Meat-lovers’ paradise holds promise for real estate investors

As you approach Nakuru town from Gilgil, an aroma of roasted meat from a small centre on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway welcomes you.

If you are a regular user of this road, Kikopey is a place you have either seen or stopped at. Travellers stop over at this popular centre, which has become a meat-lovers’ paradise, earning it the name ‘Choma Zone’.

The scenic Kikopey is located near the beautiful Lake Elementaita and is sandwiched between Gilgil and Lake Elementeita Hills.

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What started in the 1970s as a centre comprising makeshift structures selling roasted meat has grown to become a popular small township that could be the next economic hub on the outskirts of Nakuru town, which is poised to become a city in the next few months.

The centre has grown from a travellers’ stopover to a small township suitable for residential and commercial property developments. Its popularity has seen investors to build different classes of hotels that can accommodate a wide variety of customers.

It has attracted long-distance truck drivers who stop over to take a rest for a day or two on their way to or from neighbouring countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Land prices around the centre have risen steeply owing to the rise in population. Demand for plots close to the centre or next to the busy Nakuru-Nairobi highway has also gone up.

Joseph Mureithi, a property agent in the area, says an eighth acre plot, which used to go for between Sh50,000 and Sh80,000, now costs between Sh 650,000 and 700,000.

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However, Elly Ogutu, another property agent, has cautioned buyers to be wary of fraudsters posing as genuine land-sellers in the area.

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