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Taita Taveta

Taita Taveta County

Taita Taveta County is one of the six Counties in the Coastal region of Kenya. It is located approximately 200 Km northwest of the coastal city of Mombasa and 360 Km southeast of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. It borders Tana River, Kitui and Makueni Counties to the North, Kwale and Kilifi Counties to the East, Kajiado County to the North-west, and the Republic of Tanzania to the South and South-west. The County covers an area of 17,084.1 Km2 and lies between latitude 20 46/ South and 40 10/ South and longitude 370 36/ East and 300 14/ East.

The County is divided into three major topographical zones. The upper zone, suitable for horticultural farming, the lower zone consists of plains where there is ranching, national parks and mining and the volcanic foothills zone which covers the Taveta region with potential for underground water and springs emanating from Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The County is mainly dry, except for the Taita hills which are considerably wet. The effect of the South-Easterly winds influences the climate of the County. The hilly areas have ideal conditions for condensation of moisture, which result in relief rainfall.

The County is characterized by a number of ecological regions based mainly on relief and different climatic conditions. The Taita Hills, which cover an approximate area of 1,000 Km2, rise to a maximum elevation of 2,208 metres above sea level (Wuria peak). The indigenous cloud forests found there are home to varied flora and fauna.

In the lowlands and transitional zone lies the vast rangeland where the Tsavo National Parks are located. 62 % of the County area constitutes Tsavo National Park (Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks). These form the Tsavo ecosystem which comprises of distinct elements including rivers, springs, plains, plants and viagra pas cher vegetation and wildlife. The park is an open savannah and bush woodland that supports elephants, buffaloes, lions, antelopes, gazelles, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and a wealth of birdlife.

Large scale sisal farming for fibre production further reduces land available for settlement and household farming activities. There are three companies that produce sisal for both domestic and export markets.

Timber is the main product from Farmlands in the County since harvesting in both gazzeted and County forests had been under a ban. An estimated 8,000 metric tons of timber is produced annually from farmlands. Other products include construction/fencing poles, wood fuel, herbal medicine, tubers, latex, gum, wild fruits and honey. Charcoal is also produced from ranches and private farms.

The forests also provide key ecological services including water catchment protection, carbon sinking and also wildlife habitat, all playing a critical role in ecotourism activities in the County.

Major contributors to environmental degradation include slash and burn agriculture, forest logging, poor agricultural practices such as cultivation along river banks, human settlement on hilltops, sand harvesting along rivers among others.


The Tsavo Climate Challenge is a tree growing program of the Tsavo Heritage foundation, a charity duly registered in Kenya.


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