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Eldoret




Eldoret the largest town in the area is located in western Kenya and is the administrative center of Uasin Gishu District of Rift Valley Province.

Eldoret with around 193.830 is situated in the south of the Cherangani Hills. It has all the convenience and is a good place to explore the Western Highlands.

It was originally known as 64 because Eldoret was established at the 64th mile post on the wagon route from Londiani. The name Eldoret was derived from the Maasai word “eldore”, which means “stony river”. The reason behind this was the bed of the stony Sosiani River. 'T' was added so that it can sound like a Nandi word because at the colonial era the area was ruled by Nandi. Before that respectively Sirikwa and Maasai ruled it. The official name Eldoret was given in 1912.

Prior to that in 1908 the Afrikaans-speaking South-Africans settled in that area. Later on Europeans and Asians also came and settled there.

The place is governed by municipal council that is dived into 13wards. 6 of them are situated in Eldoret North Constituency, another 3 in Eldoret East Constituency and remaining 4 in Eldoret South Constituency.

The place has got a vibrant market and many industries like cheese, textile, wheat, pyrethrum and corn. It holds a good position in educational field as the Moi University, Moi University School of Medicine and Eldoret Polytechnic is located at this town.

You can visit places like

  • Cherangani Hills
  • Kisii
  • Homa Bay
  • Kakamega
  • Kakamega Forest
  • Kendu Bay
  • lake Victoria Area
  • Kitale
  • Mfangani Island
  • Mt Elgon National Park
  • Ruma National Park
  • Rusinga Island
  • Saiwa Swamg National Park

Eldoret offers you some nice place to stay, like

  • Sirikwa Hotel
  • Eldoret Club
  • White Castle Hotel

Eldoret has got a charm that bears the true African spirit, which you can explore in every sphere of this town.


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