"Weighing the options, I would rather have a stranger catch me pants down than a relative or friend who I share a house or room with. Besides, âgreen lodgeâ is free!" posed Francis, a college student.
âFreeâ is good for those with financial constraints, particularly college students and those still under the care of their parents. For them, paying for a lodging is a tough undertaking, not to mention the risk of running into their parents or relatives on similar missions.
But to some, it is the thrill â not money â that sends them to bare it all in recreational parks.
"Too much of something gets boring so you have to spice things up. Strange surroundings coupled with a breezy wind and chirpy birds, not to forget the adrenalin rush that comes with the risk of getting caught, makes it extremely erotic," explains a 35-year-old married man who likens the âgreen lodgeâ to an "away match".
Not surprisingly, vendors in these parks have seen things that would shock a church bishop to death.
Joseph Mwaura says, "That is not news. We run into people in compromising situations every day. In fact, we only cheekily offer to sell them groundnuts!"
The Nairobi Arboretum is popular with those between 18 and 35, with the bushy and serene atmosphere enabling them to run their lurid errands undisturbed. Although meant for forest conservation, research and recreational purposes, the garden has become one of the hottest bedrooms in town.
Signs are conspicuously evident â well-trodden paths leading to hidden nooks in the interior, used and unused condoms and scattered alcoholic drink containers â perhaps to raise the âdareâ and step up ecstasy.
"You see, this place is a good hideaway because the forest guards rarely visit the thick and deep parts of the forest," says Mark Mutuma, a college student. "It is no secret. Many of my buddies have had enough escapades there," he chuckles.