Located 80km south of Nairobi, Kajiado County occupies well over 21,292km2 of Kenya’s total landmass. Its name is derived from a common Maasai word ‘Orkejuado’ which means ‘the long river’ in reference to a seasonal river that flows west of Kajiado town. The main economic activities in Kajiado County include pastoralism, livestock herding, tourism, and agriculture. Agricultural activities are mostly practiced through irrigation and greenhouses owing to the arid nature of the county.
The county’s climate is not so farming friendly with temperature ranging from 20 – 3O°C and rainfall at 500mm to 1,250mm per annum. As with the hardworking nature of Kenyan citizens, most of the residents in Kajiado have rolled up their sleeves to beat the odds of its poor climate which renders the region not so conducive for farming. A growing number of farmers in Kimana, Rombo and Entonet are currently engaged in irrigation farming to support subsistence crop farming.
The Capital headquarters of Kajiado county is Kajiado town while some of its major towns include; Ngong, Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Loitokitok, Isinya and Kitengela. All these towns are well serviced by financial institutions and banks, shopping malls and supermarkets and an array of modern accommodation facilities.
- Kenya’s Amboseli National Park is located in Kajiado providing magnificent views and a stunning backdrop of Africa’s highest Mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
- The most mineral-rich Lake in the whole of Rift Valley, Lake Magadi, is located in Kajiado County.
- Being the best place to watch live herds of elephants, today Amboseli features longest studied pachyderms in the wild, since 1972.
- Kenya’s sixth vice president and a renowned mathematician, Professor George Saitoti hails from Kajiado. He was also an MP for Kajiado North for a whopping 24 years until he passed on in 2012
- One of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time and the world record holder in the marathon (2003-2007), Mr. Paul Tergat lives in Kajiado at a place called Ngong where he also trains.
- Discover the story of the first ever Maasai woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament, Hon. Peris Tobiko who shocked the world by fight against all odds of the Maasai culture in the year 2003.
- Lake Magadi is the greatest producer of salt in Kenya.