Kaptarakwa

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Kapatarakwa is a growing centre in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya. Kaptarakwa is located about 37 km from the town of Eldoret in the Kenyan highlands. Notable natives include athletes Albert Chepkurui, Sammy Kipketer, Viola Kibiwott, Jonathan Kandie and Vivian Cheruiyot. Former powerful minister Hon. Nicholas Kipyator Biwott is a current resident. Kaptarakwa is about 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level. Nearby is the Kerio Escarpment which drops down to 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level. It is a beautiful place to visit, with fresh water emanating from the forest.

Administratively, Kaptarakwa is a location in the Chepkorio division of Keiyo District. In Kaptarakwa Ward (Ward No 0745) the current MCA is Mr. Thomas Kigen (kiliki). The ward comprises Chebior, Kitany, Kaptarakwa, Mokwo, Kaptagat, Kiptulos and Kapkenda sub–locations of Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Sandwiched between Kaptagat Forest and the Kerio Escarpment lies this beautiful place always cool and fresh. Mokwo Girls high school lies to its south, Kitany Boys high school to its north. St. Brigid Academy is also located here, Maria Soti Academic Center lies to its northwest.

Kaptarakwa open market day is Wednesday of every week. Farmers in this region are small scale, practicing animal husbandry (cows, sheep, goats, poultry and a few donkeys mainly serving as transport beasts). In terms of crops, most horticulture, cereals and animal feed. Agro forestry is well practiced.

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Coordinates: 0°28′N 35°32′E / 0.467°N 35.533°E / 0.467; 35.533