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Nairobi matatu route numbers and stages

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Ever been stranded in Nairobi CBD looking for a matatu to take you to your destination, but either you don’t know the matatu route number or the place to pick it from?
 
Below is a full compiled list of all matatu route numbers, their destinations and stages within Nairobi CBD:

Matatu Route Number

Destination/ Bus-Stops

Stage/ Where to the pick matatu in Nairobi CBD

1

Ngong Road, Citam/NPC Valley road, The Junction Mall, Dagoretti

General Post Office/ GPO

2

Ngong Road, Citam/NPC Valley Rd, The junction Mall, Dagoretti Kikuyu

GPO  or KBS stage

3

Ngong Road, Adam;s Arcade, Dagoretti corner

GPO

4

Ngong Road, Adams, Dagoretti

Kencom or GPO

6

Eastleigh Area/ Pangani Girls/ Pangani Shopping Centre.

Kariokor Market

Board the Matatu from Accra Rd or  Along Tom Mboya Street. They are usually mini-buses and they use the kariokor market route.

7C

Community, Upper hill Area, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Doctors Plaza Silver Springs hotel

Board the Citi Hoppa or KBS buses at Kencom House opp Hilton Hotel along Moi avenue

8

Ngong road, Kibera Slums/Kibra, Adams Arcade, Toi Market

Board the matatu from Railways bus station.

9

Eastleigh Area.

Ngara Civil Servants Housing Scheme, K.I.E,

Pangani Roundabout.

Fig Tree Trade Center Ngara

Board the matatu at Tom Mboya Street or near the Tuskys beba beba Supermarket.

These matatus use the Ngara Route

11

South B, Bellevue

Board the matatu from Railways Bus station

15

Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi west & Madaraka (near the road), Tuskys T-mall, Wilson Airport, Carnivore Simba Sallon, Uhuru Gardens, Langata Shopping Centre, Otiende, Barracks, Langata Cemetry (on the lower side), Nairobi Safari walk and Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Animal Orphanage

Board the matatu from Bus Station main stage or further from the main stage at waiting matatus opp afya center. (the 2nd option is not always available and depends on absence of county askaris)

14

Langata road upto T-Mall, Strathmore University, Nairobi West

Board Matatu at BS behind Afya Centre

17B

Thika road, Thika super highway, Roysambu, Kasarani, Santon, Mwiki, St Francis Hospital,

Board the matatu from inside Kenya Bus Station or from outside BS near the St Peter Claviers Catholic Church

23

Kangemi, Westlands, Uhuru Highway, Kangemi, ABC place, Safaricom House and Uhuru highway.

Board the Matatu at Odeon cinema / Latema Road off tom Mboya street

24

Karen Shopping Centre, Hardy, all Langata road routes, Bogani, Bomas of  Kenya, Galleria Shopping Mall, Catholic University, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi Academy, Hill Crest International School, Animal protection, Co-op bank training centre, Giraffe Center, Karen C school.

Kenya Bus Station /BS, Mfangano street or main buses at Kencom House Moi Avenue

25

Baba Ndogo, Thika Road up to GSU flyover,

Board the matatu from Timboroa Lane

33

Ngumo Estate, KNH, Mbagathi, Masai Market

Board the matatu from opp St Peter Claviers Catholic church or near OTC /Salvation Army areas

33

Embakasi route, through Joogo road, Donholm, City Stadium, Pipeline, Tumaini Estate and Fedha Estate, Avenue Estate

Board the matatu at Muthurwa market or along Tom Mboya street opp National Archives

34

Langata Area through Mbagathi road, KNH, T-mall, Wilson Airport, Carnivore, Langata shopping Centre.

