Isiolo County

Isiolo County is located in the upper eastern region of Kenya. It borders seven counties with 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.

Expectations are high about the Isiolo County. It is difficult to paint a picture of how Isiolo County will be in five, ten or fifteen years. Across the beautiful hills, valleys,acacia trees and the savannah grasslands of Isiolo, winds of change are blowing. Isiolo is a virgin space, a wonderful piece of creation. The Isiolians and Kenyans alike are up-beat on how they are going to fit into the Isiolo County and the Isiolo ecosystem.Isiolo sits at the center of the world that is watching keenly at the unfolding developments taking place there. Isiolo’s strategic position is irresistible and attractive to local and international investors.

The realization and implementation of the Isiolo resort city was initiated three years ago by the former president of Kenya Hon. Mwai Kibaki when he officially launched the construction of the Isiolo international Airport and later the LAPSSET(Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport) Corridor project. In addition, an abattoir is nearing completion and disease free zones have been identified to feed it with three hundred animals per day. Among the highlights of the Isiolo County is the Isiolo resort city, the Lamu-Isiolo-Juba and Nairobi-Isiolo-Ethiopia superhighways, the Isiolo International Airport, the Isiolo refinery, the Isiolo artificial lake, the Isiolo film industry and Isiolo tourist villages. The Isiolo resort city by design sits between two hills on the Kipsing Gap and is modeled to have a wonderful coexistence with nature with a golf course and tourist villages at its midst. The city will border an artificial lake, Lewa conservancy, the Samburu game reserve and Isiolo old town.The massive artificial lake will be a wonderful sight to behold with fishing and boat racing as the main tourist attractions. The lake waters will irrigate the semi-arid land into green orchards and forests.

Isiolians derive their livelihood from entertaining tourists who come seasonally to watch and interact with the wildlife, the Isiolo Big five (Grevy Zebra, Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Lion, reticulated giraffe).The Isiolo Big Five are 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. According to the Governor, the 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.

Fast forward.Isiolo is poised to become an economic elephant, an industrial hub and international trade center. Among the key projects the Isiolo Governmentplans to initiate are the solar and wind Energy farms, Broadband connectivity to every primary school and massive irrigation projects.

Isiolo County is a convergence of ideas. We welcome all to be part of this County.

Facts About Isiolo County

Area (Km 2): 25,336.1 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from minimum of between 12 degrees C to a maximum of – 28 degrees C. Rainfall ranges from 150mm to 650 mm per annum typical of ASALs in Kenya.

Road Network:
Bitumen Surface (11 Km),
Gravel Surface (87.6 Km),
Earth Surface (289.3 Km)

Population of Isiolo County

Population: 143,294

Male – 51%

Female – 49 %

Population Density: 5.66 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 0.37 %

Annual Growth Rate: 1.45%

Age Distribution:

0-14 years (44 %)

15-64 years (52 %)

65+ years (4%)

Government of Isiolo County

County Capital: Isiolo Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 2 (Isiolo North and Isiolo South)

Registered Voters: 33,434

National percentage: 0.27 %

Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Isiolo and Garbatulla)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 1 (County Council of Isiolo)

Economy of Isiolo County

Poverty Level: 71 % of population live below poverty line.

Age Dependency Ratio: 103

Resources: Forests, wildlife, minerals, building sand, water, pasture and land.

Tourist Attractions: Buffalo Springs, Shaba and Bisanadi Game Reserves and the Lewa Downs Conservancy are situated within the county.

Financial Services: 6 Commercial bank branches, 1 Micro-Finance Institution.

Main Economic Activities/industries: Pastoralism, subsistence agriculture, small-scale trade, and limited harvesting of gum Arabica resin.
Agricultural products: Beef, milk and limited cultivation of crops.

Education in Isiolo County

Number of institutions (2007): Primary (91), Secondary (11), Tertiary (1)

Primary: Total Enrolment (24,004)Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 38.6 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Total Enrolment (2,155) Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 26 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: 1 (Isiolo Youth Polytechnic)

Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (1,158)

Health in Isiolo County

Health Facilities: Dispensaries (24), Health Centres (1), District Hospitals (1)

Infant Mortality Rates: 43/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 56/1000

Contact Isiolo County

Physical Address
Isiolo Town, Hospital Road, Isiolo County Government Headquarters

Postal Address
P.O. Box 36 – 30600, Isiolo

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