Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used
as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
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Population: 4.397 million (2019)
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The Most developed estates in Nairobi, such as Karen,Kileleshwa,Runda,Muthaiga,Kilimani,Kitisuru and Rossyln attract people who are ready to cough at least Ksh 150,000 per month. This is a go no go zone for people who live from hand to mouth or a dollar a day. Most estates in Eastlands attract low and middle class population, people who are capable of paying rent between Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 20,000 while most Estates in Westlands and along Ngong Road attract middle and high class individuals.
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If you are searching for a good estate to reside in Nairobi? Well, the list below has some of the well-known residential estates in Nairobi that could match your interests:
Bahati is an estate in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Administratively, it is a location in Pumwani division of Nairobi and Kamukunji Constituency. In 2005 the Bahati location had an estimated population of 55,082. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Buruburu is a housing estate within Nairobi City County in Kenya. Buruburu is a vast development inhabited by lower middle-class people. The estate was designed in 1974 and comprises five phases, with the fifth completed in the mid-1980s. The estate is an expensive settlement which spreads over 85 ha, and located 8 KM outside the Nairobi Central Business District. Due to its proximity to the city, the estate has attracted populations from every walks of life. This has led to the proliferation of trade and other home-based enterprises (HBEs) in the estate. The houses in Buruburu resemble modern architecture of white buildings with striking orange tiled roof tops. Buruburu gave rise to modern-day Sheng, a language spoken by virtually all of Nairobi’s youth.
Dagoretti is an area in the western part of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Administratively it is one of eight divisions of Nairobi. The Dagoretti division is divided into six Locations. The electoral Dagoretti South Constituency has the same boundaries as Dagoretti division.
It is difficult to say when Dagoretti was first inhabited. But by the late 1890s when Europeans first visited the area, they found a populated and cultivated territory.
19th century Dagoretti was part of the rich food-producing Kikuyu country and was populated with Masai and Kikuyu people as it lay on the edge of Masai Country. Kikuyu farmed sugar cane and banana among other crops while Maasai kept cattle. The two groups cohabited and their lives together ebbed between trade and raid. In fact some Kikuyus spoke Maasai, some Maasai spoke Gikuyu. The prominent Kikuyu leader Waiyaki wa Hinga is believed to have Maasai heritage. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
In August 1890 Fredrick Lugard departed Mombasa for Lake Victoria on behalf of the Imperial British East Africa Company. Part of his mission was to establish treaties with local tribes and build forts along the route to Lake Victoria. Lugard arrived at Dagoertti by October 1890 having walked over 350 miles from Mombasa with his entourage of Sudanese askaris led by Shukri Aga; Somali scouts led by Dualla Idris and nearly 300 Swahili porters.
Idris had already visited Dagoretti a few years earlier while serving on Count Sámuel Teleki’s 1886 -1889 expedition to Lake Turkana. At Dagoretti Lugard was introduced to local leader and land owner Waiyaki wa Hinga with whom he formed an alliance by participating in a traditional blood brotherhood ceremony. Waiyaki helped Lugard identify a piece of land on which to built a fort. The fort at Dagoretti was the seventh IBEAC fort and the first north of Machakos.
Dandora is an eastern suburb in Nairobi, Kenya. It is part of the Embakasi division. Surrounding neighbourhoods called estates include Kariobangi, Baba Dogo, Gitare Marigo and Korogocho. Dandora was established in 1977, with partial financing by the World Bank in order to offer a higher standard of housing. The location is in part well known for being the site of the main municipal solid waste dump for Nairobi, which has significant negative health effects on its population
Eastleigh is a neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located east of the central business district. It is known for its business prowess, as well as “its poor infrastructure. Eastleigh was founded in 1921. At this time, it was formally called Nairobi East Township and was mostly populated by Somalis who had moved from the Ngara Plains. While the colonial government originally tried to segregate citizens by race and ethnicity, failures at doing so in the Eastleigh neighbourhood more or less stopped the practice under colonial rule, so class became the general segregating factor afterwards. The colonial government allotted Nairobi’s residential estates by race, and Eastleigh was pointed for Asians and elite Africans who worked as clerks, builders or shoemakers. Eastleigh was originally a large Kenyan Asian enclave until independence in 1963. In recent years, the suburb has been dominated and almost exclusively inhabited by Somali immigrants.
The Eastleigh Airport (Moi Air Base) is located in the northern parts of Eastleigh. The base was the site of the British Royal Air Force base known as RAF Eastleigh. The dual-use facility was also the main civilian international airport in Nairobi for the period 1943-1958 before the opening of the new airport at Embakasi (since named Jomo Kenyatta International Airport).
Since 2012, the neighbourhood and various areas across Kenya have experienced a number of terrorist attacks linked to the Al-Shabaab militant group, which were launched in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s deployment of troops in southern Somalia against the insurgents A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Embakasi is a division of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It is located east of the central business district (01°18′S 36°55′E). It is home to most Kenyan celebrities and also accommodates many factories. It is also one of the fastest-developing divisions in Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the main airport of Nairobi is located in Embakasi and it was known as Embakasi Airport when it was opened in 1958.
Embakasi is considered part of Nairobi’s Eastlands area, lying to the south-east of Nairobi province and bordering locations in Eastlands proper such as Pipeline Estate, Tena Estate, and Makadara Estate. It borders South C and contains South B and slightly more than one third of Nairobi’s Industrial Area and Export Processing Zones
Gatwekera (Gatuikira) is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Its population likely exceeds 70,000. Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor is active there. Many of its residents are Luo. Médecins Sans Frontières used to run a health center there. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Mashimoni, Soweto East, Kisumu Ndogo and Siranga. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Gigiri is a residential estate in Nairobi. It is home to Kenya’s large expatriate community. It is one of the largest expat communities in Africa. Gigiri hosts:
- United Nations Office at Nairobi making Nairobi the only African city to host several UN bodies i.e.
