Embakasi is a residential and commercial suburb 15km east of the Central Business District. It borders Langata constituency and parts of Industrial Area to the south and is one of the few estates in Nairobi with a seeming never-ending construction boom, due to space availability. Private and government connected Real Estate Developers have pitched here. Savannah, Nyayo, Honey Suckle Apartments and Simba Villa estates are a sample of the modern estates coming up. Other older estates here are Donholm, Nyayo, Umoja and Komarock. This vast suburb houses low income and higher middle income residents. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya’s largest airport and the GSU training school are located here. As well as modern apartments, there are a few gated communities, built in the late 1970s and early 1980s and new ones, such as the gated Fedha Estate. As the biggest constituency in Nairobi, Embakasi is poorly planned and access to some estates is hampered by a poor road network. It has many entertainment joints, the most famous of them being Jam Rescue. Equity and Barclays Bank, Nakumatt Supermarket and Gertrude’s Children hospital are located here.
Location: 15km East of the City Centre
Property Values/Trends: Rent for a two bedroom apartment is around Sh15,000 a month and for a three bedroom apartment Sh25,000 upwards. Selling Prices for two or three bedroom apartments start from 4.2 million shillings depending on the location.
Types of Buildings: A boom in modern apartments.
Population Density: High
Security: Crime incidences are high in the low income neighbourhoods. There are regular night police patrols. The area is served by Embakasi police station and other smaller police posts within the many estates.
Hospitals: Gertrudes Hospital Donholm, Embakasi Barracks Medical Clinic and Umoja and Dandora Health Centres, and other smaller privately operated clinics.
Educational Institutions: Embakasi Girls Secondary School, Umoja Primary School, GSU Training School, Moi Forces Academy Juja Road, Donholm Primary School among others.
Places of Worship: Umoja Mosque, Umoja PCEA Church, Donholm and Umoja Catholic Churches, Armed Forces Sponsored Mosque Embakasi.
Road Networks: Jogoo, OuterRing and Mombasa and Airport North and South Roads.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area:
Nakumatt Embakasi Supermarket
P.O. Box 78355,
Tel: 020 551810, 020-551809
Gertrudes Children’s Hospital Donholm
P.O. Box 42325 - 00100, Nairobi
Off Outering Road,
Tel: 020 789250, 789254
Furniture Palace International (K) Ltd
P. O. Box: 49656 - 00200 City Square
0722 201 201 / 0733 501 501
020 828 844 / 020 828 845
Barclays Bank Embakasi
Nakumatt Building Embakasi
Embakasi Girls Secondary School
P.O. Box 558531,
Telephone Number: 0735-504213
Kenya Police Embakasi Hotlines
Moi Forces Academy High School