Its town square has shady trees and flowering bushes, even is known as the Chai Square (Chai is the word for tea in East Africa). Other tourist attractions include the Holy Trinity Church, which has a small assembly of deceased planters; a war memorial and the streets with its oriental feel.
The highlands of Kericho are home of the Kipsigis (a pastoralist ethnic group), who are a part of the Kalenjin people, they practices farming and are known for growing tea. You will have breath-taking views of the vast tea plantations that cover the rolling hills.
Kericho is home to Africa's largest Gurdwara ("the doorway to the Guru", a Sikh place of worship), it is a monument dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest Sikh saints: "Baba Puran Singh Ji of Kericho", also called "Kericho wala Babaji", "Bapuji" or "Kericho wala". He is the founding father of the international charitable organization Guru Nanak Ingham Sewak Jatha, which promotes the spirit and practice of selfless service (‘nishkam sewa’) in representation of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the father of the Sikh faith. It is a place of spiritual significance. Unilever Kenya is owner of the largest tea factory, it produces the popular Ketepa brand, and much of this tea is for export.
Kericho Tea Hotel Accommodation
The aptly named Tea Hotel is situated in Kenya's famed tea growing district on the outskirts of the market town of Kericho. The Tea Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in rooms within the main building and cottages in the large and colourful gardens and grounds The hotel’s spacious 45 well-appointed rooms look out over acres of evergreen tea gardens. There are also luxury suites or cottages for visitors. All the rooms are wall-to-wall carpet, self-contained with either shower or bath.
* Self contained facilities
* Bathroom with shower or bath
* Wall to wall carpet
* Air conditioning
* Cable/satellite TV
* Room services
Kericho tea hotel recreation facilities include: - an Olympic size swimming pool, Lawn tennis, table tennis and nearby Golf course. The hotel has 2 Conference Halls of up to 80pax and 60pax respectively. Ideal for seminars/workshops, functions, video and TV shows. Photocopying machines and fax services are also available
* Dining area with mouth watering delicacy both local and
* 2 Main bars
* Terrace where one can see as far as the horizon
* Baby sitting
* Barber/hair stylist
* Olympic size swimming pool
* Lawn tennis
* Table tennis
* Visit to the tea estates and Kericho town
* 2 conference halls Ideal for seminars/workshops, functions,
video and TV shows
* Fax services
* Photocopying machines
* Multi-lingual staff
* Gift shop
Other places of interest are:
* Ruma National Park
* Prehistoric sites of Songhor, Fort Ternan and Koru Highlands.
Some comfortable and cheap hotels to stay, with nice rooms and good food, in Kericho town are: the Garden Lodge on Moi Highway, the Mwalimu Hotel on Moi Road and the Fish Resort, about 20 minutes walk around the town. Mid-West Hotel, located on Kericho Road is another choice. There are many bars and discos in Kericho: on weekend nights, open the disco at the Mid-West hotel; behind Mid-West is the Urwa Inn with a pool table and Nyama Choma, here the entry is free, the beers are cheap and the atmosphere is nice, the Mwalimu Bar at the Mwalimu Hotel is also a great point.
Fairview TAS Hotel Moi Rd; the entrance is down the side of a busy and character hotel-cum-bar. The rooms (s/c with hot water) are a bit grubby, but adequate if you aren't too fussy.
Kericho Garden Lodge Moi Highway The non-s/c singles are rather poky, but the newer s/c singles and doubles are quite acceptable and clean with hot water mornings and evenings, and some look out over the pleasant gardens, where you can camp same as the non-s/c singles – the Tea Hotel is better value). The beer garden is pleasant.
Kimugu River Lodge off Moi Highway Take the signposted turning opposite the BP station, 700m northeast of the town centre, and follow this track for 600m to this rather down-market alpine-chalet-like place, with a great location above a weir in the Kimugu River. The rooms are simple but very comfortable with hot water, but the concrete cottages (some with fireplaces) are somewhat better than the newer wooden shacks. There's also a decent bar and good restaurant. B&B
Mid West Hotel A large, soulless place and popular conference venue, usually a safe bet if you want a proper hotel room. There's a health club with a gym, sauna and steam room and a dartboard in the bar. B&B 4
Mwalimu Hotel Moi Rd; Adequate and relatively large s/c rooms, kept separate from its bar-restaurant. On the downside, there's hot water in the morning only, and no mosquito nets
New Sunshine Hotel Spotless rooms, with hot water round the clock, but the cheaper ones are rudimentary, with inward-facing windows only, though the pricier rooms, with TV, are bigger
Saiga Lodge. A surprisingly large establishment hidden away behind the shops, with a selection of very cheap s/c and non-s/c rooms, hot water, and parking in the yard. Most of the rooms have inward-facing windows, so they're a bit dark, but not at all bad value for the price.
Rondo Retreat - Rondo Retreat is a quiet homestead within the Kakamega Rain Forest offering an opportunity to those interested in the pursuit of hobbies such as a butterfly collection as well as beetle and frog enthusiasts, spider hunters or bird watchers. The homestead consists of the main house of clapboard and colonial era corrugated iron, and five cottages in the same old style, whose proximity to the forest makes for ideal accommodation.There are fifteen en-suite double rooms within the retreat centre and three more double rooms that share a bathroom in the main house. No two rooms are designed or furnished in the same way. The bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining room have all been decorated and furnished with flair using things “old and new” – antique prints and photographs, local paintings, crafts and fabrics. The Centre is not a typical hotel and owing to its Christian background does not serve alcohol. However the meals are quite delicious.
Hotel Kerio View - The Kerio View hotel is located at the edge of Kerio Escarpment with a marvelous view of the Kerio Valley, 1000m below and the Tugen Hills to the east. The hotel is very tastefully furnished. It is close to Iten, the administrative centre not far from Eldoret town. Accommodation is offered in 14 self contained rooms which are spread out in the bush. For families with children, beds and cots can be provided at short notice. The restaurant offers mostly European food, and good wine is on offer at the bar. Kerio View is suitable for biking, paragliding, walks, photography with lots of birdlife.