- United Nations Environment Programme
- United Nations Human Settlements Programme
- Embassy of the United States, Nairobi
- The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Base for Eastern and Southern Africa.
It also hosts The Village Market which is a large shopping, recreation and entertainment complex. Gigiri is considered one of Kenya’s most posh suburbs along with Runda and Muthaiga which are really close to the place. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Githurai is a composition of several estates and townships is located at the border of Nairobi County and Kiambu County along the Thika Road superhighway. Githurai is divided into two; Githurai 45 (also known as Githurai Kimbo) and Githurai 44. Githurai 45 falls under Ruiru Sub-County of Kiambu County with the boundary being the Thika Road reserve and River Kasarani (also known as River Gathara-ini). Githurai 44 is domiciled in Roysambu Sub-County of Nairobi County. Githurai 44 neighbors Kahawa West, Zimmerman and Njatha-ini Village.
Githurai is home to St Lucie Kiriri Girls High School and Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology Lily Academy and St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute. Githurai is served by the Thika Road Super Highway and a branch of the Kenya-Uganda Railway from Nairobi to Thika via Ruiru. There exists a Kenya Army Amoury belonging to the Kahawa Garrison/Barracks in Githurai Kimbo. A Githurai Shopping Centre exists. Githurai Community Clinic is near, but not in Githurai. Other residential areas in the Nairobi include Kahawa, Kasarani, Dandora, Ongata Rongai and Ruai.
Githurai 45 has several banks including Family Bank, Equity Bank, and Cooperative Bank and Saccos such as the famous Kingdom Sacco have pitched tent due to the busy market. Supermarkets in the estate include Naivas, Stanmart, and Kasmart. According to an article in the Standard Newspaper, Githurai 45 Matatu’s operate 24 hours especially the famous Paradiso, Virginia, Jeean, Rockerz, Zamzam. The main PSV saccos operating in the area include Nicco, ZamZam, Virginia Coach, Githurai 45 Sacco, and Super Highway Sacco. The PSV’s can be boarded from Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi very cheaply. Githurai is also home to GreenCo (ISWM) Enterprise and Raja plastics which are recycling companies. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Highridge is a residential estate in Nairobi, located in northern parts of the larger Parklands estate. Administratively, Highridge is a subdivision of the Westlands division of Nairobi. The City Park of Nairobi is located east of Highridge, while north of the estate is Sigiria forest, which belongs to the larger Karura Forest. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Huruma Estate is a residential estate located in the northeast of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It borders Kariobangi and Dandora to the east, Moi Air Base to the south, Mathare to the north and Eastleigh to the west. In April 2016, during Kenya’s rainy season, a building collapse in Huruma resulted in the deaths of 52 people. The building’s owner, Samuel Karanja Kamau, was charged with manslaughter. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Jericho (Pronunciation: -‘jer-i-“kO) is an estate in Nairobi, Kenya just east of the Nairobi Province. It is a constituent of Makadara Constituency. Ofafa Jericho and Jericho Lumumba are located in the Eastlands suburbs of Nairobi , neighbouring, Makadara,Buru Buru, Harambee, Uhuru, Maringo and Jerusalem Estates. After Kenya’s independence, Jericho was formed as a settlement specifically for the African working class. It was built with help from the Israeli government. Jericho houses are currently owned by the Nairobi City County, which is led by a Governor. All of the homes are the same shape and size. They are double storied houses with one tenant living on the ground floor and another on the top floor. Most of the area’s companies use the outside of these houses as advertising space and in return they paint the inside of the home for the resident(s). Most of these houses are occupied by young men who have inherited the homes from their parents who have either relocated to the rural areas or died. Due to lack of constant income, many home owners rent rooms within the houses for profit. The tenants pay an average of 2,500 to 3,000 KShs (Kenyan shilling) for their occupancy. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kambi Muru is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. It borders to Mashimoni, Lindi, Kisumu Ndogo and Makina. Kambi Muru is the site of Kibera Academy. It is also a part of the area of Christ the King Catholic Church. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kichinjio, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni and Mashimoni. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kamulu is a residential community located 35 Kilometers from Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya within Nairobi County, Kasarani Constituency, Ruai Ward. It lies on the east side of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport bordering Githunguri, Njiru to the East, Ruai/Embakasi Ranching on the North West. It is in Ruai ward.
Kangemi is a middle-class neighborhood in Kenya located, like many other neighborhoods in Nairobi, on the outskirts of the city. It is bordered on the north by the middle-class neighborhoods of Loresho and Kibagare and Westlands on its west. Its southern border connects with Kawangware, another large slum and its eastern border connects to Mountain View, another middle class enclave. It is on the road connecting Nairobi with Naivasha. Kangemi likely has more than 100,000 residents. While it is a multi-ethnic slum, the largest group of residents consists of the Luhya tribe.
