Malka Mari national park is situated in the north Eastern Kenya Ethiopian boarderinalong the Daua river on the Mandera plateaucovered with hills and valleys it’s considered to be one of the most remote national parks in the country but with yet a very rewarding adventure experience.
Malka Mari national park covers 1500 kilometers squared boasting with various wildlife, dramatic landscapes, historic sites and various wildlife, the vegetation at the park is palms stream lining the Daua river, grasslands, semi arid bush land and riparian woodlands.
Malka Mari national park was established in 1989 and the climate is hot and dry almost throughout the year it was gazetted due to it’s highest concentration of wildlife, the surrounding areas of the park are nominated by Gureh nomadic herders the human settlement is very scarce due to it’s climatic conditions.
Activities at Malka Mari national park
There are various tourists’ activities to be done at the park some of which can be seen as below;
Malka Mari national park is blessed with various wildlife which include: Dik Diks, spotted hyenas, antelopes, zebras, genets and Nile crocodiles at the Daua River, gazelles, giraffes,
Hot air ballooning
For better spectacular views of wildlife tourists can opt for balloon safari this normally take place in the morning hours it’s rewrd8ng as you see hyenas returning back to their dens after grazing it’s also a good opportunity for taking photos .
Experience the unique African culture by visiting the people and acquire some unique ha made crafts to take back home for remembrance or to your loved one.
Guided nature walks
View crocodiles at the Daua river
Visit Malka Mari fort
Getting to Malka Mari national park can be extremely difficult as it’s vey far and remote, by road, tourists will need to get to isiolo, from isioli to moyale and from moyale pass through the year and sat hills to banissa where the parks airstrip is located. The other route passed through majir and has got two main routes to reach there
For tourists looking for luxury and not interested in long rough journeys, they can visit the park by accessing it through banissa airstrips or an airstrip situated within the park.
The park can be visited throughout the year as it’s semiarid dry with bushes that are not thick making it easy to view wildlife.
There are also varieties of places where to stay Sunday such as De L Horloge among others
It is safe to swim in the sea and swimming pools, but it is not recommended to do so in lakes, rivers and open reservoirs as they may be infested with bilharzia parasites. Drinking water from these places is not advisable. Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise indicated.