Marsabit National Park in Northern Kenya

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Marsabit National Reserve covers an area of 1,500 square km and consists of a forested mountain that rises like an oasis in the middle of the desert wilderness and is the only source of permanent surface water in the region.

The reserve has three spectacular crater lakes that provide habitat for a variety of birdlife.

One of the lakes, Lake Paradise, is most scenic and famous from early films and writings of Martin Johnson and Vivien de Wattville.

The Crater lake of Marsabit National reserveThe Crater lake of Marsabit National reserve

Marsabit National reserve is also well known because of large elephants like the famous Ahmed, an elephant that was provided with a 24 hour protection by a presidential order.

Ahmed, who boasted some of the biggest tusks ever recorded, died at age 55, and his body was preserved and is now on display in Nairobi National Museum.

Contact details

PO Box 42, Marsabit Tel: +254 (0)69 2028,2279

Contact person

Senior Warden

Location of Marsabit

Marsabit District, Eastern Province

Distance from Nairobi

560 km north of Nairobi


360 square km

Park fees

Go to or contacttour operator.

Climatic conditions Marsabit

January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot andwet, July to October is warm and dry, November and Decemberare warm and wet.

Major Attractions Marsabit

Pristine forest, scenic landscape and wilderness,crater lakes, diverse local cultures

large elephants in marsabit national parklarge elephants in marsabit national park

Wildlife in Marsabit

Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, greater kudu, hyena, aardwolf,caracal, klipspringer, Grant’s gazelle, oryx, and reticulated giraffe. Diverse birdlife.

Access to Marsabit

By Road: 560 km north of Nairobi, 263 km north of Isiolo.By Air: The park is located two and half hours by air fromNairobi and is served by a tarmac airstrip located 1 km from Marsabit town centre.

Accommodation in Marsabit

Lodges: Marsabit Lodge

Best time to visit

All year round


Game viewing, bird watching 

Accommodation in MarsabitAccommodation in Marsabit

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Masabit town near Marsabit National Park in Northern KenyaMasabit town near Marsabit National Park in Northern Kenya

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