Lunch on the road: Café Ubuntu

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I’ve been hearing great things about Café Ubuntu in Maai Mahiu ever since Pop Up Nairobi decided to do a brunch there a few months back. (Incidentally, Pop Up Nairobi is another thing I’m dying to experience!) My friend Leonie and I decided to check out this coffee haven this weekend, on our way back from our mommy getaway at Olerai House.

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Photo used with permission – Amara Watkin-Anson, CTC International – Café Ubuntu

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Photo used with permission – Amara Watkin-Anson, CTC International – Café Ubuntu

Café Ubuntu is just outside Maai Mahiu on the Narok Road, about an hour from Nairobi. I love what they’re doing: creating a café culture in Kenya, FOR KENYANS, while also creating jobs and encouraging participation in the community. Their menu is focused on locally grown produce, featuring local favorites with an international twist. The prices are right as well, mostly ranging from 200 – 500 KSH, with the exception of pizza which runs a bit more. Café Ubuntu is reportedly the only place you can find an espresso outside Nairobi on your way to the Maasai Mara, which should make some weary road trippers very happy…

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I love projects that are not just aimed at tourists, but at bringing foreigners and Kenyans together. Café Ubuntu really fits the bill. So if you take the lower escarpment to Naivasha, or you’re on your way to the Maasai Mara, Mount Suswa, or further afield, take a break in Maai Mahiu for a cup of coffee, a sandwich, and some café culture…

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Photo used with permission – Amara Watkin-Anson, CTC International – Café Ubuntu

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