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Close to Home Weekend Getaway in Nanyuki -14 -16 Sept 2019

Join us for a weekend at Ngororo Guesthouse. Situated 8km from Nanyuki town, this unique and spacious private house with family pets is ideal for a peaceful getaway. The property hosts a large variety of birds and visiting Colobus and Sykes Monkey’s. It is surrounded by lush vegetation of indigenous trees and plants, has a large fish pond, and a Gazebo situated at the river. It is ideal for bird watching and nature lovers.

On Saturday, we leave early from the Museum to arrive at Ngororo Guesthouse for lunch with an afternoon visit to the Sirimon Cheese Factory to see how their cheeses are made. Sirimon has made a commitment to work within the community and with the small shareholder dairy farmers to support them and to reduce their ecological footprint. Dinner is at Ngororo Guesthouse.

The Ngare Ndare Forest is 40 minutes away in the foothills of Mount Kenya and we plan to visit the Forest for a day trip on Sunday. (http://www.ngarendare.org/index.php) The activities at the Forest include a canopy walk, forest walking, or  bird watching depending on your interest. The canopy walkway is a 40 ft. high aerial bridge of wiremesh and cables meandering through the tree canopy and extending 450 metres long. The walkway ends at a wooden platform 30 off the ground where there is frequently a great view of buffalo and elephants in the river. We’ll have a picnic lunch at the Forest. Sundowners at the Gazebo by the river and dinner at the house will end the day. On Monday, the plan is to visit a raspberry farm on our way back to Nairobi.

Date: Saturday, September 14 to Monday, September 16

Cost: 16,000 Ksh for adults

Included: Food, lodging, tips.

Cost excludes Conservation fees, transportation costs, lunch on Sunday.

* Please indicate your transportation status when signing up: if you will be driving, if you can take passengers, or if you need transportation.

Conservations fees at Ngare Ndare: Residents and Citizens- 2000 Ksh per day; Non-resident- $40

Payment Options:

  1. Safaricom: M-Pesa Paybill, Business no – 400800, Account No- 6571570019
  2. Airtel Money – 0780 755 231
  3. Direct Bank Transfer

Bank: Commercial Bank of Africa

Account Name: KENYA MUSEUM SOCIETY

Bank Account: 657 157 0019

You won’t be confirmed until your payment is received. The deadline for payment is August 31 or until the group limit is reached.

Bookings: 0724 255299 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

By participating in KMS safaris, you are helping to support projects of the National Museums of Kenya.

 

The Affordable Art Show: 25-27 October 2019

2019 Affordable Art Show

Fri-Sun, 25-27 Oct

Are you an art lover, buyer, collector or just looking for a way to give your home/office a fresh look? The Biggest art show in East Africa, is an event you can’t afford to miss. Save the Dates Now!

 

We are also Looking for Volunteers from June through October

The first meeting of the 2019 Art Show Committee will be Wed, 19 June, 10-12 pm.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help produce the show, which will be 25-27 October this year.

Those with publicity skills/contacts, sponsorship suggestions, data entry skills, experience in curating art and those who just have time/interest to help with planning and organizing the show are asked to contact the KMS office and attend the first meeting.

The work intensifies from 16 October as we take in, process and hang the art, sell the art throughout the weekend of the show and finally take down the show and return unsold art to artists.

Volunteers who cannot commit to serving on the committee for several months, but who can assist one or a few days, will also be needed beginning 16 October through 28 October.  It’s an intense time, but previous volunteers have found it interesting and worthwhile.

Contact Us on;
Mobile: 0724 255 299, 0780 755 231
info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

 

The KMS Annual Second Hand Book Sale – Fri & Sat, 7 & 8 September 2018,10 am – 4 pm

Friday and Saturday, 7 – 8 September 2018
Nairobi National Museum, Main Courtyard
From 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on both days

It’s that time of the Year again, when you get a chance to revamp your home library!

