A couple’s decision to abandon their promising careers and embark on a new venture in the hospitality industry has led to the establishment of a remarkable family resort.
William Njoroge, a pharmacist, and his wife Rose, a human resource executive, made the bold move despite having no prior experience in running a hotel.
Their journey began in 2009 when they purchased a neglected piece of land located approximately 25 kilometers from Kitengela town.
Initially, they built a simple cottage on the property as a weekend retreat for their family. This gave their children the opportunity to observe the wild animals that freely roamed the area.
As their friends started requesting the use of their cottage for weekend getaways, the couple realized the potential for expanding their venture.
Gradually, over the years, the Njoroges transformed the 10-acre property into a serene oasis of tranquility.
They planted exotic trees, such as Italian Cyprus, and constructed artistic cottages to accommodate guests. However, their journey was not without challenges.
Financial strains and difficulties during the construction phase tested their determination. At one point, they even contemplated giving up.
To finance their dream, they sold off some of their assets and sought assistance from a financial institution.
After four years of hard work, the first phase of their vision came to fruition in 2014 when they opened the doors to their resort. Named Tumaini Garden Resort, the picturesque property features several gazebos where guests can enjoy breathtaking views, partake in bird watching, and relax during sundowners.
The resort’s surroundings are filled with the melodies of lovebirds, red-eye doves, weaverbirds, and other bird species. Guests can also catch glimpses of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and other wildlife freely roaming the neighboring areas.
With plans for expansion, the resort currently offers more than 42 rooms, all of which intentionally lack televisions. The Njoroges wanted to create an environment free from the distractions of the outside world.
Instead, they aimed to provide guests with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the serenity of nature. The absence of televisions allows visitors to appreciate the sounds of chirping birds and crickets in the nearby thickets, creating a sense of tranquility and solitude.
Mrs. Njoroge, who underwent food and beverage training, serves as the resort’s executive chef. She ensures that guests are treated to a culinary experience that includes organic food grown on-site.
With a team of 25 employees, the Njoroges have created a successful business that attracts both local and international guests. The resort also offers conference facilities and has become a popular choice for foreign envoys and groups seeking team-building activities.