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  • Capital: Kakamega
  • Governor: H.E Hon Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya
  • Deputy Governor: H.E Philip Museve Kutima


Kakamega County is located in Western Kenya, 52 km north of Kisumu. It covers an area of 3,224.9 sq km and a population of approximately 1,660,651 people making it Kenya's second most populous county after Nairobi. Rainfall ranges between 1,250 – 1,750 mm per annum and temperatures of around 20.5°C. Kakamega county borders Bungoma to the North, Trans Nzoia to the North East, Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties to the East, Vihiga to the South, Siaya to the South West and Busia to the West.

The county has 10 sub-counties in total namely, Malava, Lurambi, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Khwisero, Butere, Matungu, Mumias, Lugari and Navakholo.

Economic Activities

The country has fairly good weather patterns making agriculture a major economic activity. Sugar Cane farming is extensively practiced . The county hosts one of the largest sugar producing firm in Kenya (Mumias sugar). Investment in water conservation and irrigated farming could enhance its enhance agricultural production. Local Inhabitants are mostly the Luhya community, whose economic activity is mainly farming and fishing.

The Kakamega forest is the main tourist attraction in the county homes a large variety of flora and fauna. Some of them include the crying stone of Ilesi located along the highway towards Kisumu. It is a 40 metres high rock dome resembling a human figure whose "eyes" drop water. It is estimated that more than 400 species of birds have been found in the Kakamega rainforest. The many song birds fill the air with various bird-calls.

Kakamega is also home to Africa's largest and most aggressive cobra, the Kakamega forest cobra. Reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and the green mamba. Read more...