#BigSaleWithGreatBargains 2018 Edition is here: Books, magazines, kids books, games, DVDs, CD’s…from as low as Ksh 50
Don’t miss out the best deal in town. We are looking forward to seeing you, your family, friends and colleagues there.
Note: We are still accepting donations of books, kids games, DVDs, puzzles, magazines, used computers, printers and other home appliances
You may drop off your donation at the KMS office, open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, or at the KMS Shop, inside the Nairobi National Museum, open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm, otherwise we can organize pickup.

There’s no Entry Fee to the Sale!

Contacts: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

All Proceeds will support various Projects of the National Museums of Kenya.

Christmas Safari – Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba Reserves -27 Dec – 1 Jan 2019

Experience the bewitching beauty of the unspoilt wilds of the vast Samburu region . The area is sparsly populated and you see a few colourful Samburu with their herds of goats, sheep and camels. In the wider Samburu area we shall explore Magado crater, Chandler’s Falls, Mt Ololokwe and Wamba.

All three above reserves touch the charming slow-moving Ewaso Nyiro River. You will see a lot of elephants ambling along the river as well as other game. The special animals of the north are oryx, grevy’s zebra, the blue-legged Somali ostrich and gerenuk.

For a full itinerary of this safari, please contact us through: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

NOTE: This is peak holiday season. So please rush and book with a 50% deposit to secure your place, soon.

Call For Artists

Safari: Lake Ol Bolossat & Menengai Crater, 14 – 15 July 2018

Note: Absolute deadline 4 July, for full payment.

This trip is to the interesting and little known area between Gilgil, Nyahuru and Nakuru. We shall go via either Gilgil or Njambini.

On Saturday we visit Lake Ol Bolossat which has good bird life, especially ducks, and hippo. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Hippo pools near Nyahururu and take a short walk to Thompson’s Falls. We then take the very dramatic descent into the Rift Valley through Subukia. Passing through Nakuru we head out to Maili Saba Camp, as the name suggests, 7 miles on the road out of Nakuru! Perched on the edge of Menengai Crater, this is a charming rustic tented camp with the most amazing view of the silent crater below. It has a warm, casual atmosphere, good food and a small swimming pool. Each tent has its own terrace.

On Sunday after breakfast there will be a long walk to the edge of the crater. After that you can just relax. We depart for Nairobi after lunch.

Cost:  11,800 pp sharing. Children below 12 pay 7,100.

Included:  FB at Maili Saba, guided walk at Lake Ol Bolossat.

Not included:  transport, guided walk at Menengai.

Road:  Mostly tarmac.

Carry a picnic lunch for Saturday.

Bookings: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

 

Payment Options;

  1. Safaricom: M-PESA Paybill, Business no – 400800, Account No- 6571570019

Safari: Lakes Magadi and Natron, 27 – 29 July 2018

Escape the cold in Nairobi. Descend into the Rift Valley and explore the incredibly beautiful hellish paradise of these two lakes.

Friday- Arrive in Magadi late morning. A guided walk by the Magadi Soda Co to explain the soda extraction process.Then we proceed to the lake to see the many water birds especially flaming. Picnic lunch at the lake shore.

Back in Magadi check in at the tented camp (the tents are air-conditioned!) In the afternoon you can go swim at the Magadi Soda club or just relax. Dinner at the club.

Saturday-  After breakfast we depart for the Nguruman escarpment and Lake Natron. There will be a charge to pass through Shompole ranch. The best time at Natron is around 4pm when a lot of game arrives to drink water. Picnic lunch. Return to Magadi by 6.30pm. Dinner at club.

Sunday- After a leisurely breakfast return to Nairobi. We may make a short stop at the pre-historic site at Olorgesaille where you can enjoy the remnants of your picnic food.

Cost  14,400 pp sharing. Single room supplement is only 500 per day but depends on availability. Children pay 60% of the total.

Included – 2 days half board at camp, guide fees, guided walk of soda operations

Not included – transport, Shompole conservancy fee (1,500), Lake Natron fee (500)

Transport: Indicate transportation status when signing up: if you will be driving, if can take passengers, or if you need transportation. Van transportation can be arranged if needed.

