The Mt Kenya Tourism Circuit has received a boost following a ground-breaking ceremony for construction of a Sh320 million hotel on the banks of River Sagana.
Fountain Enterprises Programmes (FEP) is putting up the facility, with a 300-bed capacity, on a 24-acre piece of land in Kirinyaga County.
Construction work will take two years with the investors targeting the river for sporting activities and an entry point to the Mt Kenya tourism region.
FEB group Chief executive officer, John Kithaka said construction of more hotels is planned for Isiolo town and Mweiga in Nyeri County.
“The Fountain Safari Hotel is strategically located on the border of four counties; Kirinyaga, Murangâ€™a, Embu and Machakos.
The site is also at the mouth of the Masinga Hydro Dam and will open up the semi arid area for development with locals benefiting from direct employment,” said the CEO during the ceremony on Sunday.
Kithaka disclosed that the group has acquired three acres of land in Isiolo to put up a one-star hotel near the newly constructed Isiolo International Airport, which is set for official opening by President Mwai Kibaki very soon.
56 acres of land
Another 56 acres of land have been purchased in Mweiga, Nyeri County, where FEP intends to put up tented camps with all projects expected to be complete in the next five years.
The project Consultant Architect Emmanuel Mochama said the Sagana project had already received approval by Kirinyaga County Council and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
“The rocky landscape of the area provides an ideal site for the hotel,” said Mochama adding that they expect to utilise locally available material for construction. Shareholders of the company are drawn from 22 counties accross the country.