Narok County is situated in Kenya along the Great Rift Valley. It is named after, Enkare Narok, the river flowing through Narok town. It covers an area of 17,944 sq km and has a population of 850,920. The temperature range is 12°C to 28°C and the average rainfall range of 500 mm to 1,800 mm per annum. The Maasai Mara National Reserve, an important tourist destination, is located in Narok County. It is home to the Great Wildebeest Migration which is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. Narok County constitutes 6 sub-counties: Kilgoris, Narok North, Narok South, Narok East, Narok West and Emurua Dikirr. Narok Town is the capital Head Quarters of the Narok County and stands as the major centre of commerce in the county.
As per the UN study/research for the Kenya Vision 2030, Narok County is marked as one of the fundamental counties for the achieving economic pillar. Key contributions are in the tourism sector through the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the agricultural sector through livestock farming. The main economic activities in Narok County include:
Livestock farming in Narok contributes 10 % of the country's GDP. Livestock farming is practised for local and adaptive exotic breeds.
Crop farming in both commercial and subsistence
The main crops grown in the county are wheat, barley, maize, beans, Irish potatoes and horticultural crops. These crops are grown under rainfed, micro-irrigation, and sprinkle and drip irrigation. Maize, wheat, barley and sugarcane are grown as cash crops. Maize and wheat are the highest income earning cash crops in the county.
Some of the influential personalities from the county are:-