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Eldoret – Kenya

The name Eldoret comes from the local word ‘eldore’ meaning stony river, referring to the Sosiani River that runs through the town.

The fast-growing town of Eldoret, located in the midwest of Kenya, sits at an altitude of 2100-2700m. Eldoret is ideally situated close to the Great Rift Valley, allowing access to the many valleys, waterfalls, and viewpoints that can be found in this area; making it an ideal location for exploration.

Eldoret’s high altitude and location make it a great sport and outdoor destination. It is extremely popular with runners and cyclists for the excellent training opportunities and with paragliders for the perfect flying conditions year-round.

The town itself has a welcoming charm, with a comfortable social scene, relaxing eateries all taken at a moderate pace.

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Why visit Eldoret

  • The world’s best high altitude training camps for runners
  • Leading paragliding destination in the world (at the nearby Kerio Valley)
  • Explore the majestic basalt formation in the Kerio Valley and spot an elephant on its seasonal migration
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Great Rift Valley, a significant feature of the earth which is visible from space

Picture courtesy – Leo Blog(@eldoretleo)

  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KSh, often written as =/)
  • Driving: left-hand side of the road
  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’
  • Closest airport: Eldoret International Airport (EDL)
  • Local Tribes: the Kalenjin people are well-known all over the world as the best endurance runners, they are even sometimes called the running tribe
Best time to visit

Kenya’s higher inland regions are very pleasant and boast daytime temperatures between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F; often cooler at night.

Kenya has a dry season from June to October, a wet season called ‘short rains’ in November and December, another dry spell in January and February, followed by the ‘long rains’ in March, April, and May.

For running training it is best to avoid the months of March and November as it is almost impossible to train due to the muddy roads. Paragliding is best from late December through to February for big cross country flights. But the cooler months and the rainy season offer smooth flying and more predictable winds.

Sights and sounds

If you are an aspiring athlete or just an avid runner, the training camps of Eldoret are a must-do. Many of the world’s best runners, including role model Lornah Kiplagat, turn to coaching after their successes, and running with world athletes is very common at the many training camps in Eldoret. Any runner can benefit from a training camp in Eldoret and in recent years even cyclists are starting to see the benefits of training here.

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Eldoret is one of the world’s sweet spots for paragliding, making this a compulsory activity for all adrenaline junkies. Many world records have been set in the paragliding world in the Kerio Valley near Eldoret and the winds and thermals are very consistent meaning flying can be done year-round.

Around Eldoret are breath-taking valleys to explore and some sensational waterfalls. This destination is often used as a base to explore the highlands, including the Nandi Hills with lush green rolling hills and many tea plantations. The Rimoi National Game Reserve located in the Kerio Valley is a beautiful gem that can easily be visited from Eldoret.

Exploring and trekking through this area will uncover the rich history and cultural heritage of the land. Be sure to carry some milk or green grass as an offer to Asis, the local Supreme God, at the Kipkoikoi Rock.

Popular viewpoints overlooking the Kerio Valley are Iten and Kabarnet viewpoint, and also the Kolol viewpoint with views of the spectacular Torok waterfall.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Eldoret offers a range of food, from restaurants to street food for all budgets.

Eldoret gives you the opportunity to eat real Kenyan food. Many of the athletes eat Kenya’s staple called Ugali (maize porridge) served with vegetables and beans or sometimes meat. Favourite breakfast dishes include: chapatis (a thin pancake of unleavened whole-grain bread) or mandazis (similar to a doughnut, sometimes flavored with spices) served with hot, milky Kenyan tea served with lots of sugar.

Religious and Cultural considerations

More than 80% of Kenyans are practicing Christians. About 11% are Muslim, although some say the percentage of Muslims is much higher. The Muslim population is concentrated on the coast and in north-east of Kenya.

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Cost of Living

Eldoret has facilities for all budgets. This is true for accommodation, transport, food and excursions. Local goods are cheap; imported is expensive.

Bargain for everything – you will pay more than you should if you do not.

This is what you can expect to pay in Eldoret for:

  • Domestic beer (0.5-litre bottle) in a supermarket – 175KSh
  • Imported beer in a supermarket (0.33-litre bottle) – 200KSh
  • Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) – 190Ksh
  • A bottle of coca cola / pepsi (0.33-litre bottle) – 40KSh
  • A small bottle of water (0.33-litre bottle) – 40KSh


  • Many of the world’s best running athletes come from Eldoret and the immediate surrounding areas.
  • The Kerio Valley is a world-renowned paragliding mecca.
  • Eldoret is home to the mythical Nandi bear, a creature that looks like a giant hyena and according to local legend only eats the brains of its victims.

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