Day Outing: Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Sat 25 August 2018

Get away from noisy Nairobi for a couple of hours, hiking, birding and game viewing in this serene national park.

The name Ol Donyo Sabuk , in masai , means “ solitary mountain”, this unique mountain

Stands a proud 7,037 feet talll in the predominately flat surroundings of the athi plains. This rugged hump – backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the athi plains, offers from its summit magnificent 360 degree panaromic view s over the athi river,pinapple fields of Thika and the snowcapped views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt kenya on clear days.

Ol donyo Sabuk also homes the grave of famous sir William Northrup Mcmillan.

The park is only 65 km from Nairobi towards central highlands of Thika, and makes for an excellent day trip.

The lush vegetation and cool air of this compact and scenic national park, make trekking easy. The leisurely trek will provide ample opportunity to bird view up close, and also admire various wild grassland game. We will be accompanied by a game ranger as the park boasts of large numbers of buffalo.

Our plan would be to drive northwards to Thika town, via the Chania falls, before proceeding to the fourteen falls, through pineapple plantations. Making stops at all these lovely sites as we drive into the park for a full on day trekking and birding adventure.

Our own Washington Wachira will lead the trip, sharing with us his vast and comprehensive knowledge on birds.

Cost:

KMS Member – Ksh 3,050

Guest – Ksh 3,350

Payment: Safaricom, M-PESA, Paybill, Business No 400800, Account number 6571570019.

Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Bring a hat, drinking water, binoculars and wear good walking shoes.

Suitable for children over 9 years.

We look forward to this exciting day out and hope many of you will join us.

Included   – Transport, guide and rangers fees

Excluded   – Park Fees, Lunch and other personal expenses.

 

Safari: Ol Pejeta, Nanyuki 8-10 September 2018

Join us for a weekend getaway to Ol Pejeta from September 8-10. We’ll spend two nights at Pelican House and explore the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy with its diversity of wildlife species including the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. The Conservancy contains the Sweetwater Chimp Sanctuary for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued chimps; the Morani Information Center; the rhino memorial as well as other points of interest. It is Big Five habitat that is managed by integrating cattle ranching as an ecological tool. The proceeds from Ol Pejeta fees go to community development programs.

Pelican House where we’ll stay has been refurbished as last May. The house overlooks Pelican dam and has a traditional African colonial architecture with a large living room for socializing. It is a self-catering guest house and cottage that has spectacular views of Mt. Kenya.

Cost: 15,000 Ksh for adults pps; 9,000 Ksh for children under 12 years

Included: FB, lodging. Cost excludes Transportation costs and entrance fees.

Payments: Mpesa paybill, Business No: 400800, Account: 6571570019

Bookings: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

Deadline: Until group limit is reached or August 1 at the latest. Our deposit is due then!

Safari: Mpala Ranch, Laikipia – 16-18 November 2018

Mpala Ranch is a 50,000 swath of savanna and woodland habitat in Laikipia. It is unfenced, but defined by the catchment of 2 rivers. It has some of the most spectacular wildlife populations outside the gazetted national parks – over 6,000 elephants, Grevy’s zebra, a large population of wild dogs, eland, and hippo among others.

During our visit, we’ll have a chance to visit the historic caves on the property, do game drives, and hear presentations from resident researchers. The exact topics for the itinerary will be confirmed as we approach the travel date.

Cost: 18,000 ksh pp sharing

Included: FB and lodging

Included: FB and lodging

Not included: Transport.  Please indicate transportation status when signing up: if you will be driving, if can take passengers, or if you need transportation. Van transportation can be arranged if needed.

Other:  indicate if you are a vegetarian or have food allergies when signing up.

This opportunity to visit Mpala Ranch is a special privilege extended to the Kenya Museum Society

Payments: M-PESA Paybill, Business No: 400800, Account: 6571570019

Bookings: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org