Elgeyo-Marakwet County is one of Kenya's 47 counties. Elgeyo Marakwet County is located in the former Rift Valley Province, its capital and largest town is Iten. It borders the counties of West Pokot to the north, Baringo County to the east and south, Uasin Gishu to the southwest and west, Trans Nzoia to the northwest. Source: The Kerio River binds the county on the eastern side. From its alluvial plain the topography rises towards the west; the Elgeyo Escarpment causes elevation differences of up to 1,500 m. In the northern and southern part of the county the topography is rugged, giving way to more subdued relief differences going westwards; the underlying geology consists of gneisses from the Basement System. The Cherangany Hills rise to form the western half of the Great Rift Valley and extend northwest in a broken chain to Mount Moroto in Uganda. Non-volcanic in origin, the Cherangany Hills resulted from subsequent erosion of the raised western ridge of the Eastern Rift Valley; the range is 30 miles long and 25 miles wide and averages 9,000 feet in height.
Many of the summits are covered with huge lobelias. Some of the hills include Kameleogon, Chepkotet and Sodang. Temperatures range from a minimum of 14 °C to a maximum of 24 °C. Rainfall ranges annually from 400 to 1,400 mm; the county is occupied by Keiyo, Sengwer called Cherangany and Marakwet are part of the larger ethnic grouping of eight culturally and linguistically related ethnic groups known as the Kalenjin. Marakwet is a sub-tribe of the Kalenjin, it is made up of the sub-dialects Almoo, Endoow and Sombirir who presently predominantly live in Marakwet District in the North Rift Valley Province. Some now live in other towns; the name Keiyo or Elgeyo has been used interchangeably to describe the Keiyo people. The latter name is disputed as a corruption of the true name, coined by the Uasin-Gishu Maasai, who were the Keiyo's neighbours in the mid-9th century at the western side of Eldoret; as of 2015, the County Governor was Alex Tolgos, the Senator was Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen, County Women Representative was Susan Kipketer Chebet, all of the United Republican Party, an affiliate of the Jubilee Alliance.
The County has four constituencies in the National Assembly, twenty ward seats in its County Assembly. The Speaker was Albert Kochei. Economic activity in the county is characterized by mixed farming, which consists of livestock and subsistence farming. Other activities include small business and fluorspar mining in Kerio Valley. Oil Prospecting by Tullow Oil Company is ongoing in Kerio Valley. Major Tourist Attractions are The county is notable for its long-standing tradition of producing top athletes who have represented Kenya in many international athletics events. Notable Athletes hailing from this county include.
Naivasha is a market town in Nakuru County, lying 47 miles north west of Nairobi. The town has a total population of 181,966; the main industry is agriculture floriculture. Naivasha is a popular tourist destination. Hell's Gate National Park, Longonot National Park and Mount Longonot are nearby attractions. Tours have included Lake Naivasha, to observe birdlife and hippopotamus behaviour, as well as other wild animals. In the late 1970s–1980s Lake Naivasha was overrun with poachers and foreign creatures introduced into the lake to provide fishing; the migratory paths along lake Naivasha were being destroyed by the local rose industry. The naturalist Joan Root, spent the last decade of her life trying to save the lake and its wildlife. A resort in Naivasha was the location for much of the negotiations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending the Second Sudanese Civil War known as the "Naivasha Agreement". Naivasha is located on the shore of Lake Naivasha along the Nairobi–Nakuru highway and the Uganda Railway.
