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.
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:
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, Vuria Hill 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.