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“love art & nature” 5 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 #2 of 20 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!
Nairobi, Kenya
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“love art & nature”
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 feel like entering alice's wonderland, made by nani - and embedded in wild nature. overflowing green, where there was not a tree 40 years ago, and a menagerie of animals welcome and surround you. you like dogs? this is your place! there is 11 of them! geese, sheep, kamels, horses, ostriches.... and all in tailormade artistic homes. these are definitly the first animals I met that have the priviledge to live in artwork!

the studio and galery are like their own planet. you can watch them blow glass, put mosaics together, create metal work or build glass windows made to order. anything goes with glass in kitengela! we just love the juice and wine glasses, how did we drink before? :-) also the vases, bowls and all these little things like key rings etc are just devine. I dont know how this happens, but these things have that bit of soul in them that makes you feel good.

you can also stay over night if you like, each house is special, different and artistic in its own way. it is not hightech, it is high-character! after all these hilton and marriott experiences, this is certainly a stay you will not forget. the views are mind-blowing. we got woken up by a group of baboons, who jumped over the roof and sneaked into the window briefly! what a whow! hyraxes are more suttle, much around, and when you open your eyes you have the view across that gorge into the massai land! cross the bridge, check out the crocs, and enjoy the most special place around nairobi!

Visited February 2013
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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“L Backlund”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

When my driver suggested a visit to the glass blowing, I thought I'd seen it all before, but OK. The long drive over the stony ground - I'd not call it a road, was dusty and interesting. Masai country, we saw nucleus of new settlements, mostly for well-to-do middle aged middle class Kenyans, traditional manyattas, a brand new mosque, rows of small country shops, and the wide open plains with herds of painfully thin cattle and goats. Not much grazing or water, but somehow they survive. Finally approaching the glassworks, the side of the road was dotted with artworks - reminded me of Lousiana in Denmark and later at the glasssworks of Parc Guell in Barcelona. Kitelenga Glass is really a place worth visiting, the products and the place itself. Me, I bought more than I should - had to be innovative as to packing.

Visited February 2013
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Galax, Virginia
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“Worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

After a wrong turn (don't ask for directions -- follow the map on the web site) we finally made it to the glass factory. It was worth the effort -- a feast for the senses -- the staff is friendly and helpful -- the artwork is AMAZING!!! The kiln is in operation during the early morning hours and if you want to see glass being blown arrive before noon.

Take time to explore the grounds, visit with the artists, and cross the bridge :)

Visited February 2013
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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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Rego Park, New York
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“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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