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Address: Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 722 523284
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Description: Kitengela Glass split into two separately owned glass companies 20 years...
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!
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Whimsical Wonderland

I only gave 4 stars because of the conditions of the road to get here; I suggest traveling in an SUV. Go to Kitengela Hot Glass website and there's a printable map which helped us... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I only gave 4 stars because of the conditions of the road to get here; I suggest traveling in an SUV. Go to Kitengela Hot Glass website and there's a printable map which helped us locate the factory. We went on a Friday and they were working on 40 bowls that day, I believe each day they do something different... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We went there by a normal saloon car, it was a nice sunny day, no muddy road what so ever but bumpy for sure. Not very easy to find I must say, I think they need more signboard. There was glass blowing going on while we were there so won't be able to comment but I always liked their design... More 

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Kpalime, Togo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Not so far from the bustling Nairobi City scene, in Ongata Rongai, is where you´ll find this amazing adventurous space, filled to the brim with creativity, it has been, or atleast that is what i fealt, the playground for the owner, a Lady of German heritage, for more than30-40 years.. Go go go, you´ll love it :)

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Snohomish, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was a very interesting place to visit. The glassworks was fascinating to watch as the artisans crafted various pieces. The building itself is spectacular, and the grounds are fun, with all sorts of whimsical art pieces scattered about. The 'glasstronomique' coffee house was a relaxing spot to relax and sip a drink; the shakes were great! The shop has... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is like traveling in time and space towards the Barcelone of the late XIX century -- a modernist island of glass and iron in the middle of nowhere. Very surprising, indeed. If it were closer to Nairobi, I would recommend it blindly to anyone. But it is far and the last 7km, terrible (do not dare to go during... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I have been here twice in the past year and on both occassions I have loved it. The staff are very friendly and attentive and it is great to see how the glass is made. The little coffee shop on site is really sweet and the decoration of the place overall is beautiful. It is definitely worth a trip out... More 

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

Thanks so much for the sweet review. Welcome back anytime, and ask for me, I'll buy you a ginger presse. Warm regards, Anselm. More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have been there a few times, and have always enjoyed my visit. As other reviewers say, you bump down bad roads (we actually got stuck in the mud) and then suddenly you are there. The kiln is awesome, and the glass blowers will demonstrate their craft if you are there are the right time. Wandering around the "factory" is... More 

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

Thanks for the kind review! We are working on a teleportation device for our customers :-)… Warm regards, Anselm More 

Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Not a bad place to visit, but the glass is not of the best quality and a bit predictable, They seriously need a good designer to get going. The place to be is next door at Nani's. Hot Glass is owned and run by the son of Nani, a German lady of infinate charm and talent. Nani's is not to... More 

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

Hi Thomas. Thanks for your review. Please could you email me on anselm@kitengela.com to let me know what the quality issue was that you had so that I may address it? I am sorry you found our designs predictable, and will certainly endeavor to be more surprising in the future! It does feel a little that you are marketing our... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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436 reviews 436 reviews
72 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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

Thanks for your kind review. If I fail in the teleportation department, we are putting our heads together with our neighbors on how to improve the road. Am also training my cafe lady how to make muffins… Warm regards, Anselm More 

Squamish, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

The road is a prime example of adventure in Africa... Dusty, full of potholes and seemingly going to nowhere. Then all of a sudden, statues and art pieces welcome the traveler in what can only be defined as a Glass creative commune. Wonderful setting with every nook and cranny thought about, a fusion between nature and humans. Nani Croz and... More 

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