Sokorte guda crater

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Altitude: 1340 m.a.m.s.l. (floor)

The second largest of three craters or maars in Marsabit national park.

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

It's crater floor is home to lake Paradise, that features a picturesque blend of marshy shores and water based plants.

The color of vegetation on its floor is heavily dependent on rainfall, and normally turns a golden brown during the drier times.

It, along with Gof Sokorte dika, as some of the best places to spot wildlife — unhindered by the dense rain forest that makes up the rest of the park.

What to do thereCamping, game viewing, hiking, picnics etc. Animals you may see here include elephants, buffalo and a large number of birds.

Best time to visitAny time of the year.

Location of Sokorte guda craterGof Sokorte Guda is at the heart of Marsabit national park, with less than 10 km of rain forest separating it and the mountain's peak.

There is a special campsite nearby.

How to get thereBy vehicle, or hiking.

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

A KWS ranger's escort may be required to hike inside the park, along with a pre-booking.

There are passenger buses to and from the town of Marsabit.

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

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