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Elgeyo Marakwet County is located in Rift Valley. The county covers an area of 3,029.8 Sq Km with temperatures ranging between 14°C to 35°C. Rainfall ranges between 400mm and 1,400mm per annum. The administrative centre of the county is Iten town and is represented by 3 local authorities (County Councils of Marakwet and Keiyo, Town Council of Iten-Tambach).Kapsowar is the proposed county capital.

Elgeyo Marakwet borders West Pokot to the North, Baringo to the East, South East and South, Uasin Gishu to the South West and West, and Trans Nzoia counties to the North West. Elgeyo Marakwet County constitutes 4 constituencies (Marakwet East, Marakwet West, Keiyo North, Keiyo South).

The county is also known by the name Marakwet and the dominant community is of the Marakwet tribe, a sub-tribe of the Kalenjin people and practice small-scale crop farming and livestock rearing including dairy farming. Marakwet County is at 1000 m above sea level, to the west exists the Cherang’any Hills and Marakwet Escarpment which rise above 3300 m above sea level. Marakwet County is also home to some of the great long distance runners in Kenya like Moses Kiptanui, Evans Ruto, Ruben Kosgei, Ezekiel Kemboi and Richard Chelimo.

Economic Activities

Economic activities in the county is characterised by mixed small scale farming and the keeping of cattle for both beef and dairy production. Crop production is mostly done in the highlands.

It is ecologically diverse and is home to a number of forests that are part of the nation’s water towers with seasonal streams that support the development of irrigation and livestock production.

With spectacular views and scenery (home to the Kerio Valley Escarpment, Rimoi Game Reserve and a major sports tourism destination (Iten High altitude training camps) , The county has huge untapped tourism potental.

Investment Opportunities exist in tourism and development of tourist facilities (Sports tourism, eco-lodges and resorts, Sky diving, hiking etc ) exploitation of forest and mineral resources, Horticultural crops development, livestock farming, Education, wholesale and retail and building and construction.