Around and about Egerton University
The Faculty of Law is based in Nakuru town, at the heart of the country. It is the first public university law school in the county whose urban population of 307,990 makes it the fourth largest town in Kenya and was until 2010 the seat of the former Rift Valley Province. In a UN Habitat study published in 2008, Nakuru was ranked as the fastest growing town in Africa with an annual growth rate of 13.3 per cent. Major railway and road infrastructure including the Kenya-Uganda Railway, the Namanga-Malaba A104 and the Nyeri-Nyahururu - Narok motorways and road links to Kabarnet and Kisumu conveniently intersect in Nakuru making it the most easily accessible university town for the majority of learners from the Rift Valley, Eastern, Western and Central Kenya regions. The town’s accessibility will be further enhanced when the current County government project to upgrade the Lanet airstrip into an international airport is completed.
Judicial institutions established in the town include the Court of Appeal Registry, High Court, Land and Environment Court, Industrial Court, Magistrates’ courts and Kadhi’s court. Nakuru town also hosts various human rights organizations, other civil society associations, national research institutions and the secretariat of the Rift Valley Law Society.
The landscape of Nakuru County is dotted with picturesque geological gems ranging from mountains, valleys, craters, fresh and salt water lakes, rivers and underground ovens. The Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant Complex and the Menengai Geothermal Wells occupy opposite poles of the county’s ring of fire. Mount Longonot and the Menengai Crater rise 9,108 and 7474 feet above sea level respectively. Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmenteita are the main water bodies in the County, lying on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. River Njoro and Molo River descend south eastwards from the Mau Forest to drain into Lake Nakuru and Lake Baringo respectively. Lake Nakuru is also fed by underground river channels from the Kabatini aquifer. Conservation areas include the Mau Forest Complex, the Hells Gate National Park, Longonot National Park. In Nakuru town, the Nakuru National Park with its thriving ecosystem that includes the big cats, Southern White rhino, giraffes, buffalos, smaller herbivores, millions of world famous flamingos and countless other bird species attracts domestic and international tourists throughout the year. The Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) provides guided tours to the park.