09 March 2016

Stopover at Isiolo town, the real start of our adventure to Samburu-land

Beautiful undulating hills near Isiolo, with acacia trees in the foreground

Our next stop was Isiolo, about 90 minutes north of Nanyuki. With a population of 80,000, it's home to a cosmopolitan mix of peoples and cultures. This includes the Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan-speaking Ameru, Samburu and Turkana, as well as the Cushitic-speaking Rendille, Somali, and Boran people. The Somali residents, who settled in the area as soldiers after the first World War, mostly engage in livestock farming. There are also some Indian shopkeepers. The town is predominantly Muslim and has several mosques.

This was my second time to Isiolo, the first being approximately 10 years ago.

We bought quite a bit of fresh produce at the Isiolo market, before heading further north to Arsim

Gloria bought a rice basket from this vendor, who carried all his wares on his bicycle

The surrounding horizons have such beautiful hills and mountains

Meet Franklin, a milk goat, who was our fellow passenger

We fueled and serviced the lorry and land cruiser at a busy gas station before heading out of town

Late lunch at Archer's Post (30 minutes north of Isiolo) before the last 100+ miles to Arsim (mostly on rough roads)

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. 
~ Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Following the yellow lorry along some quite fascinating scenery

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder 
not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”
~ Richard Paul Evans, The Gift

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