Eastern Kenya : Marsabit
Marsabit is a city in Kenya.
Marsabit is on a plateau that rises above the surrounding rocky plains. There is increased rainfall here so the area is very green compared to the surrounding desert. Marsabit National Reserve is meant to protect part of this forest and large heards of elephants can be seen around the crater lakes in the park--definitely worth seeing. Also, short hikes from the center of town to the two hills with visible towers give panoramic views of the countryside.
Chicho is a new hotel that targets both foreign travellers and locals. It has ultra-modern rooms that are all ensuite. The management makes it feel very homely and you can also get quality local dishes at the restaurant. It is on the main road from Shell Petrol Station towards the post office and along the way the sign post is visible.
Jay Jay's Hotel (rooms from 250 Ksh/night). There is a courtyard and restaurant on the second floor. There is a shared bathroom and showers, but currently no running water. Water has to be requested at the office and a bucket is brought to you. If you would rather use a latrine - asking the watchman in front of the building for the key to the Choo (latrine in Swahili) which is around the side of the building has been sometimes successful.
Jinjimana's is a smaller hotel nearby. It is a bit cheaper (150 Ksh/night) has clean rooms, a shared latrine and a shower with heated water! The second floor of Jinjimana's is currently under construction (summer 2006). For outsiders 50 shillings to take a shower.
Trucks leave everyday day south for Isiolo or all the way to Nairobi and north to Moyale on the border with Ethiopia. A ride in the cab of a truck can cost around $20 US. Most trucks do a two day drive to Nairobi with an overnight stop in Isiolo. There is also a bus that leaves early in the morning every few days from infront of the Modern Hotel. A seat is $1000 Kenyan shillings and should be bought the night before if possible because it seems to fill up fast. Be ready for you pack to be tied ontop of the bus. The road to Isiolo is unpaved and very bumpy. Also there are rumors of bandits along the stretch just before reaching Archer's Post. Police also stop the bus at every check point and often demand bribes.