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KENYAN SAFARI PARKS: MARSABIT NATIONAL PARK

This is one of Kenya’s most quiet and remote national parks. It is also one of the most famous of Kenya safari parks that requires lots of patience to find wildlife in the bushy centre of the park.Despite being arid, few wildlife to be expected in this dry region among them elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetah, buffalos, wart hogs, Grevy’s Zebra (found only in the northern Kenya), reticulated giraffes, hyenas and antelope species. The heart of the park is extensive forest and as such it supports these wildlife. The thick forest does not make for great game viewing so it requires lots of your time which will ultimately be rewarded.

Birding is also great with some rare birds on record. Lake Paradise is an enchanting spot and a good place to camp, although there are no facilities here. This is also where most of the reserve’s water birds hang out. It is highly recommended to fly into Marsabit because the road from Isiolo is very rough and with banditry cases reported.

Nearby is Losai National Reserve, opened as a single reserve in January, 1976.

It covers 1,806 sq. kms. of wild, semi – desert landscape characterized by rocky hills, plains and rivers. The scenic beauty is breathtaking; game to view include elephant, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Grants Gazelle. It is accessed via the Isiolo/Marsabit road which passes through the reserve.

South Turkana is at an altitude of 2,000 -6780 Ft ,an area less known and less visited yet rich with wildlife. It has a number of permanent rivers with woodland fringes and salty springs. Wildlife is plentiful and on the list includes elephants, giraffes, buffalos, elands, Oryxes, impalas, bushbucks, greater Kudu, grants and Thompson’s gazelle, lions, leopard, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and jackals. There are crocodiles in the rivers and abundant birdlife much of which gathers on the banks of the Kerio River. There are no lodges or roads yet within the Reserve.

Nasalot National Reserve is quite small opened also in 1979, covering an area of 92 sq. kms. It is mainly plains broken up by the impressive Sekess Hills, a continuation of the Cherangani ridges. To the north it is bordered by a section of the Turkwel River and the Wei Wei River bounds it to the east. It has an important eco-system with river valleys and floodplains,which support evergreen forests dominated by fig and acacia trees and many types of papyrus and sedges.

It also has some wildlife among them elephants, hippos, giraffe, impalas, grants and Thompson’s Gazelle, plains zebra, eland, Lesser Kudus, bushbucks, duikers and dik-dik and their predators- lion, leopard, spotted hyena and jackal. There are Olive Baboons and Vervet monkeys and crocodiles are found in the rivers. Over 150 species of birdlife have been recorded. These reserves lie on either side of the main highway about halfway between Kitale and Lodwar. Neither is well endowed with game but Nasalot is dominated by a rugged mountain of the same name which overlooks the Turkwell Gorge, the site of Kenya’s latest hydroelectric power scheme. There is a murram airstrip but there is no accommodation in either reserve. Safaris to some of these parks are on exclusive mobile Kenya safaris.


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