Kangemi is located in a small valley. The slum has no sewerage. About 20,000 persons belong to a Catholic parish based in Kangemi. The St. Joseph Catholic Parish is one of the places Pope Francis visited during his visit to Africa between 26 and 30 November 2015, of which Kenya was his first stopover. He visited Kangemi on 27 November 2015. He met with the community and gave an address. Kangemi High School exists in Kangemi. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Karen is a suburb of Nairobi in Kenya, lying south-west of Nairobi central business district. The suburb of Karen borders the Ngong Forest and is home to the Ngong Racecourse. Karen and Langata jointly form a somewhat isolated area of mid to high-income residents. Karen was previously within Ngong County. After Nairobi received city status in 1950 the counties were redefined. In 1963 Karen was placed under the Nairobi City Council’s administration. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
It is generally considered that the suburb is named after Karen Blixen, the Danish author of the colonial memoir Out of Africa; her farm occupied the land where the suburb now stands. Blixen declared this in her later writings that “the residential district of Karen” was “named after me,” although it has never been formally recognised. Blixen’s home has since become a museum and is still standing and is a local tourist attraction, other tourist attractions are the giraffe center, the exclusive giraffe manor and the ololua nature trails.
Kariobangi is a low-income residential estate in northeastern Nairobi, Kenya. It consists of both apartments and slum-type dwellings. It is split into two parts, Kariobangi North and Kariobangi South. The northern part was constructed first, with first buildings built in 1961. Kariobangi North is part of the Embakasi North electoral constituency. Kariobangi South is in the Embakasi West constituency. On the social and entertainment scene, the estate has grown from its one bar wonder of the famous off-license and ‘It is here bar’ of the 1980s and early 1990s to a variety of entertainment spots catering for diverse tastes. Some clubs, pubs and bars have come up in the estate, some of these are well known like Mahuti-hini, Hamony pub, Mayaka int’l,Eaglers, Southern springs, The other place, and the recent Josca club and restaurant.
The undisputed and most decorated achievement of the estate in the social-entertainment scene has been the rise of the outspoken and sometimes controversial rap group K-South, who have in the recent past rocked the music scene with their rap lyrics. Musicians from the estate include Abbas Kubaff, Bamboo, Size 8, XYZee, Polycarp Otieno of Sauti Sol, Adawnage and Tom Olang’o. Some lingala bands have resided in the estate. Other notable personalities that have brought the estate to the national limelight include the former Miss Kenya, Yolanda Masinde, and casting director Lenny Juma. The former YK 92 activist Cyrus Jirongo is also recorded to have resided in the estate, as is the comedian Ndambuki. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kasarani is a residential area in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Kasarani is home to the Moi International Sports Centre (Alias. Kasarani Stadium), named after former President Daniel arap Moi. The sports complex has a stadium, gymnasium, swimming pool and hotel. The stadium is used by the Harambee Stars for international matches, and is the home stadium of Mathare United and Tusker F.C. of the Kenyan Premier League. The indoor arena is used for volleyball, and is the home venue for the Kenya women’s national volleyball team. Kasarani is home to the USIU Africa and Pan African Christian University campuses. Kasarani Technical and Vocational College in Kamulu, Ruai. The SportView Hotel and Safari Park Hotel are also here. The area also has the Thika Road Mall, a shopping complex off the Thika Road highway.
Kawangware (Swahili: [kawaŋˈgware]) is a low income residential area in Nairobi, Kenya, about 15 km west of the city centre, between Lavington and Dagoretti. According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Kawangware’s population was 133,286 people at this time. It is estimated that 65% of the population are children and youths. Most inhabitants live on less than $2 (although they earn in shillings) a day and unemployment is high; many are self-employed traders. There is a diversity of ethnic backgrounds. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kiambiu (sometimes spelled as Kiambio) is a slum in Nairobi, Kenya with 40–50,000 residents. Kiambiu is 4 kilometers east of the center of Nairobi. Its name comes from the Swahili word “mbiu-mbiu”, which translates as “to be on the run”. Kiambiu slum borders the Moi Air Base (Eastleigh Airport). Of all slums in Nairobi, Kiambiu is the most recently established with a greater accessibility in pathways, drinking water resources and waste handling; these are major challenges to most slums in Kenya.
Slum upgrading is underway under a conglomeration of sector players in the informal settlement. It is viewed that basic needs such as water provision, sanitary waste management and access roads will be provided in the next five to seven years. A local NGO called “Maji na Ufanisi” (“Water and Development”) in liaison with local and bilateral development partners is actively involved in formulation of solutions and development of strategies to improve lives of the inhabitants of Kiambiu. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kibera (Kinubi: Forest or Jungle) is a division of Nairobi Area, Kenya, and neighbourhood of the city of Nairobi, 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) from the city centre. Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census reports Kibera’s population as 170,070, contrary to previous estimates of one or two million people. Other sources suggest the total Kibera population may be 500,000 to well over 1,000,000 depending on which slums are included in defining Kibera. Kibera originated as a settlement in the forests at the outskirts of Nairobi, when Nubian soldiers returning from service with the King’s African Rifles (KAR) were allocated plots of land there in return for their efforts in 1904. Kibera was situated on the KAR military exercise grounds in close proximity to the KAR headquarters along Thika Road. The British colonial government allowed the settlement to grow informally. The Nubians had no claim on land in “Native Reserves” and over time, other tribes moved into the area to rent land from the Nubian landlords. With the increase in railway traffic, Nairobi’s economy developed, and an increasing number of rural migrants moved to urban Nairobi in search of wage labour. Kibera and other slums developed throughout Nairobi., A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kichinjio is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Kichinjio has a New Adventure Secondary School and a Kicoshep Primary School. Furthermore, Kichinjio has a mosque. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni and Mashimoni. