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Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre

It is located at Lang’ata, approximately 3 kilometers from House of Waine. Is the creation of a Kenyan conservation organization, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa.

The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes.

They have three types of Giraffes: Reticulated Giraffe, Masai Giraffe and the Rothschild Giraffe Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm 7 days a week.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick is a Kenyan wildlife conservation charity founded in 1977 in memory of David Sheldrick by his widow Daphne Sheldrick. It assists and advises the Kenya Wildlife Service and manages an orphanage for elephants and rhinos.

One can also adopt an Elephant at a cost of USD 50 per year upon prior booking. It is located approximately 20 minutes from House of Waine and is open daily from 11.:00 am to 12:00 noon. At this time you watch them been fed with the normal human children formulae milk.

Charges are Kshs. 500 per person both local and international.
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum

The museum is situated in the upscale Nairobi suburb of "Karen," a town that was created by the parceling out of the coffee farm's land after Blixen's return to Denmark. Is also the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.

The Karen Blixen Museum is located 1km from House of Waine open every day between 9:30 and 6pm, including on weekends and public holidays.

Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. The grounds, which feature original equipment from the coffee farm, are also available for touring. There is also a gift shop. The grounds of the museum are available to rent for weddings, corporate functions, and other events.

Charges :100 Kshs per person-Residents & USD 10 Per Person Non Residents.
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6:00pm

Kazuri Beads Factory and Pottery Centre

Kazuri Beads Factory and Pottery Centre

Kazuri Bead Factory is situated 1 km and approximately 15minutes walk from House of Waine – “a stones-throw away” from Karen Blixen Museum.

Originally founded by the late Lady Susan Wood in 1975, She created employment for struggling single mothers in the community. Kazuri is still located in its’ original setting in Karen, so far the workshop has now employed over 300 local women. Kazuri Beads specialize on Hand Made Ceramic Beads, Pottery and Genuine Leather Bags.

Kazuri Beads Shop Opening Hours: Sundays: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Mondays to Saturdays: 8:30am to 6:00pm

Karen Workshop Closinging Hours: Sundays at 5.00pm
Mon to Sat at 6.00pm

House of Treasures

House of Treasures

The House of Treasures is filled with unusual and exotic goods from around the globe. Antique and modern furniture, architectural pieces, innovative fashion & jewelery, African artifacts, children’s toys and eclectic home-ware – all gathered in a striking double-storey gallery set in mature gardens in Karen, Mother and daughter team, Janet Hurt and Sasha Horner, have devoted the last few years to travelling the world in search of stock. They have trawled the markets of Timbuktu, the souks of Samarkand and the bazaars of Bali to assemble a collection that delights travelers and designers alike.

From intricately worked kitchen spoons to beaded armchairs from the Ivory Coast and Chin Dynasty Balinese cart-wheels, the pair have an eye for the unusual to suit any pocket. It is located within Karen and a 10 minutes drive from House of Waine.

Matbronze

Matbronze

Founded in 1987 by Denis Mathews, MATBRONZE is a fine art foundry using the “lost wax” process.Which is a precision casting method that allows almost total freedom of design and creativity. Every piece is cast using a precise mixture of Bronze blended on site specifically for bronze art.

The art foundry and gallery are situated 15minutes from House of Waine in historic area of Karen. The gallery is open 7days a week and visitors are welcome and is located 05 minutes drive from House of Waine.

Utamaduni Craft Shop

Utamaduni Craft Shop

Utamaduni Crafts Centre is located on Bogani East Road between Ostrich Park and Giraffe Centre in Langata open from 10am-6pm daily. Utamaduni Crafts Centre is situated 5 Minutes drive from House of Waine. There are about eighteen individual Craft Shops in one large house offering a wealth of Kenyan Culture.

The centre offers antiques, wood carvings, bronze items, and jewellery of the highest quality. Utamaduni means “cultural heritage” and is a converted house containing (about 18) arts and crafts shops including:

  • Kisii Soapstone
  • African Fabrics
  • Men's Boutique
  • KBeaded Glassware
  • An African coffee table book shop
  • Antique African silver & gold jewelry
  • Crafts made by ex-Nairobi street children
  • A variety of beautiful Kenyan Kiondos (Baskets)
  • Masai design shop offering Masai Items

Utamaduni Craft Centre in Nairobi is the best place to buy souvenirs.

Bird’s Paradise

Bird’s Paradise

Is located along the Lang’ta highway at the junction of Lang’ata South Road and Mamba Village Road in the leafy Karen Suburb15 minutes drive from House of Waine. Items found include:

  • Wooden Birds carvings
  • Ebony wood carvings
  • Mahogany & Teak wood carvings
  • Maasai Ornaments
  • Maasai Spears & Shields
  • Soaptone carvings
  • Batiks & Bakuba
  • Mudclothes and Kentes
  • Antique statues & masks