Another staycation story! So many things to do in Nairobi, so little time..
I’ll try to keep this short because there are just too many pictures in this post, and I want to let them do the talking. Since my next trip out of the country .. and off the continent hint hint is still a couple of months away, I decided to revisit a local tourist attraction that always pops up when I google things to do in Nairobi. I’ve been to the Ostrich farm before, but it was waay back in highschool and I barely remembered the affair, so I got my mum to allow me to treat her to lunch there and off we went.
First thing to know about the place – it’s far. FAAAAAARRRR. Like 20kms after Nairobi, and another 20kms offroad on the worst dirt road you can imagine (I literally drove at 10kph to not damage my car again) That takes major points off this experience for us, because we literally almost gave up and turned around a million times. But I was determined to taste some Ostrich that day so on we trudged.
We arrived after an almost two hour drive to the nicest staff. The people were very welcoming, but we were hungry and wanted to get right to the eating lol. Our server was very kind and honest, telling us which portions were a waste of money and what we should order. A+ on the service – the only complaint being that half the menu wasn’t being served that day. Weird, because it left us with a preety drab selection that made going all the way seem like even more of a waste of time.
We ordered the Ostrich platter in half a kg, which was quite pricey for the portion (Kshs2500) but soooo worth it. If I could have this everyday I would – it was grilled to perfection, even though the food was cold when we received it after about a 30 minute wait. We also had some goat meat, with a side of fries and roast potatoes. Like I said, limited menu, at least on that Sunday.
There were two Ostiches in the pen next to the dining area, and it was really cool to just watch them. I considered getting on one, but from what I saw you literally sat on it for about 10 seconds then got off, which seemed like a waste of money to me. did selfie with them though, and caught one in the act of almost pecking me 😂😂
The ambience was very relaxed, and it’s a great place for families to hang out and bring the kids (kids play areas, pool, large yard, etc) But because of the distance, we had to leave preety early. The drive back was miserable, but less so as we were well fed and sort of knew the road better. I should say that they told us that they did have a far better road before, but had to stop using it as it cut across a man’s property and he no longer gave them access. Bummer.
If the road was as it used to be, I would give this place a 3.8 rating, low because of the limited food selections. But with the hassle, the cold food and the lack of an abundance of Ostriches just walking about (yes, some part of me expected that lol) I give it 2.8 I have to mention though that there is an actual Ostrch farm, which they can take you on a tour of but it’s twenty minutes away and as you’re going to want to leave before the flimsy bridge on the road is impossible to see, you likely won’t have the time to visit.
Total spend: Kshs4500 (lunch and drinks for two)
Overall impression: Okay to visit, the Ostriches are the only real attraction.