All creatives have had a moment where they are in a rut. Uninspired and unwilling to create. What you need is a getaway. A moment outside the usual to find something unusual that will ignite that spark.
Sanaa Story organized a creatives trip to Storm’s Resort in Nanyuki , made up of photographers & artists that got us to create.
We rented an entire Matatu in order to get to Nanyuki in style! It turns out that renting out a matatu for a group trip (we were 12 of us) is way cheaper than actually hiring a van as we paid the usual fare to Nanyuki which is 500KSH per person per trip.
Storms Resort is close to 3 hours from Nairobi with a couple of bends and turns along the way. For directions click HERE
Storm’s Resort is a vast lodge with over 15 rooms, 3 cottages, self contained tents , 6 mud thatched rooms and a restaurant and bar.These spaces have been scattered throughout their vast compound thus ensuring privacy. Generally, the exterior of the spaces are dull however, the interior space is well designed and has a homely aura to it. Camping is also provided in the resort.
We stayed at one of the cottages where there were not enough beds and mattresses had to be brought in. A night at the cottage costs up to 20,000KSH per night and it’s great for a group stay-cation if you are not an avid camper.
Activities are scarce as quad biking and hiking are the only things you could do in the vicinity. You would otherwise have to head to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and have the time of your life with chimpanzees and rhinos. However, Storm’s Resort normally hosts ‘Party in the Wild’ thus attracting a large number of people to its environs.
The night sky in Nanyuki is spectacular having little to no light pollution. There is also a spectacular view of Mt. Kenya from the resort especially in the morning. I couldn’t help but compare it to the view at Castle Forest Lodge in Kerugoya which I documented here.
Storms Resort at this time of year is quite hot and dry, with a seasonal river that had completely dried up and succulent plants everywhere. You feel as though you are in the Wild West, the African version.
For pricing information, head to their website HERE
LET’S MAKE ART.
We hiked up to a gorge near the resort to create. The gorge was a 30 minute walk away and is mostly a dried up river however, it has the perfect aesthetic.
When many artists come together, know that magic will be made. Body art was done by the talented Lindsay and photography by Selina, Magati, Imelda, Ivy, Naserian & Brian. Ed Wainaina also did a stellar painting. Again, you don’t believe me? Check out some of their work on Instagram below. Be sure to follow all these talented humans.
Brian also made a stellar video that captured the true essence of our trip which you can catch below.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
For information on Storms Resort, pricing etc check out their website HERE
Be sure to carry a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
If succulents and ‘wild west’ aesthetic is your cup of tea, then you will love Nanyuki. Storms Resort is also perfect for group experiences and also individuals looking for somewhere to stay as they head to the conservancy or explore Nanyuki. I’ll be sure to head back to Nanyuki and do a more comprehensive post.
Have a lovely week.