Rimoi national Reserve

Rimoi national Reserve is an animal conservation reserve that is located in the Elgeyo Marakwet County in Kenya, it is relatively small reserve, covering 66km2, but set inside a conservation area 5 times greater and is located 30 km from Iten town along the Kabarnet- Eldoret road on the floor of the Kerio Valley.  The reserve is protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The reserve is one of the spectator protected area of the Kerio valley with very rich biodiversity and panoramic landscape, the reserve is abit remote but never the less gives you the best and unforgettable adventure and a four wheel drive might be needed during the rainy season by the guests in the reserve. Rimoi National reserve is well known for the its population of the elephants, unlike other reserves and parks where their elephants move in a group of three or  five, the reserve’s elephants move in a group of 100.

Rimoi national reserve is surrounded by a special tribe in Kenya which is known as the athletes especially runners and the tribe is called the Kalenjin.

Rimoi national Reserve
Rimoi national Reserve wildlife

Attractions in Rimoi National reserve.

Cheptarit Hill.

Cheptarit Hill in the reserve is the greatest experience, which is the mouth dropping views of the valley alongside beautiful hot springs, the place is also very rich in culture and history.

Bird species.

The Reserve is endowed with many bird species from Turacos, honey guides, pigeons, sunbirds, Weaver’s, hornbills and among others, in the reserve some of these are the migratory birds while others are the residential and the best place to engage in this activity is in Lake Tabar.


The  Reserve is an animal conservation that is located in the Elgeyo Marakwet county in Kenya, the reserve is known for its large numbers of elephants and other smaller mammals like the dik-dik, impala, bush pig, warthog, monkeys, civet, genet, pangolin and many others.

Other attractions in the reserve includes the Iten view point, Torok Waterfall, Chebloch Gorge, Kolol view point, Kiplagoch caves, Teren River Bridge, The Highland Forests, The Cherangany hills, Irrigation furrows of Marakwet, Kipkunnur, Koisungur and Kipteber Hills these are the most attractions of the guests in the reserve.

Activites done in Rimoi National Reserve.

Game Viewing.

Rimio national reserve has abundance of animal species in that it provides the most amazing game viewing to the guests in around and  the whole reserve, the animal species includes the elephants, warthogs, Dik-dik, impalas, monkeys, tortoise, bush pigs, Genet, pangolins and among others, these species are cleary seen in the reserve in the morning and evening game drives.

Rimoi national Reserve
Rimoi national Reserve

Nature guided walks.

Within the reserve, guests can as well participate nature guided walks, as the guests can adventure wildlife of the reserve as so the Kilmarnock lake. The nature guided walks can be guided and led by the tour operators in the reserve because some species tend to be wild like the elephants in the reserve.


Rimoi national reserve is a haven of bird species, so the bird lovers can be ready to spot various bird species in the reserve like the turacos, honey guides, sunbirds, Weaver’s, hornbills and many others, the birds in the reserve includes the migratory then the residential species though in the reserve the best place to view the residential birds is along Lake Tabar.


In the reserve there are also camping areas which are the camping sites, this is where the tourists can pitch their tents outdoors as they experience the nights in the wilderness as they wake up to the chattering birds in the wilderness. The reserve provides the tents and other related facilities to the guests.

Where to stay in Rimoi National Reserve.

There are various accommodations in the reserve ranging in  Budget, Mid-range, Luxury accommodations such as Samich resort, Sego safari lodge, Too guest house, Koiklebel homestay, Elgeyo sawmills guest houses, Ielin campsites, bandas campsites among the rest.

Rimoi national Reserve
Elgeyo sawmills guest houses

Best time to visit Rimoi National reserve.

Rimoi national reserve can be visited all year around.

How to get to Rimoi National Reserve.

Rimoi National Reserve can be accessed by both the air and road means of transport from Nairobi to the reserve.

By Road Transport.

Here you use your own vehicle, or public means of transport or the tour van. The reserve is about 300 km from Nairobi which is about five hour drive. Iten Kabarnet road is a natural spectacular view of the scenic tic surrounding country side, 40 kilometers drive from Eldoret town drive to Iten town world athletics’ capital.

By Air Transport.

The reserve is accessible by air means of transport as well that can be booked online. Where you arrive at Eldoret and then taken to Rimoi National reserve which is about an hours’ drive.

Rimoi National Reserve provides the unique geological scenery and biodiversity and is one of the few protected areas within the spectacular Kerio Valley. And the main attractions in the reserve is the groups of elephants, culture and scenery of the Kerio Valley, the reserve has earth and gravel road network which make for an adventurous outing.

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