Samburu is a battleground and has 82,727 registered voters. The number of registered voters in the county is low as compared to other counties. In this article, we want to look at how the upcoming polls will impact the real estate market in Samburu.
Facts about Samburu
Samburu County is a county in northern Kenya. It covers an area of roughly 21,000 km2 and is home to many tribes including the Samburu, Turkana, and Kenyatta. It stretches north from the Ewaso Nyiro River to the south of Lake Turkana. According to the 2019 census, the county has a population of 310,327 people. Within Samburu County are towns like Baragoi, Archers Post, and South Horr; Wamba and Lodosoit; Kisima and Maralal are also towns within this county. There are also some national parks including Bisanadi National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and Mount Ng’iro which is famous for its mountain peaks; Kirisia Hills and Loroki Forest are also parts of this county.
Places to visit in Samburu
Some of the best places to visit in Samburu are:
- Shaba National Reserve
- Kalama Community Conservancy
- Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
- Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris
- Expedition Happy Hour
- Mountain Dew Safaris
- Venture Savannah Tours & Travel
- Pita Safaris
Maralal is the capital of Samburu County. Approximately two kilometers southwest of the town are the remains of the Maralal National Sanctuary. This nature site, which was closed by the Samburu County Government in September 2014, has now largely been absorbed into the town and its wildlife eradicated by poachers. Encroachment began from the south as villages expanded, so causing natural wildlife corridors to be closed. Maralal is also home to Kenyatta House, where Jomo Kenyatta was detained prior to his release. This rather unassuming modern house has a significant place in the history of modern Kenya. Until 2016, it hosted an annual camel race but this has ceased to function primarily due to opposition from foreign tourists objecting to animal abuse. Tourist activities in Maralal have slowed and it is mostly a base for adventurous travelers heading towards Lake Turkana by road 12 hours north via Lodwar).
Estates in Samburu
Modern estates are not well established in Samburu. Some of the few better estates in Samburu include:
- Saruni Samburu
- Tupukwaan Estate
- Ebony Estate
Samburu Real Estate Market
Real estate market is not well established in Samburu as most residents live in traditional homesteds.However, can look at some of the promises made by key politicians that may change the norm in the county. Raila Odinga has promised to address water and food shortages in Samburu. According to the former premier, his government will ensure that water catchment projects are set up across various points in the region to ensure that residents have enough reserve supply to survive the dry spells. While defending his track record, William Ruto asked residents of Samburu to elect him as he will revamp the country’s economy through his bottom up economic model.
Hotels in Samburu
Some of the best hotels shaping the real estate market in Samburu include:
- Samburu Sopa Lodge
- Lions Cave Camp
- Samburu Elephant Lodge
- Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
- Ngari Hill Ecolodge
- Koros Camp Rustic
- Saruni Samburu
Roads in Samburu
Samburu had poor roads for a very long period of time. However, in the recent past President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned key roads that may be of importance as far as real estate market in Samburu is concerned. Some of the commissioned roads include the newly built 65 km Naibor (Posta)-Kisima-Maralal Road. The road was tarmacked at a cost of ksh.3.36 billion. Currently, the national government has set aside ksh.1 billion this financial year for further improvement of the key road. The road will be important to open up the county and attract more investors.
Roads in Samburu
The latest construction project to be undertaken in Samburu is the construction of the proposed Barsaloi Gravity Dam in Basalin village. The project is intended to support resilience building in order to improve food security and nutrition of communities in ASAL areas by helping the most vulnerable people strengthen their capacities to absorb, adapt and transform in the face of shocks and long term stressors.
Although Samburu experiences a slow growth in real estate market. Upcoming August polls may have little impact on real estate market in Samburu.
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