Time: 1213hrs

Location: Kitengela , Kajiado County

Destination: Maasai Ostrich Farm

Coordinates: 1.5167 36.8500 [Kitengela]

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

The Kenya Diggit! team headed out to Kitengela. Can we tell you the truth? We were not even supposed to be driving towards Kitengela. We lost direction and decided to look for something cool around, instead of going back to traffic. So we landed at Maasai Ostrich Farm which is around 37km from Nairobi. The farm lies on a huge tract of land which is around 200 acres.

At the Farm, there are two types of ostriches: the Maasai ostrich and the Somali ostrich. The Maasai ostrich has streaks of red feathers while the Somali ostrich (which we will show you) has strips of blue feathers.

Visitors of the Maasai Ostrich farm have several options to experience the Ostrich:

  1.  Ride an Ostrich: 500 Shillings ($5, 4 Euros, 3 pounds)
  2. Tour of Ostrich Farm: 300 Shillings ($3, 2.25 Euros, 2 British Pounds)
  3. Ostrich Platter:

1/2 kg (1.1 lbs) for 2,380 Kenyan Shillings

1 kg (2.2 lbs) for 4,750 Kenyan Shillings

Here is our mini gallery of our impromptu trip to the Maasai Ostrich Farm.

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We are never lost. Just led a different way.

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Mombasa rd.- Athi River/Kitengela Junction

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Some few metres away from the farm, we saw this picturesque scene of the Athi Plains

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There are horses in the Ostrich Farm

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Activites at the Ostrich Farm

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The Bar Area

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Bird watchers should visit the Ostrich Farm to see different species of birds on the Athi Plains

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The Dining Area

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Ostrich egg curio designs for decor

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For lunch, we enjoyed our favorite meal; UGALI

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Just chillin’ like villains 😀

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The Maasai Ostrich

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To contact the people at the Maasai Ostrich Farm, dial;

Telephone no.: 254-20 316696/ 254 722 796777

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Head Above Ground at the Maasai Ostrich Farm

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At Kenya Diggit! We love Ugali!

Known as ugali in Kenya and Tanzania, this starchy, polenta-like side dish goes by different names in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi and Zambia it is called nsimaor nshima. The South African name for it is pap ormealie pap. Zimbabweans call it sadza.  Ugali (also sometimes called sima or sembe) is a dish of maize flour (cornmeal) cooked with water to a porridge- or dough-like consistency.

White cornmeal is the most commonly used grain for ugali. But you can substitute sorghum, millet or coarse cassava flour or even hominy grits. More or less water can be added to achieve the consistency you prefer. Stir in a little butter if you like for a richer flavor.

Ugali is easy to make so we at Kenya Diggit! thought to share a simple defined How-to with you 🙂

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Happy July! From our last post, we told you that the Kenya Diggit! team went for a road-trip. Now we are back home! We can’t wait to share with you the awesomeness that we encountered, and spread the travel bug that Kenya’s roads infected us with 🙂

Tune in! Oh! And don’t forget to subscribe on our Kenya Diggit! Youtube channel for this week’s vlogs. So much in store!

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Back From the Road: Short Summary

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On the Road!

So the Kenya Diggit! team are on the road for the next four days! We are excited to bring you more vlogs and posts right after our journey. We will be posting our first activity of our trip for Funky Funkie Friday because we love your funky faces 😀 Next week, we will have amazing photos and vlogs from the road. Tune in!

Also, a huge hello to the people at Kenya Buzz & all the awesome Homo sapiens we met at Broadcast & Film, Music Africa 2013 on Wednesday 26th- Thursday 27th June 2013.

Maupendo,

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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

Last week the Kenya Diggit! team visited the Kenya National Archives, which is situated at the edge of the central business district
in downtown Nairobi. The archives were established by an Act of the Parliament of Kenya in 1965 and holds over 40,000 volumes of information.
The Kenya National Archives building houses the Murumbi Gallery on the ground floor, which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century.It was named after the late Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi who was Kenya’s Second vice president. He was also an avid art collector who left behind over 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence.

The Kenya National Archives has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” , published before 1900! It is currently the largest Pan-African art gallery in Africa and it contains ancient art collections from different regions and communities of Africa. The collection is basically an African cultural tour.

In the archives, you can find out information on different great honorary Kenyan heroes such as the late Tom Mboya, the
first president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and the late environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai.

The archives also shelter Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s functions seat [which we got to touch!] and has a list of Kenya’s list of
national leaders.
Are you a stamp collector and would drool over stamps that are over 50 years old? The archives holds them and much more!

