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“Kitengela Glass”

Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass
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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!
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We've been visiting here with a normal car. We slept the night at Silole cottage (which we approached from the Rongata Ongai side) and than walked over the hanging bridge to reach Kitengela glaas. Unfortunately the oven where the blow the glass was closed due to X-mas holidays. But in the premises of Nani Cruz son, nextdoor, we had a very nice organic salad and bought a few very nie things. W also met Mr. Dudu, who is e recycling artists and makes beuatiful things. From caps and hat's out of beer cans to Dudu's from waste material.
Certainly worth a visit !

3  Thank Mwende-MoNiQue
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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2014

Thank you for your review. For clarification purposes, Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass studios have no connection with the hanging bridge. The bridge goes directly to Nani Croze's studio on an adjacent plot. Many thanks, Anselm.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

We were all excited to visit Kitengela today but despite the fact that it has been dry for the last few days the road conditions were too bad to get there. After bottoming out a few times on the roads leading to the store we finally got to within 1km when we reached a point where I was sure that I would either get stuck or severely damage my car. At that point we turned around and stopped in to ask some people at a nearby establishment if there was any other way to get there. There was not so we didn't get to make it over. It would have been very helpful if they had warned us about the awful road conditions on the website.

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2014

Thank you for your review and we are sorry for the road horror. Unknown to us, a neighbour had organized for a truck load of unbroken rocks to be dumped in the road. We have since rectified the situation as much as possible and the road is now passable. Many thanks, Anselm.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Just got back from having an incredible weekend at Kitengala Glass - there's what seems to be a little known boutique-esque hotel on the premises with a beautiful pool and incredibe views. The accommodations are all as idiosyncratic as each of the kitengala glass pieces and incredibly styled. I can't say how amazing it was with simple but tasty food served by friendly staff. It's not a place to go if you prefer things to be chaos free - it's quiet, but there are dogs and birds, including a pet vulture, everywhere, and little nooks, crannies and paths to explore. But if you like somewhere with a little boho chic and with an easy going vibe, i couldn't recommend here strong enough. It's worth noting that there are two glass blowing places next door to each other - Kitengala Glass and Anselm's. It's at Kitengala Glass - also known as Nani's place, that the little hotel is.

1  Thank jojorosie
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Kitengela is a wonderful little oasis in Nairobi. It's a bit like falling down a rabbit hole, and entering a different dimension when you start wandering through the place. It just keeps going, and with interesting and odd sculptures placed everywhere. Spend some time wandering around.

The prices for glass products was quite reasonable as well. Very please we made the visit to Kitengela. We parked at one of the resorts just before Kitengela, crossed the swinging bridge, walked through a pasture or two, and found our way to Kitengela. It was more like an adventure than a shopping trip. Very fun way to visit.

There's a cute little sitting area that serves drinks and limited food. Lovely place to sip on a Stoney Tangaweza (Kenya's Ginger ale that is to die for)!

1  Thank kimkauai
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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2016

Thanks for your lovely review, and time taken to visit us. Really appreciate it. Anselm

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Friend visiting from the US and I took a trip out to visit these two side-by-side workshops. We thought we'd stay an hour or two but ended up staying about three. There are small and large pieces of art everywhere and you can't go the same way without noticing something new. If you like quirky and whimsical, you'll find a little slice of heaven here.

We loved watching the artisans churn out glassware in Anselm Hot Glass and we also enjoyed watching the people next door work on their different projects.

Getting there is straightforward with a good driver. Our driver has a sedan and we had no problems in May, but I could see that in April it could be difficult without a 4x4. Trip was about 45 min. from Kilimani in low traffic on a weekday.

You can get to Rolf's from there, but be sure you ask a couple of different people for directions as we set off down a track that led into the camel enclosure. Doh! The walk should take between 10 to 20 minutes.

Use the bathroom at Anselm, not the pit toilet next door.

2  Thank JadaJoT
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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2016

Thanks for the review! Appreciate both time and visit! Anselm

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