Laikipia County News
Laikipia County is one of the 14 counties within the Rift Valley region and one of the 47 counties in the Republic of Kenya. The County borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the North East, Meru County to the East, Nyeri County to the South East, Nyandarua County and Nakuru County to the South West and Baringo County to the West.
Laikipia County lies between latitudes 0o18″ and 0 o51″ North and between longitude 36o11″ and 37o24′ East. It comprises three administrative sub-counties (the Constituencies) namely: Laikipia East, Laikipia North and Laikipia West. The Laikipia East Sub- County lie to the east, Laikipia North to the North and Laikipia West to the west of the County. The sub-County headquarters are at Nanyuki, Dol Dol and Rumuruti respectively. The County is further sub divided into 15 divisions, 51 locations and 96 sub-locations.
Laikipia County comprises four former Local Authorities namely: County council of Laikipia; Municipal council of Nanyuki; Municipal council of Nyahururu; and Town council of Rumuruti.
Laikipia County covers an area of 9,462 Km2(2,338,111 acres). The altitude of the county varies between 1,500m above sea level at Ewaso Nyiro basin in the North and 2,611 m in the South. The maximum height of 2,611 m above sea level is found around Marmanet forest. The other areas of high altitude are around Mukogodo and Loldaiga Forests in the eastern part of the County at 2,200 m above sea level.
Rivers in Laikipia County include Nanyuki, Timau, Rongai, Burguret, Segera, Naromoru, Engare, Moyak, Ewaso Narok, Pesi and Ngobit. There are two major swamps in the county namely: Marura Swamp which runs along the Moyot valley in OlPajeta Ranch and the Ewaso Narok Swamp around Rumuruti Township.
Gazetted forest totaling to 580 square kilometres and are divided into both indigenous and plantation forests. The indigenous forests include Mukogodo, which is a unique dry upland forest and Rumuruti, which is under threat from encroachment. The plantation forest include Marmanet and Shamaneik.
Tourism in Laikipia County
Laikipia County is richly endowed with wildlife, which is widely distributed in the semi-arid lands extending to Aberdares, Samburu, Meru and Mt. Kenya wildlife corridors/ ecosystems.
Laikipia County has the greatest number of wildlife outside of the gazetted protected areas in the country. Most of the wildlife is found in the large scale ranches, which occupy over 50 per cent of the total area of the county. The rest is found in the unsettled smallholdings, group ranches owned by the pastoral Laikipia Maasai and also in the gazetted forests of Mukogodo, Rumuruti and Marmanet.
The county receives over 86,000 visitors (tourists) annually and generates annual gross revenue of over kshs 1.5 billion. With ongoing local and international branding and marketing initiatives the number of visitors is projected to increase with a minimum of 14 percent annually in the next three years.
Laikipia tourism generates approx. 2.5 % of the total national tourism revenue for Kenya annually. The tourism sector in Laikipia contributes to the wider social and infrastructure development in the region by investing approximately 72 million Kenya shillings annually. Through direct and indirect employment about 6500 people are dependent on tourism.
Tourist Attractions in Laikipia County
Key attractions in the county include: Yaaku museum, Proximity to Mt Kenya Game Park, Beautiful Mt. Kenya peaks’ view, Unique Maasai culture, Eco-tourism and Conservancies, Thomson falls in Nyahururu, Panorama view points at Kamwenje, Expansive savanna landscape, Game lodge and Restaurants, Hotels and camping sites, Elephant corridors from Mt. Kenya to Marmanet forest for breeding and reproduction, Equator crossing points at Nanyuki, Oljogi conservancy (wildlife orphanage, rescue Centre and tamed elephants), Kurikuri cultural museum, rhino sanctuaries, art galleries, settlers stores, Historical sites such as Mau Mau caves in Mukogodo forest and Forests that are rich in diversity of flora and fauna. There are also the unique cultural lifestyles among the Laikipian Maasai and the Pokot.
Laikipia county plateau has been suggested by New Yorks Times as one of the six favorite tourist destinations in Africa. Ranked 19 among the 52 destinations that made it to the final list globally (New Yorks Times, 28th January 2014).
The major wildlife species available in Laikipia County are the Lion, Giraffe, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and the Rhinocerus though other smaller wildlife species are also abundant particularly the African Wild Dog, Zebras, Grevy Zebras and gazelles.
Accommodation in Laikipia County
Most of the tourists are hosted in conservancy lodges. The county has four international standard classified hotels i.e. Sweet Waters Tented Camp at Ol Pejeta, Sportsman Arms Hotel at Nanyuki, Thompson Falls Lodge at Nyahururu and Illingwesi Lodge at Illingwesi Community Ranch. The county has 43 active tourism facilities and 1230 beds.
Major Urban Centres in Laikipia County
Laikipia county has two major urban centres: Nanyuki to the southeast and Nyahururu to the southwest.
