Nandi County, Kenya

Category: Counties in Kenya
Area (Km 2): 2,884.2.2 Km 2
Constituencies: Tinderet, Aldai, Nandi Hills, Emgwen North, Emgwen South, Mosop.
Major Town: Kapsabet (capital.)
Main Features: Nandi hills,Bonjoge Game Reserve, Chepkiit Waterfalls, Kingwai Swamp, Social (Sports) Tourism
Population: 752,965

Key points about this information item Nandi County, Kenya



Nandi County is in the heart of Nandi district that is in Kenya’s’ Rift-Valley province. Over the years, Nandi has been famous for being the home town of the famous medal winning athletes including Kipchoge keino, Henry Rono, Moses Tanui and Bernard Lagat. The Nandi people are the majority in the county and form the second most populous group of the Kalenjin speaking communities.

Nandi County is located in the highland areas of the Rift Valley Province with the Nandi hills making it a proper training area for local and international athletes. The facts that even the international athletes train in the area, has been a great boost for the tourism industry of Nandi and Kenya as whole. The area has moderate to very high rainfall throughout the year.

Economic Activities in Nandi

  • Agriculture –cash crops and dairy farming.
  • Small-scale business
  • Tea-farming.

Universities / Colleges in Nandi

Banks in Nandi

  • Equity Bank
  • Kenya Commercial Bank
  • National Bank of Kenya
  • Co-operative Bank

Hotels in Nandi

  • Nandi Bears club
  • Tea Planters’ hotel


  • Nandi Hills District hospital.

Unique features in Nandi:

Athletes from Nandi County formed Nandi Runners which is a social tourism venture that hosts visiting athletes and funds a lot of community developments project in the county.

In addition, the rich culture of the Nandi people attracts it’s share of tourism, as does the mausoleum erected in honour of the Koitalel Arap Samoei; a Nandi legend.


Nandi County is accessible by road network through the neighbouring counties from Kenya’s capital City, Nairobi. The nearest airport to Kapsabet is the Eldoret international Airport and Kakamega Airstrip in Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties respectively.

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