Kitengela has seen major changes over the past few years with more residential and commercial properties coming up in the area. Also known as Kite, it continues to be the ideal place to start a family away from the busy city of Nairobi.
Driving down to Kitengela, you’ll enjoy the good road network and a 30KM drive south of Nairobi. The presence of companies such as Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Athi River Mining, Bamburi Cement, Kenya Meat Commission, schools, shopping malls and more are transforming Kitengela into a metropolitan town.
Up until recently, the main economic activity in Kitengela was livestock herding from the Maasai community. There was also a huge presence of wildlife because it borders the Nairobi National Park. It was made up of bare land which the Maasai’s sold cheaply. Currently, there are residential homes like maisonettes, bungalows and apartments.
Living in Nairobi is expensive. Rent is high and there is no affordable bare land to purchase. Hence more people moving to Kitengela and buying homes through mortgages or their savings. Because of the huge compounds, Kitengela has been a family-oriented town preferred by many to raise a family.
If you don’t mind living away from the city, you should keep the property prices in mind. The average price of a spacious 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Kitengela is Kshs 20,000 compared to what you would pay in say Kileleshwa or Mombasa Road.
Because land is cheaper in Kitengela and construction material is readily available and affordable than in Nairobi, developers are taking advantage of this. They are building luxurious gated communities that are similar to the ones in Nairobi suburbs such as Lavington or Karen.
If you want to construct your home from the ground up, there are many hardware shops, building materials and affordable labour. Even with a small portion of land, it will not be a costly affair to construct your home.
Schools in Kitengela
If you are thinking of investing in Kitengela and you are worried about transitioning your child to a good school, there are different learning institutions. Some of which include: Lakewood Emerald School, Kitengela International Schools, Path Hills Educational Center, Excel Girls High School, Thorn Grove Schools, St. Monica Academy, Saleka Academy, Kitengela Vineyard Academy, KISC Girls High School, Kitengela Boys High School.
Kitengela is well-known for numerous nyama choma places to visit. People say that Yuko’s Restaurant has the tastiest, mouthwatering meat in the area. Then there is the Arusha Meat Den.
There are also different resorts with beautiful, well-manicured gardens where you can enjoy a family outing. Other places to eat are Maasai Ostrich Resort, Olerai Hotel, Ole Timz Restaurant, Nomad and Albans Hotel, Galaxy Resort and Lounge, Kitengela Breeze Gardens, Pizza Inn, Creamy Inn and more.
When going to Kitengela by public means, board a matatu at the Railway Station in the CBD. Once you arrive, you will see a lot of boda bodas and tuk-tuks which are the most used way of moving around the town.
Things to Do
Maasai Ostrich Farm
As a nature lover, you should visit the Maasai Ostrich Farm. Here, you will see over 1000 birds and learn about ostrich farming and how they ship skins and feathers around the country and abroad.
Kitengela could get hot sometimes, which is why there are numerous pools in the area. The Galaxy Hotel, The Park, Kaputiei Safariland Hotel, Sandalwood Hotels and Resorts and Rosewall all have beautiful pools at a fee of course.
Partygoers, Kitengela has not forgotten about you. There are different clubs to visit; Club Baileys, Indigo, Mzalendo, Club Nomads, Club 411, Club Enkare, Club 360, and Kibicho.