In 2015, an extension of the new standard gauge railway to this town was approved. Lake Naivasha Country Club – historic site in the area. Naivasha Satellite map and local surroundings
Ngong is a town near the Ngong Hills along the Great Rift Valley within Kajiado County, located in the southwest of Nairobi, in southern Kenya. The word "Ngong" is a Maasai word meaning "knuckles", referring to the 4 hill peaks of the ridge, which stands alone rising from the plain around Nairobi; the Ngong Hills, from the eastside slopes, overlook the Nairobi National Park game reserve and, off to the north, the city of Nairobi. The Ngong Hills, from the westside slopes, overlook the Great Rift Valley dropping over 4,000 feet below, where nomadic Maasai live; the population of Ngong is 157,188, the elevation of Ngong town is 1,961 meters in altitude, but the altitude of the hills is about 2,460 meters above sea level. Ngong was the central town of Ngong division. During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. Today Ngong and its environs is a well-developed outskirt providing a good residing place for many of Nairobi's workers Ngong division consists of the Nairobi suburbs of Ongata Rongai and Kitengela where the residents are Nairobians who build houses in the more quiet regions of the city.
In the 1985 film Out of Africa, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes at Karen Blixen's house, located near Ngong. Local residents still reported seeing lions in the Hills during the 1990s; the solitary grave of Denys Finch Hatton, marked by an obelisk and garden, is located on the eastern slopes of the Ngong Hills, overlooking the vast game reserve. Former and current world marathon athletes, including all time champion Paul Tergat reside here. Basketball is a popular sport in Ngong, with future NBA stars such as Nashon Zawadi and Andrew Bagaka improving their skills at CITAM Ngong basketball court; the court however, isn't in good condition. It is the see city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ngong. Photo of Ngong Hills from game reserve: showing entire ridge, with Rift Valley behind. Photo of Ngong Hills from Blixen lawn: showing yard left of Karen Blixen house, with Ngong Hills behind. Photo of Ngong Hills from Great Rift Valley: showing severe drop, with Nairobi suburbs on opposite side.
Photo of Ngong Hills from Great Rift Valley, closeup: showing vegetation, suburbs
Machakos called Masaku is a town in Kenya, 63 kilometres southeast of Nairobi. It is the capital of the Machakos Kenya, its population is growing and was 150,041 as of 2009. People who live here are of the Akamba ethnicity. Machakos is surrounded with a high number of family farms. Machakos was established in 1887 by ten years before Nairobi. Machakos was the first administrative centre for the British colony, the capital was moved to Nairobi in 1899 when Machakos was by-passed by the Uganda Railway, under construction. Technically Machakos is the oldest administrative municipality in central Africa. Prominent politicians from the town included: Mwatu wa Ngoma, Paul Joseph Ngei, Mutisya Mulu and Jonstone Muthama. Known as Kiamba, the town and county were named after Masaku wa Munyati, an Akamba chief who arrived in the area in 1816 from the area around Sultan Hamud. Sudan-related peace talks were held in Machakos, resulting in the Machakos Protocol on 20 July 2002. * 2009 census. Source: Machakos' open air markets sells many products.
Major market days are Friday. Machakos has a number of banks such a Barclays, National Bank, NIC Bank, Credit Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Standard Chartered, K-rep, Co-operative and Kenya Commercial in the CBD and the Universal traders sacco, it has the larger administrative offices in lower Ukambani. Machakos town has good road town planning, it has a well-planned bus terminal at the heart of the town popularly known as the'Machakos Airport'. It's a busy place where buses and matatus depart for Machakos and Kitui as well as Western Kenya and the Rift Valley. Machakos has hilly scenery, good for hiking, it is the home town of some of the world's most beautiful sculptures made in Wamunyu. Kaloleni near Ngelani, is famous for "water flowing against gravity", it is on a spot known as Kya Mwilu to the east of Machakos. As the slogan of Machakos County goes, it is "The Place to be". Major sports grounds include the Machakos Golf Club spread over a large lush area including a 9-hole golf course. There is Kenyatta Stadium, adjacent the Machakos Social Hall and is the home ground to Sofapaka FC.
