and their facilities are clean and well maintained. My overall experience at the Café Delis I've been to in Nairobi has always been satisfactory. But this time around, with just the first order (Fruit Punch), my expectations were exceeded. I only imagined that I'd be getting a simple fruit mix "juice" as one of their waitress (Diana) called it (when she courteously came back to find out how I was enjoying my drink; although I'm not particularly affected by the shortfall in diction) but upon receipt (wonderfully presented by Tito & perhaps the Barista or chef who curated the drink), I was BLOWN away when I saw it as shown in the photos. What's more it had very tasteful diced watermelons and a delightful addition of one of my addictions - a vanilla sundae ice cream scoop to top it off. I mean, wow! What a way to start off my order! I loved your cocktails especially the mind eraser, lol! you may wonder why that name, well... I too couldn't. figure out why they gave it that name. The hospitality at Cafe Deli is not learned in school, service here comes from the heart. Very warm, friendly, and professional. Blueberry cakes here are definitely something you’ll walk the world to find. The coffee is authentic AA African; from the taste and aroma, you feel at home! The milkshakes here are something else! they taste like basically delicious flavourful ice cream in a glass with a straw. I recommend the chocolate or the mocha. The food is good, I like either the pork chops or chicken curry with chapatis. There is a kids menu too, so considerate of them to think of families. There are plugs for charging phones or laptops so it's a good place to come and work, or for a lunch date, or for evening drinks. I come with my family on Sundays when the Cbd is not so crowded. Cafe Deli any day anytime!
Kilimanjaro makes a point of impressing customers every time. We decided to go there one Monday afternoon, the restaurant was full, but we were happy to get a table. For me, I take it as a sign that it's a great place. We decided to order liquids first as we waited for the meal, our order was delivered in record time, within two minutes our fresh juices order was on our table, we were eyeing the bacony made in a corner shape because of the view and fresh air, but unfortunately, we missed it. The first thing you notice as you enter is how spacious, refreshing, and clean the restaurant is. At the entrance a big smile awaits you... if you probably went there having a bad day, the big and warm smile totally corrects it. Their main meal is a lunch Somali style. otherwise, À la carte menu that is extensive, Their portion is massive, fresh, and affordable. Quantity versus the pricing is good because you get value for money! The staff is very friendly, and if it's your first time trying out their menu, they go an extra mile of recommending some dishes plus their flavors, while at it they will request to know if by any chance you are allergic to anything just to make sure they are on point with their game! a well-thought plan NOT to waste a client's time. We ordered everything on one plate and what stood out for us was the young goat meat., the portion was big, actually we got served the whole leg of the animal. It was really good food. We Watched the waiters serve other tables, and the portions were the same. I have enjoyed several delicacies there from Swahili Chicken Biriyani to Pilau with Goat Fry accompanied with a cocktail of fruit juice and other tasteful meals. I also once tried a bit of adventurous cuisine with camel tea (camel milk) and the main camel dish. Not an expert but it tasted good but a bit different from the normal tea. I'd recommend the arosto (goat meat) or chicken platter. It can feed 2-3 people as the portions are very generous and balanced. The interior is inviting and intricate with the designs having an Arab feel. A place where you can comfortably eat and even treat a group without denting your pockets. Quality service and amazing food.
Surrounded by the Clean and white sandy Watamu beach and nestled in the marine reserve it has a unique coral reef garden and is rich with turtles, and cute fishes making it perfect for snorkeling or glass-bottom boat rides. The Watamu National Marine Park is the pendant to Masai Mara, underwater. Anybody who wants to snorkel or scuba dive here needs to pay a park entrance fee at the KWS Office, at the beach, close to Turtle Bay Hotel. The staff at the entrance to the Marine park were friendly. Resident rates are affordable and I can recommend more Kenyan residents to pay a visit to the park. The park features coral reefs and its inhabitants, cristal clear water and at times you can see dolphins and even whales. Like all such ecosystems, it is also under threat, from over-fishing, plastic and other pollution and tourism and its impact. Therefore visitors are required to behave environmentally responsible and for instance, report any boat owner who damaged corals or uses an anchor at the corals. NO PLASTIC BOTTLES are allowed past the entrance gate. This unique ecosystem and it beauty, which is the main tourist attraction in Watamu, will only survive if handled with care. We had a great time at Watamu Marine Park. Mr. Mango was the boat in charge and we were quite a number of guests. The boat ride to the snorkeling section of the ocean was amazing and we ended up at Sudi Island. The boat was well equipped with snorkeling equipment as well as life vests. There are lots of Mangrove trees there and many types of crabs. The canoe ride is a must to view the quiet beautiful sceneries. We were given a good amount of time to snorkel around the area. After getting back on the boat, we were provided with a variety of fresh fruit including bananas, pineapple and Watamu-grown Mangoes. For lunch, we e had lobsters, kingfish, and shrimp with coconut rice for lunch on the island .We saw Zebra fish, and many other colored species and even swam alongside them. Life beneath the waters is so beautiful. If you go at around mid-day, the water is warm and the sun rays make the views mind-blowing. The trip was even better than we could've expected and after around 3 and a half hours we were dropped back to our departure spot. This was my first time at Marine National Park and I highly recommend it to both locals and tours!
