Attractions in Kajiado County
25. Masai Ostrich Farm
It’s a 161 kms run to the border town of Namanga from Nairobi down Mombasa Road for 26 kms, then taking a right turn through the interchange to Athi River and Kitengela towns onto the Great North Road (104 Cape to Cairo) heading to Amboseli National Park and Tanzania. An alternative is to take Mombasa Road from Nairobi for 124 kms to Emali, and then turn right. Either way it is a jaunt across a dry bush country. Along the first, Kitengela Town is found 5 kms from the interchange. Only a dusty little centre two decade ago, with only a handful of stone-built houses, it’s one of the fast-growing towns in Kajiado, spanning a few kilometres. 10 kms past Kitengela and taking a right turn onto the Enkasiti Road for 10 kms, you find Masai Ostrich Farm. This fun-filled 200-acres farm is worth a visit by the intrepid with the courage to try new adventures. This offers guests a chance to take a ride on their native ostriches, that also seem to enjoy the experience. Guest can also enjoy feeding the ostrich, visiting the Kitengela Conservation Area, or enjoy a weekend stay at the homely Masai Ostrich Lodge.
26. Kitengela Conservation Area
This stretches north of Kitengela area and the A104 Cape-Cairo Road towards Nairobi National Park and west towards Mount Olorgesailie and Lake Magadi, and forms part of the Athi-Kapiti Plains. Established in 2008, to engender the sustenance and perpetuity of wildlife in Nairobi National Park, the protected Kitengela Conservation Area – populated with black rhino, Cape buffalo, olive baboons, eland, Maasai giraffe, giraffe, eland, impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, waterbuck, warthog, lions, cheetahs, hyenas as well as a bunch of other smaller carnivores – aims to prevent any further degradation of this area which is a vital dispersal zone. It also aims to find sustainable solutions that allow the local Maasai and wildlife to coexist in this fast-growing and blossoming county.
27. Kitil Bamboo Farm
33 kms past Kitengela Town, midway between Kitengela and Kajiado Towns, at Isinya, an area off the main road had been made into a thriving residential and commercial community. One of the especial commercial enterprises at Isinya is Kitil Bamboo Farm. This is reached by taking a left turn across from the turnoff to Isinya-Kitengela Road. Unique to the biotechnological oriented Kitil Bamboo Farm is that it exploits various uses of bamboo as an effective alternative to the conventional timber, offering useful insights to the underrated bamboo. Callers to Kitil Bamboo Farm get to learn about some practical uses of the bamboo and the various species of it thriving at its nursery, and also a chance to sample the cooked bamboo shoots that are big-eats in Asia. Isinya is 63 kms from Nairobi.
28. Kipeto Wind Farm
The winds of change are blowing in Kajiado County. One of the writ-large evidence that world is entering a post-carbon age is the wind turbine. “This gentle giants are slowly becoming part of the modern landscape”. Today, there are three working wind farms in Kenya generating over 500 MW to the national grid, enough to power over 200,000 homes. The first humble step to harness the wind’s clean, affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy in Kenya was at KenGen Ngong Wind Power Station commissioned in 2009, propitiously atop the Ngong Hills, an usual comples of turbines seen from far and wide, perhaps as visible sign of the future. The second big leap, covering 40,000-acres nearby Loiyangalani, was Lake Turkana Wind Project with a capacity of 310 MW of low cost energy, powered by 365 wind turbines and creating a rather unexpected landscape in this sparsely populated wilderness. The third leap at Kipeto 1 and 2 Wind Power, the second-largest wind power project in Kenya, is projected to generate an additional 100MW firmly puts Kajiado County as the dream carrier into this new era. “Kipeto windfarm is projected to cover 17km (220KV) transmission line to evacuate power to Isinya substation, providing power to the equivalent of approximately 40,000 homes in the region”.
29. Kajiado War Memorial
Hot and dusty but with a much improved road network, Kajiado Town – 77 kms from Nairobi – is the seat of Government for Kajiado County and the unofficial capital for the Maasai who are the dominant inhabitants. Its name (Kajiado) is derived from the Maasai idiom “Olkeju-ado”, translating to “the long stream”. Kajiado River cuts through the ridge southwest of Kajiado Town to drain the eastern side of the Lemillebbu Hills and the western side of the Ngoragaishi Hills. The importance of Olkejuado answers to the simple fact that no rivers flow perennially, and in the dry seasons water is obtained by digging in the bed of the Kajiado River. Excepting the low-lying encircling hills, much of the land around Kajiado Town is relatively flat, slopping westward towards the Turoka Valley and Rift Valley. One of the few places of interest in Kajiado Town is the Kajiado War Memorial. Begun in 1915 as the Kajiado Hospital Cemetery, it was renamed Kajiado War Memorial in 1916 after seven outlying WWI graves were brought into the cemetery, then containing 19 graves of soldiers who died in service between 1914-1921. It holds a total of 26 commonwealth graves set in an open ground behind the Kajiado Hospital (3 kms south of the railway terminal).
30. Kenya Marble Quarry
The Kenya Marble Quarries Company Ltd has for almost 95 years exploited the ‘basement system limestones’ nearby Kajiado Town and Turoka for agricultural lime and statuary marble. Founded in 1923, this became the foremost company in Kajiado District and colonial Kenya to have mined marble and manufactured limestone, first as a British E.A. company, that later changed ownership to the Lakhani’s – an Asian family that has owned and operated the quarry hitherto. It was granted leases by the Maasai Native Council. The Kenya Marble Quarry is found 15 kms west of Kajiado Town at Karero, via Elangata Waus-Magadi Road.
31. Olelek Ranch
This unsung foxhole, off the beaten track, yet, only 10 kms from Kajiado Town on a good murram road, offers fine bush experience. At the heart of the 16 acres Olelek Ranch sits Olelek Ranch House, a charming, double-storey Spanish-style lodge with seven bedrooms (sharing two bathrooms). It has a capacious shared lounge with a fireplace, dining area with a complete kitchen, outdoor rest area with barbecue pit, a plunge pool with uninterrupted views of the un-fenced and un-tamed wild back-country, and an outdoors fun park. Olelek has launches for hiking, biking, and birding. Places of interest nearby include lake excursions to Magadi, hiking adventures at Ol Donyo Orok and, of course, game watching at Amboseli National Park and its surrounding wildlife conservancies. The road to Olelek Ranch turns off near the Kenya Marble Quarry (which sits about 5 kms south) and goes through thick tract of bushland and patches of forest to the site.