Fort Ternan

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Fort Ternan is a small town in Kericho County, Kenya located 50 kilometres east of Kisumu and five kilometres east of Koru. Fort Ternan is located at the western border of the former Rift Valley Province.[1] Fort Ternan forms a ward of Kipkelion West Constituency and Kipsigis town council.[2] Fort Ternan is also a location in the Chilchila division.[3]


It is served by a railway station on the branch line to Kisumu on the national railway system. The railway is heavily graded in the vicinity of this station.

The Highway Construction running From Nakuru To Kisumu through Londiani has connected the town to Kericho and Kisumu. There are local road leading to highly productive highland areas like Kipsinende, Cherara,Kokwet, Chepkechei, Koisagat, Chepkitar, Lelu etc.


Fossils of the specimen Kenyapithecus were first found by Louis Leakey in Fort Ternan in 1962. There is a prehistoric site and museum about 15 km from Fort Ternan Town.

Economic activity[edit]

The main economic activity is cash crop farming. Coffee, Sugar Cane and tea (in a few high altitude areas) are grown in small scale holding farms. Adjacent to the town is Kipkelion Coffee millers where most of the coffee is supplied by farmers.

Other crops grown around the town are subsistence crops maize, beans, tomatoes, potatoes etc.


The town is surrounded by a number of both primary and secondary schools. There is also an upcoming institute – Kipsinende Technical Institute.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rough Guide Map of Kenya
  2. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: Registration centres by electoral area and constituency Archived June 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Kenya_AdminLevels_1-4 Archived May 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 00°12′00″S 35°21′00″E / 0.20000°S 35.35000°E / -0.20000; 35.35000