The name of the ground will soon be renamed to The Kalonzo Musyoka Stadium. Gelian Hotel,is the biggest in the town, but one can get breakfast or lunch at T-Tot hotel or a drink at either Ikuuni, Buddies,Club Wizard, Club Legend or New Boma. Other hotels and guest houses are Shanbad house or Le Technish; the town boasts of the Garden Hotel with decor. Primary schools in Machakos include Machakos Primary, St. Mary's Boys and Girls, Muthini Primary, Township Muslim Primary School, St. Teresas Primary, Machakos Academy, ABC Girls Academy, One Hill Academy Premese Academy, Lukenya Academy, Makutano Academy, Mumbuni Primary, Baptist Primary, Highrise School Mks, Katoloni. High schools include Pope Paul VI Junior Seminary, Machakos Girls, Machakos School, St. Monica, St. Valentine Girls, Mumbuni High School and Katoloni among others. Tertiary education is still growing, with new colleges like Machakos University, Machakos Teachers Training College, Machakos Institute of Technology, Copperbelt College, Century Park College, African Training Center for Research and Technology, Scott Christian University and Computers for School Kenya.
The most advanced and oldest collage remains the Kenya Medical Training CollegeMachakos Campus. Prominent students from kmtc machakos includes John Mutuku Kivunga HSC, now a renowned Clinical officer in Kenya,thanks to his hard work in various medical institutions. On 26 March 2001, a fire was set at Kyanguli Secondary School after the final exam. Results were annulled and payment of their outstanding school fees was demanded. 67 people perished and another 19 were injured, including one of the perpetrators. The two perpetrators, Felix Mambo Ngumbao, 16, Davies Otieno Onyango, 17, were charged with murder. Bluegecko.org Kenyan Deals
Machakos County is a county of Kenya. Its capital is Machakos, its largest town is the country's first administrative headquarters. The county had a population of 1,098,584 as of 2009; the county borders Nairobi and Kiambu counties to the west, Embu to the north, Kitui to the east, Makueni to the south, Kajiado to the south west, Muranga and Kirinyaga to the north west. The office of the governor of Machakos was created on 27 March 2013. Alfred Mutua, the incumbent, is the inaugural holder of the office. There are many primary schools in Machakos County, including Machakos Primary School and Machakos Academy. Machakos County has giant secondary schools such as Machakos School, Machakos Girls' School, Mumbuni Boys' Secondary School, Mumbuni Girls' Secondary School, Masii Boys' Secondary School, Tala Girls' School, Matungulu Girls' High School, Kitulu Day Secondary School and Kabaa High School, which boasts of a castle, left behind by Christian missionaries; this castle is now a museum. Kwa Nthanze Secondary School, found in Machakos County, is famous for its volleyball championship in the country.
Universities and colleges within Machakos County include Machakos University, Scott Theological University, South Eastern Kenya University, St. Paul's University, African Training Center for Research and Technology, Century Park College, Machakos Institute of Technology, Machakos Technical Training Institute for the Blind; the local climate is semi-arid with hilly terrain and an altitude of 1000 to 2100 metres above sea level. Tourist-related activities include camping, hiking safaris and cultural tourism and music festivals. Subsistence agriculture is practiced with maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown due to the area's semi-arid state; the county plays host to the open air market concept with major market days where large amounts of produce are traded. Fruits and other food stuffs like maize and beans are sold in these markets; the county is banking on projects such as the Konza Technology City, a new Machakos City and its proximity to Nairobi County to boost output in the economy.
Source: USAid Kenya The county has eight constituencies: Masinga Constituency Yatta Constituency Kangundo Constituency Matungulu Constituency Kathiani Constituency Mavoko Constituency Machakos Town Constituency Mwala Constituency Machakos County is within Greater Nairobi which consists of 4 out of 47 counties in Kenya, but the area generates about 60% of the nation's wealth. The counties are: Source: NairobiMetro/ Kenya Census Source: OpenDataKenya Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank Source: OpenDataKenya Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank Kitui County Makueni County Embu County Kirinyaga County Muranga County Machakos County Governor Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Kenya AdminLevels 1-4
East Africa or Eastern Africa is the eastern region of the African continent, variably defined by geography. In the United Nations Statistics Division scheme of geographic regions, 20 territories make up Eastern Africa: Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan are members of the East African Community; the first five are included in the African Great Lakes region. Burundi and Rwanda are at times considered to be part of Central Africa. Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia – collectively known as the Horn of Africa; the area is the easternmost projection of the African continent, is sometimes considered a separate region from East Africa. Comoros and Seychelles – small island nations in the Indian Ocean. Réunion and Mayotte – French overseas territories in the Indian Ocean. Mozambique and Madagascar – considered part of Southern Africa, on the eastern side of the sub-continent. Madagascar has close cultural ties to the islands of the Indian Ocean. Malawi and Zimbabwe – also included in Southern Africa, constituted the Central African Federation.
