Mt Marsabit is a shield volcano rising 1,700m above the low arid lands of northern Kenya. Winds carrying moisture from the Indian Ocean travel uninterrupted across Somalia into Northern Kenya, where they meet the imposing Mt Marsabit. The rainfall they deposit here has formed a tropical rain forest in the middle of the desert! Located about 530km north of Nairobi, Mwangi Kirubi took a road trip there to discover the beauty Mt Marsabit holds.
1. Mt Ololokwe. It will be begging you to shoot it as you drive
2. On Mt Marsabit, you can camp at KWS’s Ahmed Gate Campsite. It has hot showers, a secure banda where you can cook, and power outlets for you to charge your phone and other electronics. All for a paltry 150/- per night for citizens.
3. Rendille girls in Merille. With permissions given, you can make portraits on the way to Marsabit. Get ready to negotiate and agree on a fee before you whip out your camera.
4. Samburu children play in a pool of rain water at the foot of Mt Ololokwe. It’s always good to take breaks during road trips. You never know what you’ll find a few metres off the highway.
5. Lake Paradise. The name says it all.
Photos by Mwangi Kirubi