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Evening at the Uhuru Gardens

As the country ushers it’s Jubilee season, we take you to Uhuru gardens memorial park. Uhuru Gardens is located in the Lang’ata area of Nairobi, along Lang’ata Road, bordering Carnivore Restaurant to the south and Wilson Airport to the east. It is at the park that freedom/independence from British colonial rule was declared.  A crowd of over 40,000 gathered to watch the proceedings as the Union jack was lowered and the Kenyan flag raised.

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

Different views of the Independence commemorative monument, constructed in 1973 upon the spot where Uhuru (freedom/independence) from colonial rule was declared. The  monument is a 24-meter high triumphal column, supporting a pair of clasped hands and a dove of peace. On one side of this monument is a statue of freedom fighters raising the Kenyan flag.

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

This other monument was inaugurated in 1987 to commemorate 25 years of independence.

 

Uhuru gardens

A  fig tree  marks the spot where the national flag was first hoisted after the Union Jack (flag of the United Kingdom) was lowered.

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

The expansive grounds are a favorite with picnic lovers which include secluded spots under some of the scattered trees in the area.

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

Loving the golden effect of the evening sun rays.

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

 

Uhuru gardens

Views of the Nairobi skyline from a distance.

 

Uhuru gardens

The park seems to be popular going by the number of cars and considering it was a weekday.

 

Uhuru gardensTraffic along Langata road near the park entrance.

 

Uhuru gardens

The sun finally sets on the park.

Verdict: A  popular place for picnics. Entry is free for locals, although a  fee is charged for large (unorganized) groups and also for organized groups  a small fee is also charged  if a car is used. You can bring your own food and drink. Very relaxed atmosphere however the  grass is not really well maintained .

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8 Comments

  1. January 16, 2013 at 12:28 am — Reply

    What makes the difference between an organized and unorganized group?

    • Admin_254
      January 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm — Reply

      Un-organized: a group of guys or friends from say an estate out
      of the blue decide to go chill and probably do some activity at the park, then they
      may be considered unorganized.

      Organized: A youth group, a church, an organization or any
      other group that specifically planned and organized to visit the park and
      identify themselves as such at the entrance.

      Hope that answers your question.

  2. January 16, 2013 at 4:15 am — Reply

    Nice. My dad goes on about how he was there that night all those years ago. He says the atmosphere was amazing. It saddens him how our leaders then divided us.

  3. January 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    I love the pictures.
    I remember way before Blankets and Wine, we’d go chill there on sundays and have picnics.
    I should do that soon.
    Nice post.

  4. AsekaMrs
    January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    Its so beautiful.I don’t believe that I lived a stone throw away and I have never been there….:(….will take my play date group..for the kids to run around…

  5. Jasper Kanyi
    January 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Interesting, I always assumed that the independence celebrations had been held at Uhuru park! I use Langata rd daily to and from work and never been to the park, will make a point of visiting.

  6. chris njoroge
    December 29, 2014 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I like the pictures of the park and am pleased with what i can see and i will make a visit there on sunday for an out

  7. November 18, 2015 at 11:59 am — Reply

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