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Nakuru County is home to the fourth largest town in Kenya Nakuru Town and the administrative capital of the former Rift Valley Province. It is one of the most cosmopolitan counties in Kenya with a sizable population of Kenyans of Indian and European descent.  People from different regions of the country have added a unique flavor to the county. It hosts a number of towns such as Molo, Njoro, Gilgil and Naivasha a popular tourist destination.

Nakuru County News

Nakuru County is located in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya, about 90km from Nairobi, Nakuru is an agriculturally-rich county blessed with various tourist attractions such as craters and lakes.

Nakuru borders seven counties; Laikipia county to the north east, Kericho county to the west, Narok county to the south west, Kajiado county to the south, Baringo county to the north, Nyandarua county to the east and Bomet county to the west.

It covers an area of 7496.5 square kilometres.

The name Nakuru means ‘a dusty place’ in the Maasai language – in reference to frequent whirlwinds that engulf the area with clouds of dust.

Nakuru County Government

THE county’s top leaders are Kinuthia Mbugua (Governor), Joseph Ruto (Deputy Governor) Mohammed Birik (County Commissioner), James Mungai (Senator) and Mary Mbugua (Women Representative).

Other top leaders in Nakuru County include

  1. David Gikaria (MP-Nakuru Town East)
  2. Arama Samuel (MP-Nakuru Town West)
  3. Onesmas Ngunjiri (MP-Bahati)
  4. Kipruto Moi (MP-Rongai)
  5. Nelson Gaicuhie (MP-Subukia)
  6. Moses Cheboi (MP-Kuresoi North)
  7. Zakayo Cheruiyot (MP-Kuresoi South)
  8. Samuel Ndiritu (MP-Gilgil)
  9. John Kihagi (MP-Naivasha)
  10. Joseph Kiuna (MP-Njoro)
  11. Jacob Macharia (MP-Molo)

People and Population of Nakuru County

Nakuru County is home to 1, 603, 325 people (male – 50.2% and female – 49.8%), according to the 2009 National Census. It is a cosmopolitan county, with its population originating from all the major tribes of Kenya.

The Kikuyu and the Kalenjin are the dominant communities in Nakuru, making about 70% of the county’s population. Both communities are mainly engaged in farming, livestock rearing and trade business.

Other communities such as Luo, Luhyia, Kamba, Meru and Kisii are also present in Nakuru County especially in the urban centres.

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Majority of these people migrated here for business and employment. The government is the main employer in the county.

Nakuru County Religion And Traditional Culture

Majority of people living in Nakuru County are Christians, with a small number of Muslims and Hindus being present in major towns. The Kikuyu people speak Gikuyu; a language widely spoken across the country even in major towns where a majority of people speak Kiswahili.

On the other hand, Kalenjin community comprises several sub-tribes; Tugen, Nandi, Pokot, Keiyo, Kipsigis, Sabaot, Terik and Marakwet – all speaking in Kalenjin language. Many Kikuyus and Kalenjins also speak Kiswahili and English and are among the most educated ethnic groups in Kenya.

Traditionally Kikuyus believed in a single god, called Ngai (the provider), living at the top of Mount Kenya, while the Kalenjins believed in a supreme god, Asis, who is represented in the form of the sun. The two communities have abandoned their traditional beliefs for Christianity.

Christian denominations in Nakuru County include the African Inland Church (AIC), Roman Catholic, the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).

Major Towns in Nakuru County

Nakuru Town

Located about 165 km to the north west of Nairobi, Nakuru is a major agricultural centre thanks to the county’s favourable weather and the fertile farms that surround the town. Crops grown around Nakuru and sold in the town include maize, beans and wheat. Nakuru is also a popular stopover on the way to the western parts of Kenya.

Naivasha Town

Located about 90km from north-west of Nairobi, Naivasha is quickly becoming a popular destination. The town is the gateway to major tourist attractions such as Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate and Longonot national parks. Besides tourism, horticulture is a major economic activity in Naivasha. Some of the best freshly cut rose flowers sold in the european markets have been grown and exported from Kenya flower farms like the Oserian, Homegrown and Karuturi flower farms all found in Naivasha.

Nakuru and Naivasha towns are complemented by other urban centres spread across the county, including Molo, Njoro, Gilgil, Mai Mahiu, Subukia, Salgaa and Rongai.

Climate And Weather in Nakuru County

Nakuru County has predictable weather patterns with temperatures ranging between 10°C during the cold months (July and August) and 20°C during the hot months (January to March). The county receives between 700mm and 1200mm of rainfall annually, with average annual rainfall being an approximated 800mm. Nakuru has two rainy seasons; April, May and August (long rains) and October and December (short rains).

