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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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Horible road to an amazing place

Recycled glass are being mould into the most amazing products. The studio comprizes of various workshops where on can see how products are made. The grounds makes you think that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Windhoek, Namibia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Recycled glass are being mould into the most amazing products. The studio comprizes of various workshops where on can see how products are made. The grounds makes you think that you're in a fairy tale. Glass balls hang from trees and all kinds of glass things are stuck into the ground. The factory shop sells glassware very cheeply. Just look... More 

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

Hey Hildie. Glad you made it, and we're (perpetually) sorry about the road. If it's any consolation, we have just this last month put nearly 500 tonnes of rocks onto the last bad bit, and as we sell goblets, we will be adding murrum to make it smoother. Hopefully it'll be a ribbon of silk the next time you come!... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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194 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The road up to Kitengela Hot glass is sometimes difficult, but once you are there, it is well worth it. We watched the glass-blowers with much fascination - the heat is incredible as it can be felt significantly. The shop itself offers a great range of ornaments and items, there is a something there for every taste. I love their... More 

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

Hi Shailla - thanks for the nice review! Love from the dust, Anselm More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This place is very unique and interesting if you are up for a little adventure. This place is very artsy and there is glasswork everywhere! While you're here you can watch the glass makers making different types of glassware. You can also purchase different glassware, wholesale or individual pieces (you can get the glasses with "imperfections" for about $3 a... More 

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Nairobi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Kitengela glass factory is way off the beaten track and quite difficult to find,the roads to get there after the university was horrendous,I would recommend that you go to Rolfs and then do the 20minute walk to the Glass place. Kitengela I feel was disappointing although very quirky with obviously lots of things made from glass. I also felt that... More 

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

Hi Jackie - thanks for the review! Next time ask for me or Thom, and we will do both a demo, and make sure you can negotiate! And we're fixing the road - 460 tonnes or material added last month. Warm regards, Anselm More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I've visited Anselm Kitengela a handful of times and I'm never disappointed. I love the uniqueness, creativity, and whimsy seen in the art and I'm the surroundings. Guests can watch glass blowers at work and purchase items from the wholesale shop. There's a cafe with snacks and drinks. More funky creations are next door at Nani's. It is a long... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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
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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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93 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 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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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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