Samburu County

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Samburu County
Brick Construction In Samburu
Brick Construction In Samburu
Flag of Samburu County
Coat of arms of Samburu County
Location of Samburu County in Kenya
Location of Samburu County in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°10′N 36°40′E / 1.167°N 36.667°E / 1.167; 36.667Coordinates: 1°10′N 36°40′E / 1.167°N 36.667°E / 1.167; 36.667
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
 • GovernorMoses Kasaine Lenolkulal
 • Total20,182.5 km2 (7,792.5 sq mi)
 • Total310,327
 • Density15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Samburu County is a county in the former Rift Valley Province, Kenya. It covers an area of roughly 21,000 km2 (8,000 mi2) in northern Kenya where the Samburu, Turkana and many other tribes live. It stretches north from the Wuaso Ng'iro River to the south of Lake Turkana. According to the 2019 census, the county has a population of 310,327.[1]

Within Samburu County are the towns of Maralal (capital and largest town),[2] Baragoi, Archers Post, South Horr, Wamba, Lodosoit, and Kisima.

It also includes the Samburu National Reserve, Bisanadi National Reserve, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Mount Ng'iro, Ndoro Mountains, Mathews Range (Ol Doinyo Lenkiyo), Kirisia Hills, and Loroki Forest.

The main access road to Samburu County is the A4 road from Rumuruti-Maralal-Baragoi, which as of 2019 was being tarmaced from Rumuruti up to Maralal.[3]

There is a town named Samburu in Kwale County also in Kenya, but it is not related to Samburu County or Samburu people.


Historical population
1979 76,908—    
1989 108,884+41.6%
1999 143,547+31.8%
2009 223,947+56.0%
2019 310,327+38.6%

County subdivisions[edit]

The county has three constituencies: Samburu East, Samburu West, and Samburu North. The headquarters of Samburu Central is Maralal, Samburu North is Baragoi and headquarters for Samburu East is Wamba. There has been controversy about the headquarters of Samburu East. Some schools of thought proposed Archers Post, a rapidly growing town, while others proposed Wamba town a less rapidly growing town[5]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Maralal Town 24,612 16,281
Samburu County 118,935 18,507
Total - 143,547 34,788
* 1999 census. Source:[6]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Headquarters
Baragoi 19,884 Baragoi
Kirisia 47,072 Mararal
Lorroki 25,571 Suguta mar mar
Nyiro 15,551
Wamba 24,155 Wamba
Waso 10,314
Total 143,547 -
* 1999 census. Sources:[7]


The Samburu County Government is headed by Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal, referred to within Samburu County as 'M.K.'. A member of the national Jubilee political party, Lenolkulal was the first governor following Kenya's devolution to county administrations.[8]


  1. ^ "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume I: Population by County and Sub-County". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Samburu County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022". Maarifa. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  4. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  5. ^ admin-samburu. "Downloads". Samburu County Government. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Moses Lenolkula Kasaine Biography -". 11 December 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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