Isiolo County is located in the northern part of the former Eastern Province, 285 kilometers north of Nairobi.
Covering an area of 25, 336.1 square kilometers, it is expansive when compared to other counties.
The county borders seven other counties: Samburu to the east, Garissa to the east, Tana River to the south east, Kitui and Meru to the south west, Marsabit to the North West and Wajir to the north east.
The population tally in the county according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics report of 2009 is 143,294. 51% of the population is male while 49% is female. Isiolo County is inhabited by the Turkana, Borana, Somali and Meru communities, with the Boranas forming the largest portion of the population.
Most parts of Isiolo County are arid and receives less than 150 mm annually. Areas like Garbatulla are totally dry and no agricultural activity takes place.
The county has five conservation areas with many animal species, which attract both local and international tourists. Tourist attraction sites include: Lewa Downs, Buffalo Springs, Shaba, and Bisanadi game reserves.
Isiolo is best known for its abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes. From the big five to the Maasai Ostriches, Isiolo has it all. The best places to see these animals is Buffalo Springs and the famous Shaba national reserve. These places are teaming with wildlife and offer visitors opportunity to see nature at its best as all animals struggle to survive in their natural habitat.
The county is accessible both by road and air, with the Isiolo airport taking care of most if not all air transport requirements. There are scheduled flights to different game reserves like the Lewa and Buffalo Springs. Isiolo Town is close to 300 kms from Nairobi and is accessible by road using the A2 road from Nairobi through Nanyuki to Isiolo. The road is in good condition and the journey from Nairobi to Isiolo takes roughly 3.5hrs to 4hrs.
The county has several good hotels and lodges which offer affordable accommodation. Some of the hotels are Hills restaurant and Shaba Game Lodge. Other low budget hotels located in the heart of Isiolo town include Bonen Hotel, Moti Pearl Hotel and Mocharo lodge. These hotels are relatively cheap and the daily rates are inclusive of breakfast.
The first edition of the Great North Heritage Run intends to take the runners narrative back on track, to promote peace, celebrate our heritage and promote national cohesion and position brand Kenya advantageouly on the global scene.
This event series covers:
|21 Kms Male & Female Race||Elite Race||Open To Everyone|
|21 Kms Community Relay||Community Teams||14 Communities|
|21 Kms County Relay||County Teams||47 Counties|
|10 Kms Male & Female Race||Elite Race||Open To Everyone|
|10 Kms Corporate Challenge||Corporate Teams||From Corporates|
|10 Kms Warrior Race||Community Warriors||From the 14 Communities|
|10 Kms Wakimbizi Race||Refugee Teams|
|10 Kms Cross Border Challenge||Other Counties Participants||Neighbouring Counties|
|10 Kms Women's Race||Community Women||14 Communities|
|3 Kms Family Fun Run||Children & Parents||Open To Everyone|