Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

Category: Counties in Kenya
Constituencies: Eldoret East, Eldoret North and Eldoret South.
Major Towns: Eldoret
Main Features: Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Population: 894, 179

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Uasin Gishu county is located in mid west of the Rift Valley Province and borders six counties, Elgeyo Markwet to the East, Trans Nzoia to the North, Kericho to the South, Baringo to the South East, Nandi to the South West and Bungoma to the West.

The capital city of Uasin Gishu is Eldoret (established in 1908 by fifty eight families of Afrikaans who trekked to the Uasin Gishu plateau from Nakuru after a journey from South Africa by sea).

The Uasin Gishu has a cool and temperate climate. It is characterized by arid and fertile farmland, flat parched plains and steep ridges.

There is also a large population of white immigrants from Zimbabwe, Scotland, England and South Africa who have settled and farm in Uasin Gishu County.

Economic activities:

  • Agriculture: Large Scale Maize farming, Dairy Farming
  • Industries; manufacturing and agro processing

Banks in Uasin Gishu:

  • Kenya commercial bank
  • Imperial Bank
  • Co-operative Bank
  • Equity bank
  • National Bank of Kenya
  • Standard Chartered bank
  • Central Bank of Kenya
  • Fina Bank

Universities/colleges in Uasin Gishu County:

  • Eldoret Aviation Training Institute
  • Eldoret Polytechnic
  • Elgon View College (Eldoret)
  • Moi University



  • Uasin Gishu District Hospital
  • Uasin Gishu Memorial Hospital
  • Eldoret Hospital
  • Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
  • Elgonview Hospital
  • Friends Church Sabatia Eye Hospital
  • Friends Hospital Kaimosi

Attractions, tourism and accommodation:

One of the main attraction sites in Eldoret is Kakamega Forest National Reserve. Some of the best hotels in Eldoret include: Cecada which has a good seasonal climatic condition of the town  and Sirikwa Hotel.

Uasin Gishu County is home to many Kenyan atheletees. Attractions include:

  • Sports Tourism
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Exo-Tourism


Eldoret International Airport serves Eldoret town and is one of the cleanest airport in the country in 2001. The Trans-African highway that joins East-Africa and the rest of African countries also passes through Eldoret. It is also served by the Kenya-Uganda railway.

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