Sokorte dika crater

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Altitude: 1480 m.a.m.s.l. (floor)

The smallest and shallowest of three craters or maars in Marsabit national park.

Also known as 'Gof Sokorte dika', which is said to be a local Boran word for 'Small sweet water crater'1.

The crater rims are some of the highest points in the park and mount Marsabit.

It has a small lake inside it whose volume varies with rainfall, and shores known to be a popular elephant hangout.

The greenery on its floor is also affected by rainfall, turning a golden brown during the drier times.

It, together with Gof Sokorte Guda, are some of the best places in the park to see wildlife as the rest of the mountain is covered in dense rain forest.

What to do thereCamping, game viewing, hiking, picnics etc.

Animals you may see here include elephants.

Best time to visitAny time of the year.

Location of Sokorte dika craterGof Sokorte dika is on the northern end of Marsabit national park, near Ahmed gate and the park's HQ.

This is near the peak of mount Marsabit, and is surrounded by thick rain forest.

There is a lodge on the crater's floor, near the lake's edge.

How to get thereBy vehicle, or hiking from the nearest Ahmed gate.

There are no airstrips inside the park, though one could be found near the town of Marsabit.

You may require a KWS ranger's escort as well as pre-booking, to hike inside the park.

References1. Imperato, P. and Imperato, E. (1999). They married adventure. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

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