Gilgil is situated between Naivasha and Nakuru along the Nairobi- Nakuru Highway. It is the administrative centre of the Gilgil division. Retail business, agriculture, a few industries and military barracks provides the main economic activities in Gilgil. The area population is estimates at 300,000 people.

The area attractions include Kariandusi historic site, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita and Hells Gate game reserve. From Gilgil, the nearest main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. The local transport mode includes motorbikes, bicycle, taxi and mini buses. ATMs accessible by major international cards and internet are available.