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Marsabit National Reserve


Are you searching for a place to visit during this vacation, then Marsabit national reserve is the place to be. Marsabit national reserve is a nature reserve located in the northern part of Kenya in Marsabit just near Marsabit town. The distance between Marsabit district and Nairobi is 560 km. The Marsabit national reserve is not only a sanctuary for zebras but also birds.


At the Marsabit national reserve is Mount Marsabit which faces rocky plains of Shaba a total contrast to the dry and dusty track below it. Marsabit national reserve is a home to a wide range of sociable birds such as the weaver birds which live in tidier and neater nets as compared to the sparrow weavers birds living in scruffier nests. There is also the white bellied turaco.

Generally the Marsabit national reserve is God gifted.


The mountainous highly forested   and it rises just in the middle of the wilderness of the northern desert to give a spectacular view. The Marsabit national reserve has three attractive and scenic crater lakes which are the host of bird life. The most scenic beauty is in Lake Paradise which is the most famous in the early writings and films of Vivien de Wattville and Martin Johnson.


Originally, some part of the Marsabit National reserve incorporated Buffalo Springs, Samburu, Losai, and Shaba National Reserve. The Marsabit National reserve was made a national reserve by its own right due to the presence of Mount Marsabit.


The Marsabit National reserve is located in a drought land and a nomadic range land   among the Rendille community herdsmen who refer to it as a mountain of cold. The Marsabit National reserve is well known for being the place of residence of elephant Ahmed who was by decreed a protected wild animal according to the order given in 1970 by the first president of   Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Elephant Ahmed was considered to be the elephant with the biggest tusks ever seen and was guarded all round the clock. The body off elephant Ahmed has since been reserved at the national museum of   Nairobi after he died at the age of 55.


Other wild animals found at Marsabit National reserve are reticulated giraffe, greater kudu bushbuck, buffalo, the rare masked lark, ostrich, and more that 52 species of raptor such as buzzard, vulture and eagles, a special treat a person can experience at Marsabit National reserve is lammergeyer vulture which is rare. Marsabit National reserve is specially the best for butterfly viewing due to its wide range of species.


The basic facts about Marsabit National reserve are; it is located   in 1,482 square kilometers in Samburu, it has an altitude of one thousand to one thousand five hundred feet. One can reach the Marsabit National reserve via an aircraft because the region has two airstrips. The Marsabit National reserve was opened in 167. It is only six hundred and twenty kilometers from Nairobi. As one goes to Marsabit National reserve, he or she will witness a diverse culture among the locals.


The Marsabit National reserve has untouched wild, scenic landscape and forest. It has three crater lakes. The Marsabit National reserve is the best for game viewing especially the greater Kudu and the elephants. Always come to Marsabit National reserve whenever you want to feel an atmosphere of the wilderness.