Isiolo County

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Isiolo Town is set to a resort city, and this will see rapid growth in Isiolo County and the neighbouring regions.

Isiolo town is almost 300km from Nairobi. It is a town within a county with the same name, in the northern section of the country, a distance from towns in the Mount Kenya region. It borders Meru, Laikipia and Samburu counties.

This town burgeoned around military bases in the area. The first inhabitants were First World War veterans of Somali origin, other cushites and Bantus.

What to Do in Isiolo

This town is at the centre of all the major attractions because from this county you can visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which has one of the largest rhino sanctuaries in the world. It also houses a chimpanzee sanctuary.

Samburu National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve are home to the rare five species that are the reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra, gerenuk and Beisa oryx.

Meru National Park houses the famous lioness Elsa. Another attraction you can visit is Mount Kenya National Park. Isiolo does not have any noteworthy luxury lodge within the town, so far. Accommodation is available in tented camps and lodges in the neighbouring counties as you move back towards the central part of the country or you proceed towards Samburu.

How to get to Isiolo

You can visit this quiet town by road or by air. It is along the A2 Road that heads to Moyale. The road trip from Nairobi cuts through the lovely green plantations on the slopes of Mount Kenya and into the savannah grasslands off Nanyuki Town. The airport will also get a facelift as part of expansion plans to make this country a great place for tourists. Isiolo Airport is about 200km by air away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Economic activities here include making jewellery from brass, copper and aluminium. This town enjoys a beautiful blend of cultures. It is home to cushites such as the rendile, Bantus like the Ameru as well as Nilotes such as the Samburu and Turkana. The population mostly lives out of the town, in a rural setup.

Nevertheless, the town is receiving national attention after the government went public with plans to turn this bashed up town into a resort city. More people are trickling in from the north most towns of Mandera, Moyale and Marsabit. This arid land depends on Ewaso Nyiro River as it flows through it.

Map of Isiolo County

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