Kahawa West in 2024: Business Ideas & What You Should Expect to Find When You Relocate

Kahawa West, Nairobi

Before I start this post, safety first.

There is a black spot in Kahawa West. It’s the road that drops down from the roundabout towards Githurai 44, near Laphila carwash.

This road is the Northern Bypass.

Many accidents have occurred here.

Blackspot near Laphila in Kahawa West
Blackspot near Laphila in Kahawa West

Motorists and pedestrians alike, please be careful when you’re on this stretch of road.

All right, let’s dive straight in. If you’re looking for a single room, bedsitter, 1 (one), 2 (two), or 3 (three) bedroom house in Kahawa West, or you want to put up a business here, read this first.

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Is Kahawa West a good place to live?

Let’s take a closer look at Kahawa West.

How is life in Kahawa West?

Because the house rent you’ll pay here is just one piece of the puzzle.

Daily fare, time spent commuting, food prices, water availability, and even security of the area are other factors you should consider.

So what is it like staying here? This is what to expect when you relocate to Kahawa West.

Where is Kahawa West located?

When coming from Nairobi CBD, Kahawa West is located along Kamiti Road after Zimmerman and Githurai 45.

You can also get there using the Northern Bypass from Marurui/Thome or from Membley along the Eastern Bypass.

Is Kahawa West in Kiambu County?

No. Kahawa West is in Nairobi County.

How far is Kahawa West from Nairobi CBD?

The distance from Odeon Cinema in Nairobi to Kahawa West roundabout is 16.4 km.

Where do I board matatu to Kahawa West?

The Kahawa West matatu stage in Nairobi is located at Odeon Cinema.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Kahawa West

Ksh. 50-70 during off-peak hours

Ksh. 100 during morning rush hour; Ksh. 80 in the evening rush hour from Nairobi CBD.

Let’s do the math. If you commute daily to town in the morning and return in the evening, this is your budget:

180 x 5 days = 900

900 x 4 weeks = 3,600

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 3,600 in fares per month if you decide to live in Kahawa West.

Traffic jam pain points

The main traffic jam pain point when going to Kahawa West is the stretch between Allsops and Garden City Mall in the evening, and along Kamiti Road after TRM (Thika Road Mall).

When getting to town, it’s at Muthaiga and Globe Roundabout.

Other fares

Fare from Kahawa West to Bypass

Ksh. 50

Fare from Kahawa West to Githurai 45


Fare from Kahawa West to Marurui

Ksh. 30

Fare from Kahawa West to Ruaka

Ksh. 50-70

Fare from Kahawa West to Ruiru

Ksh. 50

Fare from Kahawa West to Wangige

Ksh. 100

Fare from Kahawa West to Kikuyu

Ksh. 120-130

Water availability

8 of the 10 people I talked to said they have no water problem.

The other 2 said they get water only once a week, and that is on Fridays.

Food prices in Kahawa West

9 of the 10 people I talked to said that food prices in Kahawa West are average.

They told me if they want cheap food they get it from Githurai, a walking distance from Kahawa West roundabout.

Is Kahawa West safe?

In 2023, 2 cases of insecurity in Kahawa West were reported in the media here, and here.

So far in 2024, there is none.

And what about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

7/10 of the people I talked to said Kahawa West is safe. The remaining 3 said there were a few cases of theft.

They identified Kware, Soweto, and the lower side of Kamae as high-risk areas.

Verdict: Kahawa West is safe.

What residents love about Kahawa West

“Good security.”

“Plenty of water.”

“Food is affordable.”

“Sufficient street lighting.”

What residents don’t like about Kahawa West

“Hiked fares to town.”

“Inner roads not paved. Inaccessible when it rains.”

“Blackspot near LaPhilla.”

“Expensive rents for shops along the main road.”

“Buyers don’t have strong purchasing power.”

“Old model houses.”

Business ideas

If you’re thinking of setting up a business in Kahawa West, set up one of these:

Kibanda ya groceries

Nduthi (Motorcycle)


Pub, wines & spirits


About the author

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Lenny is a content producer based in Nairobi, Kenya. A TV Production graduate from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, KIMC.