Marsabit National Reserve Travel Guide

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Marsabit National Reserve Restaurants

  • Fast Service and they speak English

    If your an NGO, Missionary or otherwise and you need quick, good food in Marsabit, this is the best cheap eat in town. The owner, a local business magnate, makes sure there is usually everything on order and you can be assured the service is usually fast. Although the Injeera and Waati (the Ethiopian kind) is usually not available, the other dishes...

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  • African chicken?

    Great veggies, coffee, Tusk beer. The chicken was ... well it must have run around a lot since it was hard to eat

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Marsabit National Reserve Transportation

  • transport from Isiolo to Moyale

    To go from Isiolo to Moyale (the Ethiopian border) or the other way around, the only possibilty is the lorry.You can talk to truck drivers in one of these cities to hire your place on the vehicle: either in the cab or on top of the truck (the former being more expensive than the latter).From Isiolo up to Moyale, they usually leave early in the...

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  • you need a Landrover in Marsabit

    We fortunately had a driver and borrowed the bishop's white Landrover. We needed this for not only the reserve and the park, but even the town streets. The streets are generally not paved... full of potholes and the drivers are a bit crazy, like most of Kenya. You just need to keep your wits about you. But another thing about Landrovers. You can...

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Marsabit National Reserve Shopping

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    by L-A Written Aug 12, 2003

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    I ended up buying more scarves and shawls... and loved them. But I had to bargain. For 2200 Kenyan shillings, I got a fancy slip, a fancy shawl, another long long shawl (approx $44 Cdn)

    There are many stalls all over the place. One place I saw had a pink lace mosquito net! I would have bought it but it wasn't practical to bring back to Canada... even with West Nile virus...

    What to buy: Local crafts... beaded crosses (in the Christian section in town), fruit, clothing, basic supplies

    What to pay: Depends on how hard you bargain

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Marsabit National Reserve Local Customs

  • Borana people LOVE music

    Be willing to listen to something that is different. Be willing to try their food, be willing to accept their hospitality, and if they offer you their lower arm for a handshake (by putting their hand over their wrist), it just means that they like you, but just want to keep their hands clean (or not get yours dirty).This photo is of a small choir,...

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  • Modesty

    A word of advice - women - wear dresses. Both men and women- do not wear shorts, it is rude to show your knees in Kenya.

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Marsabit National Reserve Warnings and Dangers

  • Random murders of locals

    Due to ethnic and alchohol related feuding, there have been some murders of local villagers in the Marsabit area. While whites are usually safe, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. Women are advised to travel in groups at night and it is also recommended during the day ( to avoid conmen and local drunks). If you need security for...

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  • Keep covered in your mosquito net!

    In Marsabit, the mosquitos are farely rare, but the ones that are around are potentially dangerous. I have a funny sleep habit that causes me to stick a foot out of the covers when I sleep. When I did this in my sleep one night, it pulled half of the net off of me, so I was unprotected from mosquitoes that night. Be careful! It never hurts to spray...

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Marsabit National Reserve What to Pack

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    by L-A Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Keep this under 20 kg. especially if you are travelling via convoy on the highway or by air with MAF

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: lightweight cotton, but bring a jacket for evenings - it can get cold at night

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: all the basics... include some yogurt pills (acidolophilus), don't drink the water. Bring your malaria pills, maybe a washboard, and a short wave radio would be helpful.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is some camping, but the lodge is better

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Marsabit National Reserve Favorites

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    lake paradise from plane

    by L-A Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Best thing - the view from the top, looking down into lake paradise, and you can see the surrounding northern Kenyan desert.

    Fondest memory: Memories of being there with David (from Montreal), Brenda (from Pond Inlet Nunavut), and Tom (from Nairobi)

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