Having done The Junction Mall, eaten at the restaurants and spent a wad of cash, we just wanted something more homely. What’s better than roast chicken and salad? Chicken Inn tries to cater to everyone. They sell roast chicken, pizza, burgers, fish, schnitzel, Chico rolls, chips, salads and pretty much anything else that can be prepared on a grill or in a deep fryer. The girls behind the counter are polite and busy. We ordered chicken and salad and schnitzel and salad. at Chicken Inn next to Junction opposite the University Of Nairobi . My chicken was good, I had a choice of two salads (6 available). I went for the garden and potatoes. Both good. The schnitzel was deep-fried. Tough leathery. Everything came with copious amounts of chips. Unfortunately due to the way their system works another customer took our order so we had to wait a bit longer to get everything re-prepared. We made no fuss, this can happen. In case you like non-vegetarian fast food somewhat similar to KFC, then it is the right place for you. My favorite brunch is Chicken Inn Westgate Mall, for some reason their portion is better than any Nairobi brunch. If this place sticks to its name I would rate it 4/5.
We went on a Tuesday (Ngong Raod brunch) and I may surprisingly admit that these guys have done a wonderful job of putting everything together in a winner-takes-it atmosphere! Food, drinks, service, ambiance, music, you name it, they provided and provided with superior professionalism! Our waitress Nancy was amazing she kept coming again and again... Don't let your Sundays be boring. If you are also looking for a Sunday afternoon and evening out along Ngong Road, this is it! this lounge is a timeless and decadent restaurant serving up delicious cuisines from pan-global influences. Their dining and lounge experience sets up an energetic and inviting evening. Found in both Fortis Tower and Ngong Road, Brew Bistro took Nairobi by storm back in 2009 when it was launched. The restaurant, which is part of ‘the big 5 brewers’ shows off its big inviting lounge spaces and luxurious open kitchen in the heart of their restaurants. They have great offers for brunch, and if you are a freshly brewed beer and barbeque person, then this is it NB I don't take anything alcoholic, just recommending it. Unlimited barbeque at very good prices. Good music at very nice volume thus you can have a good conversation. And if you are a sports person, that is catered for too with their TVs even on the balcony. They have heaters to keep you warm if it gets too cold. What my friends love about Brew Bistro is that they have a huge and varied selection of drinks. All their beers are brewed in-house and they also offer up a pretty tasty range of cocktails. Those that avoid alcohol like me go for their ‘drink and drive’ mocktail. We happened to be there on a Tuesday and it was built your own burger day! Uh yes. I had Texan Burger which comes with Belgian fries, It also came topped with 2 onion rings, yum! while my friends ordered fries and steak OMG, super seriously DELICIOUS!
