By Nicholas Kioko
The first thing which I noted last June, when I visited the dusty Voi town, is the number of lodges and guest houses.
As I took a walk along Voi – Nairobi road from Voi Bus Stop, I was amazed by the number of buildings which advertised for accommodation. Maghonyi and Comfort guest houses stood conspicuously among them. Driven by stubborn curiosity, I enquired from the room keeper at Comfort.
“Voi is blessed, it`s a transit of visitors from Nairobi, Taveta and Mombasa.” The brown short man smiled. “We also receive visitors who come to see wildlife and geographical features at Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.” He said as he handed me the key for room 8.
Voi is about two hundred and fifty kilometers from Mombasa Island. This closeness to the major port city of Kenya gives Mombasa visitor a resting place as they term goods to Nairobi and neighboring landlocked countries – Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. These visitors add life to Voi town and as residents leave Voi town for their homes, visitors take over.
As Kenya moves towards economic development, Voi plays an unforgettable role and it will continue to be seen as a town which is grows on the visitor’s cash.
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