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kilimani is an affluent neighborhood in the city of Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya. Kilimani is located approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) west of Nairobi’s central business district. This is south of Lavington and north of Woodley. The neighborhood was established as a whites-only residential area by the British colonialists in the mid 20th century. It was not until the 1960s when it was racially integrated. The neighborhood has historically been primarily low-density residential, but since 2000 has become increasingly high-density mixed residential and commercial; both retail and offices. State House Nairobi, the official residence of the President of Kenya is located in Kilimani, on State House Road. (1) Kilimani Primary School, Milimani Primary School, St Hannah’s School, St. Nicholas School, St Christophers School, Cavina School are all located in the neighborhood. (2) The Lycée Denis Diderot, the French international school, is in Kilimani. It moved there in 1972. (3) West Nairobi School, a Christian international school, opened in Kilimani in 1996 but moved to Karen in 2000. (4) State House Girls’ School is located on the grounds of State House Nairobi. Svenska Skolan, the Swedish international school, is located in Kilimani. The headquarters of Sidian Bank are located on Wood Avenue in Kilimani. Yaya Centre is a shopping mall with over 100 retail shop. The Nairobi Arboretum, featuring more than 300 exotic and indigenous tree species, is located in Kilimani, adjacent to State House. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Kisumu Ndogo is a name given to “villages” (or settlements) that are part of two informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, Kibera and Korogocho. Kisumu Ndogo means little Kisumu. The original settlers of Kisumu Ndogo in Kibera were from the Kisumu area in western Kenya, and that settlement has a major Luo population. A Winners’ Chapel is active in Kisumu Ndogo. The Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO) is active in Kisumu Ndogo. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Mashimoni, Soweto East, Gatwekera and Siranga. Korogocho includes the villages of Korogocho A, Korogocho B, Kisumu Ndogo, Gitathuru, Highridge, Grogan A, Grogan B and Nyayo
Kitisuru is a suburb of Nairobi, the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Kenya. The name Kitisuru comes from a nearby river “Gìtathurù” which was borrowed from the original inhabitants of the area who were mainly of the Kikuyu dialect. Kitisuru Ward is located in Westlands Constituency within Nairobi County. Kitisuru is located approximately 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi), by road, northwest of the central business district of Nairobi. The coordinates of Kitisuru are:01 12 24S, 36 46 08E (Latitude:-1.2400; Longitude:36.7688). itisuru is an affluent residential suburb of Nairobi. There are several residential neighbourhoods with schools and places of worship. The exact population of Kitisuru is not publicly known as of November 2010. Loresho, Kyuna and Lower Kabete Sub–locations form part of the greater location. Some roads that pass via Kitisuru area include Lower Kabete Road, Kyuna Road and Ngecha Road.
Korogocho is one of the largest slum neighbourhoods of Nairobi, Kenya. Home to 150,000 to 200,000 people pressed into 1.5 square kilometres, northeast of the city centre, Korogocho was founded as a shanty town on the then outskirts of the city. In 2009 it was estimated to be the fourth largest slum in Nairobi, after Kibera, Mathare Valley and Mukuru kwa Njenga. The name Korogocho is a Swahili term meaning crowded shoulder to shoulder.
Located 11 kilometres northeast of the Nairobi city centre, Korogocho’s 1-1.5 square kilometres were originally on government owned land which was a vacant outskirt when it was founded by rural migrants to the city in the 1960s. It borders one of Nairobi’s main rubbish dumps, Dandora. Korogocho is an electoral ward within the Ruaraka constituency in Nairobi County, and is divided into nine “villages”: Gitathuru, Grogan A and B, Highridge, Kisumu Ndogo, Korogocho A and B, Ngomongo, and Nyayo. As Korogocho expanded, it grew onto private land, and almost half its land is now owned privately.
Laini Saba is a suburb of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It belongs to the major slum of Kibera. As for Lindi, another village within Kibera, its population is estimated at 100,000. Soweto East is another village belonging to Kibera. The price of water there clearly is above Nairobi average. A Laini Saba Primary School exists.
Lang’ata is a predominantly middle-class residential suburb of Nairobi in Kenya. The suburb consists of many smaller housing developments, referred to as estates. They include Nairobi Dam, Otiende, Southlands, Ngei, Jambo estate, Onyonka, Madaraka Estate, Kutch Prant, Rubia, NHC Langata, Akiba, Sun Valley, Royal Park and many others. These developments are primarily maisonettes or apartment blocks.
Lavington is a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It is a high-income residential estate located northwest of the city centre. Lavington belongs to the Westlands administrative division of Nairobi. The bulk of the area now known as Lavington was originally the St Austin’s Mission established by the French Holy Ghost Fathers. The Kirichwa tributary of the Nairobi River runs through the community
Lindi is a suburb of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It belongs to the major slum of Kibera. As for Laini Saba, another village within Kibera, its population is estimated at 100,000. Soweto East is another village belonging to Kibera. The price of water there clearly is above Nairobi average. A Lindi Friends Primary School exists
Lucky Summer Estate
Lucky Summer Estate is an area in Kasarani Nairobi, Kenya. It gives its name to the Lucky Summer Ward.The Mwangaza community library is a facility developed by KOSCOBAR, a Community-based Rehabilitation and Community Development project active in the slums of Nairobi. Owing to concerns over the possibility of burglary, the library is safeguarded by live-in security guard.
Madaraka Estate is a middle class residential neighbourhood in Nairobi located approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) from the city center. The word madaraka is Swahili for self governance while “estate” refers to a housing development. Popularly known as Madaa, the neighbourhood is one of Nairobi City Council’s oldest housing developments besides Jamhuri, Huruma Mariakani and Kariakor estates. It is located approximately 200 meters from Nyayo National Stadium on Lang’ata Road which branches off A104 the intercity highway that links Nairobi to Mombasa. Madaraka is bordered by other popular residential areas such as Nairobi West, Upper Hill, Kenyatta Estate, Mawenzi, Mbagathi, Nyayo Highrise, AP (Administration Police) Camp, and Siwaka. It sits on 45 acres of land in a location highly coveted for its close proximity and accessibility to the city. Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum is also about 3 miles from Madaraka. Popular spot is called Kilosh.
