There are several
hotels in Isiolo. All
the hotels in Isiolo fall
under budget category. The best place to stay within town is
Bomen Hotel. The Bomen Hotel has a quite location. The
upper rooms offering good views of Samburu Hills.
Other hotels within town
are Mocharo Lodge and Transit Hotel.
The rangeland hotel is
located on the Nanyuki or Meru Isiolo Road 2 Kilometres from Isiolo.
The Rangeland has very beautiful grounds ideal for family relaxation
with music from the loud speakers spread in the grounds. The music
may sometimes be loud but have heart. The Barbecue (Nyama
Choma), is first class in terms of quality, measure and taste. They
staff are friendly and they have a campsite.
The Gaddissa Hotel is a
hide away from the town. It has a good bar and a swimming
pool. The rooms are clean with hot shower. Rooms are
either twin or double.
Getting to Isiolo
Currently Isiolo is not
served by scheduled air services. However having an airstrip, one
can easily chatter an Helicpter and land at Isiolo Airstrip.
Scheduled flights to the nearby airstrips of Nanyuki and Samburu
Parks are available.
The all weather road from
Nairobi to Isiolo is tarmac all the way to Merille Bridge. You
can drive via Embu or Nanyuki. The Nanyuki route is more popular
with tourists as it has more attractions. There are two
options of getting to Isiolo by Road. You can use Public
transport from Nairobi to Isiolo (300Km). An alternative is to
hire a car from Nairobi.
Isiolo Car Hire/Car Rental
To rent a car in Isiolo
contact GORILLA SAFARIS
RWANDA via email address
. Our offices are located at Meru Town (50Km from Isiolo).
We can organize for your transport from Nairobi to Isiolo/ Marsabit/
Moyale and even to Lake Turkana.
Several Banks have
branches in Isiolo. These include Barclays Bank, Equity Bank,
Krep Bank, Consolidated Bank.
Attractions, Activities-What to do,>>Tracking Lions, Elephants
A visit to Isiolo would
not be complete without a visit to the nearby attractions. In terms
of tourisms, Isiolo like Nanyuki is a base to explore the vast
grater Laikipia district with its private ranches and luxury
accommodation. The nearby ranches include:-
Lewa Conservancy- the lewa conservancy is a private
ranch and a breeding ground of the Black Rhinos. Lewa
Rhino sanctuary has recorded the largest number of Black rhino
calves in the recent past. Lewa is famous for lion and
rhino tracking. Accommodation at Lewa conservancy is
provided by Lewa House (USD 460PP per night), Lewa Safari
Camp and Wilderness Trails. The Lewa conservancy hosts the
annual Safaricom Lewa Marathon (June), where participants run
among the big game. It is one of the most adventurous in
the banks of Ngare Ndare lies the famous Borana Ranch.
Named after the Zebu cow, Borana Ranch is an active cattle ranch
that incorporates wildlife conservation.
Borana ranch is famous for its horse stables. They have
horses to cater for all riders. Big game watching on the
horse back is one of the unique activities at Borana. Guests are
free to ride horses among the giraffes, hartebeests and impalas.
On horseback, guests can also explore the nearby Ndare Ngare
forest and the moorlands of Mt. Kenya. At Borana,
guests can watch game game on mountain bikes. Also on
offer are ranch activities where guest learn about ranching
among wildlife. At Kisima the lodge keeps a stable of Polo
ponies. At Borana ranch accommodation is available at Borana
Lodge and Laragai House. Borana lodge has 8 luxurious
appointed bedrooms with panoramic views of Mt. Kenya, Lewa
Plains and Ngare Ndare forest. The luxurious
Laragai House is the private house of George and Lucilla
Stephenson. Laragai is a house of spectacular beauty and
can sleep ten guests in extreme comfort. The house has a heated
Ol Pejeta Ranch House
Sweet waters Game sanctuary famous for its chimpanzees,
night game drives, sundowners and picnics.
IL Ngwesi Group Ranch>> The Il Ngwesi group
Ranch belonging to the Mukogodo Maasai. Accommodation at
the ranch is community managed Il Ngwesi Lodge, run and managed
by the locals. The eco-lodge has won international awards
as the best run and managed eco lodge. All the proceeds
from the lodge are utilized in local community projects like
schools, dispensary, water and conservation. The main
Specials, hiking Olmaroroi hill, game drives, visits to
the rhino sanctuary, Bush dinners, Picnic breakfast, nature and
bird walks visit
Maasai cultural bomas.
Ngwesi Lodge is luxury class with six bandas and a beautiful
swimming pool which seems to overflow into the plains. The
lodge has won the following awards>>>British
Airways award (1999) - “Tourism for Tomorrow Award” 2nd
position in Africa. Travel news (1998, 1999, 2001,
2003) - “Quest for the best Awards” voted as best self-catering
camp by readers of travel news. Harpers & Queen travel awards
(2002) - “the 150 best places on earth”
David Sheldrick’s Awards - “Conservation Endeavour” voted
as best conservation biodiversity. UNDP Equator
initiative conservation Award (2002), First Choice
Responsible Tourism Awards (2006) In Association with:
Responsibletravel.com, The Times, World Travel Market,
Geographical Magazine, Voted Winner “Best Small Hotel” Global
Vision Award - Winner green/eco Hotel Initiative. By Travel
Access to the private
ranches is by 4WDs.
National Parks and
Reserves:- From Isiolo one can easily explore the following
National Parks and Reserve