We started our journey at around 10 am on 2nd June 2018. Everyone was super psyched for this trip seeing that we had talked about it for quite a while but never seemed to actually get around to it.
Kisames is about 43 km from Nairobi City Center and the road is tarmacked, for the most part. Once you get to Ngong Town, turn right like you’re going towards the new SGR (Standard Gauge Railway). On our left we could see these huge wind turbines on top of the hills. What we didn’t know is that we’ll be going round those hills to get to our destination. We weren’t sure of the directions but Google Maps was quite effective.
After the roundabout in Ngong town, turn right again. That’s where the road gets bumpy, which could be attributed to the ongoing construction. It is very dusty so roll up your windows. As you drive along, you will turn left, still on the rough road, drive for a bit and on your left there will be a sign that indicates Kisames on the right. Turn left and drive on. Now I have to warn you – this is where the road got tricky. We got to a point where there used to be a bridge and were met by a gaping hole. After some talks with the local Maasai gentlemen, they advised us to pass through someone’s shamba but the boys manning the shamba asked us to pay to be let through. We parted with KES 100 and they removed the makeshift roadblocks made of thorns and shrubs.
We finally arrived and checked in, although we had to wait for our companions who were about two hours behind us. They had our food and we were famished so we spent the better part of our waiting hours looking over the hills to spot their car.
Once they arrived, we feasted on some snacks and the fun began. They have 3 major activities – camping, zip lining and high ropes. We were obviously interested in the ropes course as it was a new activity for our whole group. Also, the zip line was short in comparison to what some of us had experienced before.
All we could see were stumps of electric poles lined on the ground, boards held by stones and ropes suspended on more electric poles. It seemed scary from the ground looking upwards. Each activity had it’s own challenge, as simple as it may have seemed and team work was involved, which I totally appreciated.
We were not ready for the fun-filled afternoon that we were about to have. I unfortunately could not capture images of all the activities but here you go.
In this particular activity, we had to get to the other side of the board so our team started with lifting the heaviest person first so he can pull the lighter ones once he gets to the top.
This one involved running and skipping over the boards without stepping on the ground. Long legs required, or some speed.
You had to climb on the posts over to the other side. They kept getting higher and higher. Leg play and strong hands were required to lift oneself up, plus a tough torso.
One had to climb up through the tires and over the metallic post then down through the tires again to get down.
The ropes challenge.
We were high above the ground on about the 5th activity. You had to be harnessed for these ones.
Most guys said this was the hardest challenge, I did not agree with them. After jumping/skipping over the shaky posts, you came here where you had to climb to the green mat and be careful not to fall. The rope above you was your support but you were to move carefully along the cable and shimmy your way around to time the next rope then hold it at the very top knot or at least the 2nd knot from above for support. I must say I was a champion at this- very calm and composed.
See how high we were. The cable far ahead was for the zip line.
This shot was taken in the morning and I fell in love with it. There’s a ‘lake’ way past the Kisames Camp where we went to explore. We found this part had dried up which made for a good backdrop for some of our adventurous selves.