Garissa town Guide
Garissa town is located in Garissa County in the North Eastern Province, Kenya. It is the capital town of Garissa County, North Eastern Province and Garissa District. The Tana River flows through the town of Garissa.
Garissa Town Climate
The Town rainfall varies from 1,000 to 1,500mm in the highlands to 600mm per annum in the lowlands with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 10°C in the highlands to a maximum of 35°C in the low lying plains.
Economic Activities in Garissa Kenya
The main economic activities are Livestock Farming in Kenya predominantly through pastoralism, Bee-farming in Kenya, Sand Harvesting, irrigated farming and trading.
It is endowed with natural resources such as livestock, rivers, pasture, wildlife, vast tracts of flat land, solar and wind energy, mineral resources and medicinal plants.
Tourist attractions are the Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary and Arawale Nationa Reserve and Boni National Reserve. The Garissa animal market is also a popular attraction.
People of Garissa Town
Most of the inhabitants of Garissa are ethnic Somalis. The major clans in the region belong to the Ogaden sub-clan of the Somali Darod. There are also a small number of other minority tribes commonly referred to as corner tribes.
Garissa Town Administration
Garissa forms a municipality that has six wards (Biashara, Bulla, Jamhuri, Market, Mashambani and Stadium). All of them belong to Garissa Township Constituency, which has a total of thirteen wards.
The remaining seven are located within Garissa County Council, the rural council of Garissa District.
The Garissa town is a market centre situated on the Tana River, and its industries process food, beverages, and tobacco products; manufactures include plastic containers. It is located about 215 miles (350 km) east of Nairobi city and is linked by road with Nairobi, Mombasa, and Alanga Arba.
Lots of camels, donkeys, goats and cattle are mostly found on the road. Not a lot of “wild” life, the occasional digidig and one random baboon that crossed our path going eastward, it gets predominantly Muslim. That roadside was peppered with nomadic encampments of these hemispheric huts made of woven branches, and covered with plastic tarps since it was rainy season.
However, the vast district is historically home for large mammals including elephants, the endangered rhinos in Kenya, buffalo in Kenya and finally the big cats. Older people still vividly remember how they had some rough time with these animals.
However, due to recent improvement in security in the province, elephants have reportedly returned to Garissa which used to be a migratory corridor connecting the Tsavo and Kora ecosystems to the grater Somalia ecosystem.
There is also a giraffe sanctuary in Garissa that offer protection and conservation of the reticulated giraffes in this remote part of Kenya. The sanctuary is located along the eastern side of the river near Garissa and the giraffes acess it through marked watering corridors. The Somali Giraffe or Reticulated Giraffe is a subspecies of giraffe native to Somalia and Northeastern Kenya. Reticulated giraffe can interbreed with other giraffe subspecies in captivity or if populations are low in the wild.
Hotels and Accommodations in Garissa Town
Nomad Palace Hotel
Halugo Palace Hotel
Makuti Food Parlour