NNC58 Day 13: Kenya – Eldoret

October 22, 2014 Comments Off on NNC58 Day 13: 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 main geographical characteristic of this area is the Great Rift Valley and the altitude at Eldoret varies from 2,100 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, Afrikaans speaking South Africans who journeyed there from Nakuru following a trek from South Africa by sea and by rail from Mombasa settled in Eldoret. Briefly following this, further 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 become an administrative centre, a massive increase in trade took place and as a result 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 ± 290 km
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482, Uganda: Malaba

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