The beauty of travelling is that you are always discovering new places. On my way to Giraffe Center in Karen I came across this amazing place called Stedmark Gardens. The garden is located in Karen just a few minutes from Galleria Shopping Mall and also Karen Shopping Center.

The place has an indoor heated swimming pool which is open to the public at a cost of 500 per child and 1,000 shillings per adult per day. You can pay 4,000 or 6,000 shillings per month for a child or adult respectively which I found way cheaper especially if you live nearby. They have a gym which costs 4,000 shillings per month. They also have a non-heated swimming pool charging at 200 shillings per child and 500 shillings per adult.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant

Apart from the swimming pool, they also have a fully equipped amusement park for the kids which costs 1,000 shillings for the whole day. The activities include the slide, Rock Climbing, Boat,Zorb Roller, Baby Castle, Merry-go-round, trampoline,playhouse and Train Riding. Then there are extra games like the dragon and bumper car riding which cost 200 shillings each. The swings are free.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
The amusement Park.

After the games and swimming, you will definitely need a meal. This is the most amazing part. They have about four sitting areas where you can eat your food from. There is one near the amusement park, one near a bar, one at the swimming pool and the last one is the floating restaurant. You can actually feel the restaurant moving and it is amazing. It is like you are in a moving but not moving boat. I don’t know how to explain but all I can say is that you need to go to this place and experience it first hand.

They have four mini floating restaurants and each can accommodate up to a maximum of 20 people. The food ranges from 200 shillings to 4,500 shillings which to me was a bit on the higher side as 1kg of mbuzi choma was 1,500!!!! But the experience was quite amazing and this was my second time there.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
One of the floating restaurants.
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant

As if all the above is not enough, they also have a wildlife educational centre which has a snake park, Bird Sanctuary and an Animal Park which was worth every penny!! It was just 300 shillings per person.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant

You get to see different kinds of birds, snakes and animals. Those with a brave heart can carry the birds and feed them, carry the snakes and even the tortoises and turtles which I did. Trust me it is not easy especially the snakes!!! I almost cried. Okay I cried a bit and I almost dropped the tortoise. Reptiles are not my favourite kind of animals especially snakes and chameleons!! At the animal park they have lions, ostriches, antelopes, llamas, crocodiles, monkeys and baboons.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
See this beauty.
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
This tiny tortoise is 12 years old.
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
This tortoise is 21 years old.
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Check the video footage on my instagram.
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Ostrich egg.

This was one of the few places I have visited in Nairobi and felt that my money did not get wasted. It is worth every shilling and the experience is beautiful. You can visit the place and tell me how you find it. You don’t have to carry the snakes hehe. We went to have lunch at Hunters, Karen for the best honey glazed pork ribs in town. It was one of the places I mentioned in my post about my top 10 most budget friendly restaurants in Nairobi.The pork is just 800 shillings per kilo and trust me it is a lot. 2kgs is enough for four people.

Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Stedmark Gardens and hotel - karen
Nairobi's  floating restaurant
Best pork ribs ever!!!

That’s all folks.Until the next escapade!!! Turuuuuus.