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by Dee Mbugua (subscribe)
Solicitor/Barrister, Commissioner for Affidavits, Blogger, Media Maven, in no particular order
Published April 22nd 2021
Nothing screams weekend adventure like traversing a suspended narrow bridge that literally dances with the wind. A weekend ago, we visited Masai Lodge in Karen and decided to visit the Kitengela Glass Bridge, a short walk from the Lodge's main entrance.

Kitengela Glass bridge in the horizon


The Lodge has a tour guide, a young Maasai warrior named Wilson, who escorts guests over the bridge and onto the other side, where Kitengela Glass is.

Kitengela Glass bridge


Dubbed the scary bridge for good reason, the suspended bridge is made of wire and glass, with large gaps in the railing. Not for the faint of heart or tiny humans.

Kitengela Glass lookout


I'm not scared of heights but something about the fact that the Kitengela glass bridge sways quite freely was unnerving to me. Would I go there again? You bet your cotton socks I would!

Kitengela Glass pool


Access to the bridge and a walk around the Kitengela glass factory cost us 700 shillings for two people. If you wish to swim, there is an extra fee payable.

They also have their glassware available for purchase but given our mode of transport was a shaking bridge, I didn't purchase anything for fear of losing my nerve and grip.

View from the pool


The views were second to none and the incorporation of the Kitengela glass into the decor is a nice touch and a gentle reminder of the craftsmanship behind their exquisite pieces.

Crossing Kitengela Glass Bridge


The bridge can get very busy during peak season - our guide Wilson said that in one day, it is not unusual to find thousands of people crossing the bridge.

We found it was very beneficial to have the guidance of Wilson because access to the bridge is via an obscure, narrow opening through the bush in rock climbing form.

I would advise you to wear fitting exercise clothing and comfortable shoes and minimal loose items. I think this is definitely a worthwhile, fun and inexpensive experience.
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Phone: 254 (0)11 0001499
Cost: 150/- pp for bridge access
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