, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Fresh from scoring an accolade as East Africa’s best Gated Community development in 2014, the ongoing Mt Kenya Holiday Homes, has received a herd of small game from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) as part of a strategy to boost the private sector’s support for wildlife conservation.
As part of the strategy geared at promoting wildlife conservation within privately owned but highly secured conservancies, the KWS has seeded a herd of gazelles and zebras at the vast Mt Kenya Holiday Homes Naro Moru site.
Speaking when he confirmed the twin wins, Project Manager Reginald Okumu, explained that the seeding of the wildlife will further enhance the project’s appeal as an eco-friendly golf resort.
Coming hot on the heels of the project’s naming as the Best Gated Community Development in the region at the East Africa Property Awards, Okumu further confirmed that extensive reforestation efforts through the planting of indigenous trees is also ongoing.
“We are excited at having won the East Africa Property Awards trophy last November and also by the gesture from KWS which is a mark of confidence on this projects viability and wildlife conservation potential,” Okumu said.
“Further, we have assured KWS alongside all other conservationists that we shall spare no effort to ensure that this project pans out as a model eco-friendly development in the Mt. Kenya region; combining environment and wildlife conservation with contemporary golfing hospitality,” he added.
The unique holiday homes and tourism development project around Mt Kenya is one of the country’s single largest golf resort facilities currently under development.
The property is located in Naro Moru, near Nanyuki town and targets the popular Mt. Kenya/Laikipia tourism circuit.
The project which broke ground one year ago is centred on a collection of 95 holiday homes each on half acre and a 9-hole executive golf course.
In addition, it features a club house and other facilities for home owners and guests, including grounds for events; ranging from destination weddings to conferences, golf tournaments and more. The first phase of the development sold out. Phase two is over 40% sold.
The project, Okumu added, is being undertaken through a unique build and transfer model to lock out speculators while guaranteeing investors high rental income from local and international tourists.
Investors may buy homes for rental purposes or own exclusive use.
The lifestyle activities include golf, gym, spa, swimming, nature trail, excursions to Mt. Kenya, picnic and a bush spa in the wooded forest. The course is an executive 9-hole that will challenge players mainly due to the wind factor. It’s been built exclusively using community labour.
The club house and recreation centre will complement the lifestyle activities to offer a wholesome experience. The location of the development affords great views of both Mt. Kenya & the Aberdare Ranges, and convenient access to a variety of tourist sites and activities including climbing Mt. Kenya itself.
“The project development consortium and the early bird investors alike are excited to have been nominated for the East Africa Property Awards,” Okumu said.
“Having emerged as winners particularly in such a hotly contested category is a significant endorsement,” he added.
Flanked by the lead Architect, Mutahi Wariithi, Okumu said that the integrated project, which is also founded on sound environmental conservation practices, will have a helipad, solar water heating and street lighting, solar-powered perimeter fence, and rain water harvesting, waste water recycling and state of the art security.
The conserved forest area hosts over 100 species of birds and animals including zebras and gazelles.