A trip to Kitengela Glass

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A tour to Paradise Lost

Transport and Miscellaneous cost: 1000 shillings

Entrance Fee: Adults: 300/- Kids: 150/-

Entrance to the cave on weekends: 200/- weekdays people are allowed to visit the cave for free.

Activities for Kids: Horse riding, Camel riding, boat riding and Face painting.

Activities for Adults: A cafe and a bar area (good for hanging out).

Activities for small groups and Corporates: Team building facilities are offered (at a rate).

Enjoy watching the video:

The streets of Wajir

Wajir Weyne!!The land of Cano Gel and Hilib (Camel milk and Meat). I have been contemplating of late on whether to tell the world about you or to just mind my own business because no one cares anyway.

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The last time I visited Wajir was when I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (2008). I was there for a week. There was not much to see. The place was dull and unattractive. Every government that came into power promised empty developmental projects.

The people had come to terms with being use to not seeing maendeleo. In fact most residence of Wajir especially men prefer if a politician bought them a bundle of ‘khat’ than for them to buy equipment for the nearby dispensary.

Then came devolution after the promulgation of the new constitution in 2010. Governor Ahmed Abdullahi came into power as the new Governor of Wajir after the General election in 2013.

A lot has changed. Most people in Wajir called Ahmed Abdullahi ‘Jiir’ (Rat). Somalis are on another level of insanity. Story for another day. They say he is arrogant. Arrogant because he choose to use public funds for public use. Remember what I told you earlier,  they just need money to satisfy their daily needs.

The streets of Wajir is beautiful. With improved infrastructure,  youth have something other than miraa to keep them busy and useful to the society.

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Women can now easily take their goods to the market with ease because of the availability of infrastructure and means of transport.

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Main market in Wajir Town. Its dubbed ‘Soko Mjinga’

Oh!! Did I tell you this, there are street lights in Wajir town. Yeah, that’s quite something here. Shops are now open till late night especially the Miraa squad in business!!!

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Enjoy!!!

 

 

Touring Ngong Hills

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Ngong hills is a good site for Team building, hiking, and chilling with friends and family.

IMG_20161118_140240Locals are charged 200 Kenya shillings (at the time of this post) at the entrance. In case you need to go further into the hills you will need security to accompany you. For that you will be charged 1500 Kenya shillings.

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Here are some tips to know before you decide to take a trip to Ngong hills.

1. Its advisable to wear warm since the weather around this place is usual chilly and cold.

2. Pack some snack/food  since there are no shops and hotels nearby

3. Stay together while going for hiking for security purposes.

4. Carry a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

5. Don’t forget to pack your camera and take shots of the beautiful scenery.

Check out this short video I did while touring Ngong hills.

 

Enjoy😊😊!!!

 

 

12 hours in Nairobi

I love Nairobi. Not until recently when I started exploring it did I realize its beauty. I know there is traffic, which sucks most of the time, but you can’t compare it with the beauty that this city has to offer.

I embarked on a one-day tour around the city and I got to visit 4 places despite the fact that it was on a Friday. City dwellers know how Friday’s can be. I had a good experience and I would like to share it with you.

Here is a simple one-day tour guide within Nairobi:

If you leave the house at around 8.30 am you can get to Museum Hill road at around 9.00am- 9.30 am and make your way to The Nairobi National Museum.

You’ll be required to pay 200/- (Adults) while the children fees are 150/-  (citizen).

The National Museum houses a lot of our (Kenyan) history. Starting from how barter trade took place in Kenya, to some of the tools that were being used to fight during Pre-independence period.

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Tickets go for 150/-

You can also visit the snake park and learn about the different species of snakes. Your tour should take approximately 1 hour.

This will give you time to make your way to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is located along Magadi Rd. If you are lucky you will get to the place 10/20 minutes before its opened to the public. As a Kenyan, this will be a moment that will leave you in awe as you watch tens of foreigners who eagerly wait for the gates to be opened so that they can see the elephants. I know right? why should anyone be excited to see elephants? I get it, we live in Africa where you have all the time in the world to see wildlife. To me, that was an actual challenge. Seeing people eager to see elephants just made me realize I take the little things I have for granted.

img_5487 The orphanage is open to the public from 11 am to 12 pm (every day), during which people get to see the baby elephants feed and also interact with them. This is because the elephants are sensitive animals and like a peaceful environment to exist in. The public is, therefore “Privileged” to interact with them for just 1 hr (I know it’s not enough time coz they are adorable beings). There are 24 baby elephants at the orphanage, who have been rescued from different parts of the country. you can adopt the baby elephants by visiting their website where you get to choose the elephant you want to adopt. This will give one the opportunity to interact with the baby elephant in the evening for one hour.

