Kajiado county is located at the southern tip of the former Rift Valley Province. It is bordered by Tanzania to the southwest and the county of Taita Taveta (to the south east), Machakos county (to the east), Nairobi county (to the north east), Kiambu county (to the north) and Narok county (to the west).
The landscape of Kajiado county consists of plains plus some volcanic hills and valleys. The region is very dry with no continually flowing rivers and is officially designated as semi-arid. The annual rainfall varies between 500 and 1,250mm.
Population of Kajiado County
The indigenous peoples of Kajiado county are the Maasai but there is an increasing influx of peoples from other tribal groups.
Attractions in Kajiado County
Amboseli National Park
How to get there
- From Nairobi via Namanga (240km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate.
- From Nairobi via Emali (228km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road through Remito Gate.
- Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate, Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.
- Olkelunyiet Gate
- Meshanani Gate
- Kitirua Gate
- Remito Gate
- Airstrip Gate
Temperature ranges from 20—3O°C and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm.
Two rain seasons:
- Long rains — March and April.
- Short rains — November and December.
Major attractions in Amboseli National Park
- Large Herds of Elephants — the pachyderms of Amboseli are the longest studied elephants in the wild since the early 1971.
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Big Five
- Observation Hill for an aerial view of the park with its swamps, dust plains and Mt Kilimanjaro.
- Swamp below Observation Hill which is frequented by elephants, buffaloes, hippos and water fowls like pelicans and Egyptian geese.
- Maasai culture.
Wildlife in Amboseli National Park
Leopard, cheetah, Wild dogs, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser kudu and others Proliﬁc birdlife with approximately 600 species