The Nairobi – Thika Superhighway, also known as the Thika Road, is located on the northeast of the Nairobi Metropolis and extends from Nairobi City Center to Thika town in Kiambu County.
The class A2 road serves as the main gateway to Nairobi from the Central, Eastern and North-Eastern parts of the country. It also serves as a main cargo route and a regional and international transit link originating in Nairobi City Centre and extending to Moyale town, which neighbours Ethiopia. Thika highway is the main link for people travelling to and from Nairobi to Ruiru, Nairobi to Juja and Nairobi to Thika.
Along the busy highway, which is 50 km long, is a great deal of economic activity ranging from manufacturing companies, Schools, entrepreneurial businesses, real estate developments, farming and a vibrant informal sector.
Residential Estates along Thika Road
Various residential estates and economic hubs lie along and near the corridor, including Ruaraka, Kasarani, Kasarani Mwiki, Kasarani sportsview, Kasarani Hunters, Ngumba and Mathare North. Other estates along Thika road include Garden estate, Zimmerman, Kahawa, Githurai 44, Githurai 45, Kahawa Sukari, Kahawa Wendani, Ruiru, Juja, Thika among others. According to the government, these areas are home to over 1 million residents.
Schools along Thika highway
Institutions of higher learning include: Pioneer International University, KCA University, United States International University-Africa, Kenyatta University, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT), Kenya Institute of Monetary Studies, Pan-African Christian College, Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT-Thika road Campus), Nairobi Institute of Business Studies(NIBS-Ruiru Campus), Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, and Mount Kenya-Thika Main Campus.
You can also easily access secondary and primary schools from the road which include: Jamhuri High School, Premier Academy, Pangani Girls High School, Muslim Academy, Ngara Girls High School, Murang’a Road Primary School, Mountain View School, Thika Road Christian School, Kastemil Primary School, Peponi School, Fairview Academy, Wankan Academy, Juja Preparatory School, Juja Township Secondary School, Mang’u High School, Compuera Girls School.
Government Agencies along Thika superhighway
Thika road hosts a number of government agencies and institutions: Utalii Library and Services, National Youth Service-Ruaraka, Kenya Institute of Education, Kenya Institute of Survey and Mapping, GSU Headquaters, Kasarani Police Station, Kahawa Millitary Barracks. You will also be able to access the Embassies of Algeria and Saudi Arabia which are located along the joining Muthaiga Road.
Hospitals and Churches on Thika road
Some of the hospitals located along the road are, Mathare Mental Hospital, Kahawa Wendani Hospital, Jacaranda Maternity, Thika Road health Center, Neema Hospital, AAR Thika Road Health Center. Churches include: Thika Road Baptist Church, St Theresa Catholic Church, Deliverance Church-Juja, Gloryland victory Ministries, ACK St Matthews-Juja, and House of Grace Church-Thika.
Thika highway Sports and Social Amenities
You can easily access sports and leisure amenities such as Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, KCB Sports Club, Utalii Sports Grounds, Ruaraka Stadium, Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani, and new Buffalo Hills Golf and Leisure Village-Thika among others.
Restaurants along Thika super highway
Major hotels and entertainment joints located along the road are, Utalii Hotel, Luke Hotel, Kiota Guest House, Sunstar Hotel, Upways Hotel, Hotel La Mada, Oyster Guest House, Jobcamp Guest house, Garden Houses, The Nest Place, Natives Sports Bar and Grill, Blue Springs Hotel, Jambo Grill, Roasters Inn, Homeland Inn, Mseto Klub Bar and Restaurant, Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Sweet Waters Bar, Club Capital, and the multibillion Rainbow Ruiru Resort.
Shopping Malls on Thika super highway
Shopping malls include Mountain Mall, Thika Road Mall (TRM), Nakumatt Express-Kahawa Wendani, Pioneers Stalls, Adva Mall, Uchumi Supermarket-Juja, Juja Capital Centre, Juja City mall, Kenyatta University mall, and the newly constructed Garden City Shopping Complex.
Companies built along Thika road
Notable companies along the Thika road are East Africa Breweries Limited Head Quarters, Clay Works Brick Factory, Nairobi Clay Works, Rudo Chemical Detergents, Ndarugo Stone Mines, Ndarugo Coffee Factory, Radio Waumini.