This is a breeding program for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and, as such, is to be applauded. The keepers will tell you proudly of their success in restocking the wild with their offspring. Having said that, there is just a short walk around a viewing platform where you can feed the giraffe directly, which is a pleasant few minutes. Took a visiting friend here to see the giraffes. It had been renovated in 2020 and can accommodate much more people along the giraffe fence now. It feels much more touristy, but may be easier when many people are visiting. It was quiet, so we walked in, picked up the food, fed several giraffes, then had to run on to the next place, so in and out within 25 minutes! The staff were super nice and offered to help take pictures and offered tips to get great pics. You can touch the giraffes, but please do be careful of their eyes if you decide to get an over-the-shoulder type shot with your hand on their face. I watched more than a couple of people accidentally get too close and/or poke their eyes with their fingers. LOL! Very good hygiene arrangements and friendly staff who are ready to narrate stories about each Individual Giraffe A lovely, but brief experience getting close to these amazing animals. Not forgetting the warthogs! The chance to get slobbered by a blue giraffe tongue should not be missed. The pellets were smooth and consisted of a great fibrous diet - perfect for these lovely and greatly cherished animals. Plus you're supporting necessary giraffe research and conservation by visiting. I was so pleased to see that the education programs for local children have continued, as they are the future custodians of our beautiful country. . Giraffes always fascinated me. Despite their long neck, they only have seven cervical vertebrae just like humans and just like about all mammals except sloths, which I know of. So giraffes have adapted anatomically and physiologically to being able to bend way over to drink water and not blackout. And they have a prehensile tongue. I enjoyed mingling with these Giraffes here and watching them eating Just to note They do not take cash, be sure to get your ticket online to skip the ticket booth. Giraffes of all sizes, and there are helpers to make sure they don't get to aggressive.
In our ongoing quest to scout for hotels within Nairobi specifically along Ngong road that would make for a perfect weekend getaway, Ngong Hills Hotel came up as a strong suggestion from three of our friends. At first, I was a bit hesitant because, having lived on Ngong road for the better part of my life, I assumed there wasn’t something really fancy about the hotel. Especially given the fact that I knew Ngong Hills Hotel as one of the oldest hotels in the area. The Pleasant Surprise at Ngong Hills Hotel We checked in at the hotel Friday night for the two-night stay. The security detail at the entrance was something else. I wondered how they balanced thorough and pleasant at the same time. Clearance at the main gate was quite fast. From observation, Friday must be the busiest day at the hotel because securing a spot at the car park was a task. There was yet another security scan at the main entrance of the hotel. The polite staff I must say. Check-in The lady at the reception gave us what I would easily call the warmest smile that evening. Check-in was faster than anticipated and in a few, We were in the elevator in the company of yet another lady, who took us to our room. We loved the fresh fragrance in the air that paired well with the carpeted hallway and the pin-drop silence as we made it to my room. The Room. Initially, We were checked into a standard room that we instantly bonded with, as soon as we put our bags on the luggage rack. We were impressed by the chic, sleek and classy finishing and furniture. At some point, we started to calculate how much a week-long stay would cost lol! Because this is the kind of life you can easily get used to. As the lady walked away, she pointed out that they were just a phone call away in case we needed anything. (This is the kind of customer comfort and assurance that makes me choose some hotels over others.) My eyes wandered. I could see how my husband looked at me as I let my fingers ran across all the surfaces. I wanted to feel the bedding, the upholstery, the pillows, the towels, the leather side seats, the mirrors, the marble tops in the bathroom and just to smell the fresh welcome fruit basket that was on the table. I read the welcome note word for word and immediately got lost in the quiet, peaceful elegant space that was to be our home for the weekend. The Upgrade In the opposite wing next were the VIP suites that we were later upgraded to. Ngong Hills Hotel has a total of five VIP suites, two of which have balconies. The rooms speak class and opulence. They have an open kitchen, lounge, and a master ensuite. There is also a business executive desk for that business traveler who wants to feel at home. Entertainment Ngong Hills Hotel’s Art and Soul lounge are one of the few places that are known for playing soul music. That explains why Friday was one of the busiest days at the hotel. The lounge attracts a mature crowd that looked like they appreciated the fine things in life served with good food and expensive drinks. The bar at the lounge was well stocked. The wait staff was super attentive. If cocktails are your favorite, John the mixologist is the person to look for! Not that I was looking at people's plates(hehe) but it went without saying that Nyama Choma was a favorite. Restaurants Esquire restaurant is the hotel’s main restaurant and it is open 24 hours. There is a choice of either buffet or à la carte depending on your preference. We opted to cook for ourselves. Meeting and Conference The other thing Ngong Hills Hotel is known for is; the preferred meeting and conference venue. The conference rooms have modern audiovisual equipment, with the largest conference rooms having a capacity of about three hundred. At our time of visit, there were some guests who had just wound up their week-long workshop at the hotel. You should probably get in touch with them, for a tailored made conference/workshop package for your organization/company. Do I recommend Ngong Hills Hotel for business meetings, conferences, staycations, and just a polite chill out with good music? Absolutely!
