IMG-20170520-WA0029Saturday, 20th May, we put down our hiking boots and decided to just go out, play, eat, bond and just have fun as a team. Hiking is a dangerous sport and is therefore handled with the seriousness it deserves, meaning the preparation, time keeping and management of team is controlled. This time, all rules went out of the window and we went to just let our inner child out.

‘The Forest’ which is in Kereita is about 1 hour away from Nairobi, and is a VERY popular recreational space within close proximity of Nairobi. For this reason we decided to leave early and get the planned activities done before the usual weekend crowd came in.

We left Nairobi at a relaxed and leisurely pace and the banter among the slayers was high energy. We got to ‘The Forest’ and took in the amazing views as we waited for some of the slayers who were still on their way. The restaurant, which is the centre of all the action, is set on a hill and from there you are able to see a few of the ziplines and also catch an amazing view of Kereita forest and the mighty Elephant hill in the distance.

IMG-20170521-WA0033Once the rest of the team came we quickly made our way for the briefing and mini training on how to zipline. They take the zipline experience very seriously and not only did we have to sign a disclaimer but we were also told that if they were not satisfied with our performance at the training we would not be allowed to zipline. I am happy to say that all the slayers go it right the first time around, unlike some other teams that had to go for remedial classes.

The zipline is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The zipline at The Forest is the longest in East Africa, they have six lines with each line between 300-450metres long. Sad to say that the experience was over too fast. That is an activity that I would be happy to repeat over and over again.

IMG-20170521-WA0015Immediately after that, we headed off to paintball. Now, no one really tells you how painful it is to be shot by the paintball guns. Two weeks later I am still nursing my bruises! We divided ourselves up into two teams and it was clear from the start that my team was disadvantaged due to lack of proper strategy. The winning team had a winning formula ‘take all the ladies out first’ and take us out they did! They shot at us mercilessly and it wasn’t long before the ladies in my team abandoned the men to fight it out alone (Sorry Team MDU!)

Just like in life, without a plan, goal or target, you are not going to get anywhere. How will you know where you are going? Maybe you are already where you want to be but you have no idea since you did not have a plan. Always have a plan and review it every so often to accommodate the changing circumstances.
Valentine’s Cake House, as usual, made our birthday celebration that more yummy by providing us with our a delicious Choc chip cake. Our Social Responsibility partner for 2017 SOS Childrens Village were also part of the team bonding and indeed we had an amazing time with them.

IMG-20170521-WA0108Team bonding is important in order to keep members connected with one another and to also give them an opportunity to interact away from the usual. A lot of learning and connecting happened.

Next month we resume our hikes and will be tackling Oldoinyo Lengai in Tanzania. Follow our page and blog to keep abreast of our exciting activities. If you want to join us drop an email to for more information.

Author: mountainslayerskenya

The world is God’s gift to us. To enjoy a gift, you need to unwrap it. Mountain Slayers seeks to unwrap this gift through exploring various destinations in Kenya, East Africa and the world at large. There is no better way to interact with the world than on foot- 'One step at a time' Our tenet as Mountain Slayers- Kenya is; ‘Treasure and nourish relationships’  Relationship with God  Relationship with Self  Relationship with others  Relationship with the environment

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