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Kericho County has a population of over one million, six constituencies namely Kipkelion East Constituency, Kipkelion West Constituency, Ainamoi Constituency, Bureti Constituency, Belgut Constituency, and Sigowet –Soin Constituency which are also referred to us sub-Counties in the County administration. The county has 30 wards all represented by various Members of County Assemblies in the County Assembly. It borders the following counties; Nandi to the North, Uasin Gishu and Baringo to the North East, Nakuru to the East and South East, Bomet to the South, Nyamira and Homa-Bay to the South West, and Kisumu County to the West and North West. Kericho Town is the administrative capital of the county. Other Towns include Litein, Londiani,
The Mau Forest in Kericho County is the biggest water catchment area in Kenya. At a high altitude and virtually daily rains, Kericho is the centre of Kenya’s largest tea industry. Some of the biggest tea companies including Unilever Kenya, James Finlay and Williamson Tea are based here. It is also home to the popular Ketepa brand. Much of the tea is exported, with the UK being the largest market.
Tourists Attraction in Kericho County
The Mau Forest in Kericho is the biggest water catchment area in Kenya. At a high altitude and virtually daily rains, Kericho is the centre of Kenya’s large tea industry. Some of the biggest tea companies including Unilever Kenya, James Finlay and Williamson Tea are based here. It is also home to the popular Ketepa brand. Much of the tea is exported, with the UK being the largest market. The district is home to some of the world’s best long distance runners.
Attractions in Kericho
- Tea farms and factories
- Chagaik dam
- Chagaik botanical garden on the Kericho—Nakuru highway, 10km from Kericho.
Where to stay
Tea Hotel Kericho — old colonial hotel a bit neglected but still beautiful.
Saiwa Swamp National Park
The three-square-kilometre park is 385km from Nairobi and 27km from Kitale town in Trans-Nzoia District, Rift Valley Province. The park has forests and swamp. The swamp is dominated by tall bull-rushes and sedges and is bordered by open grasslands and riverine forests. The park was established to protect the endangered Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Other wildlife species commonly found in the swamp include the Otter, Genet cat, Serval cat, mongoose, bushbuck and monkeys. It’s rich in birdlife, with 372 species.
Facts About Kericho County
Area (Km 2): 2,479.0 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 16°C to a maximum of 20°C. The average rainfall ranges between 1,400 mm and 2,000mm per annum.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (184.9 Km), Gravel Surface (96.4 Km), Earth Surface (846 Km)
Key National Monument(s): Gurudwara (Sikh place of Worship)
Population of Kericho County
Population: 758,339 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50 %)
Population Density: 306 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.96 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.4%
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (43.6 %), 15-64 years (53.4 %), 65+ years (3.0 %)
Number of Households: 160,134
Government of Kericho County
County Capital: Kericho Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Bureti, Belgut, Ainamoi, Kipkelion)
Registered Voters: 263,018
National percentage: 2.1 %
Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Kericho, Kipkelion)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 6 (Kericho Municipal Council, Kipsigis and Bureti County Councils, Kipkelion, Litein, and Londiani Town councils)
Economy of Kericho County
Poverty Level: 42.8 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:87
Resources: Mau Forest, Arable Land, Water, Livestock
Tourist Attractions: Monkey Sanctuary, Bird Watching, Chagic Botanic Garden, Mau Forest
Financial Services: 9 Commercial Banks, 4 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/Industries: Tea Growing and Processing, Dairy Farming, Horticulture and Floriculture, Wheat, Fish Farming, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural Products: Maize, Beans, Potatoes, Vegetables, Tea, Coffee
Education in Kericho County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (461), Secondary (106)
Primary: Enrolment (163,133)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 43 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (30,375)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:33 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 15 (Comprised of University Satellite Campus, Youth Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training College, Technical Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges)
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Data Not available)
Health in Kericho County
Health Facilities: 136 – District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (105), Health Centres (9), Medical Clinics (7), VCT Centres (3), Others (7)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:15,000
Infant Mortality Rates: 35/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 100/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Skin Infections, Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Notable Hospitals: Kericho, Sigowet and Londiani (District Hospitals)