Worst Places to live in Nairobi

We have been compiling this list of the worst places to live in Nairobi for more than 6 months. Security, population, sanitation education, good housing and access to clean water were taken into consideration when coming up with this list.

Without further ado, here are the Worst Places to live in Nairobi.

1. Kayole 

This is the home of the most dangerous criminal gang in Nairobi; Gaza. Please avoid this place if you are considering relocating to Nairobi any time soon.

2. Dandora 

This is another criminal gang hit estate in Nairobi, walking past 10 pm in this place can guarantee you being robbed. The housing in Dandora is not that good too.  Lack of provision of public infrastructures such as water, sanitation drainage, and inadequate access to services such as schools and health care make it one of the worst places to live in Nairobi.

3. Githurai 45

The Thika Road Estate is one of the hardest places to live in Nairobi. Insecurity in this estate is the order of the day considering its dense population.

4. Kariobangi 

Kariobangi is one of the most densely populated areas of Nairobi where the inequality of the people’s standard of life is quite visible. In the recent past, we have seen residents of this estate going to the streets protesting because of the poor state of security.

5. Huruma

Just as the meaning of its name, living in Huruma can be hectic.  Poor drainage, garbage everywhere and the rising state of insecurity make it qualify as one of the worst places to live in Nairobi.

6. Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kayaba

These are estates that you are advised to keep off if you are planning to live a lavish and flashy life. Armed daylight robbery is the order of the day. Attacks on businessmen in the Mukuru estates is also rampant.

7. Korogocho

This is another slum in Kasarani with more than 200,000 people. Muggings and robberies take place at any time of the day. Because of its good road network, some criminals rob people using motorbikes which provide a quick escape.

8. Mathare 

Mathare Slum is one of the oldest and the worst slums in Africa. Situated three miles east of Nairobi city’s central business district, Mathare slum is home to over 700,000 people. Life in Mathare slums is pathetic and unbearable for your information. Apart from having no access to basic amenities like clean water, food, clothing, shelter and healthcare, close to 1 million residents also suffer the misfortune of having no roads that can allow for any emergency services like fire outbreaks.

Insecurity is also a big problem in this place.

9. Kibera

This is the largest slum in Africa. Poor sanitation, lack of electricity, drugs, absence of proper healthcare, the inadequacy of clean water, unemployment, and insecurity make life in Kibera is unbearable.

Honourable Mention


The place is just a criminal haven. Take a look at the video below of a man being clobbered in broad daylight.


Victor Matara

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