Laisamis town overview
Laisamis town is a town in Marsabit County in Kenya with an estimated population of 2643 people. In Laisamis there is a Catholic church dedicated to St George.
Laisamis town Geography
The county is populated by various ethnic communities including the Cushitic Rendille, Gabbra and Borana as well as the Nilotic Samburu and Turkana.
Religion in Laisamis town
Close to 40% of the people living in Laisamis town are Christians, 32% are Muslims, while 28% adhere to other religions.
People ofLaisamis town
Among the ethnic groups, men are traditionally responsible for taking care of animals, while women are tasked with taking care of their children and performing day-to-day chores in the home. They are also responsible for the construction (weaving) of portable grass huts for their families.
Boys usually accompany their fathers to the grazing fields, while girls are supposed to help their mothers at home mainly by gathering firewood and fetching water.
Over the years, the communities have adopted elements of the modern world such as formal schooling and employment. About 40,000 students are currently enrolled in the county’s 126 primary schools, with another 1,100 attending high schools.
Laisamis town Economy
About 80% of the people of Laisamis town are nomadic pastoralists, 10% are small scale farmers and about 7% are business people, with the rest being salaried employees mainly working with the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Some of the NGOs providing employment opportunities in the county include the World Food Programme (WFP), Action Aid, World Vision and the Kenya Red Cross.
Other economic activities in the county include salt mining, gemstones mining, sand harvesting and fishing.
Climate in Laisamis town
Laisamis town is one of the driest towns of Kenya, with temperatures ranging between 10.1° C during the cold months (June and July) and 30.2° C during the hot months (January-March and September-October).
Laisamis receives between 200mm and 1000mm of rainfall per year, with the average precipitation being 254mm. This makes it one of Kenya’s driest counties. Most of the rainfall (rainy season) is received in April and November.
Hotels nearest to the centre of Laisamis
- Samburu IntrepidsTented Camp
- Mirema Hotel
- Tribe Hotel Nairobi
- Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
- Nomad Palace Hotel
- Marble Arch Hotel
- The Oakwood Hotel