Nairobi is a beautiful and expansive city. It will take you several days to see the whole city. If you are in a hurry, the Kenyatta International Conference Center offers a great view of the city. Take a tour of the 28-storied Kenyatta International Conference Center with the help of Kenyatta International Conference Center tickets. The KICC is distinctly situated in the central business region of Nairobi. It is a universally famous venue for gatherings, formal meetings, shows, and exceptional occasions, being situated within a comfortable walking distance from some five-star inns. Throughout its years of history, it has been the host of some remarkable worldwide gatherings, courses, shows, and summits. The 28 stories tower incorporates a rotating restaurant that offers surrounding perspectives of the city, pivoting the entire rotation in 76 minutes. The cuboids make up the Plenary corridor, and the tower comprises of a chamber made out of some cuboids while the amphitheater and helipad both look like cones. There are numerous and overall-provided meetings and gatherings stay with the biggest having a capacity of accommodating over 4,000 agents. The KICC is provided with Simultaneous Interpretation Equipment with an ability to maintain up to seven dialects, an advanced business zone, a managing account office, tour and travel administrations, far-reaching grounds, and sufficient and secure resting spots. Are you a photographer looking to take magnificent night-long exposures of the city? KICC is the place! We were here for a photography master class. the payment was fast and efficient! On a clear day, from the helipad, you can see 360˚ up to 20 kilometers away. On a very clear day, you can see both Mt. Kenya in the North and Mount Kilimanjaro in the southern part. Besides, you get to have a glimpse at new buildings coming up in and around the city!
To the History enthusiasts who want to feel as connected as possible to Kenya's history and parts of Africa, The National Archives is just the place for you. You'd think you know enough about Kenya and it's history from what you learned back in school via history books until you take a trip to the National Archives. One step through its doors will have you feeling like you've gone back in time and are experiencing the ancient culture, their ritual practices, celebrations and traditions. Imagine the Americana section of the Smithsonian stuffed into a poorly lit warehouse and you get some idea of the National Archives. There is a wonderful and significant collection of pan-African artifacts and art here, but it needs some love. I needed to use my phone flashlight at times because some cabinets were not illuminated. The Archives are also the story of Joseph Murumbi, former Kenyan vice-President. Murumbi was an avid collector and, rather than sell his unique items to Europeans or Americans, provided them to the Kenyan people. There is a research library here, too. Every piece has a small note explaining its history and origin. Who knew for you to have this amazing experience and get this vast ocean of knowledge you'd only have to pay Kshs 50 for Kenyan adults, as low as Kshs 20 for the kids, and Kshs 200 for non-citizens. Worth a visit any day especially for those who like to stand at the entrance fence waiting for their friends.
At Junction Mall, the Phoenix Restaurant beside the Art Caffe' at Junction Mall was replaced with a new fast food joint called the Big Square whose first branch was opened in 2014 last along Limuru Road by the UN headquarters. The décor is enticing and looks clean. The great thing about this place is that it is fast food. If you are craving McDonalds or Burger King this is the place for you in Kenya. They actually have more selection than you would think with gourmet burgers such as sweet onion and honeydew smoked beef. On top of burgers, they have other options such as chicken, salads, and ribs. You can have your burger any way you want - a wide choice of dressings or styles, a wide selection of sauces, different meats ie beef, veg, lamb, & chicken my favorite being the ribs. They also do breakfast. All at moderate prices. Sharp They also have bacon and egg sandwich options for breakfast. You order at the main counter and the food is delivered to your table. It never takes too long to get your food, however, on this particular day our order took some time. All at moderate prices. Sharp, modern furnishings nice and clean place, seats have big cushions to lounge in The ribs were heavenly, well cooked but not overdone. The barbeque sauce was just right - not too sticky, not too sweet, and with just the right amount of flavor. They had ketchup, mayo, and chili sauce. Unfortunately the two times we tried the chips, they were cold. The chips were not up to par for those of us who like the chunky and finger-long ones like the adverts. Why do I like Big Square? because it is a locally owned & managed fast food joint. Buy Kenya Build Kenya!
