Leleshwa getaway is nice weekend chill out place in the outskirts of Nairobi. It can be accessed from Ongata Rongai or the opposite route of Kitengela. However, the first route is shorter.
I was excited about this getaway spot and so I decided to contact the proprietor Richard to find out its availability.
I must admit it was very difficult to get a reservation immediately and you have to book at least 2-3 weeks in advance. I wanted to go with my friends because the Leleshwa getaway place is a cottage that can accommodate up to 12 people. Isn’t that a weekend plan for you and your friends or family? …yeah, I thought so too.
Richard is a very warm,friendly and resourceful guy. I must say he is the best host too. He has excellent customer service relation. You know…there is nothing that can be compared to the feeling of getting a call from your host to confirm whether you will still be checking in.
I remember him saying, ‘we are expecting you, everything you will need is already catered for like firewood for the fireplace, charcoal for your barbecue, cooking gas is there, a fridge is there and a microwave too. We are looking forward to having you at Leleshwa’ that was my heart melt moment.
We left Nairobi at around 4:00pm. Its a very short distance but the traffic jam out of town took about an hour. We got there at 6:08pm.
The flora and fauna on our way was out of this world,especially coming from an environment where vegetation is rare. The only ‘forest’ we get to see on a daily basis are live fences,but that is if you are lucky.
On reaching Leleshwa, we were warmly received by Richard.
He showed us around the house (its very spacious), where everything(utensils and other essentials) was. The idea of having a self catering cottage was so exciting.This is how the house looks from outside.
He also took us down to a river;well it is a tributary of river Sabaki that am told eventually drains to Athi river. If you are a lover of nature, then this is the place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, just you, the soothing sound of the river as it lazily tries to find its way between over and under the smooth round pebbles on its bed,the golden sunset as it kisses you skin good evening,the beautiful butterflies dancing to an invisible tune, the calm and peaceful hyraxes watching from the rocks above as the cheeky monkeys jump from branch to branch, adding to the jazzy soft music of the snaking river,chirping birds and gentle evening breeze.Sunset at Leleshwa getaway.
Slowly the evening creeps in and we have to go back to the house. It’s a fun filled evening with booze, barbeque, song and dance, a few games here and there and bedtime stories.
I am awakened by the sound of breaking glass the next morning. So these monkeys knew they had guests last night,and kept wondering why they were not invited for supper. Either way, they had to get their share by trying to fit in the kitchen window which proved to be a difficult task hence ended up breaking dishes in desperation. Poor things…(it is wrong to feed the monkeys, they tend to lose their natural survival tactics and end up depending on man for food.)
Day 2 was going to be a fun filled day. Leleshwa getaway shares a fence with Kitengela Glass;this is where glass is recycled to make beautiful artifacts and interior décor amongst other stuff.
The best part about Kitengela glass that I totally enjoyed was the suspension bridge from Kitengela glass to the other side called Maasai lodge. It is about 35 Meters from the river below. This is a must visit. Well it sort of sent chills down my spine when you I was almost getting to the Maasai lodge side when it began swaying from side to side.
This bridge is then located just 15 minutes(walk) from Rolf’s place.
Rolf’s place is a beautiful (very beautiful) hotel built on the rocks. However they prohibit guests from taking photos with professional cameras. They only allow phone cameras. If you want to take photos with a professional camera you pay Ksh. 15000(deal breaker). For the scared ones, this could be the perfect bridge for you. It’s wooden, stable and not so high. The length of the bridge is also manageable.
Rolf’s Place bridge.
Just to note, it costs Ksh.150 to cross the Kitengela glass bridge, and Ksh.100 to cross the Rolf’s place bridge. But since we were going to have lunch and swim. We were not charged the 100 Bob at Rolf’s.
Rolf’s swimming pool was below my expectations though. It was small and leafy… but affordable. The food was also OK (poolside restaurant… Nothing to write home about with delayed services)
After the quick swim, we went over to the pitch. It was very green and breathtaking. I enjoyed the view.
Rolf’s Place pitch
It was now that time we were waiting for…Paintball!
You know after watching all these commando movies,prison break,spectre and the rest, for some of us, paintball is the closest we can ever come to owning a gun and actually shooting someone!
The guy we found there was very ready for us! We changed into the over sized overalls, then the head gear and the ‘guns’ were handed to us .
All I wanted to do was shoot.
I will leave some details out on paintball so you go experience it for yourself.
For the first time in so long, I felt so bad that a day came to an end.
I would recommend Leleshwa to anyone! Very affordable accommodation and you get to enjoy all the three places at once.
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