☺TAKE THE TRIP -WITH THORN MULLI
Have you travelled recently? “my physician asked me during a recent check -up. “Does Kitengela count? “I responded and was instantly meant with a chuckle.
While Doc had her foot on medical ground, there is a general assumption that travel goals must feature far flung areas and cost a fortune to qualifying as ‘real’travel. As such, a majority leader Kenyans sit back and hope for financial windfall or the major holidays to warrant travel. As i would find out, looking outside the box might offer just as much thrill for a fraction of the cost.
I live in a hamlet located on one of the highest points of the city. As you might already know, the higher you go ,the cooler it becomes and every visitor to my home sure makes a note of how low temperatures go especially in the evening. In need of a break from the chills, I purposed to have a weekend getaway.
My brief was simple; the destination had to have weather and environs different from what I am accustomed to. Most importantlyit was vital that the escape not cost me an arm and leg. That is how i ended up in Kitengela in Kajiado County just 31kilometers south of Nairobi.
I had been through the town before, on my way to border town Namanga ,but had never bothered to stop and explore. Kitengela, as you might know, is a satellite town that mushroomed in the last decade on Kapiti plains where pastoralists herded livestock amid roaming wildlife.
While it still clutches on the straw of being a wildlife dispersal area, it’s proximity to the city has ensured speedy industrial development resulting to atleast five cement factories, about ten major banks branches and several learning institutions all jostling for space and with residential units. After conducting background research on available accommodation options, I settled on a newbie located on the fringes of the town, The Galaxy Resort and Lounge, which promised value of my lean budget.
As you exit Kitengela town on Nairobi -Namanga road, the hard-to-miss Tarikiville Mall is your marker. After, approximately 3.4 kilometers from the marker, a signboard indicates left your destination that is less than a kilometre away.
I booked full-board in one of Galaxy’s deluxe rooms for the cost of 9,800/=.The deluxe rooms have their own designated compound complete with a parking lot surrounded by a perimeter wall fence.
Upon inquiry, i was informed that families or friends travelling together who book the total eight deluxe rooms earn exclusive use of the complex during the duration of their stay. This, in essence, means that they can customise their visit to the I liking including putting up tents on the manicured lawns to accommodate more members at no extra charge.
All accommodation has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities and shaver points. Hair dryers and ironing facilities are also available on request. Each room is also fitted with cable TV, fresh beddings, and state of art showers.
The feeling of a Kenyan home is rife with the onsite restaurant specialising in Kenyan dishes including the all too popular kienyeji chicken. While i moaned at the size of their swimming pool that was rather elfin, I especially enjoyed the rather intimate lounge where a resident band plays. As I watched the sun set, I spotted somewwildebeest foraging close to the resort’s perimeter wall.
Keen to sample the towns nightlife, owing to its innumerable taverns, picking a single spot was rather daunting. I eventually settled on club 411 that seemed to be everyones choice. It didn’t disappoint with its three floors of entertainment and sizeable crowd.
After a night of dancing cured by a lazy Sunday, I was happy to note that the escape to a satellite town matched the much sought after thrill of out-of-town experiences. With Kitengela out of the way, I am drawn to sampling what the other satellite towns -Kiserian, Ngong, Kikuyu, Ruaka, Ruiru and Ruai-have to offer.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN KITENGELA
- MAASAI OSTRICH RESORT-If you love nature and some good meat,this is the place to visit when in Kitengela.The road leading to the resort and you may need a four wheel drive to get there.
- ROLF’S PLACE-The scenic beauty,great cuisine and their relaxing spa and sauna facilities makes this a good place for a quick getaway.
- KITENGELA HOT GLASS-If you want an escape from the hustles of town life,make a trip to this place filled with art,calm and quiet,nature trails and animals.
BY THE NUMBERS
- -31 Distance in kilometres between Nairobi town and Kitengela