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Taita-Taveta County

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Taita-Taveta county is one of the six counties that make up the Pwani region block of Kenya. It borders kajiado county to the west -makueni , kitui, and tana river counties to the north, kilifi and kwale county to the east, and Tanzania to the south.

Quick facts
Taita-Taveta county is one of the five counties that make up the Pwani region block of Kenya.

Population: 340,671 as of 2019
Capital city: Mwatate
Weather: Tropical with an average of temperatures 32°C
Seasons: Main rainy season between mid-April
Short rains in late May, October, and November


Taita Taveta County is approximately 360 km southeast of Nairobi and 200 km northwest of Mombasa, it’s a port and gateway to the United Republic of Tanzania through Taveta town.

Taita-taveta county consists of four sub-counties:

  • Taveta
  • Wundanyi
  • Mwatate
  • Voi


The climate in Taita-Taveta is semi-arid, the highest average temperature is 31°C in February and the lowest is 27°C in July. The lower regions receive an average of 440 mm of rain per annum, whereas the highlands receive up to 1900 mm. Altitudes range from 500 metres, above sea level to almost 2300 m at the highest point in the county Vuria Peak.

Attractions In Taita-Taveta County

Even though Taita-Taveta doesn’t have a coastline like all the other counties in the coastal region, it has plenty to offer its visitors. It covers an area of 17084.1km2 with 10,649.9 km2 being within Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the remaining 5,876 km2 consists of small-scale farms, ranches, sisal estates, and water bodies (such as Lakes Chala and Jipe in Taveta and Mzima springs), and the hilltop forests.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions include

  • Lakes: Lake jipe and Lake Chala
  • Mountains: Kisigau Mountain
  • Hills: Taita Hills and Shomoto Hill
  • Aruba Dam
  • Mudanda Rock
  • Yatta plateau
  • Lugard falls
  • Tsavo national reserve
  • Shetani Lava Flow
  • Mzima Springs

Accommodation options in Taita-Taveta County

Ranging from private safari camps to budget friendly camping sites Taita-Taveta county has plenty of options to suit all tastes, budgets, and trip types. Browse through the accommodation section or contact us for your perfect holiday.

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hiking at mt kasigau

Mt Kasigau together with two other massifs (the Dawida massif and the Sagalla massif) are known as Taita hills. A mountain range located in the Taita-Taveta County in south-eastern Kenya. Taita Hills, are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains and one of the Biodiversity Hot Spot areas of the world.

The Formation Of Taita Hills

Just like the other Eastern Arc mountains, Taita hills were formed one hundred million years ago. These hills were once an extensive lush rainforest but during the cooler and drier period, some ten million years ago the lowland forests converted to savanna leaving the mountain ranges as “islands” where the tropical forests continued to flourish to date.

Hiking Mt Kasigau

Steeply rising to an elevation of 1,640 meters above the Taru desert, mount Kasigau makes for a fulfilling moderate hike that can be conquered in about 6-8 hours, depending on the hiker’s fitness level.
The mountain has two peaks – the lower peak and the upper peak. Both peaks offer stunning views of the surrounding areas, including Mt Kilimanjaro at a distance and Tsavo west

The Ecology of Kasigau

As the paths slope up, you’ll pass through scrambling hills with large gneiss stones scattered all over. You’ll also notice the environmental and vegetation changes with the rise of altitude. At the bottom, the vegetation is of dry woodland with several trees scattered around and gets scarcer up to about 1000 meters. From there, the vegetation gets greener and denser while the trees get smaller in size. After 1300 meters the trees start getting taller as you go up. You’ll also notice the abundance of ferns, moss, and thick tall trees. Towards the peak, the trees get smaller and quickly change to conifers.

Floral & Fauna of Taita Hills

The Taita Hills are home to various floral and fauna species some of which are endemic to Taita hills.
Endemic species include birds:(the Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis, Taita falcon, The Taita White-eye and Taita fiscal) amphibians:(Sagala caecilian)
Non-bird biodiversity: The tree Memecylon greenwayi is endemic to Mt Kasigau.

