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Isiolo County is located in the upper eastern region of Kenya. The county covers an area of 25,336.1 Sq Km with temperatures ranging between 12 degrees C and 28 degrees C. Rainfall range from 150 mm-650 mm per annum typical of Arid and Semi Arid Locations (ASALS) in Kenya. The county has 1 local Authority (County Council of Isiolo). Isiolo Town is the administrative capital. It borders seven counties namely; Garissa to the east, Wajir to the north east, Meru to the south west, Samburu to the east and Marsabit to the north west, with Kitui and Tana River counties to the south west and south east respectively. Its population is 143,294 people (2009 census). Isiolo County will be the be the first county to be developed as part of the Kenya Vision 2030 program.

Economic Activities

Being an arid area, nomadic pastoralism dominates as the major economic activity in Isiolo country and contribute a large portion in meeting the county demand for meat.

Residents of Isiolo county also derive their livelihood from other activities like entertaining tourists who seasonally visit the county to enjoy watching different species of wildlife in the area, the so called Isiolo Big five (Grevy Zebra, Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Lion, reticulated giraffe) found in the Buffalo springs game reserve bordering Samburu game reserve, Shaba game reserve and Bisnadi game reserve near Meru game reserve.

Isiolo game reserves that house The Sarova Lodge, Simba Lodge and Bisinadi Lodge are part of tourist circuit that spans Masai Mara, Samburu-Isiolo, Lewa and Mt Kenya. Measures have been put in place to ensure that wildlife and the culture of Isiolo people, the Samburu, Turkana, Borona, Gabra, Somali, Ameru are intertwined and must be conserved at all costs. An array of technologies such as surveillance aircrafts have been proposed to eradicate poaching and enhance security in the game parks. The Government of Isiolo will ensure that the rapid infrastructural development does not disrupt nature.

Isiolo County is poised to become an economic elephant, an industrial hub and international trade center. Among the key projects, the County Government plans to initiate are; solar and wind Energy firms, Broadband Internet connectivity to every primary school and massive irrigation projects.

Served by a number of airstrips, the county has a range of hotels, restaurants, clubs and camp-sites that cater to the varying needs of both locals and travellers to the region. River Ewaso Nyiro flows through the county and is a critical source of water for the regions wildlife, livestock and human consumption. Read more......