Nanyuki is a market town in central-east Rift Valley region of Kenya lying northwest of Mount Kenya along the A2 Road and at the terminus of the branch railway from Nairobi. It is situated north of the Equator (0° 01‘ North). Founded in 1907 by British settlers, it is the main airbase of the Kenya Air Force. The British Army has a base at the Nanyuki Show Ground (NSG) from where it conducts yearly desert and jungle training exercises on the mountain and in the arid areas to the north. Nanyuki is the capital of Laikipia County. The Equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki.
Climbers and backpackers visit Nanyuki on their way to or from Mount Kenya along the Sirimon: and Burguret routes and many other tourists pass through the town.
Where to stay
Lion’s Court, Equatorial Hotel, Mount Kenya Paradise Hotel and Joskaki Hotel. Mount Kenya Safari Club and Sportsman’s Arms Hotel are best known.
Where to eat
- The Marina
- Nakumatt, the mega supermarket with branded cafes and restaurants
- The Trout Tree Restaurant is a stunning restaurant wrapped around an ancreat ﬁg tree serving fresh trout from its ponds
- “Barneys” at Nanyuki Civil Airfield once the base of the N°. 1340 Flight RAF, which flew Harvard’s during the Mau Mau Uprising.
How to get there
- Nanyuki can be reached by air. The airport lies 6.5km’ (4miles) south of the town and is served by regular air services from Wilson airport.
- The town is reachable using the all weather road from Nairobi.
Tourists can visit a number of parks and reserves around Nanyuki. The most popular is Mount Kenya National Park. Others are Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Hills National Reserve, and Shaba National Reserve.
In 1883, the intrepid explorer Joseph Thomson saw the 70m high waterfall on the Ewaso Ngiro River — which flows from the Aberdare Mountains – after a night on the Aberdares and named them Thomson’s Falls after himself. It was the founding of modern-day Nyahururu. Nyahururu is on the junction of Nyeri-Rumuruti Road and the Nyeri- Nakuru Road. The town grew around a railway from Gilgil opened in 1929.
Thomson’s falls: is a 70m scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Narok River, which drains from the Aberdare Mountain Range.
The main economic activities include Horticulture, Mixed Farming, Livestock Farming and sand harvesting along river beds
Laikipia County Jobs
Laikipia County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Laikipia County government. Jobs in Laikipia County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Laikipia County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these Laikipia county jobs advertisement click the link: Laikipia County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Laikipia County Tenders
Laikipia county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Laikipia county click the link: http://www.laikipiacounty.go.ke/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Laikipia County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Laikipia County is Hon. Joshua Irungu and the deputy governor is Hon. Josephat Gitonga.
Constituencies in Laikipia County
Laikipia County Wards
Details about Laikipia County Wards will be updated soon…
Facts About Laikipia County
Laikipia County borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the Northeast, Meru County to the South, Nyeri to the South, Nyandarua County to the Southwest, and Baringo County to the West
Area (Km 2): 9,462.0 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Has an annual relief rainfall varying between 400mm and 750mm with a mean annual temperature ranging between 160C and 260C.
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Road Network: Bitumen Surface (139.3 Km), Gravel Surface (353.7 Km), Earth Surface (573.4 Km)
Key National Monument(s): None
Laikipia County Population
Population: 399,227 (Male – 49.8 %, Female – 50.2 %)
Population Density: 42 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.03 %
Annual Growth Rate: 3.9 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (42.1 %), 15-64 years (53.8 %), 65+ years (4.0 %)
Number of Households: 103,114
Laikipia County Government
County Capital: Nanyuki Town
Number of Constituencies (2010): 2 (Laikipia East and Laikipia West)
Registered Voters: 153,274
National percentage: 1.2 %
Number of Districts (2009): 5 (Laikipia North, East, West and Central, and Nyahururu)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 4 (Town Council of Rumuruti, County Council of Laikipia, Municipal Councils of Nanyuki and Nyahururu)
Economy of Laikipia County
Poverty Level: 46 % (Rural & Urban)
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:76
Resources: Indigenous Forests, Wildlife, Rivers
Tourist Attractions: Ole Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau Reserve, Thompson Falls, Caves
Financial Services: 6 Commercial Banks, 9 Micro-Finance Institutions, 2 Village Banks
Main Economic Activities/industries: Horticulture, Mixed farming, Livestock Farming
Education in Laikipia County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (347), Secondary (91)
Primary: Enrolment (85,424)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:37 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (22,091)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:29 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: More than 14 Institutions
Adult Literacy Classes: Not available
Health in Laikipia County
Health Facilities: District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (None), Dispensaries (56), Health Centres (8), Medical Clinics (9), Nursing Homes (2), Other (3)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:50,000
Infant Mortality Rates: 50/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 60/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Diarrhoeal diseases, Bronchopneumonia
Notable Hospitals: Rumuruti and Nanyuki District Hospitals
Laikipia County Contacts
The County Government of Laikipia
P.O. Box 1271 – 10400
Laikipia County Website