Nandi County


Attractions in Nandi County

28. Eden Springs Hotel

The flourishing township of Kapsabet has brought with it a budding hospitality diegesis, with many standard middle-class hotels that include the Eden Springs Hotel noted as the first tourist hotel in Nandi County. Suitably modern, it is set to attract trippers to Nandi. And built just a short distance from the main town it is perfect for both day-outings and a restful lodging for travellers. Some of the highlights at the Eden Springs Hotel include the variety of rooms (that consist of cottages and five-rooms bungalow), a generous outdoors space, the gardens, swimming pool and a children play area. It’s found along Namgoi-Tilolwe Road.

Eden Springs Hotel. Image Courtesy of Ready to Trip
Eden Springs Hotel. Image Courtesy of Ready to Trip

29. Keben Springs

Situated at Chepterit near Tulon Shopping Center within the bucolic backwoods hemmed in by wait-a-bit braids of thick bush and the freshness of outgrown verdure, the rocks, cave and a clear-water spring of Keben Salt Lick calls up the simple delights of a village adventure. Generally speaking, some springs around the Tinderet volcanic rocks are carbonated and streams flowing over them are mineralized. In a like way Keben Springs has naturally carbonated and alkaline ‘earthy’ water, and since time immemorial the natives of this area have enjoyed the benefits of the wellness springs. It is not at all rare even at present to find a group of school going children on their way back from school replenishing their bottles with this tasty water. There is a general consensus among all folk living around the area that this water is good for one’s health. And they are absolutely correct and lucky to have this oddity here. The area as a whole is well-watered and water-supply presents little problem. The naturally formed alkaline spring at Keben drizzle to feed a tiny and beautiful clear pool which eventually forms a small rapid lower down. Despite its oddity and peculiar beauty, Keben Springs is threatened by encroachment and anthropogenic activities. It is found 3 kms from Tulon Center, reached by heading east for 8 kms from Chepterit Centre, which is 8 kms northeast of Kapsabet Town along C39 Eldoret-Kapsabet Road.

30. Kingwal Wetland

From Kapsabet it is a 46 kms journey to Eldoret through Mosoriot and Mlango along C39 Kakamega-Kapsabet-Eldoret Road. The drive goes past the blooming farmlands of Nandi interspersed by patches of woodlands, villages and modest centres. 8 kms from Kapsabet at Chepterit one would be interested in taking a detour via Chepterit-Kapkagaon Road to Kosirai to visit Kingwal Wetland, a site that has made a name for itself as a breeding ground for the Sitatunga. Kingwal is one of only few places in Kenya where the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga can be sighted in its habitat. Happy in the swamps, this shy antelopes often submerges until only the face is above water when it is frightened. Kingwal Swamp covers about 3 km2, easily toured on foot. The 10 km2 Kingwal Wetland comprises of a system of rivers, streams and springs that are interconnected within the habitat.

Section of Kingwal Wetland. Image Courtesy of World Bank Documents
Section of Kingwal Wetland. Image Courtesy of World Bank Documents

31. Chepkiit Falls

38 kms from Kapsabet en route Eldoret Town at Mlango, the boundary between Nandi and Uasin Gishu Counties, sits a most impressive waterfall boasted about as a must see in the North Rift Circuit. Also dubbed Mlango Falls, the scenic 70 ms Chepkiit Falls along the Kipkaren River is especially worth a visit soon after the rains. It is, over all months of the year, a pleasant place to explore. Chepkiit Falls, named after the monkeys found in the nearby forests, still remains largely underdeveloped although in the recent past guard rails and steps were installed for safety. This site has a correlative cultural significance to that of Morobi Cliff as a Sheu Ritual Site. Aside from the rushing falls, there are ‘bat-filled’ caves at the bottom for the very dashing. It is located 16 kms southwest of Eldoret Town.

32. Ndalat Hill

Rising gently in the northwest corner of Nandi, Ndalat Hill offers a glimpse of the inverse ecology seen in Uasin Gishu County, literally at the opposite side of Nandi’s spectrum. Its landscape, as sighted atop Ndalat Hills, is comparatively flat, with only few and far-between hills. In fact, the only other noteworthy hill in Uasin Gishu is the Sergoit Hill in the northeast region south of Moiben. The isolated Ndalat Hill reaching just 2195 ms and only about 130 ms higher than Eldoret is a no-sweat easy-going hiking destination. At the summit, Ndalat Hill offers a whip-smart place to contemplate the uncanny geological differences of these two counties, and whose analogies of geological uniformity in many travel stories have been purely coincidental. Ndalat Hill sits 23 kms west of Eldoret via C39 Kisumu-Stendi Road and 64 kms from Kapsabet Town through Eldoret.

Section of the Ndalat Hill. Image Courtesy of Ochoki Tours
Section of the Ndalat Hill. Image Courtesy of Ochoki Tours