Kikopey may be low on frills but remains a meat lovers’ paradise
By CAROLINE CHEBET
Are you a meat lover or want a taste of what authenticates Kenyan culture this Christmas?
Then welcome to Kikopey — a scenic meat lovers’ paradise along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway popularly known as ‘Choma Zone’.
Located 40 kilometres from Nakuru, this spot is positioned strategically along the highway — enough to make mouths drool while yearning for a bite thanks to the aroma that graciously welcomes you.
A stop-over here for a not-so-light meal will definitely blow your mind as you savour roasted chops of meat generously served on wooden boards, perhaps to give you the ‘feel of home’.
Here, you are also free to select where you sit as you sip a drink while you wait for your meat to be served.
Many prefer to sit outside as they enjoy the scenery of the beautiful plains. The nyama choma joints offer the best selection of liver, ribs and intestines, all barbecued, grilled or even smoked to perfection.
Visitors will find the huge chunks of meat ranging from beef, mutton and pork on display. Locals and foreign tourists alike often swarm Kikopey for the one-of-a-kind dining in the plains.
Kikopey derives its name from the Maasai phrase which means ‘a place where green turns white’.
This is because of the diatomite found in neighbouring Elementaita and Kariandusi.
Despite not being classified among big attractions in the country, Kikopey has continued to lure nyama choma lovers.
And because of the spot’s growing popularity, the area is fast growing and has attracted a number of settlements.
Kikopey is therefore a must stop-over for travellers heading for the Christmas holidays or just looking for sumptuous nyama choma.