Ngara in 2024: Affordable Houses, Business Ideas & What to Expect When You Relocate

Ngara Town

You left town at 5.30 pm. As you get to your house, you hear Jeff Koinange’s voice from a TV in a nearby Kinyozi.

You know what that means… it’s already 9. 

Damn! You haven’t cooked supper. Wait… you didn’t even clean the dishes last night!

You’re tired. You need to eat. And sleep. No, scroll social media, then sleep (very bad habit, but who cares). And wake up (again!) the following day at 5 a.m.

But… what if you stayed in Ngara? You’d wake up at 7.15 and be in the office in town by 8! Leave town at 5.30 p.m. and be in the house by 6. Sounds like a plan, right?

Is the convenience of getting to town and back enough to make you relocate to Ngara?

How much are rental houses in Ngara? And how is life there?

I have the answers.

This is a guide to rental houses in Ngara.

It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Ngara, and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents.

If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, bedsitters, 1 (one) and  2 (two) bedroom houses in Ngara.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 10,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places that have a bedsitter going for Ksh. 10,000 or less, then go there and see if one is vacant. Or send someone to check for you.

Please note that all prices are in Kenya Shillings (Ksh.) per month.

I’ll also tell you which businesses are popular here.


I’ll show you where to find:

          •Single rooms 6,500

          •Bedsitters 9,500

          •1 bedroom 14,000

          •2 bedroom 23,000

Is Ngara a good place to live?

Before we dive into places where you’ll find affordable rental houses, let’s take a closer look at Ngara.

How is life in Ngara?

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

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

So what is it like living there? And is it a good fit for you? Let’s find out.

This is what to expect when you relocate to Ngara.

Where is Ngara located in Nairobi?

Ngara is the last town neighboring the CBD when coming through the Thika superhighway.

The postal code for Ngara is 00600.

Distance from Ngara to Nairobi CBD

The distance from Ngara to Odeon Cinema through Ngara Road and Globe flyover is 2.1 Kilometers.

Where do I board matatu to Ngara?

The Ngara matatu stage in Nairobi is located opposite the Fire Station, along Tom Mboya Street.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Ngara

Ksh 50

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

(50×2) x 5 days = 500

500 x 4 weeks = 2,000

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh 2,000 in fares per month if you decide to live in Ngara.

Walking as an alternative

The good thing is that you can easily walk to town. It’s one of the major selling points here by landlords.

It took me exactly 10 minutes to walk from Equity Ngara to Kenya National Archives.

That’s the route behind Equity, across Nairobi River and along Accra Road.

Ngara bridge across Nairobi River
Ngara bridge across Nairobi River

It may not be a suitable option very early in the morning when it’s still dark or late at night unless you’re macho.

Traffic jam pain points

The main traffic pain point is the Globe roundabout.

Other fares

These are the current fares at the Park Road Bus Terminus. 

Fare from Ngara to Meru

Ksh. 1,000

Fare from Ngara to Chuka

Ksh. 800

Fare from Ngara to Embu

Ksh. 450

Fare from Ngara to Mwea

Ksh. 350

Fare from Ngara to Kenol

Ksh. 200

Fare from Ngara to Thika

Ksh. 100

Fare from Ngara to Juja

Ksh. 80

Fare from Ngara to Ruiru

Ksh. 70

Fare from Ngara to KU

Ksh. 60

Fare from Ngara to Githurai

Ksh. 50

Fare from Ngara to Kiambu

Ksh. 50

Fare from Ngara to Murang’a

Ksh. 300

Water availability

I talked to 10 residents about water availability in Ngara.

5 out of 10 said they had water throughout. 

The other 5 said water is available only 2 to 3 days a week.

I was informed that water in the Railways area is present 24/7!

Talk to the landlord or caretaker before renting and enquire about water availability. You may need to buy a small water tank.

Food prices in Ngara

6 out of 10 people I talked to said that food prices in Ngara are average.

The remaining 4 said food prices here are high.

Is Ngara safe?

What about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

6 of the 10 people I talked to said they hadn’t heard of insecurity incidents since the beginning of the year.

The other 4 talked of thieves using bodaboda to snatch mobile phones.

They identified the area around Guru Nanak and Murang’a Road, around Equity, and as you head to Nyamakima as key insecurity areas.

All in all, Ngara is safe.

Business ideas

I was in Ngara the other day to research the most popular businesses. I’ll tell you what I found.

Ngara is the first choice for college students studying in the CBD. Bedsitters are a hotcake here. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough to meet the demand.

Given the high number of young individuals, it is no surprise that pubs and wines & spirits enjoy equal popularity.

But the most popular business in Ngara is the garage business.

I’ll put it aptly: Ngara is a garage town. I know, I know… you’ve probably never looked at it this way. Me too.

If they are not waiting for passengers, the vehicles you see here are waiting to get repaired.

Garages and auto spare shops are THRIVING.

If this is your line of work, consider Ngara a suitable location. Just make sure your auto spare shop is next to a garage.

So are you thinking of starting a business in Ngara? I’d recommend the following:


Auto spares shop

Guest house

Pub, wines and spirit

Fast food joint

What residents love about Ngara

“It’s near the CBD. You can walk to town.”

“Park Road is secure.”

“It’s ideal for business.”

What residents don’t like about Ngara

“Expensive rents, both for residential houses and business shops .”

“Harassment of businesses by County Government officials.”

“Inner roads are not paved.”

“Not the best place to raise a family.”

“The youth is lost in alcoholism and bad behavior.”

“Very few churches. I think there’s only one, or two.”

Alright! Let’s dive in.

Places in Ngara you’ll find affordable rental houses

Houses in Ngara are not cheap. What you don’t pay in fare, you pay in rent.

Cheap houses exist, but they are the old, old models.

Newer models are expensive, and they’re few.

And Ngara is not that big, anyway.

Rental Houses Near Ngara Post Office

Rental houses near Ngara Post Office

Just after the post office and before Kobil petrol station, take a left turn. Almost toward the end, you’ll find:

     •Single rooms 6,500 ; 7,500

Rental Houses along Desai Road

Rental houses along Desai Road Ngara

The road after Posta joins Desai Road, and just before Western Mart supermarket there is an inner road where there are plenty of houses:

     •Single rooms 6,500 ; 7,600

     •Bedsitters 11,650 ; 12,500 ; 13,000 ; 14,000 ; 15,000

Rental Houses along Park Road

Rental houses along Park Road Ngara

Along Park Road on the bus terminus side you’ll find:

     •Bedsitters 13,500 ; 14,000

Towards the end opposite Guru Nanak Hospital, there are:

     •Bedsitters 15,000

Rental Houses near Nairobi Technical Training Institute

Renral houses near Nairobi Technical Training Institute

Take a right turn towards Nairobi Technical Training Institute. Just before the roundabout, there are:

     •Bedsitters 8,000

     •1 bedroom 14,000

Then directly opposite Nairobi Technical Training Institute, you’ll find:

     •Single rooms 7,500 ; 9,000

Rental Houses near Guru Nanak Hospital

Rental houses near Guru Nanak Ngara

This area has 

     •Bedsitters 9,500

     •1 bedroom 17,000 ; 18,000

     •2 bedroom 23,000 ; 28,000

That’s all I have for you in this guide to rental houses in Ngara. I hope it has been helpful. Send this post to a friend searching for a rental house in Ngara.

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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.