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Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass

Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 722 523284
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Owner description: Kitengela Glass split into two separately owned glass companies 20 years ago. Anselm's glass blowing studio (with 25 years of expertise) in the... more » Owner description: Kitengela Glass split into two separately owned glass companies 20 years ago. Anselm's glass blowing studio (with 25 years of expertise) in the planetarium dome makes blown & cast items, beads, lighting and architectural installations in an eco-friendly environment next to the Nairobi National Park. He also has a small cafe serving fresh sandwiches, coffee and juices. Alternatively Nani's company offers stained glass, rudimentary glass blowing, accommodation and animals. A visit to both companies is recommended, as they have very different ethos and products. Welcome! « less
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A bit of a muddy adventure to get to the Glass Factory - but once there one forgets all the mud on the last kilometre of the road. In fact - after reading the reviews - I thought the road would be mucho worse then it was.. Returned home with a large box full of glass items. Well worth the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had done our research and knew that the road was really bad to get to Kitengela and that yes there are 2 separate businesses side by side both creating items from recycled glass. What we found was: 1) The road is exceedingly bad and would be unusable in the wet season. Our driver had a sedan car and knew... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We visited Kitengela glass and Anselm hot glass during an afternoon. We've have made visits to Kitengela glass many times before and every time we see new developments. Unfortunately the 2 properties are separated nowadays and you have to walk outside the gate to the next gate. We were received by friendly staff from Kitengela glass. They showed us everything... More

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Ostend, Belgium
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We've been visiting here with a normal car. We slept the night at Silole cottage (which we approached from the Rongata Ongai side) and than walked over the hanging bridge to reach Kitengela glaas. Unfortunately the oven where the blow the glass was closed due to X-mas holidays. But in the premises of Nani Cruz son, nextdoor, we had a... More

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. For clarification purposes, Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass studios have no connection with the hanging bridge. The bridge goes directly to Nani Croze's studio on an adjacent plot. Many thanks, Anselm. More

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We were all excited to visit Kitengela today but despite the fact that it has been dry for the last few days the road conditions were too bad to get there. After bottoming out a few times on the roads leading to the store we finally got to within 1km when we reached a point where I was sure that... More

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are sorry for the road horror. Unknown to us, a neighbour had organized for a truck load of unbroken rocks to be dumped in the road. We have since rectified the situation as much as possible and the road is now passable. Many thanks, Anselm. More

Kampala
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Just got back from having an incredible weekend at Kitengala Glass - there's what seems to be a little known boutique-esque hotel on the premises with a beautiful pool and incredibe views. The accommodations are all as idiosyncratic as each of the kitengala glass pieces and incredibly styled. I can't say how amazing it was with simple but tasty food... More

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Kitengela is a wonderful little oasis in Nairobi. It's a bit like falling down a rabbit hole, and entering a different dimension when you start wandering through the place. It just keeps going, and with interesting and odd sculptures placed everywhere. Spend some time wandering around. The prices for glass products was quite reasonable as well. Very please we made... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Friend visiting from the US and I took a trip out to visit these two side-by-side workshops. We thought we'd stay an hour or two but ended up staying about three. There are small and large pieces of art everywhere and you can't go the same way without noticing something new. If you like quirky and whimsical, you'll find a... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We took our 7-year-old son there to learn about glass blowing. As we came in, a lady took us to a store/shop, because the workers were having a short break. The shop had nothing special and many glass pieces were average. I guess the nicer glass items can only be seen in Nairobi shops. The lady left us there, went... More

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Dear Mrs Stork. I am very sorry you were abandoned on your trip here. If you come again, ask for Thomas, Anselm or Kiki, and we will give you the gilded guided tour, and show you some of the stuff you may have missed. The road has been recently repaired, and is in the best condition I've seen it in... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

when you are in nairobi, take a day off to go to kitengela glass. it is an overwhelming place, you dont know where to start or stop looking! mother and son or son and mother, two places two styles. the creative energy of nani croze is overwhelming. her love for glass, for colour and form just knocks you out. you... More

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