Economic Activities in Nakuru County

Agriculture is the mainstay of Nakuru’s economy. The county’s weather is conducive for large-scale farming, horticulture and dairy farming. Food crops grown in Nakuru include maize, wheat, beans, peas, cabbages, tomatoes, kales and carrots. The produce is consumed locally and sold to consumers in neighboring towns and cities.

Some of the largest flower farms in the county include Homegrown, Oserian, Karuturi and Preesman. The bulk of flowers grown in these farms are mainly exported to Holland, UK and Germany. Tourism is also a major economic activity in Nakuru thanks to the county’s numerous tourist attractions such as craters, lakes, wildlife and birds.

There are numerous manufacturing industries in Nakuru town and other urban centres, including wheat and maize flour processing plants.

Health Facilities in Nakuru County

Nakuru has numerous healthcare facilities serving the residents of the county. Main hospitals include the Rift Valley Provincial Hospital, Nakuru War Memorial Hospital, Valley Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital (Nakuru).

Education in Nakuru County

There are 898 primary schools and 334 secondary schools in Nakuru County, serving 358,556 pupils and 25,475 students respectively. The county’s Teacher to Pupil Ratio is 1: 49 for public primary schools and 1:36 for public secondary schools.

Some of the top high schools in Nakuru County include Moi High School Kabarak, Molo Academy, Nakuru High School, Bahati Girls Secondary School, Naivasha Girls Secondary School and Rongai Secondary School.

Universities and other institutions of higher learning in the county include Egerton University, Mt Kenya University Campus, Kabarak University, Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

Notable Personalities in Nakuru County

Famous people in Nakuru County include The second President of the Republic of Kenya Mzee Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi who resides at his Kabarak home, veteran political activists Koigi wa Mwere and Rumba Kinuthia; shrewd politicians Dixon Kihika Kimani, Kariuki Chotara and Mirugi Kariuki who met his death in a plane crash in Marsabit in April 2006. He was then the Nakuru Town MP and Internal Security Assistant Minister. Kimani Maruge is also a famous person from Nakuru County. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest student in school when he joined class one in 2004 at the age of 84. Maruge died in August 2009.

Attractions And Places of Interest in Nakuru County

Tourist attractions in Nakuru County include Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park and Menengai Crater.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Category: Tourist Attractions in Nakuru County

Lake Nakuru National Park, situated just 4km from Nakuru town, is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. The park’s ecosystem, which comprises Lake Nakuru and surrounding grasslands, supports over 50 species of mammals including white rhino and about 450 species species of birds including flamingos.

For more information visit: Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park

Category: Tourist Attractions in Nakuru County

Located just outside Naivasha town, Lake Naivasha draws a huge array of wildlife to its shores – including buffalo, giraffes and hippos. The lake offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. With over 350 species of birds, Lake Naivasha is a great birding destination.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park

Category: Tourist Attractions in Nakuru County

Hell’s Gate National Park, which is situated beside Lake Naivasha, is ideal for rock climbing and biking. The park supports a thriving population of wildlife, including cheetahs, leopards and lions. The 2,490 meters-high Menengai Crater, which is located 10km north of Nakuru, is the world’s second largest surviving volcanic crater covering 90 sq km.

For more information visit: Hells Gate National Park

Traveling To Nakuru County

Nakuru County is easily accessible from Nairobi by road. Public transport plies the Nairobi-Nakuru route on a daily basis. The 160km journey takes about two hours. Nakuru is also accessible by road from Nyeri, via the 167km Nyeri-Nakuru road, and from Kisumu via the 180km Kisumu-Eldoret-Nakuru highway.

Banks in Nakuru County

Nakuru County is served by all the major banks including Kenya Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Equity Bank, CFC Stanbic, Diamond Trust, Barclays and Family Bank. Safaricom M-Pesa services are readily available in the county.

Shopping in Nakuru County

There are stopover facilities with convenience stores and curio shops in many parts of the county, especially near tourist attractions such as Lake Nakuru and the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

Delamare Farm shop on the outskirts of Naivasha is a nice stopover on the way to Nakuru. The shop sells farm fresh yoghurts and some yummy hot dogs. Top supermarkets in Nakuru town include Nakumatt, Naivas, Uchumi, Tuskys and Ukwala. These stores offer a wide range of products, including food and beverages.

Nakuru County Jobs

Nakuru County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Nakuru County government. Jobs in Nakuru County are posted on the county website.

Jobs in Nakuru County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.

To access these Nakuru county jobs advertisement click the link: Nakuru County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.

Nakuru County Tenders

Nakuru county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.

To access tenders in Nakuru county click the link: http://www.nakuru.go.ke/tenders/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.

Nakuru County Governor and Deputy Governor

The current governor of Nakuru County is Hon. Kinuthia Mbugua and the deputy governor is Hon. Joseph Ruto.