There’s something about this mall that makes it stand apart from other shopping malls in terms of its overall design and layout. It’s beautiful. The decor is simply superb and each section looks different. An excellent place to chill... socialize...meet and greet and much more. A vibrant venue with a cosmopolitan mix of humanity with a happy and cheerful vibe. Loads of food varieties at the food courts along with some up. market lounges n fine-dine eateries. Lovely coffee areas and chocolate bars along with great shops with some very good up-market gift items all under one roof. Supermarkets also exist so quickly. purchase is possible. We celebrated my niece's birthday at the bowling alley and we had an absolute blast. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. We greatly enjoyed the pool, foosball, bowling, and use of the private event rooms. Highly recommend it Since its renovation, it welcomed doors to S African shops. The Maasai Market is every Friday. Beautiful stuff but more pricey than at the other Maasai markets as it's close to the UN and lots of UN staff visit on Fridays. You can get the same stuff at the junction on Thursdays and cheaper. Always bargain at a much lower price.
I spent a couple of hours wandering around this beautifully renovated museum. It tells the fascinating story of Kenya, from its early days, through colonialism, to the Mau Mau era, to Independence, and all that that has meant in terms of progress. They have some lovely exhibits, including a huge room devoted to all the birds of Africa - and there are many! There is also a large gallery showing Joy Adamson's (of Elsa the Lion fame) paintings. Who knew she was such a fine artist and many of her works have become reference pieces. I was there on a Saturday morning - perhaps not the best choice of days as there was an extremely large and vocal group of primary school kids! But never mind, the museum was big enough that I managed to avoid them most of the time! And good for Kenya, showing their children their heritage. Great museum. It is open-air and has many interactive parts. I loved all of the exhibits. I give it a 4-star review instead of 5 because they have absolutely NOTHING about Wangari Maathai in this museum. That was disappointing as she was Kenyan and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. There were a lot of interesting things to see in a reasonably small area. My favorite was the art/photo gallery. But I found the entire museum interesting. I normally would have skipped the guide but was glad to have all the information she shared with us. The restaurant outside was nice and the gift shop was reasonably priced.
My husband and I were looking for a picnic place around Nairobi, a tranquil place to be precise. After looking up a few picnic spots in Nairobi, we narrowed it down to two locations – Paradise Lost Kiambu and the Nairobi Arboretum. Having been to the Nairobi Arboretum several times and seeing how busy it could get, we chose to visit Paradise Lost in Kiambu County, hoping to get away from the crowd and enjoy a quiet park afternoon together. We set out to Paradise Lost at about 10 am on a very beautiful, sunny Saturday morning. After a 30-minute taxi ride with a little traffic, we arrived at the location. After paying the entrance fee of Ksh500 each we headed into the property looking for a nice spot to lay claim of. There were no signs to show where the picnic area or any other attractions were, so we just kept walking straight ahead. I was really disappointed to see that the charges were increased from 300 to 500 in a span of a year. We were heading towards the waterfall when a man approached us to ask for payment. I thought he meant ‘proof of payment’ so I showed him our tickets but he insisted that there was a different charge to go see the waterfall and the caves. I found this very strange but as it turns out, Paradise Lost charges for every single activity (apart from picnicking) once you get into the property. I can understand the extra charges for specific activities but charging to go see the waterfall felt absurd. While I contemplated whether or not I was eventually going to check it out (My husband wasn’t interested in doing so), we found a nice enough spot for our picnic and set up there. Since we were one of the first sets of people in, we managed to enjoy a relatively quiet picnic together before more people trooped in later in the day. At the peak of the day, there were several parties going on around us, children running around, families barbequing and people ziplining, fishing, and boat riding on the lake. After we had stayed for a few hours, I thought I’d check out the waterfall and caves before we left. I had to pay an extra Ksh300 just to enter the area. It is quite disappointing that Paradise Lost charges an extra fee for this and they offer no additional value. When I saw the ‘Old Stone Age Cave Tour’ sign, I thought it’d be an actual tour and someone would give visitors a brief about this place. There was none but supposedly, the caves date back 2.5million years and were significant during Kenya’s fight for independence. I ended up not going into the caves because I refused to contribute to the idea of us spending another 300 extra…- I was scared. Yep, I wish hubby had come with me, but then again, I don’t think we would have been too happy spending an extra Ksh300. Lol we know how to be on a budget. Some of the costs listed on the tickets include camel riding, horse riding, and boat rides at Ksh300 each, ziplining and quad biking at Ksh1,500 each, and archery at Ksh1,200. They also offer guests opportunities for fishing, camping, going on a coffee tour and a play area for kids. Overall, I think we had a good outing to Paradise Lost. There are many areas to be improved upon but I would recommend a visit if you live in Nairobi. Also, if you are visiting, not on a budget and have enough time to spend in the city, it might be worth checking out.