Madaraka estate was constructed in the early 1970s for middle income city residents. The City Council of Nairobi obtained a loan from the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and constructed 2 and 3 bed-roomed rentals in 46 blocks of flats each with at least 12 units. The 46 blocks of residences comprising 192 two bed roomed flats and 408 three bedroom flats, were opened for occupancy on 1 June 1973 and 600 families moved in.
From the early 1990s it was reported that the City Council of Nairobi had defaulted on a Loan from NHC and the latter obtained a court ruling barring the City Council from collecting rent from Madaraka estate tenants. The tenants were instructed to pay their rents to NHC until the day the City Council would pay off its debt to the Corporation.
Immediately after NHC took over rent collection from the units, there were reports that the corporation was looking to sell the units to private real estate companies, individuals or politicians. The reports infuriated tenants some of whom had lived there for over twenty years as the move was seen as leading to their eviction from the units. Because of Madaraka’s prime location, the sale of the units was an attractive opportunity to both seller and interested buyers as they would renovate the units and sell them or rent them out at higher rents as much as 30,000 per month compared to the very low rents of 3,000 per month paid by the tenants. In 2009, NHC was reported to have put Madaraka estate up for sale. The two bed roomed flats were marketed for KSh1.6 million each and the three bedroom flats for KSh2 million. In February 2009, police shot dead five suspected gangsters in Madaraka
Majengo is a slum in Nairobi Kenya. It is on the outskirts of Nairobi next Gikomba market. Majengo makes part of Pumwani location and Pumwani/Shauri moyo Ward represented by Hon Paul Ndungu [Petit] in the Nairobi City County assembly. Majengo also host the headquarters for kamkunji constituency at the former District commissioner offices.key people from Majengo Evans Kidero first Governor of Nairobi City CountyMary Kavere, popularly known as Mama Kayai, is a veteran actor in Kenya It existed in the 1920s already. Majengo clinic exists in Majengo
Makongeni is in Nairobi. Makongeni has been built for rail workers in the mid-20th century. The County Rep for Makongeni ward in Nairobi County is Peter Imwatok of ODM party. A Makongeni Primary School exists in Makongeni and a Makongeni Secondary School exists near Makongeni estate
Mashimoni is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Mashimoni Primary School, Facing the Future School, Mashimoni Good Samaritan School for the Orphans (MAGOSO) and Mashimoni Squatters Schools exist. Many of its residents are Luhyas and Kambas. It is part of Langata Constituency. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kisumu Ndogo and Siranga.
Mathare is a collection of slums in Nairobi, Kenya with a population of approximately 500,000 people; the population of Mathare Valley alone, the oldest of the slums that make up Mathare, is 180,000 people. Mathare is the home of football teams Mathare United and Real Mathare of the MYSA. In 2006, Mathare was damaged by violence between rival gangs the Taliban (not to be confused with the Islamist group of the same name), a Luo group, and the Mungiki, a Kikuyu group. Brewers of an illegal alcoholic drink, chang’aa, asked the Taliban for help after the Mungiki tried to raise their taxes on the drink; since then, fighting between the two has led to the burning of hundreds of homes and at least 10 deaths. Police entered the slum on November 7th 2006 and the General Service Unit arrived a day later. However, many residents who fled are still afraid to return. On June 5, 2007, the Mungiki murdered two police officers in Mathare; the same night, police retaliated by killing 22 people and detaining around 100.Following the controversial presidential elections that took place on December 27th 2007, gangs of Kikuyu and Luo youth engaged in violent fights and burned more than 100 homes
Mathare Valley is a part of Mathare slum in Kenya. It is in the Nairobi area. Other informal settlements in the Nairobi area include Huruma, Kiambiu, Korogocho, Mukuru and Kibera. It has a high population density. It is a few kilometers from the centre of Nairobi. The Mathare River flows in the valley.
The Mathare Valley is one of the oldest and used to be one of the worst slum areas in Nairobi. People live in 6 ft. x 8 ft. shanties made of old tin and mud. There are no beds, no electricity, and no running water. People sleep on pieces of cardboard on the dirt floors of the shanties. There are public toilets shared by up to 100 people and residents have to pay to use them. Those who cannot afford to pay must use the alleys and ditches between the shanties. “Flying toilets” are plastic bags used by the residents at night, then thrown into the Nairobi River, which is the source of the residents’ water supply.
Approximately 600,000 people live in an area of three square miles. Most live on an income of less than a dollar per day. Crime and HIV/AIDs are common. Many parents die of AIDS and leave their children to fend for themselves. Mathare Community Outreach tries to care for as many of these orphans as possible, but their resources are limited.
• 70% of Nairobi’s population of four million lives on 5% of the city’s land area.
• Mathare Valley contains a population greater than the cities of Seattle, Denver, or Boston, yet the slum covers an area of only three square miles. In comparison, Seattle covers 80 square miles, Boston 42 square miles, and Denver 150 square miles.
• It is estimated that one of every three adults in Mathare is HIV positive.
• The average life expectancy for a person who is HIV positive in Mathare is five years or less.
• Common health problems for children in Mathare include dysentery, malnutrition, malaria, typhoid, cholera, infections, tetanus, and polio.
• Juvenile heads of households are common. This is a situation where a child or teen, some as young as 8 or 9 years old, is left to care for younger siblings, since both parents have died of AIDS.
• There are an estimated 70,000 children in the Mathare Valley, with only 3-4 schools to educate them. Many children do not attend school.
• Without an education the children in the Mathare Valley often turn to a future of crime, prostitution, drug abuse and disease.
