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is a small town situated around 300km north of Mount Kenya in Northern Kenya
and straddling the main highway north to Ethiopia.
Being set on a plateau 1000m above the surrounding desert plains, Marsabit is relatively green year round and surrounded by thickly forested hills.
The town is a centre for for the largely nomadic Rendille people, renowned for their elaborate beadwork and hairstyles, who come into Marsabit to trade.
Mount Marsabit is probably the most attractive of the region's extinct volcanoes and the national park which surrounds it continues to contain a reasonable stock of animals despite poaching in recent decades.
We love the remote wilderness areas of Northern Kenya, the scenery really is quite remarkable in parts. However visitor numbers are exceedingly low, largely due to political instability in the region and the near constant threat of Somali bandits.
Since we are not presently able to operate any overland trips to the north, we very rarely have occasion to recommend Marsabit for inclusion in trips.Marsabit Lodge
... is the main accommodation option.
The only way that we are presently able to access the northern region is by light aircraft out of places such as Sarara Camp
further to the south, whose experienced owners, the Bastard family, are always aware with the current situation and can make and change plans accordingly.
These flying expeditions can last anything from a few hours to several days, depending on how much of this remote region you want to explore.
Such trips are usually combined with parts of the Kenya North
region, notably in the Mathew's Range
, Laikipia North
, Il Ngwesi Valley
, Lewa Downs
areas, as well as the Maasai Mara
way off to the southwest.