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“stimulating and original” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass

Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass
Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 722 523284
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Ranked #4 of 25 Shopping in Nairobi
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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!
Ventspils, Latvia
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“stimulating and original”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

although not easy to reach (we got briefly stuck in mud and had a long stretch of terrible road) this blast of creativity was a highlight of our Nairobi visit. It is really a theme park of playful art, with 36 artisans in various crafts taking full advantage of the freedom to dream. Probably chaotic for some people, but constantly surprising and full of goodies. Gorgeous location. Like falling into the brain of a hyperactive imaginer. Unique and cool.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Not only are the products sold here amazing and diverse (from ash trays to ornate chandeliers), but the setting is awe-inspiring and it includes the most ornate latrine you'll ever see / use. Wander the grounds, buy some souvenirs and be sure to cross the bridge!

Visited October 2011
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Arusha, Tanzania
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“Interesting but not worth the long and rough road”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Great if you are interested in learning about glass blowing. The furnace and workshop is open for a tour and demonstrations.
However, the trip to get there is long, rough and dusty. Not sure if the area is in a very safe location as quite off the beaten track.
We visited with our children and not a good idea as breakable glass products everywhere, combined with the long drive made for a very stressful day out.
The products are lovely though and handmade. I would suggest to visit their shops instead to buy these, bear in mind they are fragile so not the best souvenirs!

Visited May 2012
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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thanks for your visit and kind comments.
The last 3.5km of the trip is indeed bumpy and dusty, but we are aware of a contract issued to repair it within the next year, at least to good smooth dirt status. We have daily community police vehicle patrols, a local police post and administration police in our neighbouring village.
We are also revamping our toilet facilities (finally) to a deluxe level, and have recently completed a picnic/seating area.
With regard to children, we regularly host school trips without any mishaps (so far!).
By the way - the window glass we use to make our products is surprisingly strong, and we've successfully shipped all over the world. We'll be happy to 'export pack' whatever you like. Even the largest and most ornate chandeliers and tables can be dismantled for transport.
Warm regards, Anselm.
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“So much more than I had expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

This was my 6th trip to Kenya and I had never really thought about visiting the glass centre, I do not know what I had been waiting for. Here is a perfect day- lunch at Rolf's which over looks Nairobi National park- incredible views, great food and then you can walk over to the Glass factory, it is great walk (have your car meet you at the glass factory).

There is so much creativity in this place! Much more interesting than I would have thought!

We followed this with a trip to the ostrich centre for some ostrich riding :)

Visited April 2012
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“Kitengela Glass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

WOW!! Getting to the factory is a mini safari, the "road" has to be one of the worst I have ever driven on so be prepared. You are rewarded with a visit that can only be described as like being inside an artists imagination. A workshop and shop where children are actively encouranged to get up to the first floor by climbing a rope, everything is made of glass and pottery, strange shapes and colours are everywhere, it was great. If you think of the trip as part of the adventure you will have a really fun trip.

Visited April 2012
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