I had some free time in Nairobi, so My friends and I went to Oloolua Forest to do a surprise photo shoot for my sister In Law. I have the most beautiful sister-in-law! Oloolua Nature Trail is a beautiful fragment of indigenous forest that is tucked away in one of the more well-to-do neighborhoods on the outskirts of Nairobi. The land is apparently owned by the Institute of Primate Research, though I didn't see any information about the research. Although the trail is beautiful, it is not very clearly marked in some places. That aid, getting lost would be difficult as one could easily retrace steps to go back to where you started. There is a map on the wall at the entrance, and I suggest you take a photo using your phone, so as to have this on you while you walk. You must explore here on your own, finding the waterfall, cave, large bamboo plants, and fascinating papyrus area alongside the river. If you happen to do GeoCaching, you're in luck, as there are several hidden here. I REPEAT this forest isn't as well marked (At least the last time We were there) as Sigiria or Karura, but perhaps that's part of what makes it so fun... finding your own way! There is a small entrance fee that you need to pay in order to get a ticket. The place is well maintained and security is guaranteed. Very good family Picnic spot You can cook and play. The good thing is that you can enjoy nature with your Delicious food. Only missing banda's if rain happens no shad to stay except your car or enjoy the rain. Highlights for me were the walk itself. I saw several beautiful birds (though heard many more), and parts of the forest are really pretty. The trail does allow access to the small waterfall, which is fun to see. It's not very big or impressive, but worth a look. Another attraction marked on the map are some large clumps of bamboo near the river. This is also a beautiful spot, with some benches where you can sit and relax and read a book while you listen to the river flowing past. Also, it's hardly ever crowded and the sound of the Mbagathi River running through it has an awesome calming effect on me. It's rather short compared to any of the trails in karura. So plan to go to Oloolua Nature trail with a group of your friends; do not make the trip alone. There is so much to experience and learned..
I have been here thrice, the first time was a staycation and the two times was dinner. It was a wonderful experience. To begin with, the location of the hotel is conveniently located proximal to all social and government institutions. The ambiance is equally good and has a serene environment. The renovation brought a new charm to the establishment. Similarly, from the check-in, my staycation period until check out was an awesome experience. Mr. John Onyango at the security desk is very welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed our staycation. The staff are very friendly and give attention to detail. They made our stay worthwhile since we really needed to get out of the house and have a weekend to ourselves. They even offered us breakfast in bed when we requested. During our stay, I got an opportunity to visit the Wangari Maathai wing which is a women-only wing with security measures up to standard. The rooms have a video-enabled intercom system whereby the guest is able to communicate and see the person at the door before letting them in. The rooms are ideal for ladies' night out, bridal showers, or someone who simply needs some time away from the other gender. special thanks to Millicent Monica Mary Evans, they made our staycation memorable. There is a good Spa. The Swedish massage I received here by Caroline was excellent. It was like a lymphatic massage using aromatherapy, with just the right amount of pressure and not too much pain, leaving me feeling refreshed in mind and body. The food is also always amazing My favorite is The shack lamp / mkono wa Mbuzi very very tasty. You should give it a try. Two Times Dinner Date The two times we've come here for dinner, we have received excellent service. George, executive sous chef, amazing selection on the menu culinary journey. Chef Sanjit Gupta, head of pastry, the Oreo cheesecake was exceptional. Deserts are on another level. Special thanks to Augustus Ashioya, the amazing service from this gentleman. Very courteous and helpful. All in all Sarova Hotels has stood out not because of what they have to offer which is beyond my expectations but because of customer service! These people gave a personalized experience. They made sure I had the best time there. You will not go wrong with this choice. Can’t wait to come back.
