You might not need a flight to travel to Hilton or London Estate.
Both are in Nakuru, a County not just once famous for flamingos but also residential areas with fancy names. Consider the dusty Kisulisuli Estate neighboring Shauri Yako and the sprawling slums of Ponda Mali and on to Mzee Wanyama estates.
These quirky names are fleshed from people, funny incidences and locations.
Mzee Wa Nyama, a bustling small
James Kanye, a former Councillor who has lived there for over 60 years, told The Nairobian that the
Paul Machanga is another famous resident in Nakuru Town West who gave the area the name Machanga, which, unlike today, was densely populated. Paul is said to have been the first to build a beautiful home there and the area was slowly nicknamed Machanga which
Kwa Rhonda, one of the largest sprawling slums in Nakuru, got its name from a white woman, a famous sisal farmer who employed many locals in the area. Kanye recalls that “locals
And while Ponda Mali (squander your wealth) is a name which depicts a posh place where residents ‘only sit as they enjoy their wealth’, this slum in Nakuru is the exact opposite.
George Maina, a resident, says “Ponda Mali is that place everyone lives a day at a time. It is a slum, but people
Kwa Mrogi is another popular place where a renowned witch doctor, who was feared and respected, lived. He was so ruthless few inhabited the place named after the
Kivumbini and Kisulisuli share almost the same history - the areas are famed for whirlwinds and dust.
Kivumbini is dusty just as Kusulisuli. Manyani, the estate that borders Lake Nakuru National Park, is famed for stray, mischievous baboons famous for causing havoc from sneaking into bedrooms, stealing food to siphoning milk from a straw besides scaling
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Kanye explains that “London sits on the highest point within
While Hilton and London are cosmopolitan, other areas earned their names from the majority ethnic community there like Abongloghya estate.
It borders Bondeni slums and Kampi Somali estate.
Abongloghya and Kampi Somali hosted Turkana and Somali communities respectively. These