Marsabit National Park was made famous in the 1970's when it was home to many Elephants that were reputed to have the longest tusks in Africa. One of the old Bulls was called Ahmed who was put under 24 hour surveillance by presidential decree. When he died he was found to have tusks weighing over 300kg. Today the Park is still known for its Elephants with their impressive tusks.
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.
Like most of Kenya’s parks, it is possible to visit Marsabit year-round and see wildlife. However, the best months are when it is dry, from June to October and December to March. If visiting during the height of the short rains (November), and especially during the long rains (April and May), the wildlife experience may not be as good. Road conditions deteriorate in the wet months, and animals tend to disperse across the landscape.