What Marsabit lacks in wildlife is made up for by stellar landmarks and cultural disposition. Although few dares live here, with an average density of 4 people/km2, compared to 4,850 people/km2 in Nairobi, Marsabit County has no less than 14 distinct tribes who share the vast expanse; and travelling here is akin to travelling through an “open museum” which takes you across old-world villages where native communities still uphold their traditional way. The town is situated on an isolated extinct volcano, Mount Marsabit, which rises almost a kilometer above the desert. The hills here are heavily forested, in contrast to the desert beyond, with their own “insular” eco-system.
The town of Marsabit is an outpost of urban civilization in the vast desert of northern Kenya.
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Marsabit town is mainly inhabited by the Cushitic-speaking Borana, Burji, Gabbra and Rendille. There are also some Nilotic Turkana and Bantu Ameru residents. Additionally, there are a few Somali traders. Marsabit has an airstrip and a mountain peak (Mount Marsabit), with “singing” wells just outside the town. Elephants can also often be seen in the local wildlife refuge that surrounds …
Directions & Maps
Marsabit is approximately 550 kilometres, a 7 – 8 Hour drive from Nairobi via the towns of Isiolo and Archers Post. Accessing the town was previously a challenge as you had to either hang on top of the trucks or hike lifts in government vehicles. Currently, there are multiple bus services which ply the Isiolo – Marsabit route on a …