There are special programmes for school groups. Below is a sample of a day visit, but other options are available. Wamῦciĩ draws on many years of teaching experience to find the appropriate programme for your group.
- 10/11a.m. Arrival. Welcome and snack.
- 11.30 – 12noon. Games
- 12 – 1p.m. Storytelling with music, singing and traditional dance.
- 1 – 1.30. Lunch
- 1.30 – 2p.m. tour of farm and garden.
- 2 – 2.30/3p.m. Closing stories and music.
Hiking option for children age 6 and above.
The group can start just outside Ngong town, at the Forestry Commission Office, where they pick up a guard, and hike along the top to come down at the picnic site. This takes about two hours. There is an additional cost for entry to the Ngong Hills and the guard. Groups who have done this find it a very satisfactory combination of hiking and picnic. The bus comes directly to the site.
CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
On Saturdays and in the school holidays, Wamucii is offering classes in art, music (singing and recorder playing); handwork (knitting and crotchet). These will all be accompanied by movement activities and storytelling. Contact her for further details.
WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES
- FOR CHILDREN. To develop creativity, a talent for acting and competency in the English language.
- FOR TEACHERS. To guide them in creating, telling and using stories in the classroom.
- FOR EVERYONE. Stories can enlighten a workshop on any topic, at any stage in the day.
Kikwata Picnic Site is part of a small mixed organic farm, i.e. no chemicals or artificial fertilisers are used. After a noisy greeting from the geese at the gate, you are free to tour the farm. Apart from the regular maize, beans, potatoes and sukuma you will find in any shamba in Highland Kenya, she grows other vegetables: carrots, leeks, French beans, capsicum, courgettes etc; and a variety of herbs. She keeps the soil rich with regular composting and mulching.
There are also a few sheep and kienyeji chicken to provide manure.
The picnic site is made attractive with flowers and mixed exotic and indigenous trees. Various fruit trees are now coming into maturity.
Vegetables and fruits are on sale in season. Also a few plants and trees for planting.
Wamucii encourages birds on the site with a birdbath and regular feeding. There are other places in the neighbourhood for further birdwatching possibilities.
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“ It was great visiting Kikwata Picnic Site and farm; so close to Nairobi, but completely rural: 21 species of birds in one morning, just sitting at the campsite! Susan has a wonderful personality and an amazing wealth of knowledge, which she imparts so easily. Her gift for storytelling is also quite stunning: this was a new experience for me. We will definitely be back.”
“ Susan's place has a lovely garden with adequate facilities for camping. It is also conveniently located near a scenic trail with access to Ngong Hills. Great spot for hiking and getting away from the city.”
David and Sharon Jones
“ Serene and inviting, the Kikwata Campsite allows one to commune with nature without losing the feeling of home. I have had the pleasure of camping with family and enjoying a day activity too, and I def recommend this getaway. And if you can pair it with Susan's engaging storytelling, the experience is simply amazing!”