The archives are open every MONDAY – FRIDAY at 8.15 a.m. – 4.15 p.m and on SATURDAYS at 8.15 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
It is only closed on Sundays and all public holidays.
Entry charges are very affordable at Kes. 50 for Adults and Kes. 20 for Children for residents and Kes. 200 for
non-residents. If you would like to use their library services, they also charge a membership fee of Kes. 200.

Here are some photographs we took at the historical archives. Oh! We have a surprise for you at the end of the post 😉

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Kenyan History under One Roof: Kenya National Archives

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Today at work, the Kenya Diggit! team was humbled to work alongside a funky someone.

We love our job.

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Weekly Photo Challenge |The World Through Your Eyes

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Visited the Nairobi Archives and thought of this week’s Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge | The World Through Your Eyes

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Time: 1537 hrs

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Destination: Alliance Française, Nairobi

So many people from different parts of the world think that when they go to Africa, all that they will see is poorly developed structures, hungry and sad human beings and war. We would like to inform you that Africa is not only what the media feeds us with. Africa is beautiful people, developing infrastructure and innovative implemented structures and ideas.

Dr. Lydia Waithira Muthuma curated a beautiful, informative and well-done a photo exhibition dubbed ‘Nyrobi: From Swamp to Capital City’. It shows how Nairobi has grown from a papyrus swamp to a modern metropolis. Amazing architecture that exists in Nairobi is exhibited in beautiful photographs, which tells a story of growth, potential and development.

Charges: FREE

Here are some photos that we took of the space and a short vlog that will show that Nairobi is a modern developing city in the amazing continent of Africa.

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Nairobi is amazing and you should come and see our beautiful city if you haven’t. Kind people, improved infrastructure, brewing talent in the air and positive energy. Did you know that the name Nairobi originates from the Maasai word ‘Nakusentelon’ which means ‘The Beginning of Beauty’? Now you know 🙂

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Nyrobi: From City to Swamp Photo Gallery

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Time: 1745hrs

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Destination: Wangari Maathai Auditorium, Alliance Française

Kenya Diggit! has a goal of sharing with you how beautiful Kenya is and how amazing and talented Kenyans are. That is why on Sunday 16th of June, we attended an afternoon concert dubbed Tales and Stories 2 at the Alliance Française in the city of Nairobi. There, heartwarming stories were told, spoken word was recited in attitude and calmness and songs and dances were performed. It was a wonderful event, and not only was it well executed, but it was organized and performed by young Kenyans. There was also a guest stroryteller, Kristin Perdemonti (USA). If you want to know more about her, check out her webpage at storytellerkp.com.

Charges: Advance: Kes. 400

                   At Gate:    Kes. 500 [$5.83 at the time this post was written]

We must say, the event was affordable and worth every single shilling! We took some photographs and we hope that you enjoy them. Also, we have a surprise for you at the end of this post. So, stay tuned!

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Ogutu Muraya, Storyteller & Thespian

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Haimanot ‘Haimie’ Armide, Singer & Songwriter

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Elisha and Haimie, Singers

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Safina, Storyteller

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Kristin Perdemonti, Storyteller

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Leonida, Swahili Storyteller

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Abu Sense, Spoken Word Artist

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The Cast of Tales & Stories (II)

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So we prepared an easy peezy vlog from the concert 😀 We hope you like it and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Nairobi Arts & Literary Culture at Tales and Stories (II)

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Time: 0815hrs

Location: Ngong’ , Kajiado County

Destination: Ngong’ Hills Reserve

Coordinates: 1.4000° S, 36.6333° E

Hello! Habari yako? We hope you’re well! Last weekend we [The Kenya Diggit! team] went hiking in Ngong’ Hills and French the Llama was it amazing! Here are some amazing photographs we took. Wait! Before you peek, we also made you guys a vlog! Why? Three reasons:

1.) You have funky faces!

2.) We want to travel with you! Even from your computer! Or phone! Or whichever electronic device you use to watch videos!

3.) Damn! Your funky faces!

Driving out of Nairobi City

Driving out of Nairobi City

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Then we saw a young star from the hills.

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We asked for directions to the Mighty Hills.

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The star pointed to the Misty Hills

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Where there were wind farms. Yes, Kenya generates renewable energy. This is AMAZING AFRICA!

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So we walked to the Mighty Misty Hills with a wind farm

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Then we saw this structure near the first peak of the Ngong’ Hills. It is used by pilots to show them that they are in Kenya airways. It is also used as a compass to show pilots other different airpaths to other countries.

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There is where Simba [from Lion King] was shown off to the world!
“NAAAASIVEEEEENYAAAAAAA!’

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Climbing the Ngong’ Hills in Maasai Land

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