Top 10 Things to Do and See in Narok County

Narok County (033) is one of the 47 Counties in Kenya. The county is situated along the southern part of the Great Rift Valley. And its name is derived from Enkare Narok – a river flowing through Narok town. The dominant communities in the county are Maasai and Kalenjin ethnic groups.

The county is made up of six sub-counties namely, Kilgoris, Emurua Dikirr, Narok East, Narok West, Narok North, and Narok South. It borders Tanzania and the counties of Bomet, Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, Kajiado, and Nakuru.

Located along the Mai Mahiu-Bomet road (B3), Narok town is the capital and largest center in the county. However, there are other notable town centers in the county including Eoret Narasha, Ntulele, and Kilgoris.

List of 10 Best Places to Visit in Narok County

Besides wheat farming and gold mining, the county is a popular tourist destination. Being home to the Maasai Mara National Reserve and other attractions makes Narok a worthy contender for the best places to visit in Kenya. If you are planning a trip to Kenya, the following is a list of things to do in Narok county – including Massai Mara.

  1. Go on a Hot Air Balloon adventure in Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  2. Stay at the Ololaimutiek Village.
  3. Watch the spectacular wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara.
  4. Explore the Narok Museum and learn about the Maa people.
  5. Go for a game drive in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
  6. Visit the Olare Orok Conservancy and see the Ntiakitiak Gorge.
  7. Explore the Mara Triangle.
  8. Visit the Ol Kinyei Conservancy and stay at Porini Mara Camp.
  9. Go for a hike or camping trip at Mount Suswa Conservancy.
  10. Visit the Enonkishu Conservancy for a memorable game viewing experience.
  11. Explore Loita Hills while staying at Maji Moto – Eco Tented Camp.

How to Get There

Road: The cheapest way of getting to Narok town from Nairobi is by road. Several upcountry buses are plying the route. You can also self-drive or join a group tour van to Narok County. The most popular destinations in the county are Maasai Mara, Narok town, and Kilgoris.

Air: There is an airstrip in Narok town. Although there are no scheduled airline services, travelers can charter a flight from Wilson Airport (Nairobi) to Narok Airport.

Railway: If you are only visiting Mount Suswa, the best way to get there is by road. However, there is a train from Nairobi to Suswa town running three days a week. It costs only Kshs 200 and is worth a ride.

Where to Stay in Narok County

Narok County is home to some of the most luxurious and idyllic tented camps in the World. Almost all these accommodation facilities are located inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Although there most of them are expensive, you can still experience luxury on a budget. There are many campsites inside the reserve and also guesthouses and hotels in Narok town.

Some of the best accommodation facilities in Maasai Mara National Reserve include the following.

List of top 20 Camps in Maasai Mara

  1. Angama Mara
  2. Mahali Mzuri
  3. Naboisho Camp
  4. Richard’s River Camp
  5. Little Governors’ Camp
  6. Porini Lion Camp
  7. Porini Cheetah Camp
  8. Topi Mara Bush House
  9. Governors’ Il Moran Camp
  10. Elephant Pepper Camp
  11. Cottar’s 1920s Camp
  12. Rekero Camp
  13. Saruni Mara
  14. Sanctuary Olonana
  15. Mara Expedition Camp
  16. Sala’s Camp
  17. Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
  18. Mara Intrepids Camp
  19. Ol Seki Hemingway’s Mara Camp
  20. Elewana Sand River Camp

From hotels and eco-lodges to luxury tented camps and even community guesthouses, explore more inspiration on where to stay in Narok County.

Featured Image: Hot air balloons take off during sunrise photo by Boopathi Rajaa Nedunchezhiyan on Unsplash

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