Board the Matatu from behind St Peters Clavers Church or Opposite OTC

34 (buses)

JKIA, Jogoo Road, Embakasi, Fedha, Donholm, Pipeline, Utawala,  (Sometimes Mombasa Road)

Board the bus from Kencom or Ambassador stage

35/60

Umoja Innercore, Umoja I and Umoja II

Board bus at Ronald Ngala Street Mfangano street intersect opp Naivas Supermarket

44

Kahawa West, Kamiti Maximum Prison, Zimmerman,  Githurai 44 Roysambu, USIU, Farmers Choice, Northern Bypass

Board bus from Nakumatt Ronald Ngala Street or matatus from Tuskys Beba Beba

45

Thika Road, Thika Super highway, Githurai 45

Board the buses from Nakumatt Ronald Ngala street opp Posta R/Ngala

58

Buru buru

Board at Tom Mboya Street opp National Archives

100

Kiambu town, Kiambu road, Sharks Palace Kiambu road, CID center,  Ridgeways, Rock city Kiambu road, Muthaiga roundabout

Pick the matatu along Ronald Ngala Street all the way to Ring-road Ngara or opp St. peters Claviers Catholic Church

102

Kikuyu Township, Dagoretii, Ngong road, The junction mall etc

Board from BS or Kencom

105

Kikuyu via Uhuru highway, Westlands, Kangemi, Uthiru, Kinoo

Board the matatu along Tom Mboya Street near National Archives or from Railways bus station

106

Banana, Muchatha, village Market

Koja Mosque stage

110

Kitengela, mlolongo, Athi river

Board from Railways station at the entrance of near the railways station

111

Ngong, Ngong road, Dagaoretti corner, (sometimes kiserian,)

Board from Kencom or Railways bus station.

125/126

Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Bomas of Kenya, Nazarene University, Catholic University, Multimedia University, Nairobi National Park/ orphanage, Safari walk, Langata Barracks, Galleria, Brookhouse International School, Langata hospital, Langata Police Station, Langata Cemetry

Board from Railways bus station

146

Ruiru, Thika Road, Kahawa Wendani, Kahawa Barracks,  Kahawa Sukari, Kenyatta University/ KU, Ruiru Bypass

Board from Mumbi Lane off Ronald Ngala Street

237

Thika town, all routes on Thika Road, Kahawa, Ruiru

 
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The top 10 best luxury hotels in Kenya

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Whether you are an explorer or simply looking for a comfortable and stunning hotel to stay in. You can now stay in one of the best grand hotels in Kenya which have a feel of the grandeur to suit your desire.

 

The list below compiles the top 10 best luxury hotels in Kenya and will act as a guide in choosing a hotel to stay when you visit the country.

1. Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Nairobi, Kenya

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya’s colorful history, and continues to be Nairobi’s finest and best-known luxury hotel. The town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew up around Fairmont The Norfolk hotel, which still has its own private tropical gardens. The hotel is still the traditional starting point for safaris and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi’s most famous meeting place, where drinks and light meals are served continuously from morning until midnight.

 

Fairmont The Norfolk was expanded in 1999 and subsequently renovated in time for its centennial, which it celebrated in 2004. The Nairobi hotel now offers accommodations in 165 guest rooms and suites, has eight conference rooms, the largest seating 175 delegates, a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and steam room, beauty salon, book shop and gift shops.

2. Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

 

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river and seats go quickly here as the joy of watching the hippos play or gazing up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara’s ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

 

Guests can choose from a wide range of activities at Fairmont Mara Safari Club resort hotel, including game drives and balloon safaris over the Mara plains capped with a champagne breakfast on the savannah or a stroll in the footprints of the hippo-trodden path escorted by a Masai Moran. The location provides a perfect base for visiting the Masai Mara, one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, and home to an astounding array of animals including zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles and of course the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros).

3. Villa Rosa Kempinski

Nairobi, Kenya

Offering the perfect fusion of European Luxury and Kenyan hospitality, Villa Rosa Kempinski is uniquely positioned between city and country – a unique destination of iconic architecture where guests can spend part of the day climbing corporate ladders and the rest of the time are free to luxuriate in relaxing surroundings. The Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel has 200 rooms and suites distributed throughout 10 floors, including a Premier Suite and a vast 4 bedroom Presidential Suite on the top floor.

