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Excavations at the Kariandusi Prehistorical site near Elmenteita suggest that this has been an area of human habitation for more than 200,000 years. (for details of this site see Specialist Safari)

Like nearby Naivasha, this area is traditionally Maasai land. For more information on Maasai culture, see Related Links

In 1908 this area was settled by Lord Delamere, who was considered by the British to be one of the principle architects of the Kenyan colony. He was certainly the driving force behind the settlement of this area, and after acquiring large tracts of land from Soysambu north to Nakuru, he campaigned for the land to be offered free to British settlers. Soon adventurous farmers, mostly from his home territory of Lancashire, were arriving by Ox wagon to stake their claims.

Dairy farming proved to be very succesful ,and today Delamere's family still runs the large scale dairy that bears his name. When he died he was buried alongside his wife at Ndabibi, in a position with a commanding view of the surrounding plains and hills.

Other historical graves can be found outside the nearby town of Gilgil. This is the site of the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Lying in the peaceful savannah are around two hundred graves of British and Kenyan soldiers lost in the East African campaign of World War II, and British troops lost during the Independence struggle.
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