About Laikipia County
The Greatest County with the Best Quality of Life
To enable every household in Laikipia County to lead a prosperous life.
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Overview of the County
Laikipia County is one of the 47 Counties in the Republic of Kenya within the Rift Valley Region.
Laikipia is a Maasai word equivalent to trees plain reflecting the large highland plateau.
It borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the North East, Meru County to the East, Nyeri County to the South East, Nyandarua County to the South, Nakuru County to the South West and Baringo to the West.
It covers an area of 9532.2 km2 and is ranked as the 15th largest county in the country by land size. This means that Laikipia County would have ranked 169 out of 234 countries in the world by area and therefore larger than countries like Cyprus, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cape Verde, Samoa, Luxembourg, Comoros, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seychelles among others.
Laikipia County comprises five administrative sub-counties (formerly districts) namely Laikipia East, Laikipia North, Laikipia West, Laikipia Central, and Nyahururu.
The sub-county headquarters are at Nanyuki, Doldol, Rumuruti, Lamuria, and Nyahururu respectively.
The County consists of three constituencies namely Laikipia East, Laikipia North and Laikipia West. The County headquarters is currently at Nanyuki with the gazetted one being Rumuruti.
The County is cosmopolitan with about 23 communities comprising of Maasai, Samburu, Rendile, Somali, Pokot, Kalenjin, Meru, Kikuyu, and Turkana among others.
The County is largely rural in settlement and a member of the Central Region Economic Bloc (CEREB), Co-operation for Peace and Development (Amaya Triangle Initiative), and Frontier Counties Development Council.
The main economic activities in the county include ranching, crop farming, dairy farming, tourism, and trade.
The main crops grown include wheat, maize, beans, potatoes, and vegetables. The main livestock types are cattle, goats, sheep, and poultry.
Major tourist attractions in Laikipia include Wildlife, the Unique Maa Speaking Cultural practices, and the Thomson Falls. Proximity to Mt. Kenya, Meru, Aberdares, and Samburu game parks have equally boosted tourism within the County through the provision of hospitality services to the tourists.
Most trading activities in the county are concentrated in urban centres of Nanyuki, Nyahururu, Rumuruti, Kinamba, Wiyumiririe, Lamuria, Dol dol, Ol Jabet, Sipili and Naibor.
(Source: Laikipia County Statistical Abstract 2020).
Here is a map of Laikipia: