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Marsabit National Park

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The beautiful Marsabit National Park is a refuge for huge tusked bull elephants, diverse bird species and different species of mammals, reptiles, a densely forested mountain and three crater lakes which provide a haven for a variety of birdlife, mammals, and reptiles, lake paradise being one of them

Marsabit National Park Facts

The beautiful Marsabit National Park is a refuge for huge tusked bull elephants, diverse birdlife and different species of mammals, reptiles, a densely forested mountain, and three crater lakes which provide a haven for a variety of bird species, mammals, and reptiles, lake paradise being one of them. Hikes in the dense forest, wreathed in mist can be enjoyed along with camel rides, bird watching, and visits to the singing wells. 

Marsabit National Park was made famous in the 1970s when it was home to many Elephants that were reputed to have the longest tusks in Africa. One of the old Bulls was called Ahmed who was put under 24-hour surveillance by President Jomo Kenyatta decree. When he died in 1974, due to natural causes aged 55 years he was found to have tusks weighing over 300kg. The gigantic tusks are preserved in Nairobi National Museum. It was also fully mounted and displayed, the Park is still known for its Elephants with their impressive tusks. Marsabit National Park is situated 560 kilometers from Nairobi, via Nanyuki, Isiolo the road is now tarmacked up to Moyale town. The 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 micro-climate that supports a huge tract of indigenous forest that in turn supports a wide variety of wildlife. The Montane forest is supplied water by the thick mist which forms overnight as the hot air rises off the desert and cools. The mist often lingers till late morning

To see this area at its greenest, plan to visit in the rainy season, mid-March into April, and November. Game safaris are best in the drier months of January through March and June through October.

Inside the park, there is Marsabit Lodge which offers accommodation and food at affordable rates

Birdwatching Marsabit National Park

Marsabit National Park is a birder watcher’s paradise. More than 300 bird species have been recorded.
Just north of the reserve lies the black lava Galgalla desert, which is the best place to look for the endemic Williams’s Lark  and a number of near-endemics which  includes, Denham’s Bustard, Somali Bee-eater, Masked Lark, and Somali Sparrow

Most of the birds found in Marsabit are restricted to the Somali – Maasai Biome

Marsabit National Park Birds notable:

  • Quail Plover
  • Somali Crow
  • Crested Lark
  • Masked Lark
  • Friedmann’s lark
  • Somali Ostrich
  • Somali Courser
  • Somali Short-toed Lark
  • Somali Long-billed Crombec
  • Somali Fiscal
  • Somali Golden-breasted Bunting
  • Scissor-tailed Kite
  • Fox Kestrel
  • Chestnut-headed Sparrow Lark
  • Greater Kestrel
  • Long-billed Pipit
  • White-crowned Starling
  • Heuglin’s Bustard
  • Somali Sparrow
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