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Address: Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
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+254 722 523284
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Kitengela Glass split into two separately owned glass companies 20 years...

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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Fun art way off the beaten path

There are really two places here: Anselm Kitengala (the glassware factory) and Kitengala Glass (a more general art studio). Anselm Kitengala is the first place on the left, you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel L
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are really two places here: Anselm Kitengala (the glassware factory) and Kitengala Glass (a more general art studio). Anselm Kitengala is the first place on the left, you have to walk just a bit further down the road to get to Kitengala Glass. Anselm Kitengala is great. It's fun to see people make glassware and the prices here are... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

This place is out in the middle of nowhere accessed by a very bumpy road. If using Uber order something other than a passenger car. The factory is like a fairytale land with funky structures, farm animals and a crazy expansion bridge. The glass was not really special but it was a fun place to explore if you have the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We parked our car at Masai Lodge and trekked a short distance to the cliff side housing the wire suspension bridge to Anselm. The bridge is totally scary but a great adrenaline rush which makes for great comradery at the end of the scary walk. I have been to Anselm 2 previous times - the last about 3 years ago... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is a one day trip (a little less). Except for the traffic it's a pretty reasonable ride out of Nairobi. Expect about 1& half hours there and a little less back into the city. The road is a little rough at the end but once you get there you can enjoy the artistic fringe of Nairobi. It is eclectic... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

It's a rough road. Once you pass Nazarene University, the road is no longer paved. It is really bumpy. I should note that even some of the paved part are bumpy because of potholes. I'm happy to say that it's worth the drive, as long as you have a 4x4 with a high clearance off the ground. Don't take a... More 

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Thanks for the sweet review. You are very kind. Anselm More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The road was a bit bumpy, but trust me, when you get there you shall be most pleasantly surprised! A demonstration should be treated as an eyebrow opener!!! There is also a coffee shop, well worth having an espresso for a short break. Only grey area was the display of broken ornaments which was over priced- come on- who on... More 

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

I visited during the holiday in June 1. What a huge disconnect between the store fronts they have in upmarket malls and the place where they produce the glass work. Kitengela Glass could do with some serious refurbishing/renovating/sprucing up. It looked so neglected. Not worth the visit especially considering the terrible road (which is not their fault really). Better buy... More 

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Thank Sightseer254
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your review. We are very sorry that you didn’t think the trip was worthwhile - could you be more specific regarding refurbishing/renovating/sprucing up? Many visitors come to visit us to get out of town, browse our wholesale store and take advantage of the 35% discount not available at either our Junction or Village Market shops,... More 

Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

I had two days in Nairobi and l used Google maps to reach the location , unfortunately it took me to the market in Helen's Junction and l had to ask the salesman inside for a map to reach the workshop , it was obviously in the outskirts of the city and my time didnt allow for a visit :(

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Thank LamaKhatieb
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Hi there. Sorry for the confusion. We have two shops in Nairobi, and one at the studio, which is a little ways out of town. Hopefully you will be back soon - and we can give you precise directions (email anselm@kitengela.com). Thanks More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Let me start my review by saying that I read a LOT of reviews before visiting Kitengela that talked about how horrible the road is. And they were all right- it's in very rough condition. But... this is Kenya people! You're not in Nairobi, you're in a rural community. Rough roads are just part of life for the majority of... More 

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Thank WhitneyKoonce
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Hi! Thanks for the stars. Glad you enjoyed, roadgardless:-). Anselm. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Once you manage to get over the rough rocky road ( I seriously recommend a 4WD) leading to Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass..The moment you're heading to the parking lot, you are greeted with wonderful showcases of art, glass and metal molded into amazing pieces of mosaic and animals, once you are in, the tour begins, my friends and I managed... More 

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Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your intrepid visit! Also for the kind review and stars. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Anselm More 

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