 

In addition to Cafe Villa Rosa – the all-day dining restaurant, K Lounge on the lobby level, the main bar -Balcony Bar and a Cigar Lounge, the hotel features 88 -the Pan Asian Restaurant, LUCCA – Italian Restaurant and Deli and Tambourin which is the Levant style lounge, bar and restaurant. The hotel has a spa with nine treatment rooms, including a couples treatment room, a fully equipped fitness center with dedicated cardiovascular and weight training rooms, and an aerobics studio.

4. Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nairobi, Kenya

Justly famed for its superlative standards of efficiency, service and hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is the proud flagship of the Serena Hotels’ fleet of world-class hotels.

 

Considered by many to be Nairobi’s finest hotel, the Serena stands amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views over Nairobi’s Central Park and the glittering downtown skyline. Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena also remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities. Established in the mid-1970s, The Serena Group was launched with a simple but challenging goal; to become the leading hotel group in East Africa. Today this goal has become a reality.

 

Sensitively constructed from ecologically sympathetic materials, the interior decor of the hotel reflects a kaleidoscope of cultural influences blending Moroccan mystique and a breadth of African heritage into one elegant and harmonious whole.

5. Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Secreted deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-coloured huts encircled by a Bom of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendour and sumptuous sophistication. The essentially ethnic decor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.

6. The Sarova Stanley

Nairobi, Kenya

The Sarova Stanley, Kenya’s first luxury hotel, situated in the heart of the city, opened its doors in 1902. Since then it has been making history; hosting royal safaris, business events and legendary personalities such as Edward Prince of Wales, Ernest Hemingway and Frank Sinatra. Today, as the hotel enters its second century, while maintaining its unique heritage it continues to provide state-of-the-art services and facilities for business and leisure travelers.

 

This includes private meeting rooms, WIFI and fitness facilities. Take a seat in the legendary Thorn Tree Cafe with its famous message board, and, like Hemingway, watch the world go by. 217 guestrooms, including 23 suites, each a luxurious blend of Victorian grandeur and modern comfort. Club Rooms offer pure indulgence of deluxe amenities. Executive Rooms have an en-suite lounge and cloakroom. The opulent Presidential, Penthouse and State Suites are the pinnacle of luxury.

 

Conferencing facilities for up to 400 people, heated pool, health club (with aerobics, massage, a sauna and a steam room), an elegant shopping arcade for curios, suits, eyewear, leather articles, books and a chemist. Visit the Thorn Tree Cafe, East Africa’s most famous meeting place, the Pooldeck for Al fresco buffet and Thai Chi the Thai specialty restaurant situated next to the Exchange Bar, original home of the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Refreshing African hospitality.

7. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya, Nanyuki, Kenya

With magnificent views of majestic Mount Kenya, the Fairmont Safari Club’s 115 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, offer a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden, the Club’s illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.

 

For those who wish to spend time relaxing at the Club, there are many recreational activities available such as horseback riding, golf, croquet, a putting green, a bowling green, table tennis, swimming, a beauty salon, an animal orphanage and much more. To be able to relax and appreciate the superb setting, the personal attention lavished on all our visitors, the numerous activities and superb cuisine, one night is just not enough. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is the ideal base for a truly superb holiday in Kenya. With some of the country’s finest attractions on the doorstep visitors can enjoy an enormous range of excursions and activities without spending hours and even days travelling between each.

8. Intercontinental Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya

Choose your own brand of entertainment. This superbly equipped hotel has all the usual leisure facilities including gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and massage service. It also offers the outdoor pursuits of tennis, cycling and golf. However, guests who are a little more adventurous can enjoy a more exotic pastime and embark on a safari into Nairobi’s National Park.

9. Sarova Mara Game Camp

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Sarova Mara Game Camp is an ideal choice for those seeking a richer experience of the Maasai Mara that goes much beyond just game drives. By virtue of its location and layout, the Camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village. The Camp is uniquely laid out over the sprawling grounds that include rolling manicured greens, a virtual mini forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, mini bird sanctuary and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the Camp.

