NCN56 Day 54 : Kenya – Eldoret

October 21, 2014 Comments Off on NCN56 Day 54 : Kenya – Eldoret
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Kenya – Eldoret, Kenya

On our way back to Kenya, we stop by the country’s 5th biggest city, Eldoret. The presiding geographical characteristic of this area remains the Great Rift Valley and the altitude of Eldoret varies from 2,100 to 2,700 metres above sea level.

Eldoret is a Kenyan town established by Afrikaners in 1910. The town was initially known to the locals as 64 or Sisibo due to it being set up at the 64th mile post on the wagon course from Londiani.  In the year 1908, the entire region of Eldoret was inhabited by Afrikaans speaking South Africans who journeyed there from Nakuru following a trek from South Africa by sea and by rail from Mombasa. Shortly after more settlers and traders of European and Asian descent started to arrive. When the governor chose to set up an administrative centre in 1912, the town became officially known as ‘Eldoret’.

When the town became an administrative centre, a massive increase in trade took place and as a result of this, a bank and a few shops were built. Eldoret is the hometown of many well-known Kenyan runners, the most famous of whom is Kipchoge Keino. The elevation of Eldoret makes for a prime training ground for plenty of middle and long distance sportsmen. The athletes from this town have contributed immensely to Eldoret’s economy by sharing their winnings from races won all around the world.

Accommodation: Camp: Naiberi River Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Jinja to Eldoret ±230 km
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482 Uganda: Malaba (no telephone numbers)

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