The Roads to Mt Kasigau

Though not tarmacked the roads to the Kasigau are very accessible. It’s advisable to use a well-raised 4WD vehicle.

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Vuria hill of Taita Taveta rises above the plains of Tsavo West National Park, it's the highest peak of the Taita hills.

Vuria Hill

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Discovering Vuria Hill: A Guide to Taita Taveta’s Highest Peak

Vuria Hill is an inselberg in Mwanda Mgange ward, Wundanyi constituency in Taita Taveta county, Kenya. With an elevation of 2,228 meters above sea level, it rises above the semi-arid plains of Tsavo West National Park, making it the highest peak of the Taita hills. The Taita Hills are tropical montane cloud forests forming the northernmost outlier of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and southeast Kenya.

The Formation and Biodiversity of Vuria Hill  

The Taita hills, including Vuria Hill, were formed from repeated uplifts and faults millions of years ago, causing the rising of the central plateau, also known as Kenya/Tanzania highlands. Having been in isolation for millions of years, the plants and animals in Taita hills have gradually evolved and produced a unique and complex biodiversity.

Attractions at Vuria Hill

The caves

One of the main attractions at Vuria Hill is the caves. Nestled in the belly of the majestic Vuria hill is a series of gapping caves that were once used by Mwangeka Wa Malowa, a Senior Chief and a heroic Taita warrior who led the community’s resistance against British rule. Some caves served as armories, whereas others served as living quarters.
Today the caves are an important cultural and spiritual site for the Taita community. A place where the remains of their elders are preserved and the living can visit to offer sacrifices, ward off bad omens and invite blessings to the community.

Floral and fauna

Forests in Vuria hills are conserved and managed by Kenya Forest Service and are home to a variety of endemic and threatened flora and fauna including; birds, snakes, frogs, butterflies, and at least nine plant species.
Forests in Vuria hills are conserved and managed by Kenya Forest Service and are home to a variety of endemic and threatened flora and fauna including, birds, snakes, frogs, butterflies, and at least nine plant species.


Hiking & sightseeing

The roads are good, and the drive there is an attraction by itself with sharp corners that wind up the hill offering beautiful views of the lowlands.
The trail to the summit is well-maintained and marked, making it easy to follow. However, be prepared for a bit of a workout as the trail can be steep and rocky in some places, so hikers should be in good physical condition. The hike takes around 3-4 hours round trip, but it’s worth it for the breathtaking panoramic views of the Taita Hills, Tsavo West National Park, and the surrounding landscapes that the hike offers.
As you reach the summit, you’ll find a peaceful and serene spot to rest, take in the views, and enjoy a picnic before descending. The trail is suitable for hikers of all levels, but hikers should be prepared for the change in temperature and altitude as the climb gets steeper.


Owing to its rich biodiversity Taita hills forests are home to various species of birds including, Taita Apalis, Taita White-eye, and Taita Thrush, which are endemic to Taita hills.
Other notable birds include Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Taita Falcon, Grasshopper Buzzard, Madagascar Bee-eater, Lemon Dove, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Orange Ground Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Yellowbill, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Brown-breasted Barbet, and Black-cheeked Waxbill.

Items to bring

Here are some items that you should consider bringing:
1. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes: Good footwear is essential for a safe and comfortable hike. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes provide support for your feet and ankles and help to prevent slips and falls.
2. Bring enough water to last for the duration of your hike.
3. Snacks and a packed lunch
5. Sun protection
7. Rain gear or a poncho
8. First aid kit
9. Map and compass
10. Warm clothing
11. Camera

Always check the weather forecast before your hike and plan accordingly. Remember to leave a detailed itinerary with a friend or family member, and let someone know where you are going.

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Useful links

Guides: https://naturekenya.org/2022/09/27/local-bird-guides/

Taita Hills: Taita Hills – Wikipedia

A Guide to Taita Hills: A Guide to Taita Hills: Unique Natural History – Lawrence Wagura – Google Books

All about Taita Hills: Taita – Animals of Taita, Kenya (animalstaita.com)

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