Laikipia remains one of the preferred destinations by both local and international tourists.
Destination Laikipia is increasingly getting traction as the preferred place to spend their time. The county
government, in turn, has also made deliberate efforts to attract investment in the local hospitality industry.
According to the 2021 Laikipia County Statistical Abstract, bed capacity in Five Star Hotels in the county
increased from a mere 20 in 2017 to 220 in 2020.
Similarly, the conference capacity has grown to 250 by the year 2020 from none in 2017. The latest data
indicates that the conference capacity in 2020 stood at 40 for 4-star, 1,000 for 3-star, 200 for 2-star and
2,675 those that are not classified.
An increase in both bed and conference capacities indicates the growth of the tourism industry. The increase in the
number of visitors has necessitated an increment in places of stay and camp as well as areas for holding small
and large meetings.
Laikipia prides herself on having some of the unique features that make the place attractive to many. Some
visit Nanyuki because of the fact that the Equator passes through the town, Geography and Social Studies taught in
schools mention this unique feature and thus people are eager to visit the place at least once in their life
The county has many attraction sites for visitors. A clear view of such physical features as Mount Kenya is
an attraction to many visitors. Thomson Falls in Nyahururu had 203,912 visitors in the year 2019. The County
Government has renovated the site to make it more attractive and safer for the visitors.
Many wildlife species are found in Laikipia. These include: Black Rhino (Laikipia hosts half of Kenya’s
population), 70% of the world’s population of Grevy’s Zebra are found in this county. The county also
hosts a reticulated giraffe and the only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest in Kenya, and Africa’s only
expanding population of wild dogs.
The Ewaso Ecosystem houses the second largest elephant population in the county, which is over 6,000.
Cultural diversity also acts as a tourist attraction destination. Laikipia has diverse communities with different
cultural practices admirable by many. The major towns like Nanyuki and Rumuruti are cosmopolitan towns.
Nanyuki town alone presents an appealing destination, especially for businesses and conferences. The town marked
its centenary celebrations last year and has lots of history that make many camps in the area. Visitors are
en route to natural or cultural attraction sites stopover at the town famous for the
Mwisho wa Reli
slogan. To some it is an escape plan from the busy schedules of the weekend in the noisy streets of Nairobi,
traveling on the train on weekends for relieving stress.
The major investments in the area have also attracted many to settle and also regularly visit the county.
Infrastructure development especially in main towns through the Smart Town initiative has seen financial
institutions, supermarkets, and other investments come to Laikipia.
The government has offered support in the construction of resource centers, conference facilities, and rehabilitation
and construction of Bandas creating campsites, and construction of curios or Shanga facilities.
Through the Department of Tourism, it has trained the CBTOs in customer relations, communication skills,
bookkeeping and financial management, diversified beadwork products. Marketing has also been a major focus for