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At Naro Moru, the first phase of the project development involving the construction of a nine-hole golf course is already 70 percent complete/COURTESY

Kenya

Investment groups turn to upcountry developments

A regional irrigation systems firm, Irrico International Irrigation Systems has completed the installation of a Danish technology based ultra-modern greens and fairways pop-up sprinkler irrigation system to facilitate water conservation.

For environmental sustainability reasons, Jai explained that such an advanced irrigation system is ideal for the semi-arid area. The pop-up sprinklers he said, will help conserve the scarce water resources while maintaining an all year lush green golf course.

Coming hot on the heels of the Nanyuki Mall property development currently housing Nakumatt Nanyuki, CFC Stanbic Bank and Safaricom Limited in Nanyuki town, Mt Kenya Holidays Homes will be taking the enviable distinction as the lead multibillion shilling economic development project around Mt Kenya region in the recent past.

“The vast Mt Kenya region has in recent years suffered economic stagnation due to lack of investors, but I am glad that a consortium of like-minded, youthful and focused Kenyans is now all set to bring the Mt Kenya Holiday Homes dream to life,” Okumu explained.

With a three-year construction timeline, construction of the first phase of holiday homes is set to begin. Investors at Mt. Kenya Holiday Homes will also enjoy the benefits of a centrally managed tourist resort to boost rental income.

Other activities in addition to golfing will include, swimming, fishing, biking, bird watching, wildlife spotting, tennis, nature trail and team building/outdoor events.

The 123 acre complex borders the dormant Nairobi-Nanyuki Railway line and is secured with a solar-powered electric perimeter fence in addition to a manned police post at the entrance.

As part of the project’s tourism development strategy, visitors to Mt. Kenya Holiday Homes will be accommodated in the holiday homes for owners looking to earn rental income on their property.

The project sponsors are optimistic that the complex will provide services to corporate clients, local and international tourists, who are expected to form the bulk of visitors to Mt. Kenya Holiday Homes.

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Various studies have found that visitors to the larger Mt. Kenya area, whether families or corporates, often have to book accommodation well in advance, as quality bed capacity in the region remains scarce.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service, the Mt Kenya circuit, particularly the mountain climbing product has been suffering depressed growth due to lack of bed capacity. Despite having an annual addressable market of about 300,000 visitors, statistics confirm that only about 100,000 have been visiting the circuit annually.

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