Kenya minerals resources, major minerals in Kenya

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Kenya minerals resources

The Kenya minerals resources /natural resources of Kenya include limestone, gypsum, soda ash, diatomite, gemstones, fluorspar, and zinc. The mineral sector is so far not a significant contributor to the country’s economy.

Kenya is has got a wide range of minerals, among the minerals that are found in Kenya in significant quantities are soda ash (Trona) around Lake Magadi, Fluorspar at Kimwarer in Kerio Valley as well as Titanium in Kwale, Malindi and Lamu.


There is reasonable potential for Gold in Kakamega, Vihiga, Migori, Transmara, Bondo, Siaya, Pokot and Turkana while there were minor indications of the mineral in Nandi.


Coal occurs in Mwingi and Mutitu .It is currently under investigations by the Ministry of Energy in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources to establish its viability for commercial exploitation.

Iron ore

Iron ore occurs in parts of Taita, Meru, Kitui, Kilifi and Samia. The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources as well as private prospecting companies are involved in   evaluation of viability

Manganese ore

Manganese ore occurs in Ganze and Mrima Hill in Coastal region


Diatomite is found at Kariandusi near Gilgil.


Gypsum in El Wak, Garissa, Tana River, Kajiado and Turkana

Natural carbon dioxide at Kereita in Kiambu while  a variety of gemstones are found in Taita, Kwale, Kitui, Mwingi, Kajiado, Isiolo, Pokot and  Turkana

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