Elgeyo / Marakwet County, Kenya

Category: Counties in Kenya
Population: 369,998
Area Square km: 3,029.8 Km 2
Constituencies: Marakwe East, Marakwet West, Keiyo East, Keiyo South
Major Towns: Kapsowar, ,Iten, Chembiemit, Kapcherop, Cheptongei and Sangach
Main Features: Marakwet escarpment

Key points about this information item Elgeyo / Marakwet County, Kenya



Elgeyo Marakwet County is in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The county is also known by the name Marakwet and the dominant community is of the Marakwet tribe. The tribe is of the Kalenjin people and practice small-scale crop farming and livestock rearing including daily farming. Marakwet County is bordered to the East by Kerio River at 1000 m above sea level, to the west there is the Cherang’any Hills and Marakwet Escarpment which rise above 3300 m above sea level.


It borders the following Counties: West Pokot to the North, Baringo to the East, South East and South, Uasin Gishu to the South West and West, and Trans Nzoia to the North West.



Marakwet County is home of some of the great long distance runners in Kenya; some of them are Moses Kiptanui, Evans Ruto, Ruben Kosgei, Ezekiel Kemboi and Richard Chelimo.


Attractions in Elgeyo Marakwet County:



Economic Activities in Elgeyo Marakwet

Agriculture; involving small-scale farming of cash and subsistence crops, livestock rearing.


Banks in Elgeyo Marakwet:

  • Kenya commercial bank
  • Barclays bank
  • Co-operative Bank
  • Equity bank
  • Post Bank

Hospitals in Elgeyo Marakwet:

  • Africa Inland Church Kapsowar Hospital.
  • Iten District Hospital.
  • Chebiemit District Hospital


The county is accessible by road through most of the other Rift Valley Counties from the capital city of Kenya Nairobi.


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