The headquarters of Kakamega County is Kakamega town. The county had a population of 1,660,651 according to the 2009 census ﬁgures. It lies 50km north of Kisumu. The county has seven administrative divisions: Kabras, Shinyalu, Navakholo, Lurambi, lkolomani, lleho and Municipality. The county lies within an altitude of 250-2000m. The average temperature in the county is 22.50 C most of the year. Local inhabitants are mostly Maragoli of the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming.
Kenya’s largest sugar producing company, Mumias Sugar is located in Mumias within the county. Kakamega gold rush occurred in the early 19305, fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson. Kakamega was also a major filming location in the box office blockbuster “Ernest Saves Christmas” starring Jim Varney.
Tourists Attractions in Kakamega County
‘Canopy of natural beauty’
Kakamega Forest Reserve, in Shinyalu Division of Kakamega District, is a world famous equatorial rainforest known for its diversity of bird and insect life. Its uniqueness makes conservation its top priority. A visit to the forest will give you a feel of what the Amazon looks like. The forest is a natural wonder that has a large variety of indigenous trees as well as species of different animals and bird life. This rain forest, which is the only one in Kenya, covers 240 km and has many different types of plants and species of butterflies, many of which can only be found here. The indigenous Mysopsis Eminee, locally known as Mama Mutere, has a multitude of medicinal qualities that are believed to help cure ailments such as prostate cancer and stomach aches. The timber is very valuable and consequently, this tree has become an endangered species over the years. The climate is very wet with over 200 -700mm of rain annually.
- Birdwatching: over 300 bird species, the common one being the Blue Turaco.
- Butterfly watching: over 400 species of butterflies.
- Massive trees, scenic spots and waterfalls: over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation. A V
- Snakes: 27 species of snakes.
- Primates watching: home to debrazza ‘monkey and other primates.
- Wildlife: bush pig, duikers, bushbuck, clawless, otter, mongoose, giant water shrew, squirrels, tree pangolin, porcupine, bats and primates.
How to get there
By Road: The reserve is 4l5km away from Nairobi via Nakuru and Kapsabet towns, 50km away from Kisumu city and 80km from Eldoret town.
By Air: There are no scheduled ﬂights to Kakamega and visitors have to ﬂy to Kisumu or Eldoret and connect to
Kakamega by road
Where to Stay
- Kenya Wildlife Service self — catering accommodation
- Udo Bandas can accommodate up to 14 persons
- lsukuti Guest House
- Camping facilities: Various campsites located in the Park
- Golf Hotel
Forest walking, camping, hiking, primate watching, bird and butterfly watching, game watching, self-guided nature walks.
(Weeping Stone Of llesi)
The legendary Weeping Stone of Maragoli, located at llesi along Kisumu-Kakamega Highway, is connected with many legends and myths. This is a huge rock from which a constant stream of water cascades. It is associated with a good harvest.
Facts About Kakamega County
Kakamega County is located in Western Kenya bordering Bungoma to the North, Trans Nzoia to the North East, Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties to the East, Vihiga to the South, Siaya to the South West and Busia to the West.
Area (Km 2): 3,224.9 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 10.3°C to a maximum of 30.8°C with an average of 20.5°C. The rainfall ranges between 1,250 – 1,750 mm per annum
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Data Not available) Gravel Surface (323.8 Km) Earth Surface (2,67.3 Km)
Key National Monument(s): None
Population Kakamega County
Population: 1,660,651 (Male – 48%, Female – 52 %)
Population Density: 515 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 4.3 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.12
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.6 %), 15-64 years (49.7 %), 65+ years (3.6 %)
Number of Households: 398,709
Government Kakamega County
County Capital: Kakamega Town (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 9 (Lugari, Mumias, Matungu, Lurambi, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Malava, Butere, Khwisero)
Registered Voters: 602,950
National percentage: 4.8 %
Number of Districts (2009): 6 (Kakamega North (Malava), Kakamega Central (Lurambi), Kakamega South (Ikolomani), Kakamega East (Shinyalu), Butere and Mumias.
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 8 (Municipal Council of Kakamega and Mumias, County Councils of Kakamega, Butere-Mumias, Town Council of Malava)
Economics Kakamega County
Poverty Level: 57% (Rural & Urban)
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:101
Resources: Gold, Arable Land, Forests
Tourist Attractions: Kakamega Forest, Caves, Crying Stone of Ilesi
Financial Services: 5 Commercial Banks, 3 Micro-finance
Main Economic Activities/industries: Large-Scale Sugarcane Farming, Mixed Farming, Commercial businesses, ‘Boda- Boda’ Transport business
Agricultural products: Maize, Beans, Millet, Sugarcane, Tea, Dairy Products Sunflower, Soyabeans
Education Kakamega County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (460), Secondary (145)
Primary: Enrolment (219,734)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 51 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (18,320)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:26 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: More than 12 Institutions
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Over 312)
Health Kakamega County
Health Facilities: 214 – Provincial General Hospital (1), District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (7), Dispensaries (101), Health Centres (40), Medical Clinics (43), Nursing Homes (10), Maternity Homes (1), Others (7)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:14, 246
Infant Mortality Rates: 63.9/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 122.5/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Diarrhoea, Skin Diseases, Respiratory Tract Infections
Notable Hospitals: Kakamega Provincial General Hospital, Butere, Iguhu, Malava, and Lumakanda District Hospitals