Buruburu estate is located approximately 7km East of Nairobi City Centre. The estate is in Makadara Division Nairobi County. The middle class estate comprises of 5 phases; Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4 and Phase 5. The estate is located in two constituencies; Makadara and Kamkunji Constituency. Buruburu phase 1 and Buruburu phase 5 extensions are in Kamkunji constituency. Buruburu estate is known to have given rise to the modern-day Sheng, a language spoken by virtually all of Nairobi’s youths. Buruburu maintains its original flavor, but more recent developments include expansion of its shopping Centre. Buruburu Estate in Nairobi is a commercial hub endowed with banks, shops, supermarkets and the like. It was developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the financing from the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC).
Buruburu has at least 5 banks and ATMs. You can access banking services in Buruburu in Nairobi from cooperative bank of Kenya, KCB, Barclays Bank, Stanbic, Equity, NIC Bank Buruburu branch. There are also automated teller machines (ATMs) that serve the Nairobi residents in Buruburu area Barclays bank, Kreps Bank Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank and the Standard Chartered Bank all have ATMs in Buruburu. The estate hosts the Kenya National Library Services Headquarters.
The estate has a number of markets which include Jericho markets, Mutindwa, Mesora, Fairlane shopping complex, Uchumi supermarket, Tuskys supermarket, and Naivas supermarket. Tuskys supermarket, a popular supermarket chain in Nairobi also has a functional branch in Buruburu shopping Centre. Uchumi supermarket is also found within the Buruburu shopping Centre. Naivas Supermarket is located in the recent set up mall b the name The Point Shopping Mall that is located along Rabai Road off Jogoo Road.
Off Jogoo Road, on Mumias South Road, there is pizza inn in Buruburu area for the pizza lovers in Nairobi. There is also a second hand clothes market in the popular Mutindwa Market in Nairobi that separates Buruburu Estate from Umoja Estate. Towards the edge of Mutindwa Market, neighboring Outering Road, there are groceries and vegetable vendors in Nairobi who sell fruits and fresh vegetables.
There are many apartments coming up in Buruburu aiming to house the ever rising population of Nairobi residents. Rent in Buruburu ranges between KSH 8,000 to KSH 12,000 for one bedroomed house in Nairobi.
Bus companies that operate in the estate are the Kenya Bus Service (KBS), 2M or Double M; Citi Hoppa and matatu routes number 23 and 58. The bus fare to the city Centre are Ksh. 50 during the off pick hours and Kshs. 60 during the peak hours.
The neighboring estates include Ofafa Jericho, Jericho, Hamza, Umoja, Kariobangi south, Old Donholm, Outering estate, Kiambiu slums, Pioneer estate, Harambee and Rabai estates. The main roads used as landmarks are Rabai Road, Sonko Road, Mumias Road and Jogoo Road