Religious and non-profit organizations are growing in the Mathare Valley. For example, the Mission Of Hope International (MOHI) and Compassion International educate tens of thousands of children in schools, using tools that address issues such as HIV, health issues, and the need for employment. Students’ parents are educated regarding health issues and provided with opportunities for job training or microloans to facilitate job creation.
Matopeni is a slum in Kenya. It is on the outskirts of Nairobi. Its residents belong to a variety of ethnic groups. The population of Matopeni exceeds 30,000 persons. The situation in Matopeni is serious, even by Nairobi slum standards. A Matopeni Secondary School exists.The first political Leader to represent matopeni is Abdi Hassan Guyo
Mugumoini is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. A Mugumoini Primary School exists. It is part of Langata Constituency. Many residents are Luhyas. Mugumoini has a PCEA church. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni, Kichinjio and Mashimoni.
Muirigo is a slum in Kenya. A Muirigo Primary School exists. Muirigo belongs to Kasarani.  Other informal settlements in the Nairobi area include Huruma, Kiambiu, Korogocho, Mukuru and Kibera.
Mukuru kwa Njenga
Mukuru kwa Njenga is a slum in the East of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It belongs to Embakasi south Constituency, but extends into Makadara and Starehe constituencies. It is one of the largest slums in Nairobi. It stretches along the Nairobi Ngong river, situated on waste lands in the industrial area of the city between the Outer Ring Road and the North Airport Road and mombasa road. Mukuru has villages: Mukuru kwa Reuben, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Sinai, Paradise, Jamaica, Kingstone, Mariguini, Fuata Nyayo and Kayaba. The population of the slum exceeds 100,000.
Kenyan international footballer Patrick Oboya was born in Mukuru kwa Njenga. DJ Peter Adams one of the most famous DJ who had a very big career on KTN and Radio Maisha was born and raised in Mukuru kwa Reuben. Shabu Mwangi and Adam Masava are one of the Kenya fine artists who have exhibited all over the world. Adam Masava has raised kids who have participated and won in various fine arts competition including Toyota arts project. U-Tena arts group has been making a change in Mukuru and have gotten to perform in multiple events all over the world and in Kenya. Micato safaris has also been touching hearts of Mukuru kwa Njenga residents by offering scholarships to needy children, support education to Mukuru residents through a library and Computer Centre which are offered for free, Water project and many more projects. There are also organizations like SHOFCO which also try to improve the lives of Mukuru residents. Among other major slums in Nairobi are Korogocho, Kibera and Mathare.
Ofafa is a southeastern neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya in a low income, high-density area generally known as the Eastlands. Politically it belongs to Makadara Constituency. In the mid-1950s the Quakers erected a building in Ofafa to act as a hub for individual craftspeople making and selling furniture. It is also known for its Jericho school.
Early housing estates there were part of Erica Mann’s planning work in the 1940s and 1950s. The Ofafa Jerusalem scheme created two-storey blocks of maisonettes that were connected to the electrical supply, had an internal water supply and sanitation, and were surrounded by ample open space. The 1950s Ofafa Jericho estate was built in a similar style but now houses about 50,000 people: five times more than it was intended for. People are living in poor quality iron sheet extensions and water and waste management are inadequate.
Ofafa was named after Ambrose Ofafa, a prominent politician who received a Colonial Service award on the 1953 Coronation Honours list, and was murdered in November of the same year
Pangani is a suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. It is one of the oldest estates in Nairobi, and is located approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi), by road, northeast of Nairobi’s central business district. Pangani traditionally had a large Asian population, who have mostly either emigrated or moved to the more upmarket areas of Westlands and Parklands. Today, Pangani remains a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, featuring a mix of Somalis, Ethiopians and Sudanese.
Parklands, Nairobi, commonly referred to simply as Parklands, is a neighbourhood in the city of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. It is divided into numbered avenues. The name arises from the proximity of the area to City Park, Nairobi. Parklands is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), by road, north-northwest of the central business district of Nairobi. The coordinates of Parklands are:01 15 36S, 36 49 05E (Latitude:-1.2600; Longitude:36.8180). During Kenya’s colonial days, the British demarcated the area as a residential neighbourhood for civil servants. During the 1940s and 1950s Parklands was one of the most congested suburban areas of the Nairobi metropolitan area. In the second decade of the 2000s Parklands is a mixed commercial/residential neighbourhood. The relative availability and comparatively reasonably priced land in the area attracts business and residential real estate development, away from the relative lack and exorbitant pricing of real estate in Nairobi’s central business district, to the south of Parklands. Parklands has a significant population of people of Asian descent. The population of Parklands is 38,344 as of 2009. When Ngara High School was founded in 1957, it served ethnic Indians of both sexes in Parklands and Ngara.Several Primary and Secondary Schools are in Parklands both government and private.
In Parklands, or near the boundaries of the neighbourhood, there are several landmarks, including the following:
- Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi
- Offices of Swiss International Air Lines
- Aga Khan Sports Centre
- Diamond Plaza
Pumwani is an estate of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. In 2005 it had an estimated population of 29,616. The Pumwani Maternity Hospital is located in Pumwani. It is the largest public maternity hospital in Kenya. Many Kenyan freedom fighters are known to have lived in Pumwani including the first and the second presidents i.e Mzee Kenyatta, Moi. It is also the place where Lord Burden Powell founded the first scouts movement in the interior of Africa. The St. John’s Church is also located in Pumwani. It is the seat of St. John’s Archdeaconry of Anglican Church of Kenya.
