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Tribal Gallery

While J.’s sister was visiting, we checked out the Tribal Gallery. Right on Loresho Ridge Road, the gallery is a little hard to find. Look for the green gate next to house number 161 and a sign that says TG.

The gallery has some art, but mostly it’s furniture. If you’re in the market for some really nice dhow wood pieces, antiques, or home accents, you’ll want to check out the gallery. If you want something that’s more about art, I would suggest One Off.

Not in the market for furniture, although we both bought some decorative pieces, our visit was short. Still, we enjoyed ourselves.

Photography is not allowed in the gallery, hence the only shot is the one I snuck on the lower level and used for the featured photo.

To contact Tribal:

Telephone: +254 (0)7138 25250
Email: louise.paterson@tribal-gallery.com or
Email:john.paterson@tribal-gallery.com

Dog Licenses Obtained!

I’ve written about the saga of getting a dog license in Nairobi. I’ve also written about the various hurdles in terms of not having to pay transport fees. I’m happy to report I have finally gotten licenses for both Maddie and Oreo.

After emails, texts, calls, and a written letter, the Director of Veterinary Services paid the transport fees himself for the home inspection. (Sometimes it pays to be the crazy lady who will not go away.) After the inspection, I got a call from the very nice man processing the licenses.

I went to the Pangani City Council building…also known as the dog pound since that’s what it is. Getting there is tricky. You go onto Professor Wangari Maathai Road (formerly known as Forest Road. Then, just as you get to Jubliee House, turn off to the side. There is a dirt road just before Jubilee House. (The guards at Jubilee House can direct you.) Follow that road, which the government really ought to tarmac and put up signage, for a few meters. Go all the way to the parking lot (you’ll pass a house on the right).

There is a building with a faint sign that indicates it’s a city council building. Go in as the door is open. It looks like a kennel, because it is. But, this is where the office is. Go down about halfway and then turn right. The office is on the right.

That’s where you get your license.

The man there, again he was super nice, took my payment and processed the licenses very quickly. He has a HUGE stack of licenses ready to be processed and picked up. I imagine a lot of people don’t know their licenses are ready. If you applied, give them a call to see if you can go pick yours up.

This, even with having to figure out how to find the location, was the easiest part of the process. It was quite an ordeal. But, Oreo and Maddie are legal and all set up. And that makes me very happy.

More Mexican!

I mentioned in prior posts that there is a sudden surge in Mexican fare in Nairobi. First I tried Fonda. Then I tried Mercado. My latest Mexican adventure is the taco stand in the new food court area of Village Market.

You go up to the first floor. Then you walk along to the new section. Then you walk all the way to the end. The new food court area is to the left and the taco stand is the first thing on the right side of the court/walkway.

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It’s simple fare: tacos, chips and salsa, and drinks. The tacos came in a number of options including chicken, fish, pork, and goat. The food was fresh and yummy. The service was fast and very nice.

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This is the perfect place for a light lunch or a quick Mexican fix!

 

Review: Ranch House

On our way back from Malu Cottages in Naivasha, we stopped by Ranch House Bistro. We had heard a lot of good things about it and knew it was dog friendly. I’m happy to say that it totally lived up to the hype!

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The setting is gorgeous, with indoor and outdoor space overlooking Lake Naivasha.

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The service was excellent. And the food was really good.

Ranch House is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. To contact them:

Review: Malu Cottages

J.’s sister came to visit a few weeks ago and for part of her stay, the five of us went up to Malu Cottages in Naivasha. Overall, it was really great.

We stayed in one of the family villas. It had two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds. Each bedroom was en suite. It also had a sizable common sitting room area, complete with fireplace. It was perfect for us!

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The beds were comfortable. Linens were nice. The views were great. We could even see Mt. Longonot in the distance.

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The service there was excellent. The food was absolutely amazing. It’s all a la carte and they are great with catering to any food allergies.

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We loved it! There was just one problem…and it’s us, not them. Malu is very much a working farm. Horses, cows, donkeys, and other animals roam around grazing. I loved it (expect that it freaked out Oreo and Maddie, but they could adjust). J. however is very, VERY allergic to horses. So, having the horses come right outside our window was a problem for him.

If you have allergies to any animals, you should keep this in mind. Otherwise he loved it and he wished he didn’t have the allergy. But, things being the way they are, he was stuffy and uncomfortable during our stay.

One other thing to keep in mind is the road. It’s a very rough road. We managed, but with some difficulty in our Toyota Fortuner (drives like a tough-as-nails-truck and with a high clearance than a Toyota Prado). Do not attempt that road with anything other than a 4×4 SUV. A sedan or compact car will die on that road.

Because of allergies, we can’t really stay there again. Otherwise, we totally would. It’s like paradise up there. Plus J. really wishes he could take the Landy up that road!

I recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of the city or has a group of visitors coming.

Contact:
Tel: +254 – (0)50 – 2030181
Mobile: +254 – (0)720 899530, +254 – (0)734 666674
Email: malu@malu.co.ke / info@malu.co.ke