When travelling, we tend to always take the shortest and easiest route to our final destination. More often than not we simply fly there.
Once you’ve checked-in and settled in your hotel room or suite, do you wonder about how much you missed out on along the way? The scenery, the drive, the sense of adventure, the sights, the sounds, the fresh country breeze… On 11th November a group of Kenya’s leading travel writers, journalists and media teams embarked on an adventurous road trip from Nairobi to Kisumu City, which is located on the shores of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest water lake). The trip was hosted by Kisumu’s renowned
Our mode of transport was a range of award-winning SUV vehicles courtesy of SimbaCorp, which greatly added to what was already an exciting treat. We travelled the A104 via Nakuru, Kericho on day one, a distance of 337 km. This route took us five hours thirty eight minutes to cover.
After a sumptuous breakfast at Villa Rosa Kempiski Nairobi #TheAcaciaEscape teams jumped into their chosen SUV vehicles. A quick stop at Nakuru enabled us explore the town - it would have been an excellent opportunity to venture off on safari at the Lake Nakuru National Park if we had the time. The group experienced and captured breath-taking views of Kericho’s beautiful tea farms on camera when we set off and once we got to Kisumu, we promptly checked into the renowned Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu (fondly known as The Home of African Hospitality). We had a late lunch at the Aqua Bar & Grill and wound the day down at the Acacia Premier bookers cocktail.
Day two began after a great nights’ sleep and a hearty breakfast at the Hotel’s Café Acacia, after which #TheAcaciaEscape teams visited some of Kisumu’s favourite tourist sites. We started with Kit Mikayi, an awe-inspiring natural rock formation. Legend has it that a Luo tribesman named the rock after his first wife (Mikayi means first wife). We then headed over to the Impala Sanctuary after lunch. It was time to see some wild animals; impalas, buffalos, giraffes, some of the Big Cats and several primate species. #TheAcaciaEscape teams then took a luxury boat ride to Ndere Island - a beautiful place on Lake Victoria. In the evening, cocktails were served at the Aqua Pool Bar and Grill as the sun set over the lake, and we enjoyed an elaborate interactive dining experience set up by Acacia’s superb culinary teams. After a truly memorable experience at the Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu, #TheAcaciaEscape teams were treated to an amazing champagne breakfast on day three, with optional therapeutic massages at the Acacia Spa. It was time to get back to Nairobi on the B3 via Narok which covered a total of 357 km. It was a longer ride, but still a beautiful six hours six minutes of Kenyan scenery.
Credit: Go Places
Founded in 1948 by the late Mr. Abdul Karim Popat as a modest used-car selling enterprise, the Nairobi-headquartered company has grown into a large integrated multi-sector business services group representing international brands and franchises such as Mitsubishi, FUSO, BMW, Mahindra, Renault, AVIS, SAME tractors and AKSA generators.Simba's hospitality properties include the Olare Mara and Villa Rosa managed by world leading hoteliers, Kempinski,as well as Acacia Premier Kisumu.