Uasin Gishu County

Attraction in Uasin Gishu County

19. Samich Resort

Of the two ways that get you to Kabarnet from Iten, C51 Eldoret-Iten-Kabarnet Road is more popular and shorter, at 54 kms. The other route, C54 Iten-Nyaru-Kabarnet Road is much longer, at 85 kms. This travels further south into Elgeyo Marakwet, to Nyaru, before making a wide turn that rounds up at Kabarnet. At the same time, this stretch is less congested and more scenically-splendid. The descent down the escarpment at Nyaru is most memorable with endless turns and bends which manifest in a joyride that is equal parts heart-warming and heart-stopping. Shortly before Nyaru, travellers can drop-in at Samich Resort. This refurbished modern house which opened its doors in 2013 enjoys some of the finest vistas of Kerio fluorspar mines, Mektei Ridge, Kerio Valley and Elgeyo Escarpment.  Its modish design and landscaping complement the scenery, with most of its fifteen snuggly and elegant suites overlooking Kerio Valley.  Samich Resort arrayed with the choice of 7-room-layouts all with balconies looking over Kerio Valley is great value for money – there is an outdoor pool to cool-off, a play area, gardens, and nature trails; one leading horizontal to the escarpment and the other going down the escarpment. It is found just 49 kms from Eldoret.

Spatial Location of Samich Resort
Spatial Location of Samich Resort near Nyaru

20. Mektei Ridge

Both ends of Elgeyo Marakwet County – north and south – are marked by steep upland ridges. In the north, the Cherangani Range terminates its frontier along the boundary with West Pokot. In the south, the rutted Mektei Ridge marks its southern boundary with Baringo. Best seen along the Nyaru-Kabarnet Road or along the Eldama Ravine-Nyaru-Eldoret Road, the heavily wooded and deeply gullied Mektei Ridge, rising to 3,500 ms, clasps Metkei Forest – a dense forest with indigenous trees on top of a very steep escarpment – where the River Kerio has its source. From the Mektei Ridge, the land then falls in a sequence of steep slopes and level plateaus which dovetail with the Elgeyo Escarpment, thereafter culminating in the splendorous Kerio Valley which averages about 1,000 ms asl.

21. Kerio Viewpoint

The eastern boundary of Uasin Gishu County is marked by the fault-scarp of the Elgeyo Escarpment and the adorbs Kerio Valley, which paired together cast one of the loveliest and knockout landscapes seen in Kenya.  The short journey from Eldoret Town to Kerio Viewpoint is also a wildly beautiful one. It provides many indelible views for first-time trippers to the area.  From Iten, the stratified agro climatic zones sighted across the Kerio Viewpoint are rather exceptional. Lake Kamnarok, the Cheranganis’ and Tugen Hills compose a veritable panoramic backdrop to the fetching the Kerio Valley. Rimoi National Park set about 11 kms beyond Kerio Viewpoint should not be omitted on a trip taking in Kerio or Iten Viewpoint. It’s located 36 kms from Eldoret Town via C51 Iten-Kabarnet Road.  

22. Kip Keino Stadium

The 10000-seater multi-function tartan-track stadium named after Kipchoge H. Keino is a mecca for long-distance running and a legacy synonymous with the North Rift Region of Kenya. This stadium is especially worth a visit during the athletic meet-ups for international championship qualifiers, bringing together the pick of the litter of distance runners in Kenya, in an intoxicating-showdown. A lot of the globally-acclaimed Kenyan runners hailed their arrival to the world stage at the Kip Keino Stadium.  It’s found along C51 Iten Road near Dola Unga.

23. Eldoret War Cemetery

The Eldoret War Cemetery lies about 3 kms to the north-east of the town centre along C51 Eldoret-Iten Road, taking a right turn at the traffic lights on entering the town. The narrow track leading to the cemetery is set on the left side of the road, about 250 metres past the Eldoret prison. It contains five Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and one French war grave. It is open everyday.

Eldoret War Cemetery near Eldoret Town in Uasin Gishu County
Eldoret War Cemetery near Eldoret Town in Uasin Gishu County

24. Sergoit Hill

Midpoint along the 36 kms journey easterly heading from Eldoret to Iten along the C51 you reach the turnoff on the left onto the C50 Moiben-Cherangani Road which travels northerly to the unexplored north-eastern region of Uasin Gishu, with much to commend it in beauty and hidden gems. Just 3 kms along the C50 the solitary wooded dome of the Sergoit Hill, which in numerous other Counties of Kenya would be just a moderate upland, stands-out bodaciously against the flat and flush landscape farmed across the board and spotting pretty fields. This nondescript landmark has an elevation of about 6,857 feet (2,090 meters) ASL. “At the hilltop, one is able to enjoy great views of the area.  It is an ideal place for hiking. Its terrain can be rough and challenging but exciting. On a clear day, one is able to glimpse Mount Kenya to the far east, Mount Elgon in the west, the undulating Nandi Hills to the south, and the expansive Cherangani Hills to the north” – Kiptoo. Sergoit, thought to the Kalenjin epithet for ‘good luck ahead’ is a treasured site and shrine by communities living around it in both Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, and especially the ‘Keiyo and Marakwet’ Tribes.

Spatial Location of Sergoit Hill in Uasin Gishu County
Spatial Location of Sergoit Hill in Uasin Gishu County

25. Kruger Farm at Sergoit

Extending far into the horizon around Sergoit Hill are eye-catching farms and fields of wheat and maize (depending on the season and time of year). This area is home to some of the extensive plantations in Uasin Gishu County. With rich soils, plenty of sunshine and reliable rain, conditions here are fantastic for large scale and mechanized farming that has been ongoing for decades. And which is why, after independence, several settler farmers like the Kruger’s stayed on. In the early 1900’s, the region around Sergoit Hill played host to many Afrikaners who had migrated to Kenya from South Africa during the British rule in Kenya. The Kruger family have lived at the foot of Sergoit Hill since 1908, carrying out large-scale farming. Currently on its fourth generation, the family commercially farms wheat and barley, and are also keen conservationists. The Kruger family co-own the property around the Sergot Hill with the Sergoit Golf and Wildlife Resort. They established a wildlife sanctuary around Sergoit Hill in 1996 and brought in thirteen giraffes. The sanctuary is now home to various wildlife such as the Rothschild Giraffe, varied antelopes, duikers, and a large variety of birds.

Close Up View of Sergoit Hill. Image Courtesy of William Kiptoo
Close Up View of Sergoit Hill. Image Courtesy of William Kiptoo