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Top Choice Kenyan in Marsabit

Saku Guest House

The restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Saku Guest House is spotlessly clean and bright. The menu (yes, there is an actual menu!) is varied and has the most choice of any restaurant in the area. We recommend the King…
National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Samburu National Reserve

The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers of…
National Park in Isiolo to Moyale

Marsabit National Park

This small park, nestled on Mt Marsabit’s upper slopes, is coated in thick forest and contains a wide variety of wildlife, including leopards, elephants (some with huge tusks) and buffaloes. The dense forest makes s…
National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Shaba National Reserve

Shaba, with its great rocky kopjes (isolated hills), natural springs and doum palms, is more physically beautiful than the nearby national reserves of Samburu and Buffalo Springs. It is also much less visited, so yo…
Wildlife Reserve in Isiolo to Moyale

Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy

Eight kilometres north of Archer’s Post, and abutting the northern boundary of Samburu National Reserve, is this 384-sq-km wildlife conservancy, which opened in 2004. Although the conservancy is home to Grevy’s zebr…
Village in Archer’s Post

Umoja Village

There are a number of Samburu villages in the area that welcome paying visitors. Probably the best one is Umoja, which was originally founded as a refuge for abused women and has now budded into a viable village in …
National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Buffalo Springs National Reserve

The twin sister of Samburu National Reserve, which sits on the opposite, northern side of the river, Buffalo Springs has a wide variety of animals, including lots of elephants, but surprisingly few safari-goers, whi…
Kenyan in Marsabit

JeyJey Centre

Inside the popular hotel of the same name, JeyJey serves local favourites as well as the odd curry. Take a good book to read while your food is prepared, particularly if you order anything out of the ordinary.
Kenyan in Marsabit

Five Steers Hotel

With a wooden fenced-off terrace, this place is the height of Marsabit style. There is no menu, so just ask what the special is for the day. The owner is a good source of information on onward transport.
Kenyan in Isiolo

Bomen Hotel

A rare place serving more than the local usuals, with fried tilapia (Nile perch), pepper steak, goulash and curries up for grabs. Has an attached bar with comfy couches and cheap beer.