Pumwani is also a name of a larger administrative area, Pumwani division. The division is subdivided into five locations: Bahati, Eastleigh North, Eastleigh South, Kamukunji and Pumwani. Pumwani division has identical borders with Kamukunji Constituency. Pumwanis chief name is Karanja Pumwani subchief name?
Raila is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kichinjio, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni and Mashimoni.
Runda or Runda Estate. The name RUNDA was borrowed from the name of the coffee estate that existed in the area before it became a residential area. The coffee estate was owned by Runda Estates Ltd. Runda is one of the suburbs of the city of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. It is generally regarded as one of the richest suburbs in Kenya. Runda was developed in 1972 by the project due to demand that when United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters was built in Gigiri in the early 1970s. The first phase of the estate (Old Runda) was completed between 1972 and 1980. It is bounded by Limuru Road to the west, Ruaka Road to the south, Kiambu Road to the east, and coffee plantations to the north. The area encompasses Closeburn Estate, Mimosa and Old Runda to the west, Mumwe and Whispers to the south, and New Runda and Muringa to the east. Recent developments has seen the greater Runda area expand and now include such developments as Runda Mhasibu and Runda Paradise to the north. It is separated from Nairobi city centre by the 2,500-acre Karura Forest. The landscape in Runda Estate ranges between 1,690 meters above sea level in low lying areas to 1,727 meters above sea level in elevated areas. The area occupied by Runda Estate (estimated to be 14km2) was once a large coffee estate owned by various firms with 3 coffee processing factories.
Sarang’ombe is a part of Kibera in Nairobi.Some parts of Sarang’ombe ward include Ayany Estate. It is part of Kibra Constituency. An Ushirika Health Centre is in Sarang’ombe. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kichinjio, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni and Mashimoni.
Shilanga is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. It has at least one church. It has a major Luo population. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kichinjio, Kisumu Ndogo, Makongeni and Mashimoni
Siranga is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Its population is estimated at 150,000 residents. The Nairobi Christian Outreach Centre is in Siranga. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Gatwekera, Soweto East, Kisumu Ndogo, Mugumoini, Makongeni, Kichinjio and Mashimoni.
South B is an estate based in Makadara Division in Nairobi, Kenya. It consists of middle class houses ranging from the tiled roofed Plainsview Estate to the metal roofed Mariakani Estate. It is famed for its number 11 matatus (Minibuses – Public Transport PSVs). It has a shopping centre and Capital centre Mall. The houses there are in high demand due to its closeness to the Nairobi Central Business District. South B is located north of the South C estate.
South B has other housing communities ranging from stand alone houses and high rise apartments such as Balozi, Hazina, SanaSana, Golden Gate, Sore Drive, Githeri Drive and Rise. Famous health facilities in the area include The Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Mariakani Cottage Hospital, South B Hospital and South B Dental Care.
South B hosts a number of educational institutions from tertiary, high school and primary schools. Among the top of the list are Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Nairobi South Primary, Our Lady Queen of Peace Secondary School and Our Lady of Mercy Primary School. The Mariakani Cottage Hospital is located in South B. South B is also home to the Winners’ Chapel church which is the largest church span in East and Central Africa at the time of writing (04/06/2015). Highway Secondary School is in South B
South C (also known as southside or South Compton) is a middle-class residential estate located in the southland area of Nairobi.
South C lies next to Wilson Airport. It is bordered by South B to the East, Langata Estate to the west and the Nairobi National Park to the south. South C also has great schools such as Andalucia academy, Kinderworld academy, Shree cutchi leva patel (Samaj), Shree cutchi satsang (swaminarayan), Nairobi Muslim girls boarding.
The headquarters of the Kenya Red Cross Society is located in South C as is the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) Training School of the Kenya Police, National Environmental Management Authority Headquarters (NEMA), Kenya National Bureau of Standards Head office (KEBS) and the expansive Toyota Training Academy.
Major colleges like the College of Insurance and Management University of Africa are also based in South C.
South C is home to several sports clubs and hotels. The clubs include The Spott C47, [The South C Sports Club]], Ministry of Works (MOW) Sports Club, Kenya Motor Sports Club, and the Ngara Sports Club. The Ngara Sport Club cricket ground is located in South C. Some of the hotels in South C are The Boma, The Red Court Hotel, Ole Sereni and Eka Hotel
A drive-in outdoor cinema, one among few in Kenya, is located at Nairobi’s South C along Mombasa Road at Bellevue.
A number of musicians, comedians and DJs in Kenya’s music industry come from the South C, Including the respected rapper known as “NJ” from Green 2 estate. Nameless, E-Sir, Longombas and K-rupt live there.
South C has recently become famous among residents of St. Louis, MO for being the birthplace of Martin Sophia, owner of the production company Martin’s Entertainmen
Soweto East is a part of Kibera slum in Nairobi. Its population has been estimated at 70,000 persons. Slum residents have to pay more than others for water. Other parts of Kibera include Laini Saba, Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Mashimoni, Gatuikira, Kisumu Ndogo and Siranga.
