Located 40 kilometers north east of Nairobi, Thika is a fast growing industrial town in Kenyaâ€™s Central Region. Thika town has been a preferred residential area, especially for those people looking for jobs in the overcrowded and competitive Nairobi capital city. Thika town has seen a rise in human traffic since 2008 when plans for the now completed Thika Superhighway that connects Nairobi to Thika were underway. This was driven by a desire by many to move away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city to a less noisy and polluted place, and yet maintainÂ easy access to the city.
Thika was officially declared as a town in the early 1900s by British settlers as they started to advance into the greater central region. The town was given its status through a government gazette in 1924 and later elevated into a municipality in 1963.
The town has historic sites such as the Mugumo Gardens, which is named after the giant fig tree where the legendary seer, Mugo wa Kibiro, prophesied. The prophesy said that when the tree falls, then that would signify the end of the British rule, which explains why the British guarded it and protected it. The tree split in two halves and fell in two stages in 1963 â€“ the year Kenya achieved its independence from colonial rule.
Thika town is served by an 8-lane superhighway that connects it to the capital city, and Garissa in north east Kenya. It also connects the rest of central Kenya and the railway line. Thika town is also served internally by well maintained roads.
The main economic activities in this town are agricultural processing, mainly horticultural and pineapple processing. There are also textile industries, motor vehicle assembly plants, cigarette manufacturing among other productive activities. About 100 small scale industries and about 20 major industries exist in this town.
Thika town has many social amenities where people can unwind with their families. It is also close to popular social places and tourists attractions sites. Thika town is home to Chania Falls, 14 Falls on River Athi, and Thika Falls. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is on the south east of the town. Thika town also has a bustling nightlife that include night clubs where revelers patronize.
New residential estates have come up in Thika. These estates mainly target those who want to move away from Nairobi to a more peaceful place and still have easy access to the city. This has mainly been facilitated by the completed construction of Thika Superhighway, which has opened up Thika town to everyone.
Thika town has a moderate tropical climate with sunshine most of the year. It lies in a rich agricultural area since the climate facilitates the growing of various crops, which explains the high number of agricultural processing plants in the town.
Thika town has many high class educational facilities that include Mangu High School, Thika High School, Mary Hill High School, and St Francis High School, among others. The town also hosts a number of higher learning institutions such as the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mount Kenya University, among others.
Thika town is a fast growing agricultural town where many developers in Kenya are investing in as more people move in. A case in point is Thika Greens, a gated community and Golf Course Estate that offers Kenyans an opportunity to buy serviced plots, build and own a home in one of the most prestigious home addresses in Kenya.
As an investor Thika is a very good place to invest in since it is still growing and provides high returns on investment. As a potential homeowner, this is a good place to live in as it is peaceful, especially compared to the busy and noisy Nairobi city.
Gideon Gathungu, 1st March 2013