Narok County is situated in Kenya along the Great Rift Valley. It is named after, Enkare Narok, the river flowing through Narok town. Narok County covers an area of 17,944 sq km and has a population of 850,920. The temperature range is 12 to 28 0C and the average rainfall range of 500 to 1,800 mm per annum.
The Maasai Mara National Park , an important tourist destination, is located in Narok County. It is home to the Great Wildebeest Migration which is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. It constitutes 3 constituencies namely: Kilgoris, Narok North and Narok South contituencies. Narok town is the district capital of the Narok County and stands as the major centre of commerce in the county.
As per the UN study/research for the Kenya Vision 2030, Narok County is marked as one of the fundamental counties for the achieving economic pillar. Key contributions are in the tourism sector through the Maasai Mara and the agricultural sector through livestock farming. The main economic activities in Narok County include:
Mining activities include gold mining in Lolgorianie and Kilimapesa, quarry and sand harvesting.
Goldplat, one of the world’s biggest gold companies — which is also listed at the London Stock Exchange — was awarded the lease to exploit the large gold deposits in the Lolgorien area of the County in november last year.
The firm also discovered richer gold reserves at it Kilimapesa mines in Trans Mara to support commercial exploitation of the precious metal expected to be a key source of wealth for Narok County.The firm has also found gold deposits in an abandoned site, Red Ray, around Kilimapesa mines, which are expected to raise the mineral output to over 285kg per year, worth about Sh1.5 billion
- Crop farming in both commercial and subsistence
The main crops grown in the county are wheat, barley, maize, beans, Irish potatoes and horticultural crops. These crops are grown under rain fed, micro irrigation, and sprinkle and drip irrigation. Maize, wheat, barley and sugarcane are grown as cash crops. Maize and wheat are the highest income earning cash crops in the county.
- Livestock farming
This is practiced For both local and adaptive exotic breeds. Livestock farming in narok contribute 10 % of the country’s GDP
This is the largest contributor to the county’s economy as it hosts the Maasai Mara National Reserve famously known as the seventh wonder of the world for the annual wildebeest migration. It hosts a number of luxurious hotels, lodges, clubs and camp sites.
Facts About Narok County
Narok County is located on the South Rift Valley on the north of Tanzania, it borders six counties with Nakuru to the North, Bomet, Nyamira and Kisii to the North West, Kajiado to the East and Migori to the West.
Area (Km 2): 17,944
Climate: temperatures range from minimum of 8 to maximum of 28 degrees centigrade. It has two rainy seasons with average rainfall ranging from 500 to 1,800 mm per annum.
Bitumen Surface 172 Km
Earth Surface205.5 Km
Population of Narok County
Density: 47 people per Km2
National Percentage: 2.2%
Population Growth Rate: 3.3%
over 65 years2%
Government of Narok County
County capital: Narok Town
Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Narok North, Narok South and Kilgoris)
Registered Voters: 221,286
National percentage of Registered Voters: 2%
Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Narok North, Narok South, Transmara East, Transmara West/Dikirr)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (Town Council of Narok, County Council of Narok, County Council of Transmara)
Economy of Narok County
Resources: Natural (Maasai Mara Reserve, Mara River, Arable Land), Financial (CDF, LATF, Collections from Maasai Mara Reserve)
Financial services: 6 Commercial banks, 8 Micro-Finance Institutions
Poverty Level: 12% of population live below the poverty line
Age dependency Ratio: 122.6
Main Economic Activities/industries: Tourism in Maasai Mara, Commercial Farming, Livestock Farming
Main Agricultural products: Wheat, Barley, Maize, Livestock
Social and Cultural activities: Maasai Traditional Practice
Education of Narok County
Pupil to teacher ratio for public schools:33:1
Primary schools 571
Total enrollment 175,409
Total enrollment 13,852
Youth Polytechnics 8
University College 1
Health in Narok County
Health facilities: Dispensary (84), Health Centres (16), Sub District (1), District (3)
Doctors to Population Ratio: 1:100,953
Infant Mortality Rates: 60 per 1,000 (Rift Valley Province)
Under-Five Mortality Rates: 12 per 1,000 (Rift Valley Province)
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, foot and mouth, tryponosomiasis, HIV/Aids
Notable Hospitals: Narok District Hospital (155 beds) and Transmara District Hospital (32 Beds Capacity)
Contact Narok County
PO BOX 898 20500 Kenya