Month: August 2017

How to Pack for a Safari in Kenya

We learn something new on every safari. At this point, we’ve gone for enough game drives and full safaris to have become experts in packing. Here are some tips from what we’ve learned from our experiences. Shoes Hiking boots/shoes or trail running shoes are great. Closed-toe Tevas (or similar) are also good if you’ll be in the vehicle the whole time. But bring along sneakers or hiking boots just in case. If you do any hiking, biking, or walking you’ll want your foot fully protected. Also, some lodges and camps have graveled areas. It’s not fun to constantly wiggle rocks out of your shoe. Clothes It’s all about the layers. It will be cold in the mornings, and game drives start very early. It will also get cold at night. Also, even though things heat up during the day, if you’re in an open vehicle, the wind will chill you. But you also don’t want to roast at midday and on sunny afternoons. Here’s how I layer: Tank top or t-shirt Long sleeve shirt or …

Pop Up Market at Peponi Springs

We would often drive past Peponi Springs and take a peek, wondering what the place is like. It looks nice as you drive by along Kitisuru Road at the junction of Peponi Road. A few weeks ago, we finally went there. It’s even nicer when you step inside. It’s like a secret garden tucked away in the valley. What finally brought us inside the gates of Peponi Springs was the last Pop Up Market of the season, featuring Sambara Fashion, Maasai Treads, Mandla, The House of Cindimini, and more. There were tons of cute stalls, which was good because we had some last minute gift buying to do before home leave. Even if you didn’t want to shop, there was plenty of food and drink. Peponi Springs is known for their nyama choma (Kenyan barbecue). We didn’t have any, but we’ll be back to check it out. There were plenty of drinks (well priced too). Providing musical entertainment was Nairobi Soul Club. There was plenty of room for kids to run around, plus they had …

Review: Wasp & Sprout

I found a cute place near me! I had been meaning to check it out for so long and I really wish I searched it out sooner. Wasp & Sprout is my new favorite place in Nairobi! It’s a really cute cafe/shop in Loresho, tucked inside the Loresho Shopping Center on Loresho Ridge Road. Once you get there (parking is pretty decent, by the way), go to the left of the apartment buildings. You’ll walk a little bit into an alleyway. Then go up the stairs at the building on the right. The space is really nice with ample tables, comfortable chairs and outside seating as well. Toward the back is the shop. The food was really good. I went specifically because on Fridays and Saturdays they now feature oyster specials from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company. I’m not a big “work at a cafe” person, but I want to go back one afternoon and do just that. The space is that nice. It’s lively without being overly loud. It’s cozy and comfortable but not …

Review: Bella Maria’s Little Italy

We found a hidden gem the other weekend: Bella Maria’s Little Italy. It’s a cute, vegetarian, Italian restaurant on Peponi Rise (off of Peponi Road, just past Kitisuru Road if you’re heading north on Peponi). How hidden it is? The road is easy to miss and the sign for Bella Maria’s isn’t the easiest thing to read. Look for a yellow/cream sign that has a small Italian flag on it. As you go up Peponi Rise, keep going up and fully around the bend. You’ll pass a Montessori School (which we at first thought was the restaurant). The restaurant (with a big sign hidden behind branches) is just past the the school (go all the way around the bend) on the left. You’ll arrive at the cutest place ever. The restaurant is beautiful and nestled in absolutely gorgeous grounds. You’ll forget you’re in Nairobi and think you’re tucked away in an enchanted forest. It’s worth taking a walk around the grounds. The interior is nice too, with ample seating (indoor and outdoor plus a covered, …

Review: The Arbor

The other night we did something wild and crazy. We went out on a school night…and…we crossed Waiyaki Way. This kind of shenanigans is simply not done! But, we did it. Why? We got a voucher via some friend to The Arbor and we needed to use it before it expired. (Thank you Sarah and Andreas!) Being old, we got there a little past 7 pm and were the only ones there. They were happy to serve us and it was kind of nice to have the place to ourselves. If you want things more lively I would suggest going around 8:30—people started to come in around the time we left. (This is much easier to do if you live south of Waiyaki Way.) The food was good. They have a mix of fare ranging from classic pub fare appetizers, to Asian, to standard meat and potatoes (which is what I got). The food was good. The house wine was decent. The atmosphere was nice. You really can’t ask for more. The restaurant is part …