Constituencies in Nakuru County

  1. Molo Constituency
  2. Njoro Constituency
  3. Naivasha Constituency
  4. Gilgil Constituency
  5. Kuresoi South Constituency
  6. Kuresoi North Constituency
  7. Subukia Constituency
  8. Rongai Constituency
  9. Bahati Constituency
  10. Nakuru Town West Constituency
  11. Nakuru Town East Constituency

Nakuru County Wards

Details about Nakuru County Wards will be updated soon…

Top Best Accommodation and Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge is situated 95 kms from Nairobi on the shores of Lake Naivasha on Moi South Lake Road. Naivasha Simba is set in serene surrounding that couple ideally with its countryside look to make it the perfect location for conferences, wedding receptions, honeymoons and private retreats.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort is situated on 120 acres of lakefront gardens. The lodge is approached by a stone path along the side of a pond surrounded by plants. The resort is decorated with wrought iron chandeliers and African artifacts.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Twiga House

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Twiga House is a private house located on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The house provides a combination of outdoor activities and comfortable living.

For more information visit: Twiga House

4. Hippo Point

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Hippo Point is a private wildlife sanctuary on the shores of Lake Naivasha. It aims to be a slow safari, a place where visitors relax and commune with nature. The sanctuary includes a wellness retreat and offers a selection of activities.

For more information visit: Hippo Point

5. Kongoni Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Set in a private conservation area on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kongoni Lodge is surrounded by wildlife. The house was built in the early 19005, and has a long veranda overlooking the lake. The kongoni, or hartebeest, that gave the place its name roam freely around the area.

For more information visit: Kongoni Lodge

6. Kiangazi House

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Kiangazi House, named after the hot, dry season, is situated in Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, overlooking the shores of Lake Naivasha. The house was built of local stone and timber, with private lounges, a bar and library, all with fireplaces. It is set in a lush garden of rolling lawns.

For more information visit:  Kiangazi House

Elsamere Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Joy Adamson said of Elsamere: It would be impossible to imagine a more attractive site for a home. The former home of Joy and George Adamson, Elsamere has a museum housing the Adamsons’ collection of books and paintings, as well as memorabilia from the film Born Free.

For further information visit: Elsamere Lodge 

Chui Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Named after the rare and imposing leopard, Chui Lodge is a private retreat on the slopes overlooking Lake Naivasha. The lodge was crafted from bush stone, and local acacia, olive and leleshwa woods. The lodge and swimming pool overlook a waterhole that attracts plentiful game.

For more information visit:  Chui Lodge

Fish Eagle Inn 

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Fish Eagle Inn, on the shores of Lake Naivasha, offers cottages, suites, rooms and a campsite in attractive gardens.

For more information visit: Fish Eagle Inn

Fisherman’s Camp

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

One of the original camps on Lake Naivasha, Fisherman’s Camp is popular with locals and visitors alike. The circular bar and restaurant overlook large gardens sloping down to the lake’s edge. The camp offers self—catering accommodation, a lively restaurant and bar and a campsite.

For more information visit: Fisherman’s Camp

Top Camp

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

On a hillside with striking views of the lake below, Top Camp is just as its name implies. The camp is immediately opposite Fisherman’s Camp, on the lakefront, and all the facilities and activities available at Fisherman’s Camp can be accessed by visitors to Top Camp. The camp otters self-catering accommodation.

For more information visit: Top Camp

Camp Carnelley’s

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Camp Carnelley’s centres on a bar and restaurant with an open fireplace, bright comfortable cushions and plentiful seating. The camp offers bandas, rooms, dorms and camping in gardens that slope to the lakeshore.

For more information visit: Camp Carnelley’s

Crayfish Camp

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Crayfish Camp is located along Moi South Lake Road, 18km from Naivasha town set in natural Acacia woodland within one of the largest flower farms. The camp offers a wide range of activities such as mountain biking, boating, horse riding, nature walks, indoor games and picnicking.

For more information visit: Crayfish Camp

YMCA Naivasha Camp

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Down a short track from Moi South Lake Road, YMCA Naivasha Camp offers bandas, dorms and camping in a large wild garden.

For more information visit: YMCA Naivasha Camp

Sawela Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Set in lush, gardens on Lake Naivasha, Sawela Lodge is made up of a collection of attractive cottages. The design concept of the lodge is the head of a bull. The central restaurant forms the bull’s head, while the cottages, extending outwards through the gardens, form its horns .Sawela Lodge opened in 2009.

For more information visit: Sawela Lodge

Other Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Country Club

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Country Club became famous in the 19305, when it was a staging post tor the imperial Airways flying boat service from Durban to London. The club is situated on the shores of Lake Naivasha, in 12 hectares of lawns.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Country Club

Enashipai Resort and Spa

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Enashipai is a Maasai term meaning a state of happiness. This stylish new resort has created chic modern structures from traditional Maasai designs. Enashipai Resort and Spa opened as Lake Naivasha Holiday Inn in 2008, and was comprehensively redesigned and refurbished in 2011.

