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Eldoret

Country
Kenya
State
Rift Valley
City
Eldoret
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Eldoret International Airport serves the city and was voted the cleanest airport in the country in 2001.The Trans -African highway also passes through the town.It is also served by the Kenya-Uganda railway.

By Bus

The main bus and matatu stand is in the centre of town, by the market.Regular matatus/Peugeots serve Kisumu (matatus/Peugeots KSh250/300, 2 hours), Nakuru (KSh200/400, 2 hours) and Nairobi (KSh400/700, six hours).Buses duplicate these routes.Lakamba (Moi St) buses to Nairobi (KSh500) deaprt at 10.30am and 9pm, via Nakuru (KSh250).There are also services to Kampala at noon (KSh1000, six hours) and midnight (KSh1150).

Key places to visit
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, Elmenteita Weavers, Mount Kenya, Kakamega National Reserve


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Places to Visit

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

Surrounding a beautiful volcanic crater lake, on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, is the small Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, with many trails including one for hikers along the steep but diminutive crater rim. Besides the impressive 150 bird species recorded here, giraffes, zebras and other plains wildlife are also regular residents. While walking, remember that buffaloes lurk in the woods.The tiny jade-green crater lake is held in high regard by the local Maasai, who even believe its water helps soothe ailing cattle.

Elmenteita Weavers

Visit Elmenteita Weavers and you'll see weavers producing hand-woven rugs, carpets, kangas (printed cotton wraparounds), baskets and the like.Prices reflect the high quality.

Mount Kenya

It is a broad, largely symmetrical volcanic cone whose diameter at base is about 120km.It sits astride the equator it’s icy summit reaches to 10,058ft.It was formed between 2.6 and 3.1 million years ago by eruptions of successive layers of volcanic lava and agglomerates from central vent in the earths’ surface.A fine example of this type of formation can be seen on the hike down to “The Gates” on the Chogoria route.All of the mountain above the 3200m contour forms a National Park.The mountain consists of three principal zones; the rocky peak area, with it’s mantle of glaciers and snowfields; the alpine zone with it’s distinctive giant vegetation; and the vast gentle lower slopes drenched in mountain forest and bamboo jungle. Mt.Kenya is climbed at all times of the year.However if possible, it is best to try to avoid the rainy seasons that may start in mid March and last through till mid June (the long rains), and the short rains from late October through till end of December.The driest times on the mountain are usually January till mid March and again July through mid October.

Kakamega National Reserve

This is the only remnant in Kenya of the once great tropical rainforest that stretched across Central Africa.As a relic of this African Equatorial jungle it is now famous around the world for being home to several hundred species of birds, snakes, insects, monkeys and other mammals, as well as countless tree species.

Right Time to Visit

March - June
July - October

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