Soweto East is a part of major Kibera slum in Nairobi. A school KidStar Academy is in Soweto West. Other parts of Kibera include Soweto East, Laini Saba Lindi, Makina, Kianda, Mashimoni, Gatuikira, Kisumu Ndogo and Siranga
Syokimau is a residential area in the west of Machakos County, Kenya, just south of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The place is named after the legendary Akamba medicine woman Prophetess Syokimau. Syokimau Prophesied the coming of the white people to Kenya and also prophesied the construction of the Mombasa to Kisumu railway line. In her prophecy she said she could see people of a different colour emanating from kisuani, the modern day port of Mombasa and carrying fire in their pockets which was later to be understood as white people in vessels carrying matchboxes and guns. She prophesied seeing a long snake, whose head was in the Indian Ocean and the tail was in Lake Victoria. Administratively, most of Syokimau falls within Syokimau/Mlolongo ward in Mavoko Constituency of Machakos County. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Upper Hill, Nairobi
Upper Hill is a district of the city of Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya. The district has seen an increase in major construction in recent years, with several multinational corporations setting up office. Upper Hill is located 4 kilometres (2 mi) by road west of the central business district of Nairobi. The coordinates of Upper Hill are: 1°17’59.0″S, 36°48’58.0″E (Latitude:-1.299719; Longitude:36.816097). Upper Hill lies in two major Sub Counties; Kibera Sub County and Dagoretti North Sub County. Ngong Road separates the two sub counties.Upper Hill was historically one of the residential neighbourhoods of the city of Nairobi, during colonial times. The 280 hectares (700 acres) that comprise Upper Hill were majorly owned by Kenya Railways. During the 1990s and early 2000s, as land and office space became scarce and exorbitantly priced in the central business district, businesses relocated to Upper Hill and Westlands, where land and office space were more readily available and less expensive. Today, Upper Hill possesses a new modern skyline that is still being filled by modern skyscrapers of different and prestigious designs in the architectural world.
Landmarks in Upper Hill, Nairobi
In Upper Hill or near the boundaries of the suburb, there are several landmarks, including the following: Britam Tower-A 200 metre skyscraper that houses an insurance company. UAP-OLD MUTUAL tower-A 163 metre tower, the regional headquarters of UAP holdings. Prism tower, a new upscale property along Ngong road. KCB towers- The new headquarters of KCB bank.
- Upper Hill District Association, an Association for Upper Hill
- The Kenyan regional offices of EMC Corporation
- Nairobi Hospital
- The headquarters of the Kenyan Ministry of Health
- Nairobi Club Ground – An upscale private membership cricket club, with a clubhouse and cricket oval.
- The offices of the World Health Organization in Kenya
- Upper Hill School
- The British High Commission in Kenya
- The Kenyan headquarters of the African Development Bank
- The Kenyan headquarters of Citibank
- The Kenyan headquarters of DawaSwift
- The headquarters of Equity Bank
- The Kenyan headquarters of NextChat
- The headquarters of Britam
- The headquarters of Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA)
- The headquarters of Zep- Re (PTA Reinsurance)
- The headquarters of Teacher Service Commission (TSC)
- The East African headquarters of Oxford University Press
- The Embassy of Japan
- The Embassy of Indonesia
- The Embassy of Israel
- The headquarters of Old Mutual / UAP Group
- The headquarters of the Kenya Accountant and Secretaries National Examination Board (KASNEB)
- Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK)
- The Rahimtulla Tower, a twenty-two storey office skyscraper
- The Kenyan offices of the World Bank
- The Kenyan offices of the International Finance Corporation
- The headquarters of Victoria Commercial Bank, located in Victoria Towers on Kilimanjaro Avenue
- Kenya Commercial Bank Plaza (KCB Plaza) – Construction began in December 2010. Occupancy expected in 2013.
Uthiru is a settlement in Kiambu County on the northwest side of the city centre of Nairobi. It is located between Kikuyu and Kangemi.] The number of residents likely exceeds 100,000. It hosts a number of public institutions including University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete Campus, Kabete national polytechnic, and AHITI Kabete. ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) has its headquarters in Uthiru. Kinoo Deanery of the Anglican Church of Kenya is divided into Kinoo, Muthiga, Uthiru, and Kiuru Parishes. It belongs to Uthiru Archdeaconry of The Diocese of Mount Kenya South. St Stephen Catholic Church exists in Uthiru. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Westlands is an affluent, mixed-use commercial and residential neighborhood in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Westlands is also one of the eight administrative divisions of Nairobi County, which is coterminous with Nairobi City. The other divisions are Central, Dagoretti, Embakasi, Kasarani, Kibera, Makadara and Pumwani. Westlands was a residential district during the colonial period which ended in 1963. Then, it housed mainly Kenyan Asians of Indian descent. During the 1990s and early 2000s, as land and office space became scarce and exorbitantly priced in the central business district, more businesses have relocated to Westlands and Upper Hill, where land and office space are more readily available and less expensive. Westlands was initially considered part of the Parklands area and straddled what is now Waiyaki Way, originally the Kenya-Uganda Railway. The area has been nicknamed Westie by the youth of Nairobi. It is nowadays typically inhabited by a significant number of the city’s expatriate population. Muthaiga, a neighborhood to the northeast of Westlands proper, but within the Westlands Division of the county, is rated the most affluent and most expensive neighborhood in the country. A to Z list of Estates in Nairobi County
Points of interest in Westlands Kenya
In Westlands or near the boundaries of the neighbourhood, there are several points of interest, including the following:
- UNHCR branch office in Kenya
- The Sarit Centre Shopping Mall
- The Ukay Shopping Mall
- The Westgate Shopping Mall
- The M. P. Shah Hospital, a private hospital
- Unga House – An office high-rise building
- Mpaka Road – Many businesses have offices on this street
- USAID Towers – The headquarters of USAID in Kenya
- The High Commission of Botswana to Kenya
- The Embassy of Norway to Kenya
- The Embassy of Sweden to Kenya
- Westlands Office Park
- Westlands Primary School
- Datoo’s Glassware Mart Ltd
- An office of PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Sankara Hotel
- Dusit D2
- Phillips Pharmaceuticals Head office
- Delta Towers
- Safaricom Head Office
- Art Cafe Head office
- Java Head office
- Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
- Movenpick Hotel
- A branch of Woolworth Stores
- The Nairobi Institute of Technology
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