Well most of us know a ranch from soap operas back in the day better known as hacienda. They looked so classy that we would want to be hired to comb the horse’ s hair; which back then we believed was the hair on some of our women. Or still do. Someone come confirm this…
As nouns, the difference between ranch and hacienda is that ranch is a large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock while hacienda is a large homestead in a ranch or estate usually in places where colonial Spanish culture has had architectural influence. According to wikidiff
Anyhu, there are ranches in Kenya too. The one at your shagz – stop skipping that in your list of ranches. There are ranches where people reside at, and there are others where people get creative and create something more. Like a restaurant or a resort.
Wanna get the real feel of a ranch? Where there are horses to ride, hay stacks as decoration, trees above your sitting area, smooth as good wine rhumba music playing, a photo place with real sheep skin and great food and ambience being the win here.
Look no more.
Road Trip to Fred’s Ranch Kajiado County
In the outskirts of Kitengela my town, further into Kisaju, Kajiado County there is a restaurant ranch people. Google maps got you as well as the black sign board by the road on your left labelled Fred’s Ranch, and oh, it has a hat on. Remember that song we sang as kids;
Old MACDONALD had a farm
And on his farm he had a cow
With a moo moo here
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm
Old MACDONALD had a farm
And on his farm he had a horse
With a neigh neigh here
And a neigh neigh there
Here a neigh, there a neigh
Everywhere a neigh neigh
Old MacDonald had a farm
So, it’s a Sunday; we are supposed to have lunch after church as family. I suggested Fred’s ranch. Not that I’d visited it before but because somehow, I trusted the place would offer a great experience. And I am an explorer you know. I had heard of it from a friend and did a google look up to know what to expect.
Church was amazing and once done we were well on our way to the ranch.
It is approximately 25kms from Kitengela town and 56kms from Nairobi CBD.
Perfect road trip before destination for a one day/few hours getaway. And the Namanga Road view past Kitengela is just chilled, no traffic, no hustle to get there. Move at your desired speed and have the cool breeze sweep you into meditation, relaxation, connection with nature and your partners in trip. Am a sucker for road trips at slow speeds.
We make a left turn towards the ranch and the road is currently under construction. You can imagine the dust levels when it hasn’t rained a drop in two days lol. From outside, it doesn’t look like there is much life going on, those who make swift decisions will probably turn around and go elsewhere. But hold up, get to the main court first.
The waiters and waitresses dress like cowboys/girls. Btw help me understand why they are called cowboys yet they ride horses, not cows… Hats, boots, trousers, shirts, belt. And their attitude is even cuter than the dress up. These ones must have gone to a really good school. You know the school where they are served sausage and bacon with forks and knives, not like the one you and I went to, the one we’d have left over ugali and porridge for breakfast. One where the teacher knows everyone by name, knows when you are sad, knows your limits. Not the one you and I went to that weh or nani used to address pretty much all of us.
Served first with good looks and great attitude, the food is the icing on this cake. Make sure to order their wet fry chicken. Omg! It is out of this world. And it is soft too. As I write this, my mouth is already watering. Their mbuzi choma, even a toddler can hack, soft and really tasty I say. Try the pick n peel red grape juice, you might finish a whole pack by yourself like I almost did.
Perfect chill out for travelling; solo, with spouse, with family, with friends. There’s a play area for kids. Horse riding is on the menu and quad bikes too. There’s a bar area too. If you are planning a staycation, they do have rooms. Contact +254 792564243 for more details.
The one thing missing is a swimming pool, but worry not, it is currently underway.
About The Owner;
The owner, Fred Obachi Machoka who is the radio and TV presenter of the rogaroga show on Citizen, is a down to earth guy who greats/hugs all his customers, takes pics with them and has hearty conversations with them. As we ate, Nyambu was like, “si you write an article about this place”. I was like “great idea”! See, all my articles are about stuff that am passionate about, things or people that fascinate me. This one was definitely one of them. When Fred came around as we were playing pool (yes there’s a pool table my people), Nyambu was like, let’s go take a photo, and I asked Mr Machoka a few questions. Felt like a journalist of some sort *smiles*.
So my country and world people, when looking for a getaway, keep Fred’s Ranch in mind.
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