Narok County number 033 is located in the South Rift Valley sharing borders with Tanzania on the South and Nakuru County to the North, Bomet County, Nyamira County and Kisii County to the North West, Kajiado County to the East and Migori County to the West. It is named after Enkare Narok, the river flowing through Narok town.
It covers an area of 17,944Km2.
Its capital is Narok town.
According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census the population was 850,920 with a population density of 47 people per Km2 and an annual growth rate of 3.3%. The age distribution is as follows: 0-14 years 53%, 15-64 years 42% and 65+ years 2.0%.
Temperatures range from minimum of 8 to maximum of 28 degrees centigrade. It has two rainy seasons with average rainfall ranging fom 500 to 1,800 mm per annum.
The total classified road network in the County is 539.5Km. Bitumen surface covers 172Km, gravel surface covers 162Km and earth surface covers 205.5Km.
Education and Literacy:
As at 2007, the County had 571 primary schools with a total enrolment of 175,409 pupils and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:33. There were 61 secondary schools with a total enrolment of 13,852 and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:36.
Tertiary institutions in the County include a University College and 8 Youth Polytechnics.
6 Commercial banks and 8 Micro-Finance Institutions provide people with financial services.
There are a total of 104 health facilities. These are 3 Level four (District Hospitals), 1 level three (Sub District Hospital), 16 level-two (Health Centres) and 84 level-ones (Dispensaries) distributed within the county.
Prevalent Disease: Malaria, foot and mouth, tryponosomiasis, HIV/AIDs
Notable Hospitals: Narok District Hospital with 155 beds and Transmara District Hospital with a 32 beds capacity.
The County is home to the world renowned Maasai Mara National Park, which is famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.
The major economic activities include tourism, crop farming, livestock farming and mining.
Tourism is the backbone of the county with revenues from the tourist arrivals to Maasai Mara National Reserve contributing immensely to the county’s economy. The park is famous for the annual wildebeest migration which takes place every year between the months of July and August and is one of the new wonders of the world. It hosts a number of luxurious hotels, lodges, clubs and camp sites. It is also serviced by an airstrip.
The other major economic activity is agriculture with livestock farming contributing to 10% of the country’s GDP. Cattle and goats with a mixture of local and adaptive exotic breeds are reared. Crop farming, both commercial and subsistence is practiced with the main crops grown in the county being wheat, barley, maize, beans, Irish potatoes and horticultural crops. These crops are grown under rain fed, micro irrigation, sprinkle and drip irrigation. Maize, wheat, barley and sugarcane are grown as cash crops.
Other economic activities include gold mining in Lolgorianie and Kilimapesa, quarry and sand harvesting. The County has large gold deposits in Lolgorien of which Goldplat, one of the world’s biggest gold companies was awarded the lease to exploit in November 2013. The firm has also discovered richer gold reserves at Kilimapesa mines in Trans Mara and at Kilimapesa mines, previously abandoned, in Red Ray. The new discoveries are expected to raise the mineral output to over 285kg per annum, worth about Sh1.5 billion.
With the adoption of the new constitution in 2010 which ushered in the devolved system of governance, the Governor is the Executive authority in the County together with his deputy, the Senator is to represent the County at the Senate and through affirmation of women and youth rights, the Woman Representative is to represent the County’s women and youth issues at the National Assembly.
GOVERNOR : SAMUEL KUNTAI OLE TUNAI
DEPUTY GOVERNOR : ARUASA EVALYN CHEPKIRUI
SENATOR : LEDAMA ole KINA
WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE : ROSELINDA SOIPAN TUYA
Narok County has eleven (6) constituencies divided into 30 electoral wards. Kilgoris, Narok North and Narok South have 6 wards each while Emurua Dikirr, Narok East and Narok West have 4 wards each.