 

The Camp includes 20 club tents, 51 standard tents, 2 family tents, a main restaurant, bar and many bush dining options. The free form swimming pool has its own pool bar. In addition, it has its own fleet of well-equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides. There are meeting rooms and numerous outdoor venues for dining and leisure. The entire Camp is surrounded by a 24 hour security fence.

10. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli, Kenya

Featuring a Mount Kilimanjaro backdrop, the luxury safari lodge is located within the Amboseli National Park. There are two game drives daily, and elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinos roam the area. Close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge provides an upscale setting with a swimming pool, dining area, lounge, campfire bar, and activities, including sundowner excursions to Observation Hill, bush meals, traditional dance performances, and tree-planting programs.

 

There are 92 guest rooms and suites, including family accommodations. Set within a single-story building, accommodations have doors that directly open to the outdoors. All rooms feature Maasai manyatta themes with hand-painted walls and frescoes, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets.

 

Reachable via a timbered bridge set over a melt-water stream, the hotel’s restaurant offers a variety of meals, along with breakfast boxes, and picnic lunches. There’s a lounge with indoor seating as well as an outdoor terrace with a fire pit. Guests can also enjoy breakfast on the plains and dinner in the bush.

 

Recreational options include a free-form outdoor pool, two daily game drives, traditional dance performances, and guided nature and bird-watching walks. There are three family rooms available, along with babysitting services, and children’s dining options.

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Ndakaini Dam: Nairobi’s water source

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Ndakaini Dam (Nairobi’s water source)

Ndakaini Dam is famous to most of the people in Kenya. It supplies 84 percent of the water used in Nairobi and has its water sources in Muranga County. It serves over 3 million Nairobi residents with clean drinking water. Ndakaini dam is also referred to as Thika dam. The dam is owned by Athi and operated by the Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company. It was set up in 1988 so as to supply water to the Nairobi City residents. A piece of land, approximately 1200 acres was set for this dam construction.

 

The Dam construction was undertaken under the Third Nairobi Water Supply Project between 1989 and 1994. The Ndakaini dam construction in Kenya was financed by the World Bank, The European Bank, The African Development Bank as well as the Kenyan government. The estimated total cost of the project stood at Ksh 2 Billion at that time.

 

The dam occupies 600 acres of land, when full. The dam has a storage capacity of 70,000,000m3 at full storage level of 2,041 meters above sea level and a depth average of 65m. The dam Produces 430,000 m3/day of water that is about 84% of total supply of water to Nairobi residents. It is located 80 kilometers north of Nairobi and 40 kilometers west of Thika town in Kenya, on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and is the main source of water supply for the Nairobi Water Company in Nairobi serving most of the Nairobi residents.

 

Water from the dam is conveyed through a system of tunnels running from the dam, tapping Kiama River and Kimakia River and diverting the flows to Chania River at the Mwagu Outfall. Water is tapped from Chania River at Mwagu and conveyed via a tunnel to the Mataara chamber from where it’s conveyed by pipelines to Ngethu water production plant.

 

The dam’s catchment area measures 75 square Kilometer. It consists of Kimakia and Gatare Natural forest which form Aberdare Ranges. The main rivers that drain into the Dam from this catchment are Thika, Githika and Kayuyu. Thika drains 50% Githika 30% and Kayuyu 20% of the catchment into the Dam respectively. The area receives ample rainfall of between 2000 – 2500 mm annually.

 

The dam is approximately 60 meters deep. Nairobi, with its ever increasing population, has been faced with water challenges for a long time. The water shortage crisis in Nairobi was worst before the construction of the dam in 1984.

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Instant fines for minor traffic offences in Kenya

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The Government on September 12, 2018 ordered traffic offenders pay instant fines for minor offences, a directive that will take effect as from October 12, 2018.

 

Below is a list of the offences and subsequent penalties as per the Kenya Gazette Supplement No.165:

 

Traffic Offence 

Instant Fine

1

 

Driving without identification plates affixed or plates not fixed in the prescribed manner.

