The people

The name of the County refers to its two largest ethnic groups, the Keiyo in the south, and the Marakwet in the north, both of whom are part of the Kalenjin language group. Though initially being pastoralists, they have both adopted agriculture successfully.


Their clan lands run from the escarpment to the floor of Kerio Valley, encompassing several vegetation zones and preserving a rich traditional culture, relived by numerous cultural groups through dance, song, and craft.


The Cherangani Hills are home to the Sengwer, one of several Kenyan aboriginal groups who once lived as hunter-gatherers in the thick forests of Embobud, where ancient irrigation furrows begin. These furrows redirect waters from local rivers down to the plains of Kerio Valley. Their original builders are unknown, however, it is estimated that they are between 500 years and 2000 years old!