Coordinates: 01°17′06″S 36°47′12″E / 1.28500°S 36.78667°E / -1.28500; 36.78667
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Kilimani is located in Kenya
Location of Kilimani, Nairobi in Kenya
Coordinates: 01°17′06″S 36°47′12″E / 1.28500°S 36.78667°E / -1.28500; 36.78667
CountyNairobi City
5,600 ft (1,700 m)

Kilimani is a mixed-use commercial and residential neighbourhood in the city of Nairobi.[1]


Kilimani is located approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) west of Nairobi's central business district, within Westlands Sub-county.[2] It is north of Woodley; east of Kileleshwa, mainly separated by the Kirichwa River; the larger Kilimani sub-location encompasses the part of Upper Hill (contains Hurlingham and Caledonia estates), and the Kilimani estates.[3]


The neighbourhood was established among other earliest neighbourhoods as a whites-only residential area by the British colonialists in earlier the 20th century. It was not until the 1960s when it was racially integrated.[4] The neighbourhood has historically been primarily low-density residential, but since 2000 has become increasingly high-density mixed residential and commercial; both retail and offices.[5]

Points of interest[edit]


State House Nairobi, the official residence of the President of Kenya is located in Kilimani, on State House Road.[6]


(1) Kilimani Primary School, Milimani Primary School, St Hannah's School, St. Nicholas School, St Christophers School, Cavina School are all located in the neighborhood.[1] (2) The Lycée Denis Diderot, the French international school, is in Kilimani. It moved there in 1972.[7] (3) West Nairobi School, a Christian international school, opened in Kilimani in 1996 but moved to Karen in 2000.[8] (4) State House Girls' School is located on the grounds of State House Nairobi.[6] Svenska Skolan, the Swedish international school, is located in Kilimani.[9]


The headquarters of Sidian Bank are located on Wood Avenue in Kilimani.[10]

Shopping malls

Adam's Arcade is the oldest shopping centre of its kind in neighbouring Woodley, Nairobi, Kenya, as well as East and Central Africa as a whole. Established in 1954 and completed in 1959 by Abdul Habib Adam.[11]

Yaya Centre, in Hurlingham, is a shopping mall with over 100 retail shops.[12]


The Nairobi Arboretum, featuring more than 300 exotic and indigenous tree species, is located in Kilimani, adjacent to State House.[13]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Google (25 October 2016). "Map Showing the Boundaries of Kilimani Electoral Ward, Nairobi County, Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ Google (23 June 2022). "Road Distance Between Nairobi Central Business District And Kilimani, Nairobi In Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  3. ^ Google (23 June 2022). "Location of Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  4. ^ Irungu, Houghton (22 October 2014). "Some thoughts on place-based organizing in Kilimani, Kenya". Nairobi: Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ Limbe, Lydia (4 July 2013). "Nairobi's leafy suburbs mutate in office boom". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b Google (25 October 2016). "Location of State House, Nairobi, Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ LDDK (25 October 2016). "About Lycée Denis Diderot (Kenya)" (in French). Nairobi: Lycée Denis Diderot (LDDK). Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  8. ^ West Nairobi School (25 October 2016). "West Nairobi School: School Profile". Nairobi: West Nairobi School. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Studera på svensk skola utomlands • Svenska skolan i Nairobi". Svenska Skolan i Nairobi (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ Kangethe, Kennedy (4 April 2016). "K-Rep formally rebrands to Sidian Bank". Nairobi: 98.4 Capital FM. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. ^ "History of Adam's Arcade". Archived from the original on 10 February 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  12. ^ Kenya Buzz (25 October 2016). "About Yaya Centre, Kilimani, Nairobi". Nairobi: Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Nairobi Arboretum". Nairobi: Kenya Forest Service. Archived from the original on 17 January 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2019.