Tourism, Culture, Wildlife, Trade & Industry

Vision of the Department 

A globally competitive and innovative tourism, trade and industrial sector for socio-economic development.

Mission of the Department

To provide an enabling environment that facilitates trade investments, tourism enhancement, industrial development and cultural preservation for socio-economic growth.

Departmental Overview

Elgeyo Marakwet County prides with Kerio Valley National Reserve (Rimoi), Sports Tourism and natural features like the Torok Falls, Cheploch Gorge, Cherang’any Hills and the famous Iten View Point which offers a magnificent view of Kerio Valley  among others.

For ease movement of tourists, a tourist guide book , which captures many aspects of the County is available at our office.

With its perfect altitude, tranquility and the great trails, Iten town has remained to be the leading training ground for middle and long distant runners in the world.

We have seen great athletes like Britain’s Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Hannah England training here. Also, some of our famous athletes who train in Iten include: Former world record holder marathon and London marathon champion Wilson Kipsang , two times world champion marathon Abel Kirui and 800 metres world record holder, David Rudisha. Others include world half marathon  record holder, Florence kiplagat, double world champion marathon Edna Kiplagat, world champion half marathon Mary Keitany and 1500 metres Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop among others.  

Deep down in the heart of Kerio Valley stands Rimoi Game Reserve which is the home to the largest herds of the Elephants in Eastern Africa. The County has also partnered with other international partners such as Swedish local government known as Region Vasterbotten who are helping to establish sustainable tourism and also negotiating with tourism stakeholders among them the Tourism Finance Corporation to set up eco lodges. The County has opened up a shorter route to the reserve through the Nyawa-Rimoi road which will make more tourists visit the park.

To bolster Trade, we have empowered our small scale traders through improvement of market stalls, open air markets and improving sanitation. We have also assisted groups and individuals acquire training on value addition in collaboration with national government agencies such as the Export Promotion Council.  Plans to establish an Export Promotion Zone (EPZ) are currently underway.