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Play time

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They showed up excited to see us

After leaving the orphanage, you can take a 30 minutes ride to Karen Blixen Museum which is on Karen Rd.

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Few things you should know about the museum.

  1. It was handed over to the government of Kenya in 1963 (Independence year)
  2. The movie “Out of Africa” was shot here (It was an account of Karen’s life)
  3. It was named after Karen Blixen, a Danish Author.
  4. Karen Blixen bought the Land to practice coffee farming which apparently became unsuccessful after a few years.
  5. There is a similar museum in Denmark built in honor of Karen Blixen

What caught my attention the most is the fact that Karen was among the few whites who came to Kenya during the times of colonialism and decided to be part of the community. She built houses for her workers at the plantation. She also opened a Nutrition school to teach women about Health & Nutrition. The institution is currently called Kenya Medical Training College (Karen Branch). She was also a painter. You will find some of her artistic works in the museum. She basically understood the importance of sustainability within a community which I applaud her for. She died aged 74 of Syphilis in her home in Denmark. The obvious reason was her partner loved many women (That’s what we were told during the tour).

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She loved books
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George Finch Hatton (her lover) was a hunter

By the time you are leaving the museum it will be a few minutes past 1 pm. You can stop at Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden which is located in a beautiful peaceful setting on Karen Road. They really have good food. You can take a quick rest as you enjoy your lunch as you prepare to head for Giraffe Centre.

At around 2.30pm, you can start your journey to Giraffe center which is about 30 minutes from Karen Blixen Museum. At Giraffe Centre, you will get a chance to feed the giraffe. It’s a fun experience. You get to have a “smooching moments” with the giraffe. It’s a good one right??

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That’s how you feed her

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Giraffe Centre also has a curio shop that sells artworks made by a women’s group in Kibera among other groups who live in the slums. Make sure to make a stop at the shop and #SupportLocal.

After leaving the center, you can leave for home or pass by a good joint and have some “Nyama Choma” to start off the weekend in a good mood.

Enjoy!!!!

A trip to Karunguru Farm

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A week ago, I was given a heads up by my boss of an upcoming trip to a coffee farm. I remember my friend laughing at me when I told him I’m going to miss my Saturday class in the name of visiting a coffee farm. For the first time in many months, I felt like someone dragged me to do the wrong assignment. I wanted to protest and scream my lungs out.

Anyway, I passed by the office to pick the camera and got into a cab. According to google map, the coffee farm was 59 minutes from Upperhill. We agreed with the cab driver to follow the directions as per the map. Unfortunately, one hour later we found ourselves headed for a place called Banana. We had to call the cab’s head office to get directions. We struggled for about another hour before we got to Thika road. We arrived at Karunguru Farm at around 12 pm after a long struggle trying to get our way there Map to the farm.

I was surprised to see that a couple of people showed up for the familiarization trip. We were taken through a 30-minute talk on the history of the Farm.

How it started

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Karunguru Coffee Estate was established on a 300-acre farm in 1928 by the Glassford family. It was later on purchased by Geoffrey Karekia Kariithi who named it Karunguru Farm after his father.

I will spare you the science involved in terms of the types of coffee they plant. You can check it here.

Back to the Familiarization trip. We set out to tour the coffee farm at 1 pm. Our first stop was at the nursery.

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The Nursery

We walked for a few minutes before we got to the actual farm where the coffee is grown.

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Unfortunately, it was not one of those busy days where a lot of (picking) was taking place on the farm.

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Coffee Berry
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A walk in the coffee farm

During the picking season, the coffee is processed at their own factory (Karunguru farm factory), where it is taken through parchment processing to sort out the coffee to ensure and control and monitor the standard of coffee produced on the farm.

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One of the machines at Karunguru Coffee Farm

 

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Finally, the coffee is dried under the tropical sun to retain its natural taste, aroma, and uniqueness.

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After finishing the tour we went back to the house where we were treated to a nice brunch. We couldn’t leave without sipping some good coffee. I am a coffee lover and I can tell you this for free, what we purchase from the shops and supermarket are “just coffee”. The coffee I had at the farm was on another level. From the aroma to the taste it left on my tongue. It is an experience I want to have if I get a second chance.

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The coffee is available in a 500-gram packet.

One more thing, If you have a family and you don’t have a plan for the weekend, why not go for a Farm tour at Karunguru Farm You will get to enjoy a swim and an evening gym session as well. I assure you, that you are well sorted at Karunguru Farm😊.

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ENJOY!!!!