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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.

Exciting Articles

Nanyuki Town

Category: Tourist Attractions in Laikipia County

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.

For more information visit: Nanyuki Town

Nyahururu Town

Category: Tourist Attractions in Laikipia County

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.

For more information visit:  Nyahururu Town

Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Laikipia County

Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Laikipia County

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.

 Top Best Accommodation and Hotels in Laikipia County

Sportsman’s Arms Hotel

Category: Hotels in Nanyuki Kenya

The Sportsman’s Arms boasts a magnificent view of Mt Kenya and has become a hub for climbers heading for the Sirimon and Burguret routes.

For more information visit:  Sportsman’s Arms Hote

Borana Lodge

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Borana, on the edge of the Samangua Valley, has panoramic views of Mt Kenya) across the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest. Built in 1992 by local artisans using only local building materials, the lodge is comfortable, luxurious and totally in keeping with its surroundings. Both the lodge and a game blind overlook a dam which attracts wildlife to the area.

For more information visit: Borana Lodge

 Ibis Hotel Nanyuki

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

The Ibis chain of hotels started with 1 hotel in Nyeri, and now has 2 hotels in Karatina, 1 in Nanyuki and 1 in Nyeri.

For more information visit: Ibis Hotel Nanyuki

 Solio Lodge

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Solio combines a working ranch with a wildlife sanctuary that provides refuge for wildlife that would otherwise be deprived of suitable habitat.

For more information visit:  Solio Lodge

Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Soames Hotel and Jack’s Bar is a beautiful newly constructed hotel and restaurant, located 7km from Nanyuki town on the Nanyuki Naro-Moru highway. An out of town hotel, set within a 100 acres of private property overlooking Mount Kenya. It is in close proximity to Jogi Timber and offers free WiFi to guests. The hotel has 12 double en-suite rooms in 6 cottages set within a garden. Each room has double or twin bed configuration, flat screen TV, modern bathroom facilities and a dressing room/work space. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities. The facility is named after Jack Soames, a European settler who came to Kenya in 1920 and made this farm his home.

For more information visit; Soames Hotel and Jack’s Bar

Lairagwan House

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Lairagwan House is a luxurios hotel situated in the green, serene area of Nanyuki. The home-stay was built with the leisure traveler in mind, who wants to get away from the busy city life and tour the Mount Kenya region in a homelike setting. The home has a living room where guests can lounge plus a dining area. Each room is fitted with a wardrobe and fresh linen on the beds. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. A fully equipped kitchen is available for guests to make their own food at their own convenience. Guests can come with their own foodstuffs and have them prepared by a chef at a fee. The house is cleaned everyday, if guests don’t mind. The management can organise for a help to do laundry. The premises are guarded by security personnel. Onsite parking is available.

For more information visit; Lairagwan House

Sere Enkang House

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Sere Enkang House is a popular lodge in Nanyuki, set by the banks of river Burguret, near Mount Kenya. Guests may access this lodge through the Nanyuki Airstrip, Nairobi/Nanyuki Highway and Naro Moro/Nanyuki Road. Free wi-fi is available. The rooms are designed with hardwood flooring , en-suite bathrooms and private balconies. Each room features bedside tables, complimentary bottle water and hair dryer.The on-site restaurant serves a variety of local and continental dishes. Self-catering facilities are also available at the lodge.

For more information visit; Sere Enkang House

Storms Resort & Campsite

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Storms Resort & Campsite is situated in Laikipia, Kenya. Free WiFi is available on the premises. Guests enjoy amazing views of Mount Kenya. Each room is fitted with a wardrobe and designed with an en-suite shower. Local and continental meals are served at the onsite restaurant, while guests order a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the bar. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Outdoor dining is available at the terrace. Shared kitchen facilities are provided at the resort. The resort features an event facility. Laundry, airport pickup and city shuttle services are provided upon request. The premises are guarded round the clock and the resort offers ample parking space. The resort is in close proximity to the Ol-pejeta conservancy, Lolldaiga Farm house and Mount Kenya.