Sudan and South Sudan – collectively part of the Nile Valley. Situated in the northeastern portion of the continent, the Sudans are included in Northern Africa. Members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa free trade area. Due to colonial territories of the British East Africa Protectorate and German East Africa, the term East Africa is used to refer to the area now comprising the three countries of Kenya and Uganda. However, this has never been the convention in many other languages, where the term had a wider geographic context and therefore included Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia; some parts of East Africa have been renowned for their concentrations of wild animals, such as the "big five": the elephant, lion, black rhinoceros, leopard, though populations have been declining under increased stress in recent times those of the rhino and elephant. The geography of East Africa is stunning and scenic. Shaped by global plate tectonic forces that have created the East African Rift, East Africa is the site of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, the two tallest peaks in Africa.
It includes the world's second largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria, the world's second deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika. The climate of East Africa is rather atypical of equatorial regions; because of a combination of the region's high altitude and the rain shadow of the westerly monsoon winds created by the Rwenzori Mountains and Ethiopian Highlands, East Africa is cool and dry for its latitude. In fact, on the coast of Somalia, many years can go by without any rain whatsoever. Elsewhere the annual rainfall increases towards the south and with altitude, being around 400 mm at Mogadishu and 1,200 mm at Mombasa on the coast, whilst inland it increases from around 130 mm at Garoowe to over 1,100 mm at Moshi near Kilimanjaro. Unusually, most of the rain falls in two distinct wet seasons, one centred on April and the other in October or November; this is attributed to the passage of the Intertropical Convergence Zone across the region in those months, but it may be analogous to the autumn monsoon rains of parts of Sri Lanka and the Brazilian Nordeste.
West of the Rwenzoris and Ethiopian highlands, the rainfall pattern is more tropical, with rain throughout the year near the equator and a single wet season in most of the Ethiopian Highlands from June to September – contracting to July and August around Asmara. Annual rainfall here ranges from over 1,600 mm on the western slopes to around 1,250 mm at Addis Ababa and 550 mm at Asmara. In the high mountains rainfall can be over 2,500 mm. Rainfall in East Africa is influenced by El Niño events, which tend to increase rainfall except in the northern and western parts of the Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands, where they produce drought and poor Nile floods. Temperatures in East Africa, except on the hot and humid coastal belt, are moderate, with maxima of around 25 °C and minima of 15 °C at an altitude of 1,500 metres. At altitudes of above 2,500 metres, frosts are common during the dry season and maxima about 21 °C or less; the unique geography and apparent suitability for farming made East Africa a target for European exploration and colonialization in the nineteenth century.
Today, tourism is an important part of the economies of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The easternmost point of the continent, Ras Hafun in Somalia, is of archaeological and economical importance. According to the theory of the recent African origin of modern humans, the predominantly held belief among most archaeologists, East Africa is the area where anatomically modern humans first appeared. There are differing theories on whether there was several. A growing number of researchers suspect that North Africa was instead the original home of the modern humans who first trekked out of the continent; the major competing hypothesis is the multiregional origin of modern humans, which envisions a wave of Homo sapiens migrating earlier from Africa and interbreeding with local Homo erectus populations in multiple regions of the globe. Most multiregionalists still view Africa as a major wellspring of human genetic diversity, but allow a much greater role for hybridization. Some