Malk Mara National Park Kenya : Malk Mara National Park is located along the Kenya- Ethiopia border at the edge of the Daua River, the river which extreme north eastern side of the country on the Mandera plateau. The park was created in 1989 to protect wide range of wildlife on land that covers a total of 1,500 square kilometers in its size. However, to many visitors wonder a lot to hear a national park called Malk Mari National Park since it’s a least visited Kenya Safari Destination, not knowing that the park is rich in flora and fauna which can be encountered during their visit here.
More so, the park is comprised with the most beautiful landscape from the anthill to the dancing gazelles where the largest species can be adventured such as Somali giraffes, spotted hyenas, dik-dik, Cheetah, Nile crocodile busking on the sand of the great dawa river and others. It is an ideal place to go too.
Despite the fact, the park boosts with flora and fauna with beautiful scenic land comprised of semi-arid bushland and scrabbly grassland, woodland along the river. However, the park is under the protection of the International Union for Conservation of Nature ‘’IUCN’’ as category 11 park.
Amazingly, it’s a great pressure to have a park where Mandera conceived in 1974 as per the available records at the country office something amazing.
Malk Mara National Park area is both hot and dry composed with semi -arid bushland and scrubby grassland with riparian forest and palms by Dawa riverbanks.
Wildlife’s in Malka Mara National Park
During your safari trip in Malk expect to explore animals like reticulated giraffes, lions, spotted hyenas, Cheetahs, Wild dogs, Ostriches, Leopards, Antelopes, Vultures, dik-dik, Genet many more. Other animals to encounter in the park include primates; monkeys, baboons, foxes, zebra, antelopes, water species like Hippos and Nile crocodiles to be viewed in Dawa river.
Through visiting the Malka, you will get excited to gainful view of the plateaus, hills and valleys. The park offers a protective camping ground.
Activities in Malk Mari National Park
Malka Mara game park is a home with high concentration of wildlife species which can be explored by the tourist on their visit to the park such as spotted hyenas, zebras, Dik- Dik genet, zebras, gazelles, giraffes, Gray Wolf, Mountain lions, Bobcats, Moose, Coyotes, Bighorn sheep and Nile crocodile along Daua river, as well as spotting the savannah birds.
Hot air ballooning
This is one of the major experienced activities by visitors on their safari here. The activity starts early in the morning hours with gainful aerial view of spotted hyenas as they wander around before returning back to their dens after grazing, antelopes and mountain lions among others.
During your visit to the park, you can visit the beautiful African culture around the park and some of the unique crafts to buy and take back to your beloved ones and friends.
Accommodations In Malk Mara National Park
Malka Mara National Park Kenya with perfect accommodation facilities ranging from budget, Mid-range and Luxury; De L Horloge, Al-Marwa Hotel, Galana Palace Hotel among others. There are safe camping grounds to those who are interested in camping.
Getting to Malka Mari National Park can be extremely difficult to get there by road since it’s a long driving journey and it’s remote. There are two routes to access you to the park – northern road to Isiolo passing via Moyale near Ethiopian border.
You can choose to use the eastern side through the Sara hills which takes 160 kilometers before accessing Banissa a small village where the park’s Airstrip resides.
Another option, travelers who prefer flying -can use a domestic flight to fly you to Banissa Airstrip or a small airstrip that sits within the park.
Best time visit
Malk Mari National Park can be visited all year around since the its located in the semi-dry areas with bushes that are thick hence providing clear viewing of wild animals.