Taita Taveta County

County Headquarters: Mwatate


Population: 284,657 (2009 Census)


Taita is the main ethnic group.



Taita Taveta County has recently seen great developments in its mineral mining sector after traces of iron ore were discovered in 1992. Asbestos, chalk, limestone, gemstones, construction stones and sand are also among the regions minerals portfolio.

The county is known for its large-scale sisal farming with vast sisal plantations covering the area. The county is ecologically diverse with an number of forests hosting a large variety of indigenous and exotic tree species.

It has water resources such as Lake Chala , Lake Jipe amd Mzima springs that supply the coastal region with water. Large parts of the county lie within the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks some of the country’s popular tourist destinations.


The current governor is Granton Samboja.


Taita-Taveta Constituencies

The county has 4 constituencies:

  • Taveta
  • Wundanyi
  • Mwatate
  • Voi