This is a list of 10 best places to visit in Trans Nzoia County. Trans Nzoia covers an area of 2,469.90 square kilometres with an estimated population of 818, 757 people. The county is headed by Governor Patrick Khaemba. County headquarters are located in Kitale Town.
In no particular order, here is a list of 5 best places to visit in Trans Nzoia County.
1. Saiwa Swamp National Park
It is located approximately 22 kilometres from Kitale town. It is a haven for nature lovers filled with exotic flowers, trees, birds and wild animals such as snakes, monkeys and the endangered sitatunga antelope. It is a haven for bird watching, camping and game viewing adventures.
2. Kitale Museum
It is located within Kitale town, approximately 1 kilometre from Kitale town CBD. It was the first of the inland museums to be developed in Kenya. It features collections of ethnographical materials from local communities, collections of insects and different types of snakes. A nature trail is also located within the museum.
3. Kitale Nature Conservancy
It is situated on Kitale-Lodwar Road. It was established to revive and restore the original habitat and conserve the remaining indigenous plants and animals in Trans Nzoia. Main attractions at the conservancy include a variety of wild animals, a campsite, snake park, cottages and biblical mountains. Its a beautiful place for nature walks, camping, game viewing and team building adventures.
4. Treasures Of Africa Museum
It was founded by John Galletly Wilson, a former colonial officer. It is a historical museum where you can visit to learn the rich African culture and also view African cultural artefacts and utilities. The museum is always open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is Kshs 500
5. Mount Elgon National Park
It covers an area of 169 square kilometres. The park is endowed with natural attractions such as beautiful caves, cliffs, gorges, nature trails, waterfalls and indigenous forests. It is home to diverse species of birds and wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, leopards, monkeys, hogs, waterbucks, antelopes, baboons and impalas. It is a perfect destination for camping, game viewing, hiking, birdwatching and mountain climbing.
6. Cherangani Hills
The hills traverse Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties. The spectacular hills feature beautiful subtropical indigenous forests with diverse wildlife and bird species. Caves and hiking sites are located within the hills.
7. Kitum Cave
The cave is located within Mount Elgon National Park. It is regularly visited by elephants, bushbucks and buffalos, in search of salts that are found in the mineral-rich earth of the caves.
8. Making’eny Cave
It is also located within Mount Elgon National Park, about 1.5 kilometres from Kitum Cave. It is a scenic cave that features a spectacular waterfall over its mouth.
9. Kapolet Forest
The forest is located north of Cherangani. It is a thick tropical forest with an elevation of 2068 meters. It is an ideal destination for birdwatching adventures and nature walks.
10. Ngwarisha Cave
The cave is about 150 meters long. It is home to about 100, 000 bats. A scenic waterfall is located at the entrance of the cave which is also frequented by elephants.