All posts tagged: Nairobi

Driving to the Coast

Once again, we spent Christmas in Kenya. I’ll write more about the holiday itself in an upcoming post. This post is about the drive down. J. had gone via car with his family when he lived in Kenya in the 1980s. This was our first time driving together and it was his first time driving the car down himself. We researched it. We got lots of advice. We were prepared for everything. Mombassa Highway is a decent enough road as far as how well it’s paved. The issues about driving it have to do with traffic and idiot drivers. Luckily, we made it without a hitch. Much of that is luck. We didn’t have too many idiot drivers in the way. There weren’t any big accidents. But part of why the drive went well was planning. First, we left early, just as dawn broke. We wanted to beat the traffic. The two places where there are major chokeholds are Athi River and Machakos. Leaving super early really helped because we beat the traffic. Once we …

Review: Flying Foxes

In earlier posts I wrote about our trip to The Forest and our bad experience mountain biking there with Limitless Outdoors. This post is about the FANTASTIC experience we had with doing the zip lines with Flying Foxes at The Forest. It was so great! Safety first! Flying Foxes has an ambulance at the ready just in case. But, most likely you won’t ever need it. The equipment and lines are top notch. The staff is well trained and really knows their stuff. These are experts. Also, you go through a short training before you get to the line. They make sure you know exactly what you’re doing before you’re allowed to go. They take safety seriously. The main photo shows the training area of the zip line. Now, the fun! The lines take you across beautiful canopies of Kenyan forest. It’s breathtaking. This was my second zip line and it was the biggest one I’ve done. At first I was a bit scared, but after about three seconds, I got over it and enjoyed …

Review: The Forest

The other week, we took a day off and went up to The Forest. The Forest is an outdoor adventure park that’s about an hour and a half outside Nairobi. (The website says it’s an hour, but from Kitisuru it took longer.) There are numerous activities including archery, zip lining, and mountain biking. We did the zip line (excellent) and the mountain biking (terrible and I strongly advise against it). I’ll review both of those activities later. Entrance to The Forest is free. You only pay for the activities. I recommend reserving ahead of time as things do get booked. Even weekdays are busy as this place is popular for corporate events. Overall, we like The Forest. It’s pretty. The zip line, the main attraction, is safe and well managed. The views are great. The restaurant is fantastic. Here are some pictures of the restaurant area:   I would not give The Forest a 10 out of 10. I’d give it an 8. Why does it lose two points? I will go into detail in …

Review: Off the Rocks

After much anticipation…okay, maybe it was just me…Off the Rocks, the oyster bar at Village Market, has opened! I was its first customer. Okay, I am obsessed with oysters and might have been checking in to see if it was open several times a week. Located in the new food court area of Village Market, is the first eatery on the left as you enter. Nicely set up with high tables as well as the bar, and with charging outlets around the bar panel, the bar is also really cute and works well for people who might want to stop in on the go. Who does that? Well, I do. So, there you go. The oysters, from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company, are fresh and delicious. The wine options are great. They also offer artisanal gin made in Kenya, but I haven’t tried it yet. The service is great and the people working the bar know what they’re doing. Yes, it’s in a mall, like so many things in Kenya. Yes, it’s a food court. …

Review: Carnivore

I have been in Nairobi for over three years and I only just went to Carnivore. Why did I wait so long? There are a few reasons. First, it’s far from me. Second, I heard that the food was no longer good. Finally, I heard that it was played out and no longer a fun experience. What I heard was wrong. Yes, it’s far, but it’s worth the trip. The food is very good! And the experience was great! Yes, it’s expanded from the days that J. and his family would go there. But it’s not some kind of enormous Disneyland of food. It’s a nice, casual, churrascaria-type restaurant. (They do have vegetarian options.) There is some “game” meat like antelope, crocodile, and ostrich. There is also plenty of chicken and beef and pork. There were also ox balls, which I have discovered to be delicious. In addition to the great food, the setting was nice and the service was great. Oh, and their wine list is pretty good. I had a fantastic time there …