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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 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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Snohomish, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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381 reviews 381 reviews
57 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Of 22 countries and 49 US states travelled, this is easily in my top five favorite places. It won't be easy to get to, but when you get close you will know it. Rising out of the forest canopy is a dome, a castle, various unusual structures that are all part of an art mosaic concrete environment complete with a... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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