Malkamari National Park
Malkamari National Park
Owed to its high concentration of wildlife, Malkamari National Park was gazetted in the year 1989. The park is situated along the Kenya-Ethiopia border along the Daua River. The river is in the extreme north eastern part of the country on the Mandera plateau. The climate in Malkamari National Park is hot and dry, implying that the area scrubby and semi arid grassland is dominant. The Daua River is surrounded by palms and riparian woodland.
The major attractions of the Malkamari National Park include Malkamari fort, valleys and hills. These physical features provide beautiful and attractive scenery, a worthwhile experience for tourists and visitors.Perhaps Malkamari National Park can be considered as the most remote national park in Kenya.
There are has no permanent human settlements owed to the very arid and inhospitable climate of the region. The common inhabitants of the park are nomadic herders of the Gurreh community, though they are few in number and mostly dispersed over a wide region. Karache Urane is located at the southern end of Malkamari National Park. The Southern part on the other hand hosts the Awara Plains. The boundary of the park to the north terminates on the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Therefore the extreme ends of Malkamari National Park can serve as major tourist attraction sites.
Visitors should be informed that it is extremely difficult and such a long journey to get to Malkamari National Park by road. The first step is to take the A2 route of the Northern Road to Isiolo and then proceed to Moyale found on the Ethiopian border. From Moyale, you take the D504 road on the eastern side through the Yabdus and Sara hills for around 160 kilometers before reaching Banissa, a semi-permanent village that hosts an airstrip.
Another alternative route that drivers may opt to take is that of Wajir. There are two roads leading to Wajir. The first one is along B9 from Mado Gashi while the second route is from Dadaab at the north eastern part of Garissa, and then proceeds along the B9 route to Tarba. A visitor should proceed further north for about 200 kilometers along d500 prior to reaching Banissa.
Owed to the long distance as well as the poor road conditions at the north eastern part of the country, visitors should consider another alternative means to reach Malkamari National Park. The best option that a visitor should consider is to charter a plane. There are two airstrips that can be used as a means of arriving at Malkamari National Park. The first airstrip is located at Bannissa while the second one is a small airstrip that is situated in the park.
Visitors should not worry about their stay at Malkamari National Park. The park hosts a prestigious and exclusive hotel De L Horloge. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities that are highly attractive to visitors touring Malkamari National Park. Some of the notable amenities include accessibility to wheelchair, shower or private bath, pets are allowed, air conditioning, exercise facility, handicap rooms, lounge, and business services. In addition to De L Horloge, there are also other comfortable hotels that tourists can stay in the course of their visit. The attractive scenery as well as a wide range of species of wild animals that Malkamari National Park hosts is a good reason for tourist to make a point of visiting the place while in Kenya.