In Summary
  • The one hour road trip from Nairobi to Kitengela culminates at the Kitengela Ostrich farm in the outskirts of Kitengela.
  • The farm borders the Kitengela Game Conservation.
  • There are two variety of ostriches found in the farm, the Somali Ostrich, a black-blue in colour and which you can ride on and the Maasai Ostrich, red-ruby in colour.
  • They all have a small, funny-looking head, two set of huge black eyes that take most of the head, towering at the apex of a snaking neck.

A Maasai man and his herd are heading home from the fields, the animal smell enriches the air along the dust road.

It’s a rough road but graced by the wind, we sway through the rolling acacia and grassland.

The transition from a bustling city after and eventful week to wandering through acacia and grass is a splendid liberation. One throws themselves into the embrace of open air.

The one hour road trip from Nairobi to Kitengela culminates at the Kitengela Ostrich farm in the outskirts of Kitengela. The farm borders the Kitengela Game Conservation a protected area populated with black rhino buffalo, giraffe, eland, Maasai giraffe, black rhino, impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, common and defassa waterbucks, warthog, olive baboons, monkeys and preying carnivores - lion, spotted hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, bat-eared foxes as well as other smaller carnivores.

The diversity of animal species is decreasing in the Kitengela area adjacent to the Nairobi National Park because of the increase in private land development.

Maasai Ostrich Resort entrance. PHOTO| TOM MWIRARIA

After paying an entry Fee of Sh300, the guide took me for a tour on the farm that sits on 200 acres of land, a home to the fastest two-legged creature on earth. The farm is a popular tourist destination where jockeys train for ostrich racing at the Ngong Racecourse.

Ostritch shelters on the farm. PHOTO| TOM MWIRARIA

It is a great place where families and lovers are seen, ostrich riding, feeding, leisurely walks and stopping to marvel at the mating birds.

There are two variety of ostriches found in the farm: the Somali Ostrich, black-blue in colour and which you can ride on and the Maasai Ostrich, red-ruby in colour. They all have a small funny head, two set of huge black eyes that take most of the head, towering at the apex of a snaking neck.

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