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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 to 28 0C and the average rainfall range of 500 to 1,800 mm per annum. The Maasai Mara National Park , 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”. It constitutes 6 sub-counties namely: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 and the agricultural sector through livestock farming. The main economic activities in Narok County include:

  • Mining
    Mining activities include gold mining in Lolgorian and Kilimapesa, quarry and sand harvesting.
    Goldplat, one of the world’s biggest gold companies — which is also listed at the London Stock Exchange — was awarded the lease to exploit the large gold deposits in the Lolgorien area of the County in november last year.
    The firm also discovered richer gold reserves at it Kilimapesa mines in Trans Mara to support commercial exploitation of the precious metal expected to be a key source of wealth for Narok County.

    The firm has also found gold deposits in an abandoned site, Red Ray, around Kilimapesa mines, which are expected to raise the mineral output to over 285kg per year, worth about Sh1.5 billion

  • 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 rain fed, 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.

  • Livestock farming
    This is practiced For both local and adaptive exotic breeds. Livestock farming in narok contribute 10 % of the country's GDP

  • Tourism
    This is the largest contributor to the county’s economy as it hosts the Maasai Mara National Reserve famously known as the seventh wonder of the world for the annual wildebeest migration. It hosts a number of luxurious hotels, lodges, clubs and camp sites.
    You can enjoy activities such as game drives, bird watching, site seeing, balloon rides are

 

Some of the influential personalities from the county are:-

  • David Rudisha the Kenyan Olympics 2012 world champion and current record holder over 800m

  • Billy Komintai Konchellah two time (1987 and 1991) 800m Olympics champion

  • Leonard Kirwa Kosencha gold medal  winner at the 800m at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.
  • Patrick konchella winner at 1994 Commonwealth Games

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