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One of the landmark buildings in Thika Town
It is no secret that every informed person wants a piece of Thika Town. They branded it 'The Birmingham of Kenya' and truely Thika Town is slowly rolling back to its lost glory. Thika Town has for quite a while been a sleeping giant and a true business volcano waiting to explode. Its capability has been underestimated by many, but not any more.

Many factors have rejuvenated Thika's awakening. Its strategic location on the Kenyan map is a real blessing. Thika serves as the epi-centre of Nairobi, Muranga, Ukambani area, Garissa and even Nakuru, making it the market of choice for most residents of those counties. A lot of people are coming to Thika Town to settle thus providing investors with the much needed labour force.

Thika is heavily blessed with infrastructure and boasts of a great road network within its environs and connecting it to other counties. Thika is externally serviced by an eight-lane superhighway, a highway to Garissa and the rest of North-East Kenya and another one to the Central Highlands. Internally, the town has a good road network. These great infrastructural developments has made it possible for its emergence as the new business frontier in Kenya.
Our Trademark Pineapple on your Entrance to the CBD

Thika Superhighway has also helped raise the town's profile. Businesses are now thriving and road-users are reaping the benefits of the ultra-modern superhighway. The superhighway has attracted a long list of businesses from big-box supermarkets, car dealers, hotels and real estate developers. It has made connections to and from Nairobi faster and cheaper. Everyday hundreds of people travel to Nairobi from Thika (and vice versa) to earn a living. It now costs a commuter in Thika less than a hour and for as little as sh. 40 to commute to the city. Traders have been able to buy their stock cheaply from Nairobi and other sorrounding markets because of the ease of connection. The rise in the volume of human traffic has boosted businesses in the town.
Thika Super-Highway
Another factor that has made Thika an attractive investment destination is its proximity to Nairobi City. The growing demand for residential places by the ever increasing middle class who are hunting for accommodation outside the busy Nairobi is a big reason the real estate business has picked up in this town. The growth of the greater Nairobi region and improved infrastructure and services has led to new residential estates. Thika is regarded by many as serene. Its strategic location has enabled entrepreneurs to come up with new ideas on how to integrate real estate development with other amenities such as shopping malls, golf courses and affordable leisure centres. This has made it emerge as one of the most popular developers destination who are willing to put up multi-million-shilling investment projects. Investors have realized the numerous opportunities and ease of doing business in Thika. Many are therefore willing to invest in this town, located North East of Nairobi.

Its geographical location too is a big asset. Thika Town serves Gatundu North, Greater Gatanga Region, Murang'a South and The Lower Eastern which includes Matuu, Kitui and Garissa. Madaraka Market, the biggest fresh farm produce market in the Mount Kenya Region, is home to four counties.
Traders in Madaraka Market
Land availability is a rare asset that Thika takes pride in. The ease of securing relevant land transfer and ownership documents has eased the process of investors settling on Thika. The real estate sector is a boom in this town. Thika too boasts of several gated-community ventures with a touch of lifestyle of both modern living and restful rural ambiance. Apartments and bungalows are being put up daily, changing the face of Thika. Thika Town is home to Kenya's premier real estate giants such as Gakuyo Real Estate, Urithi Housing and Angaza Real Estate, among others who have provided quite some reasonable assistance to Thika residents and investors in acquiring land for development.
Thika new-look CBD

Some Flats coming up in the populous Makongeni Estate

Thika economy is driven by quite a wide range of activities; from the supermarkets, clubs, hospitals, hotels, colleges, the jua kali and transport sectors, the farm produce and hawkers' wares, real estate, and not forgeting the industrial investments that are our trademark. Small traders and high-end private developers are invading the town and taking advantage the countless investment opportunities in the town. Developers take advantage of the quick and easy process of setting shop in Thika. Investors have now identified the growing opportunities and are now economically arming themselves by making huge personal and collaborated investments in entrepreneurship, agriculture, real estate and industries.

Thika hosts numerous industries. So many banks and other small financial institutions have opened doors to the emerging crop of entrepreneurs. Thika plays host to several institutions of higher learning such as Mt. Kenya University, Gretsa University, Umma University, Thika Medical Training College, Thika School of Medical & Health Sciences and the Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute. Amenities such as schools, shopping malls, health facilities, restaurants, residential houses etc are guaranteed in Thika. Thika town is now home to a Sh500 million shopping mall, the Ananas Mall which stands on a six-acre plot along the busy Thika-Garissa Highway in the populous Makongeni Estate.
Ananas Mall in Makongeni

 With limited land resources, the services sector is slowly replacing agriculture as a major economic activity among Thika and its environs. This is assisting the town to undergo some rapid urbanisation. Thika is home to the Chania Falls, Fourteen Falls on the Athi river and the Thika Falls, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park lies to the southeast. The flowing waters of Rivers Chania and Thika and their falls near Blue Post Hotel on your way to Murang'a County and the captivating view of Fourteen Falls, all offer scenic attraction & camping sites, making Thika an undisputed recreation and tourist hub.

Fourteen Falls near Ol Donyo Sabuk

Essential government services are readily available in the town. And with the assumption of the devolved system of government, Thika is reaping large from devolution. This month (November 2015), Thika welcomed the birth of Kiambu County Huduma Centre in which people can now enjoy government services such as acquisition of IDs, birth certificates, Passports, drivers Licenses, KRA PINs, Business Registration, NHIF & NSSF services and so on; all of which enable everyone, regardless of their physical stature, to access efficient government services in a conducive environment that is devoid of long queues, inconveniences and delays through facilitated digital service delivery.
Huduma Centre in Thika

Thika too has a KRA Regional Office, Lands Registry, NHIF, NSSF, its own Law Courts and a Level 5 Hospital which is soon turning into a referral hospital. And if you need to pay Stamp Duty, Thika has numerous commercial Banks operating.
The new-look Thika Level 5 Hospital

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