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Inland Counties

Machakos County borders Embu, Murang’a and Kiambu counties to the north, to the west Nairobi and Kajiado counties to the west; Makueni county to the south; and to the East Kitui county. The county has area of 6208.2 Km² most of which is semi-arid. It lies between latitudes 0º45´South and 1º31´South and longitudes 36º45´East and 37º45´East.

According to the to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing census, the county has a population of 1,098,584. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has projected a total population growth of 1,238,650 in 2015 and 1,289,200 in 2017.

It is the sixth largest county in the country, covering an area of 30,496.4 km2 including 6,369 km2 occupied by Tsavo East National park. The county shares its borders with seven other counties.  Kitui County has a low lying topography with arid and semi-arid climate. Its rainfall distribution is erratic and unreliable. The highlands namely, Migwani, Mumoni, Kitui Central, Mui, Mutitu Hills and Yatta plateau receive relatively high rainfall compared with lowlands of Nguni, Kyuso and Tseikuru.

Apart from the Yatta Plateau and the range of hills in the central part of the county, the topography is undulating, and gives way to plains toward the east. A few hills rise as inselbergs in the plains rising to an altitude of 1,747 metres above sea level.

Makueni County covers an area of 8,034.7 KM2.  The County borders several counties which include Kajiado to the West, Taita Taveta to the South, Kitui to the East and Machakos to the North. It lies between Latitude 1º 35´ and 30 00 South and Longitude 37º10´ and 38º 30´East. In the year 2012 the projected population in the county was 922,183 consisting of 449,036 males and 473,147 females.

The county lies in the arid and semi arid zones of the eastern region of the country. The major physical features in Makueni County include the volcanic Chyulu hills which lie along the southwest border of the county in Kibwezi West Constituency, Mbooni Hills in Mbooni constituency and Kilungu Hills in Kaiti constituency which rise to 1,900m above sea level. The county terrain is generally low-lying from 600m above sea level in Tsavo at the southern end of the county.


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