The forest adventure with The Traveling Mindset

Welcome back folks and happy new year from The Traveling Mindset. I am so happy to be writing to you guys again! It has been what a few months, good news I am now back for good!

Today I just want to mention how much fun we had at the Paintball challenge at the Kereita Forest. We pride ourselves in promoting the destinations we visit. A few months ago, we decided to have the paintball challenge which was coupled with a nature hike through the forest and a dip at the waterfall.

Just a few points to note! When heading to the forest you should be wearing very comfortable shoes and clothes. I am talking tracksuits, sport shoes and shorts. Ladies bad news but no dresses and skirts to this place- you will not have fun and probably will not be able to do any activities.

Sorry I forgot to mention, the activities at this place include, paintballing, horse riding, ziplining, archery, team building and nature walks. There is also a hotel where you can have your meals at. It is a nice place to do some photography at. Towards the end I will mention the prices for the activities so have no fear.

Where was I? Oh right! We set out at exactly 9 Am EAT and we had to use the bypass due to construction on Waiyaki way and we ended up coming out at Limuru- beautiful place by the way- very cold though! The scenery here is amazing because of the tea farms. Just a heads up if you want to head down for a tea farm tour this is the place. So, one and a half hours later we arrive at our destination. Another thing about then Kereita forest (if you are late for your activities, you will not do them and you will not be refunded- just remember to keep time if you had booked for the activities before hand)

After arrival, due to the dangerous times we are living in we signed up a sheet and our temperatures were taken and recorded. We were then led to the kitting area and here you get briefed on safety and how to use the paintball guns. You are then given protective gear which is an overall and a helmet. You get divided into teams and you do a few test runs just to get a feel of the gun and to how shoot it- just getting comfortable. After this you are thrown into the arena- also not a literal arena! And the games begin- may the best team win. Okay guys here is where the comfortable shoes come in; this game involves a lot of running and physical activity- I wouldn’t wear uncomfortable shoes if I were you! An hour of shooting, running and being shot at eventually brought out the winning team.

So people are tired we head out and go to Mama Chiku’s Place in Kijabe to have our lunch. Let me tell you! This lady can cook, and her only policy is you have to finish everything you serve on your plate. So much food in bowls before us. Of course we are so hungry after all that running-naturally, eating begins with a lot of excitement. I mean we are hungry at an all we can eat. The camaraderie in the cafe is just amazing; talking, laughing and joking. The food begins to set in, people stop talking, and Jackets are removed. The only talking that you can hear is,’ hey who wants my chicken?’ , ‘Who wants my greens?’, ‘Who wants my potatoes?’… etc. At this point we are so full that we need to walk all this food off!

We set off from Kijabe and head back to Kereita forest, our bus gets stuck in the mud so we have to do some walking back to the forest. We head to the nature trail and begin our nature walk in search of the waterfall. I mean what’s a nature walk without a water body, am I right guys? After an hour of walking, hiking and falling in the mud we get to the waterfall, finally- progress! We all know what happens at waterfalls and nature walks! Let’s unleash those crazy photos now!

Another 30 minutes and we are back at the reception of the forest. One of us had a birthday of course we are gonna celebrate. A surprise cake is unleashed to the team! After a nature walk I think cake is kind of a requirement or not . Depends on how you take it, everyone with their opinion right? Well, where was I? Oh right! Here we are singing ‘Happy birthday’- you would think the one with the loudest voice was getting the biggest slice of cake, apparently not! But it was worth a try-you never know. We finish our celebration and now it’s time to head home, we walk slowly to the car park and thank heavens, our driver managed to get out of the mud. We get into the vehicle and off we go, I don’t know why after such an amazing day the journey home seems so short.

Before I sign off the prices are as follows:

ACTIVITYINFOADULTCHILD
CampingNight guard (1,000)1,000500
Horse riding30mins
1 hour
4 hours
1800
2200
5000
1300
1700
4000
Footgolf1 hour
2 hours
1000
1600
800
1200
Tree PlantingPer tree250250
Nature Walks1 hour
2 hours
400
600
200
400
Archery1 hour12001100
Paint balling1 hour17501600
Mountain Biking1 hour
2 hours
4 hours
Full day( own bike)  
1000
1200
2000
500
800
1000
1700
400
Ziplining2 hours/2.2kms/6 lines
45 mins/750m/2 lines
Night zipline/2 lines
2800  
1800
2000
2300  
1800

Thank you for reading!

Barbara Michoma,

The Traveling Mindset

Published by Barbara Michoma

I am a tour operator in Kenya. I have a degree in Tourism Management and I have my own company known as The Traveling mindset Limited which is centered on giving people a chance to experience the world in a sustainable way. I am extremely passionate about climate change, human rights, sustainable tourism, accessible tourism and meeting new people and giving them unforgettable experiences. For fun I play hockey and read all kinds of books. I have two dogs and I love animals very much. My all time hobby though, is writing and sharing my thoughts with the world.

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