Discover Taita Taveta County
Brief Overview of Taita Taveta County
In a planet that is almost on the brink of overload, where our wildlife has been distanced to the most remote corners, the Tsavo Conservation Area serves as a meritorious reminder that all in not lost. Covering 21,000 kms and the largest protected wildlife complex in Kenya, it pieces itself as an outdoor encyclopedia to explore the wildest Africa. Here, you find yourself in a strange country where men are rarer than animals. Where it is not hard to understand how 25 million years of evolution gave Tsavo’s ‘red elephants’ their emblematic trunks suited to uproot a mature tree in one go, yet, powerful when showing affection. Tsavo is a spectacular wild exposition – a little like visiting a zoo but one of a mega extent.
Established as a singular entity consisted of Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, cupping about 4% of the total land surface of Kenya, Tsavo Conservation Area is the most patronized wildlife protected habitation in Kenya attracting almost 350,000 visitors every year. Its proximity to the Coast Region of Kenya also gives it a great advantage over many National Parks in Kenya. In fact, the generally peneplain Taita Taveta County falls under the Coast Region of Kenya going by its altitude, soils, natural and cultural resources. 62% of Taita Taveta County is embraced by the Tsavo National Parks – Tsavo East and West.
Taita Taveta County is divided into three major topographical zones. The upper zone, befitted for horticultural farming, is comprised of Taita, Mwambirwa and Sagalla Hills regions; with altitudes ranging between 304 and 2,208 ms. In the midland zone, west of the coast range bordering Kwale and Kilifi Counties, the terrain drops deeply into the Nyika Plateau – a harsh wild of gently rolling relief that gradually rises further inland, where goodly hills, notably of Kilibashi and Kasigau, predominate over. The lower and transitional zone of Nyika Plateau is consisted of the vast plains where there is ranching, national parks, and mining.
Salient Features of Taita Taveta County
- County Number 06
- Area – 17,084 km2
- Altitude – 1,390 ft
- Major Towns – Voi, Mwatate, Taveta
- Borders – Kajiado, Makueni, Kitui, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Kwale
Brief History of Taita Taveta County
The first shot that beckoned the start of the World War 1 land campaign in the East African region was fired on August 15th, 1914, at the border town of Taveta in Taita Taveta County. The District Commissioner fired the shot from the then Taita Taveta Police Station. That deciding shot killed a German soldier, whose grave is found at Taita Cemetery. This was instigated by the German soldiers from Tanzania who had invaded the British Taveta border post, killing a native guard, Murimi Mwiti, who was manning the outpost. Forthwith, the German General led the British Empire forces on a four year snipe hunt starting on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro further southerly into Tanzania, and Mozambique.