Ksh 10,000

2

 

Driving a vehicle without a valid inspection certificate inspected.

Ksh 10,000

3

 

Driving without a valid driving license endorsement in respect of the class of vehicle.

Ksh 3,000

4

 

Failure to renew a driving License.

Ksh 1,000

5

 

Driving a PSV while being unqualified.

Ksh 5,000

 

6

 

Failing to carry and produce a driving license on demand.

Ksh 1,000

7

 

Exceeding speed limit prescribed for class of vehicle.

By 1-5 kph – Warning

By 6-10 kph – Ksh 500

By 11 -15 kph – Ksh 3,000

By 16-20 kph – 10,000

 

8

 

Exceeding speed limit of 50 kph or as prescribed by a traffic sign.

By 1-5 kph – Warning

By 6-10 kph – Ksh 500

By 11 -15 kph – Ksh 3,000

By 16-20 kph – 10,000

 

9

 

Driving on or through a pavement or a pedestrian walkway.

Ksh 5,000

 

10

 

Failure of a driver to obey any directions given, whether verbally or by signal, by a police officer in uniform, in the execution of their duty.

Ksh 3,000

11

 

Failure of a driver to conform to the indications given by any traffic sign.

Ksh 3,000

12

 

Failure of a driver to stop when required to do so by a police officer in uniform.

Ksh 5,000

13

 

Causing obstruction by allowing a vehicle to remain in any position on the road so as to obstructing or causing inconvenience or to other traffic using the road.

Ksh 10,000

14

 

Failure to display reflective triangles or lifesavers in cases where any part of the vehicle remains on the road in a position so as to obstructing or causing obstruction.

Ksh 3,000

15

 

Driver of motor cycle carrying more than one pillion passenger.

Ksh 1,000

16

 

Driving a vehicle on a footpath.

Ksh 5,000

17

 

Pedestrian wilfully obstructing the free passage of vehicles.

Ksh 500

18

 

Unlicensed person driving or acting as a conductor of a PSV.

Ksh 5,000

19

 

Owner or operator of PSV employing an unlicensed PSV driver or conductor.

Ksh 10,000

20

 

Touting.

Ksh 3,000

21

 

Failure of a PSV driver or conductor to wear special badge and uniform.

Ksh 2,000

22

 

Motorcycle rider riding without protective gear.

Ksh 1,000

23

 

Motorcycle passenger riding without protective gear.

Ksh 1,000

24

 

Person who while not being the designated driver of a PSV drives the vehicle.

Ksh 3,000

25

 

The driver of a PSV who lets an unauthorized person to drive.

Ksh 3,000

26

 

Learner failing to exhibit “L” plates on the front and rear of the motor vehicle.

Ksh 1,000

27

 

Failure by owner of vehicle to have seat belts in motor vehicle.

Ksh 1,000 for every seat that is not fitted or, is not of the proper standard or specification.

 

28

 

Failure to wear seat belt while motor vehicle is in motion.

Ksh 500

29

 

Failure of a conductor of PSV to keep seat belts in a clean, dry and generally wearable condition.

Ksh 500

30

 

Failure of a vehicle to carry reflective/warning signs (lifesavers).

Ksh 2,000

31

 

Failure to fit prescribed speed governor in PSV and Commercial Vehicle.

Ksh 10,000

32

 

Driving or operating a PSV with tinted windows or windscreen.

Ksh 3,000

33

 

Failure of a PSV to carry functional fire extinguishers and fire kits.

Ksh 3,000

34

 

Driver using a mobile phone while vehicle is in motion.

Ksh 2,000

35

 

The driver of a motor omnibus or matatu picking or setting down passengers in a place that is not authorized as a bus stop or terminal.

Ksh 3,000

36

 

A passenger alighting or boarding any omnibus or matatu at a place which is not authorized as a bus stop or terminal.

Ksh 1,000

37

 

Travelling with part of the body outside moving vehicle.

Ksh 1,000

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