Kericho County is located to the South West of Kenya within the highlands west of the Great Rift Valley. It is approximately 250km from Nairobi and covers an area of 2,479.0 sq Km with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 27°C. Average rainfall range between 1,400 mm and 2,000mm per annum.
Kipsigis people who are part of the Kalenjin community are the indigenous of Kericho County. It is a County that has produced some of the best long distance runners in athletic history and won numerous medals for Kenya in the international circuits. Kericho County is Kenya’s largest tea plantation and the leading tea producer in the country.
Fresh cut flowers are also grown in large plantation. Tea and cut fresh flowers plantations are some of the leading agri-tourism attractions that offer beautiful scenery in Kericho County.
Other leading tourist attractions in the County include the Mau Forest Complex which is one of the largest water catchment areas in the country. Mau Forest is the source of several rivers and these includes Mara River, Sondu River, Southern Ewaso Ngiro and Njoro River. The forest is the main source of the highest rainfall rates in the Country. Bird watching, Monkey Sanctuary, and Chagic Botanic Garden are other tourist attraction in the County. Along Kericho’s Moi Highway in Kericho Town is Kericho Tea Hotel with excellent service for anyone who is looking for suitable holiday destination.
70 km to the West of Kericho town is Kisumu Town which is home to the largest lake (Victoria) in Africa. 100km to the East of Kericho Town is Nakuru which home to Lake Nakuru best known for flamingoes, the world famous birds. Nakuru National Park provides the opportunity to see white and black Rhino, lions, leopards, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and waterbucks. About 2hours drive to the South of Kericho is the Masai Mara, Africa’s greatest Wildlife Reserve.
Topographically, Kericho is characterized by an undulating landscape. The north and central part of the district is well watered with major rivers such as Youth, Kiptaret, Tumbilil, Mara, Nyando, Kipchorian and Maraget. The rivers are characterized by falls and rapids which have made electricity generation possible with most tea factories and installations generate their own electricity.
This unique combination of resources has encouraged businesses growth and prosper in the county. Many multinationals companies amongst them James Finlays and Unilever are engaged in large scale tea farming which have made Kenya the world’s number one black tea exporter.
With a rich culture, the Kipsigis community which maninly live in the county have more than 200 clans each with an informal clan leader and council of elders that help legislate clan family affairs such as disputes, inheritance and marriage issues. A kokwet led by Boyoab Kok has authority in village levels.
Circumcision amongst boys between the age of 12-15 introduces and prepare them fora adulthood- this is a ceremony seclusive. Most of the cultural practices in the county are preserved in a museum of the Kipsigis people founded by Mr. Alex Tum situated at the famous Kapkatet Town in Bureti sub-county.
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