Komarock in 2024: Business Ideas & What to Expect When You Relocate


Welcome to Komarock.

If you’re looking for a bedsitter, 1 (one), 2 (two), or 3 (three) bedroom house, or you want to put up a business here, this is for you.

Is Komarock a good place to live?

So how is life in Komarock?

The rent you’ll pay is one piece of the puzzle.

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

So what is it like living there? This is what to expect when you relocate to Komarock.

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Where is Komarock in Nairobi?

If you’re coming from Nairobi CBD, Komarock is situated along Kangundo Road, between Umoja and Kayole.

How far is Komarock from Nairobi?

The distance from the Odeon Cinema bus stop to Total Energies Komarock via Jogoo Road and Outer Ring Road is 13 km.

Where do I board matatu to Komarock?

The Komarock stage in Nairobi is located at the intersection of Tom Mboya Street and Ronald Ngala Street.

You can also board at the Ambassadeur stage.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Komarock

Ksh. 50 during off-peak hours

Ksh. 90 during rush hour.

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

(90×2) x 5 days = 900

900 x 4 weeks = 3,600

Besides rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 3,600 in fares per month if you decide to live in Komarock.

Traffic jam pain points

The main traffic pain point is along Jogoo Road.

Other fares

Fare from Komarock to Allsops

Ksh. 70

Fare from Komarock to Ndandora

Ksh. 50

Fare from Komarock to Rounder

Ksh. 50

Fare from Komarock to Kiamaiko

Ksh. 60

Fare from Komarock to Eastleigh

Ksh. 70

Water availability

6 of the 10 people I talked to complained about water availability. They said they receive water two to three days a week, but wished it was more.

It’s easy to see why: Komarock is an estate mainly for big families with high water usage, especially when schools are closed and children are around.

Food prices in Komarock

What do the residents of Komarock feel about market food prices here?

7 of the 10 residents considered them high. They said they shop for cheaper groceries in neighboring Kayole.

Is Komarock safe?

So far in 2024, there’s none.

And what about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

An amazing 10 of the 10 people I talked to said Komarock is safe, and that they hadn’t heard of insecurity cases.

You only have to be careful at the bridge area late at night. Also, look out for mobile phone snatchers on bodaboda along Kangundo Road.

Why residents love Komarock

“Proximity to Nairobi CBD.”

“Spacious houses with privacy.”

“Nearby shopping malls, K-Mall, Greenspan, Shujaa.”

“Clean courts.”

“Good security.”

“Good performing schools.”

“Gated communities.”

What residents don’t like about Komarock

“Mushrooming extension of houses.”

“Occasional power outages.”

“Poor interaction among residents. A neighbor could be having a function that you know nothing about.”

“No swimming pool.”

“Unlike Buruburu, the economy here is 12-hour.”

“Is getting congested due to house extensions.”

“Teenage issues.”

Business ideas

If you wish to open a business in Komarocks, I’d recommend the following:

Fast-food joint

Water refill

Cereals shop

Nail parlour

Green grocery store


Komarock outlook: 2024 and beyond

According to one person I talked to, Komarock has remained relatively the same for years.

One thing I noticed is there is no room for anything else. These are gated communities, and there isn’t a place to set up a big business.

What’s thriving here are small businesses. Small business shops go for between Ksh. 5,000 to 10,000 depending on the size. Some could be more.

It’s probably the reason there has been an increase in house extensions. The owners are maximizing the available space to meet the demand.

There’s only one bank, HFC, at K-Mall. The others (Equity, Co-op, Rafiki, LOLC, Faulu) are in Kayole.

Komarock will continue to be a residential estate and not a commercial hub.

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.