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Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass

Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 722 523284
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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... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Daniel L
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Funky place

This place is out in the middle of nowhere accessed by a very bumpy road. If using Uber order... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
dvick_or
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Portland, Oregon
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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!
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Off Masai Lodge/Magadi Rd, nr. Ongata Rongai, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

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...More

Thank Daniel L
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...More

Thank dvick_or
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....More

Thank Christine M
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...More

Thank Svend H
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...More

Thank MrsJeff
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2016

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

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...More

Thank Stavros C
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...More

Thank Sightseer254
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank LamaKhatieb
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

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

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...More

Thank WhitneyKoonce
Kitengelaglass, Owner at Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2016

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

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...More

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

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

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