Planet yogurt has well maintained it's taste and charm over the years. The Junction Mall branch is still a favorite for many me being one of them ever since they began their journey. The first time when The Junction opened my sisters and I went to frozen yogurt, we went overboard on the servings and the bill was really high. thanks to that though, we now know our fave flavors and my go-to flavor is watermelon. They have a wide variety of locations, with most of them being similar to one another in terms of what food you get and their atmosphere. The place has a nice clean design, that is very simple and effective. When you enter, all you have to do is grab a cup, and fill up whatever yogurt flavors you want in it by yourself. All of the flavors taste really good, so if you have a chance, go multiple times to try them all. In addition to the yogurt, they have some really good toppings, again you might want to consider trying all of them. In the end, you get charged based on the weight of the cup, however, it can be a bit pricey but it's definitely worth it. The cup is pretty solid, and the spoon that it comes with is actually really nice, and you could actually reuse it if you wanted. The seating is quite nice, and comfortable and you don't really feel rushed and you can easily enjoy your food. If you are craving for flavors such as pistachio, tiramisu or hazelnut that are not sold elsewhere you definitely wanna go to Planet Yogurt. Always beware when you are adding toppings...price is on weight. Good selection of flavors and loved that the middle pump mixed the two flavors together. Lol! I enjoyed the gasps when people weigh the heaps their children put. You soon learn how much you should put in so you don't have to swipe a credit card. The random offers you have are cool.. keep people on their toes., and the random flavors that you change from time to time makes it different each time. Definitely recommended for anyone wanting a quick snack!
What more would you want besides beautiful views and wildlife sightings as you get in some exercise? my church friends and I decided to visit Mount Longonto for the second time. I will tell you for sure the second time experience was a whole different ball game. Well.. most of us are fit but do not hike too frequently. For those who love kfc, pizza Inn so much all they could do is complain about the entire journey Lol!. Now they were paying for all the kuku fires and pizzas they have been eating. With the sun, it can be challenging. The initial part is easier, but toward the top, it gets steep. We took many short breaks in between. The rim itself can also be challenging in some places, its highly recommend doing it in the morning before the heat hits as there is not much shade. Five minutes into hiking Mount Longonot and Imy friends were complaining how they could feel their heart beating violently against their chest. It was both too early and too late to turn back now. Too early because, well, we were just 5 minutes into our hike. And too late because they had spent the past week boasting about their spectacular hiking and endurance skills. hahahaha! I just couldnt help myself but laugh at them. By 10:am, we began the hike and like I said by 10:45, they were nearly ready to give up! having been here before with this team they had an idea of how tough Mount Longonto is but a number did not expect it to get rough in the first few minutes. A few minutes later, we spotted some zebras and gazelles grazing in the distance. More than being excited to see these animals, they were grateful for a chance to catch my breath. The hike got harder and harder and I kept reminding them about our previous trip here and how we conqured without any complaints... I knew I needed to remind them if they could do it the first time, they can also do it the second time. So we trudged on. As we got higher, our breaths became more stable but now a number of my team physical strength was dwindling. A contstant reminder was let everyone set their sight to the hut atop the hill. “Almost there”, I kept telling them. “Almost there”. After an hour, we got to the rim of the crater. We took in the gorgeous views, excited to have made it thus far, grateful to be in that moment. But our hike was far from over… It took another hour to get to the actual summit and we couldnt have been prouder for sticking it out. They say the best view comes after the hardest climb and Mount Longonot proves every bit of this statement to be true by offering us incredible views of its steep ridges from where it derives its name, the crater floor and Lake Naivasha. After we had rested a bit, we began our descent. This was supposedly going to be much easier than the ascent but it proved to be just as difficult for us. we expected the descent to be an easy walk down but it was far from that. Many parts of the trail were slippery, causing Jane and Kevin to break thei fall several times and surprisingly, there were still lots of climbing to do. By this time, their toes were hurting badly in their shoes, leaving them in excruciating pain for the final descent. Eventually, they had to take them off. Altogether, it took 5 hours to hike Mount Longonot. The time could be much shorter if ONLY they had listened to me. Recomendation - Carry plenty water (carry a reusable bottle with you as plastic bottles are not allowed within the National Park) and snacks/fruits to revamp your hydration and energy. A good camera is also a thing for great photos. After the hike, there's an Inn at the exit where you can take a quick shower (carry some extra changing clothes) and PACKED LUNCH. It is also important to pack according to the weather conditions. A hat and sunscreen are essential for warmer temperatures and a raincoat may come in handy depending on the time you visit. Mount Longonot is worth giving it a try!