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Lang'ata is a suburb of Nairobi in Kenya, lying south west of the city centre and east of Karen. The suburb consists of many smaller housing developments, referred to as estates. They include Nairobi Dam, Otiende, Southlands, Ngei, Jambo estate, Onyonka, Madaraka Estate and many others. These developments are primarily maisonettes or apartment blocks.

Lang'ata has several attractions such as the Giraffe Centre, the Uhuru (freedom) gardens, and a tourist village Bomas of Kenya. Lang'ata also has the Carnivore Restaurant and adjoining Carnivore grounds, where many concerts are hosted. Wilson Airport, the largest private airport in Kenya, can also be found in Lang'ata. Lang'ata also has a gate to the Nairobi National Park.

Lang'ata is also name of the Langata Constituency, which covers affluent estates Karen and Lang'ata, but numerically most its voters come from Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya. Langata Constituency has now been subdivided to two Constituencies i.e. Langata and Kibra Constituencies. The current MP of Lang'ata is Joshua Olum.

The coined term Karengata is used refer to either Karen or Lang'ata.


The Nairobi Japanese School is located in the Lang'ata area.[1]


Further reading

  • De Lame, Danielle. "Grey Nairobi: Sketches of Urban Socialities." In: Charton-Bigot, Hélène and Deyssi Rodriguez-Torres (editors). Nairobi Today: The Paradox of a Fragmented City. African Books Collective, 2010. p. 167-214. ISBN 2845867875, 9782845867871.
    • Includes a section on Karen and Langata, titled "Karen and Langata: Gardens and Suburbs", p. 174-179 (In French: "Karen et Langata, jardins et faubourgs", p. 231-237).

External links

Kenya portal

Coordinates: 1°22′S 36°44′E / 1.367°S 36.733°E / -1.367; 36.733

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