For more information visit: Enashipai Resort and Spa

Marina Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Set in lakefront gardens, Marina Lodge offers budget accommodation and boat trips. The lodge was refurbished in 2011, and now provides safari style tents and a campsite.

For more information visit: Marina Lodge

 Fischer’s Tower Hotel

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Fischer’s Tower, gardens bright with bougainvillea are dotted with rustic sculptures of African animals. The hotel offers budget accommodation and vibrant night life.

For more information visit: Fischer’s Tower Hotel

Lake Naivasha Resort

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Originally an English colonial farmhouse, Lake Naivasha Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Significant moments in the house’s history include the visit of King Edward VII in i906 and the visit of King George V in 1935.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Resort

Yellow Green Hotel

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Bright yellow and green wagon wheels mark the gate of the Yellow Green Hotel.The hotel is set in tropical gardens, and offers budget accommodation, dining and entertainment.

For more information visit: Yellow Green Hotel

Lake Naivasha Panorama Park

Lake Naivasha Panorama Park is located in Police Rd, Naivasha.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Panorama Park

La Belle Inn

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

La Belle lnn was established in 1932. The hotel, an attractive colonial building in the center of Naivasha town, is set around a central garden.

For more information visit: La Belle Inn

Kenvash Hotel

Category: Hotels in Naivasha  Kenya

An imposing white building with elegant balustrades, Kenvash Hotel is located in Naivasha town. The hotel was established in 1988 and renovated in 2009.

For more information visit: Kenvash Hotel

Eros Hotel

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Eros Hotel is adorned both inside and out in orange and white. lts slogan is: putting Nakuru on the hospitality map of Kenya. The hotel offers budget accommodation in Nakuru.

For more information visit: Eros Hotel

Deloraine House

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Eros Hotel is adorned both inside and out in orange and white. lts slogan is: putting Nakuru on the hospitality map of Kenya. The hotel offers budget accommodation in Nakuru.

For more information visit: Deloraine House

Aqua Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Aqua Lodge was established in 2008. The hotel is located on the main road in Naivasha town. Its bright yellow and terracotta facade makes a landmark in Naivasha.

For more information visit: Aqua Lodge

Lakeside Tourist Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Lakeside Tourist Lodge is located in Naivasha town. It is entered through a front terrace shaded by tall trees. The reception, restaurant and bar are located on the ground floor.

For more information visit: Lakeside Tourist Lodge

Olerai House

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

A flower-covered farm house shaded by yellow acacia trees, Olerai House is located in a private game sanctuary on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The house overlooks a waterhole frequented by zebra, giraffe and antelope.

For more information visit: Olerai House

Bilashaka Lodge

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Bilashaka Lodge is located in the grounds of Bilashaka Flowers. The rose farm, owned by a Dutch family, exports roses around the world. The area is known for prolific birdlife; 400 species have been recorded in the vicinity.

For further information visit: Bilashaka Lodge

Dafina Holiday Cottage

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Dafina Holiday Cottage overlooks the golf course of the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. The cottage is actually an attractive pair of cottages that can be taken separately or as a single house.

For more information visit: Dafina Holiday Cottage

Kiboko Luxury Camp

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Kiboko Luxury Camp Naivasha is the first all inclusive luxury camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha with only 8 Iuxury tents. Kiboko Luxury Camp Naivasha tents are approximately 62 square metres with en suite bathrooms within the sprawling ground of the Lake Naivasha.

For more information visit: Kiboko Luxury Camp

Lake Naivasha Resort

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Lake Naivasha Resort, a former English colonial farmhouse, consists of 20 rooms and four family cottages set in a
serene environment. The grand colonial-style property is set amid gardens of roses that stretch up to the lake edge. The
friendly staff create a ‘home-away-from-home’ atmosphere.

For more information visit: Lake Naivasha Resort

Enashapai Resort and Spa

Category: Hotels in Nakuru County

Enashipai is a Maasai term meaning “a place of happiness.” This happiness is well presented at the prestigious Enashipai Resort & Spa, where a strong local heritage and abundant nature is blended with pure luxury, and then delivered with a generous sense of warmth. Located only an hour’s drive from the capital city Nairobi, Enashipai is the best place for meetings, seminars, retreats and many other MICE activities.

For more information visit: Enashapai Resort and Spa

Nakuru County Contacts

County Government of Nakuru
P.O. Box 2870-20100,
Nakuru.
TEL: 0775-096861, 0711-133005, (051)2216379/80, (051)2214142

Nakuru County Website

http://www.nakuru.go.ke/

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