Spread across over 6800 km2 Elgeyo Marakwet is nothing if not diverse. The greatest challenge when you visit here, finding the time to do everything. There are attractions everywhere so be ready to come back another day, and after some time here, that’s exactly what you’ll want to do.
The county is one of the most intriguing places to visit in the rift valley. Its name is derived from its two largest ethnic groups, the Keiyo to the south, and the Marakwet to the north. The Tugen and Pokot peoples also occupy some parts of this county, therefore, forming the larger Kalenjin community. Livestock and subsistence farming is the main economic activity for the most part of this region with some traces of fluorspar mining and small business in some parts of the region.
Since the implementation of the devolved government, Iten town officially became the capital of the county. The average annual temperatures in this region range 150 c to highs of 350C while rainfall ranges between 450mmm to 1450mm per annum. Elgeyo Marakwet is perfectly tucked in between Baringo, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu Counties.
- Rimoi National Reserve, Iten View Point, Cherangany hills and Chebloch Gorge are the most popular attractions sites in Elgeyo Marakwet.
- Elgeyo Marakwet is arguably the best altitude training location in the world with numerous training camps spread across the county.
- The Cherangany hills are the only traces of old fold-mountains left in Kenya. The folds formed millions of years ago after they became surrounded by vast lava flows from Mt. Elgon.
- Each and every clan of the Keiyo and Marakwet people has its own strip of land, its own ridges, and valleys. They used their rich cultural ties that informs their patrilineal clan system to exploit the great & diverse natural resources.
- Sports tourism is one of the most sought-after activity by people visiting this county.