Bomet County

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Spatial Location of Bomet County in Kenya
Spatial Location of Bomet County in Kenya

Brief Overview of Bomet County

What Bomet County lacks in flourishing touring attractions is made up for by a pleasant display of striking agro-climatic zones. The discerning traveller, using the longer but scenic B3 Nairobi-Narok-Bomet-Kisii Road, quickly apprehends these changes from Narok’s low-lying wheat fields to the highland forests at the northern end of Bomet County. The higher area in the north-eastern quarter of Bomet is dominated by tea; its middle region by maize, pyrethrum and coffee, while in the lower-lying southern regions, like Sigor, the main trade is livestock.

​In the north, Bomet County picks up the undulating topography where Kericho County leaves it off at the Mau Complex. Aside from its north-eastern area that rises easterly to meet the Mau Complex, land in Bomet County generally slopes southward until it eventually levels out in the flatter terrain nearing Masai Mara National Reserve. The land slopes gently from 3,100 ms near Mau Complex and Kericho to 1,800 ms in the lower area where the land is mostly flat. Agriculture is the mainstay of Bomet County, where about 80% of the residents are farmers.

Bomet’s biggest communication advantage is that it is traversed by B3 Nairobi-Kisii Road, crossing it midway from Molut (east) to Sotik (west), a distance of 58 kms. Its main town of Bomet lies almost equidistant from Molut and Sotik. Here, trippers will find plenty of modest accommodation. It is both the regional hub and a place of relaxation, and naturalness. Apart from the beautiful farms and hillocks, other sites to interest in Bomet include Trans Mara Forest (beyond the Mara) which straddles its entire southern boundary, and the South Western Mau National Reserve which aligns with Bomet’s northern boundary of 73 kms.  

View in Changoi Tea Estate.  Photo courtesy of Williamson Tea
View inside the Changoi Tea Estate. Image courtesy of Williamson Tea

Salient Features of Bomet County

  • County Number 36
  • Area – 2037 km2
  • Altitude – 1800 to 3000 ms
  • Major Towns – Bomet, Sotik, Konoin, Kaplong
  • Borders – Kericho, Narok, Nyamira, Nakuru

Brief History of Bomet County

Up until 1992 Bomet County was part of the defunct Kericho District. Hitherto the independence of Kenya, the higher areas of Bomet fell under the District of Kipsigis Tribal Reserve, with European farmlands at Sotik and Lumbwa and tea estates at Kericho itself being dominant producers. Chepalungu, Sotik, Konoin, Bomet Central and Bomet East were all part of the former colonial scheduled quarter for European settlement. The expropriation of land by colonial settlers and lack thereafter of restitution plans is still a big source of friction in Bomet County, with crusades to gain recompense for land lost and allocated to settlers.

Tenwek Falls near Tenwek Hospital.  Photo Courtesy Know Kenya
Tenwek Falls near Tenwek Mission Hospital. Image Courtesy Know Kenya
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11 Attractions in Bomet County, arranged as one would visit these - east, north, south then west - with aid of in-depth narratives, images, strip maps and distance chart:

Trans Mara Forest, Masai Mara National Reserve, Fair Hills Hotel, Sahara Gardens Hotel, Tenwek Falls, Motigo Hill, Kipsegon Ecosystem, Tirgaga Tea Factory, South Western Mau National Reserve, Iria Maina Falls, Changoi Tea Factory

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