Services

Taita Research Station provides safe and cozy premises for scientists, students and other visitors to promote world-class research in one of the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspots, and to increase understanding of the importance of environmental conservation for sustainable and climate-resilient development in the Taita Hills.

The station has eight permanent staff members who offer hospitality to local and international guests and help facilitate research and training activities.

Station manager

M.Sc. James Mwang'ombe

Station foreman

Mr. Mwadime Mjomba

Catering

Ms. Rebecca Mwanyolo

Caretaker

Mr. Granton Righa

Accountant

Ms. Dorah Mwamodenyi

Research assistant

Mr. Darius Kimuzi

Guard

Mr. Elphinstone Kalaghe

Mr. Julius Mwamburi

Driver

Mr. Muhia Gicheru

Taita Research Station staff from the left: station foreman Mwadime Mjomba, caretaker Granton Righa, guard Elphinstone Kalaghe and cook Rebecca Mwanyolo

Research station premises are located in a verdant environment within a walking distance from Wundanyi town. Accommodation is available in all four buildings of the research station: the upper house, the main house, the lower house and the wood house.  Rooms are available for single, double or triple use. All beds are equipped with mosquito nets. All rooms are non-smoking.

Accommodation rates

Bed only - 2,000 Ksh per person per night

Half-board (breakfast and dinner) - 2,500 Ksh per person per night

Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) - 2,750 Ksh per person per night

Rates are per person, not per room. Rates include free wi-fi. Laundry service is available at an extra cost.

In the main house and wood house the guests may use shared kitchens equipped with refridgerators, hotplates and other utensils. The wood house has a Finnish sauna and a terrace with a view for cooling after the relaxing steam of the sauna. Sauna service is available upon request at 200 Ksh per person per session.

A small library in the office of the station has books, booklets and copies of PhD dissertations and Master's theses mostly focusing on the Taita Hills and Africa in general. These can be borrowed by the guests to be used at the station for research and learning.

The research station kitchen in the lower house serves meals in the dining hall only. Room service is not available. The dining hall serves multiple purposes and may for example be transformed into a seminar room. The terraces of the upper house, main house and wooden house are ideal for small group meetings, briefings or for resting. Storage rooms are available for temporary storage of luggage, research equipment and materials.

Taita Research Station courtyard. Photo by Petri Pellikka, University of Helsinki

The research station provides transport services with its fleet of vehicles. Transport service is mainly available for local transport and research-related purposes within the Taita Taveta County. However, airport pick up service is also available for the guests from and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, and to and from Mombasa airport. The following mileage charges apply to all transport services:

Mileage charges of vehicles in year 2020

Toyota Hilux (double cab, 4x4 WD) - 70.19 Ksh per km

Nissan X-trail (4x4 WD) - 68.45 Ksh per km

Isuzu Trooper (4x4 WD) - 101.15 Ksh per km

Motorbike (dirt bike) - 24.90 Ksh per km

Fuel is included in the mileage charge. Driver's fees are not included.

Driver's fees

per diem and accommodation allowance - 3,000 Ksh per day

Half-day rates (50% of the above) apply when an overnight stay is not required in transport and the driver returns to Nairobi or to Taita Taveta before 8:00 p.m. All driver’s fees are to be paid directly to the office of the Taita Research Station.

Mountain bikes

Three mountain bikes are available for rent at the research station. Mountain biking is an enjoyable way to explore the scenic landscape, varying topography and sometimes rough terrain of the Taita Hills.