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Marsabit National Park, a mixed paradise in the desert

Marsabit National Park became famous in the 1970’s when it was home to many Elephants reputed to have the longest tusks in Africa. One of ...

Marsabit National Park became famous in the 1970’s when it was home to many Elephants reputed to have the longest tusks in Africa. One of the old Bulls was called Ahmed was put under 24 hour surveillance by presidential decree. When he died he was said to have tusks weighing over 300kg. Today the Park is still known for its Elephants with their impressive tusks.

How do you get there?
Marsabit National Park is situated 560 kilometres from Nairobi City. The Park can be reached via Nanyuki through Isiolo. The road is tarmarked and in good condition. Traffic a long the road is minimal making driving quite an experience.

Airport – There is a good tarmaked airstrip situated just outside the Marsabit National Park.

Attractions
The Park is known for its Elephants that have impressive tusks
You can also see the endangered Grevy’s zebra in the park.
Lake Paradise is home to a wide variety of waterfowls.
The singing wells where local tribes go to gather water are also a site to behold.
Activities to do in Marsabit National Park
– Game drives, camel rides, visit the singing wells. Camel safaris can be arranged around the park.

The Experience
Marsabit National Park is an oasis of green in this arid, desert region of Kenya. At the centre of the park is an extinct volcano – the height of which creates a microclimate that supports a huge tract of indigenous forest that in turn supports a wide variety of wildlife. The Montane forest is supplied water by thick mist which forms overnight as the hot air rises off the desert and then cools. The mist often lingers till late morning.

The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as Elephants, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard. The downside of Marsabit is that the forest is so thick that game viewing is very challenging. However, it can be very rewarding if you have patience. The Park is home to the greatest number of graceful Greater Kudu Antelope and the rare Grevy’s Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe.

The park has many extinct volcanic craters known as Gofs. One of the largest of these is Gof Sokorte Guda which has Lake Paradise at the bottom of it. The lake is ringed with scenic forest and the birding is fantastic. It is also a refuge for the rare Lammergeyer Vulture and is known for the diversity of its butterfly species.

Marsabit National Park Accommodation
There are some basic campsites within the Park.
Climate
January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot and wet, July to Oct is very hot and dry, and November and December are warm and wet.

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