#OnetouchLive – The Big North, Day One

we noticed children playing in a pool of rain water about 200 metres from the road. We approached them thinking how we’d ask to take their photos. When they saw our cameras, they started calling out ‘Picha! Nipige picha!’ asking to have their photos taken.

For many years, The Big North has been a forgotten territory. Lack of infrastructure meant only resilient pastoralists and opportunistic bandits called this home. But around ten years ago, President Kibaki’s government decided to prioritise tarmacking of the A2 from Isiolo to Moyale. Now complete, this stretch of asphalt has opened up The Big North to those seeking to soak in the beauty of semi arid lands that hug the skies where jagged mountains quench themselves by sipping rain clouds. Welcome to Kenya’s last frontier.