The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Work Begins At Sh40 Billion Sports City in North Rift

Construction of a Sh40 billion sports city in Uasin Gishu has kicked off marked by ground-breaking at the weekend. This first private city is conceptualised around the theme of sports in what is seen as a step towards cementing North Rift's long-standing brand as a major athletic hub in the country.

Sergoit Golf and Wildlife Resorts will sit on 3,000 acres of land formerly used for ranching. It will accommodate 2,000 villas, three golf courses, a five-star hotel, a shopping mall and retail space, a hospital and an airstrip.

"The development combines the best of modern recreation, leisure and healthy lifestyle to give the residents and tourists a unique feeling of harmony with nature," said Jason Kapkirwok, a director of Sergoit Holdings, the developing company.

The firm is selling serviced plots at Sh2-5 million and supervise housing development to conform with the master-plan. "We have already sold about 81 plots and we expect this to shoot up now that we have officially broken the ground," said Joshua Chepkwony, the chairman.

The ambitious project has been earmarked for completion in 2016. It will also serve as a wildlife sanctuary, besides being a sports city, as it is already home to the Rothschild Giraffe.

Sergoit's site lies 15km to the north east of Eldoret town, 3km off Eldoret-Iten road towards Moiben. It is a 20-minute drive to the Eldoret Airport located on the Eldoret-Kapsabet road.

The North Rift region is popular for its non-drying pool of talented athletes led by the legendary Kipchoge Keino. Successful runners have been the main drivers of the region's real estate market, buying land and erecting commercial and residential buildings, retail space and hotels.

The region is however playing catch-up in the real estate concept of blending tourism with residential and recreational facilities despite vast lands and physical features. Agriculture is the mainstay activity in the region, complemented by the services sector, light industry, sports and academic institutions.

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