For more information visit: Storms Resort & Campsite

Nanyuki Simba Lodge

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Nanyuki Simba Lodge is located in Nanyuki, Kenya. The bed and breakfast lodge is few minutes from the Barney’s Nanyuki Airstrip and major Nanyuki roads making it easily accessible to guests. WiFi internet access is available. The rooms at Nanyuki Simba Lodge are fitted with a desk and chair, a telephone and an en suite bathroom. The on-site bar and restaurant offers a variety of foods and drinks. Guests can enjoy hiking on Mt. Kenya hiking and camping activities. Guests can enjoy hiking on Mt. Kenya hiking and camping activities. The lodge offers luggage storage facilities and laundry services at a fee. City shuttle services are also available on request. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the famous Mt. Kenya are in close proximity to the lodge.

For more information visit; Nanyuki Simba Lodge 

The Old House

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

The Old House is located off Kenyatta Highway in Nanyuki, Kenya and features free WiFi throughout its premises. The on-site restaurant offers local and continental dishes. Shared kitchen facilities and outdoor dining services are also available. The Old House features a Hamman.The Old House offers luggage storage facilities, laundry services, room service, money exchange services and on-site ATM machine. Car hire, city and airport shuttle services are also available to guests upon request. The premises are guarded by security personnel and on-site and nearby parking is available.

For more information visit; The Old House

Mt. Kenya Royal Cottages

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Mt. Kenya Royal Cottages is an affordable hotel situated in a serene environment in Nanyuki. The lodge which is a short drive from Nanyuki Airstrip, has a cool ambiance and offers breathtaking views of the famous Mt Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges. Guests are welcomed by Masai Morans and enjoy complimentary breakfast. Each room has a rustic feel and is fitted with a TV with satellite stations, a wardrobe, and an en suite bathroom. Breakfast is complimentary and guests can order a variety of dishes from the on-site restaurant. There is a bar that serves alcohols and soft drinks which can be enjoyed in the garden. Guests enjoy tales in front of bonfires at the night while trying to keep warm.Airport, laundry, and car hire services are provided at a surcharge. The lodge has a conference center and events center for hosting business meetings, training programs, and parties. On-site and nearby parking are available and the premises are guarded by security personnel.

For more information visit: Mt. Kenya Royal Cottages

Batian Guest House

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

Batian Guest House is situated at the heart of Nanyuki town, along the Nairobi–Nanyuki Highway. The guesthouse features free WiFi and is a favorite for guests on transit to and from Mount Kenya. The rooms are designed with en-suite bathrooms and the windows give a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks of Mt. Kenya. Each room also features a television with satellite reception. The on-site bar offers a variety of wines, spirits, beers, non-alcoholic drinks and light snacks. A variety of local foods are also provided through the restaurant in ala-carte, buffet and barbeque.

For more information visit; Batian Guest House

Leisure Gardens

Category: Hotels in Laikipia County

With the magestic Mount Kenya as its backdrop, Leisure Gardens is located along the Nanyuki-Meru Road in the banks of River Likki. The rooms at Leisure Gardens are spacious, fitted with wooden beds with fresh linen. Each room has en-suite bathrooms. African dishes and drinks are provided through the on-site restaurant and bar. Outdoor dining services are also available.The Hotel offers a 24 hour front desk service, stable electricity and ample parking space. Meeting and banquet facilities are available to host social and corporate events. The premises are guarded by security personnel.

For more information visit; Leisure Gardens

Major Urban Centres in Laikipia County

Laikipia county has two major urban centres: Nanyuki to the southeast and Nyahururu to the southwest.

Nanyuki Town

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

  1. The Marina
  2. Nakumatt, the mega supermarket with branded cafes and restaurants
  3. The Trout Tree Restaurant is a stunning restaurant wrapped around an ancreat fig tree serving fresh trout from its ponds
  4. “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.

Attractions

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.

Nyahururu Town

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.

Attractions

Thomson’s falls: is a 70m scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Narok River, which drains from the Aberdare Mountain Range.

Economic Activities

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

  1. Laikipia East Constituency
  2. Laikipia East Constituency
  3. Laikipia North Constituency

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.

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
Nanyuki
Kenya

Email: info@laikipiacounty.go.ke

Laikipia County Website

Websitehttp://www.laikipiacounty.go.ke/

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