Floating rooms: When builder meets nature

Some of the floating rooms.

Kimingi Muigai is a young entrepreneur and the founder of K's getaway. He is passionate about building things, and is an adrenaline junkie. When Covid-19 broke out, he came up with the brilliant idea of floating rooms.

I marvelled at the three rustic floating rooms on the dam and the perfect hilly view. The awe-inspiring, untouched beauty that surrounds it is breathtaking. The soothing sound of the flowing river and birds chirping in trees in this piece of paradise are not to be missed.

He is proud of this place that he established 10 months ago. His father, who is an architect helped him implement the idea. Some of the materials used to construct the rooms are canvas and wood. They use solar-powered panels for power.

"I wanted to provide a unique out-of-the-box experience," said Muigai when I asked why he decided to have floating rooms.

He explained that the dam is manmade, and it has tilapia.

"How is the security?" I posed.

"We have 18 dogs. That is enough security, plus who wants to come for you in the middle of a dam?" he said, and I chuckled, not convinced.

A quaint boat that is a piece of art made out of rough-hewn wood and a motor engine is the means of transport.

Muigai invited me aboard the boat so that we could head to the mini abode. I obliged, not sure if the boat would capsize. "Am I safe?" I asked.

"There was plenty of trial and error with the boat. You are safe," he said.

When we arrived at the tent, I realised that it was intimate enough to accommodate two people. The room floats three metres away at any given time.

The only setback is that one has to order food from neighbouring eateries because they do not offer food. Also, it is not ideal for children.

Food for thought: If you have a good, unconventional idea that have you been procrastinating on, work on implementing it. [Nailantei Kenga]

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