The Thika Road Superhighway which was completed in the year 2009 has become a major contributor in the Kenyan economy. The Highway which is 47 kilometres long links people from many towns in Kenya including Nairobi, Thika, Muranga, Nyeri, Meru, Embu, Kirinyaga etc. The Highway boasts of some of its great amenities such as malls, exclusive hotels, schools, hospitals and homes. Many people including investors from different parts of the country have made their way to the great superhighway in search of greener pastures.
There are many estates along the highway including Kahawa Sukari, Kahawa Wendani, Roysambu, Zimmerman, Garden Estate, Ngumba just to mention but a few. Most of the people who live along the highway are young, youthful and energetic people.
This is contributed by the many Universities along the Thika Superhighway including;
- Kenyatta University,
- Pan Africa Christian University
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,
- KCA University
- USIU: United States International University-Africa
- Zetech University
- Kenya School of Monetary Studies
- Kenya Medical Training College
- Mount Kenya University
- Kenya Utalii College
- Gretsa University
These students prefer living in estates along the highway because they are relatively cheap and affordable. It is also accessible for students to attend school. This has also given investors an opportunity to come up with housing for students. An example of a student housing is the Qwetu Residence which has been well received by both parents and students.
Due to the affordability of good housing along the busy road, businesses are also growing and coming up. This makes the highway suitable for people who are starting out as employees. It is also easy for them to access the capital city which is not more than 10 kilometers away. Despite the traffic jam experienced in the early morning and evening it is easy to commute to the city compared to the past when the highway was a dual carriage road and traffic was extremely bad. People would sit in traffic for hours. This was not attractive to investors hence the areas along the highway had not developed like now.
Apart from the craze and buzz along the highway, you can find comfort in some of the serene places such as hotels and malls. The great Safari Park Hotel which has been there for years is an exclusive hotel where you can hang out with your family and have good food as well as a good time. Other famous hotels along the highway include Roasters, The Luke Hotel, Jambo Grill, Teriyaki Japan etc.
There are also exclusive Malls along Thika Road such as:
- The Thika Road Mall,
- Garden City Mall,
- Juja City Mall etc.
These malls have child-friendly playgrounds and other amenities which are relaxing such as live bands on Sundays at Art Caffe in Garden City Mall.
The Thika Superhighway also hosts some of the best-recognized hospitals including Avenue Hospital in Garden City Mall, AAR (Roysambu, Mountain mall), Jacaranda Maternity, St. Francis hospital (Along Mwiki road off Thika Superhighway), Ruaraka Uhai Neema and many more.
If you are looking for an affordable estate to live in with available amenities then Thika Superhighway would be suitable for your liking.