Marsabit National Park & Reserve-A remote paradise for nature lovers
Far to the north of Kenya, a densely forested mountain and three crater lakes provide a haven for a variety of birdlife, mammals and reptiles. The beautiful Marsabit National Park is a refuge for huge tusked bull elephants, diverse birdlife and reptiles. Hikes in the dense forest, wreathed in mist can be enjoyed along with camel rides, bird watching and visits to the singing wells.

Key features


  • Elephants, buffalo, greater/lesser Kudu, hyena, Grevy’s zebra, Kirk’s dik-dik, reticulated giraffe, lion, leopard and baboon.


Jan-Mar is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet, July-Oct is very hot and dry, and November and December are warm and wet.

What to take with you

  • Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight.
  • Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

How to get there

  • Distance: 560 km north of Nairobi.263 km north of Isiolo.
  • Gates: 2 Gates; Ahmed with an exit at Karare, and Abdul to the park headquarters
  • Roads: from Nairobi, the reserve is reached via Nanyuki and lsiolo a distance of 570 km. The road is paved up to Merille leaving a distance of 120 km of murram road that is only motor-able by 4 wheel-drive vehicles during the dry season.
  • Airstrips: there is an airstrip at Marsabit, 4km from the Park’s main gate.
  • By Air: The reserve is 2 hrs by air from Nairobi and is adequately served by a tarmac airstrip located about one kilometer from Marsabit town centre.


  • Three craters
  • Lake paradise
  • Last refuge of the huge-tusked bull elephants
  • Pristine Forest
  • Diverse birdlife
  • A variety butterfly

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