Baringo County

Baringo County is located in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya, it borders the following Counties; Turkana  to the North and North East, Samburu and Laikipia  to the East, Nakuru  to the South, Kericho and Uasin Gishu  to the South West, Elgeyo Marakwet  to the West, and West Pokot  to the North West.

Attractions in Baringo

Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is in the northern Great Rift Valley with a surface area of about 130km2. The lake is fed by two rivers – El Molo and Ol Arabel and has no obvious outlet, despite it being one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley, the other being Lake Naivasha. It lies off the beaten track in a hot and dusty setting. Over 470 species of birds have been recorded here, including migrating flamingos.

Ruko Conservancy

Ruko Conservancy is a 19,000-hectare-area to the north and east of Lake Baringo, consisting of bushland and about 10km of shoreline. lt includes the former ll Chamus village of Longicharo at the northeastern corner of the lake, which has now been abandoned. The Conservancy was started in 2004 with the aim of bringing peace between the neighboring communities of the Pokot and ll Chamus (Masai) who often dashed over grazing rights.


  • Lake Bogoria
  • Lake Baringo
  • Lake Kamnarok
  • Lake Nasolot
  • Saiwa swamp
  • Lake Rimoi
  • Lake Turkana


The gateway to Kenya’s northern wilderness. A small hillside market town in northern Kenya, lying east of the Loroghi Plateau within the Samburu District


  • Camel derby in July and August
  • Camel safaris
  • Wilfred Thesiger’s house — early 20″‘ century explorer
  • Maralal national park

Where to stay

  • Maralal Safari lodge
  • Bobong Campsite (

Facts About Baringo County

Area (Km 2): 11,015 Km 2

 Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 10 °C to a maximum of 35.0 °C in different parts of the county.

The rainfall varies from 1,000 to 1,500mm in the highlands to 600mm per annum in the lowlands.

 Road Network: Bitumen Surface (269.0 Km), Gravel Surface (387.4 Km), Earth Surface (1,517.3 Km)

 Key National Monument(s): Lake Bogoria’s Geysers and Hotsprings, The Equator Crossing at Mogotio

Population Baringo County

Population: 555,561 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50 %)

 Population Density: 50 people per Km 2

 National Percentage:  1.4 %

 Annual Growth Rate: 2.6 %

 Age Distribution: 0-14 years (48.4 %), 15-64 years (48.2 %), 65+ years (3.3 %)

 Number of Households: 110,649

 Government of Baringo County

 County Capital: Kabarnet Town (Proposed)

 Number of Constituencies (2010): 5 (Baringo East, North, and Central, Mogotio, and Eldama Ravine)

 Registered Voters: 167,748

 National percentage: 1.3 %

 Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Baringo, Koibatek)

 Number of Local Authorities (2010): 4 (Municipal Council of Kabarnet, County Councils of Baringo and Koibatek, and Town Council of Eldama Ravine)

Economy of  Baringo County

Poverty Level: 58.5 %

 Age Dependency Ratio: 100:107

 Resources:  Arable Land, Forests, Wildlife, Seasonal Rivers, Lakes, Geysers and Hotsprings

 Tourist Attractions: Lakes Baringo and Bogoria, Ol Kokwe Island, Ruko Conservancy, Escarpments

 Financial Services:   6 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-Finance Institutions

 Main Economic Activities/industries: Pastoralism, Agriculture, Mixed Farming, Sand Harvesting

Education in Baringo County

 Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (587) Secondary (103)

 Primary: Enrolment (142,127)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:27 (Public Schools)

 Secondary: Enrolment (18,959)

 Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:27 (Public Schools)

 Tertiary:   At least 12 (Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges and Commercial Colleges)

 Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (2,506)

 Health   in Baringo County

Health Facilities: 184 – District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (1), Dispensaries (156), Health Centres (19), Medical Clinics (2), Others (2)

 Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:57,381 (Baringo District), 1:34,716 (Koibatek District)

 Infant Mortality Rates: Data: 63/1000

 Under Five Mortality Rates: 80/1000

 Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Pneumonia, Respiratory Tract infections, Worms, Diarrhoea

 Notable Hospitals: Kabarnet, Chemolingot, Eldama Ravine and Kabartonjo Districts Hospitals

Other Counties in Kenya
  • Baringo County
  • Bomet County
  • Bungoma County
  • Busia County
  • Elgeyo Marakwet County
  • Embu County
  • Garissa County
  • Homa Bay County
  • Isiolo County
  • Kajiado County
  • Kakamega County
  • Kericho County
  • Kiambu County
  • Kilifi County
  • Kirinyaga County
  • Kisii County
  • Kisumu County
  • Kitui County
  • Kwale County
  • Laikipia County
  • Lamu County
  • Machakos County
  • Makueni County
  • Mandera County
  • Meru County
  • Migori County
  • Marsabit County
  • Mombasa County
  • Muranga County
  • Nairobi County
  • Nakuru County
  • Nandi County
  • Narok County
  • Nyamira County
  • Nyandarua County
  • Nyeri County
  • Samburu County
  • Siaya County
  • Taita Taveta County
  • Tana River County
  • Tharaka Nithi County
  • Trans Nzoia County
  • Turkana County
  • Uasin Gishu County
  • Vihiga County
  • Wajir County
  • West Pokot County

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