Moyale Tourist Places to Visit in Moyale, Kenya, Africa

Moyale Tourist Places to Visit in Moyale, Kenya, Africa

Moyale is a border town lying on the Ethiopian borderline with Kenya and its larger part is in Ethiopian side while Kenya covers its smaller part. In Kenya, the town of Moyale is the administrative centre of Moyale District, situated around 750 km northeast of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Located to the north of the Dide Galgalu Desert, Moyale coordinates with 3.527° N latitude and 39.056° E longitude. Moyale is famous for its traditional architecture.


History of Moyale:

Moyale was settled by the Greek person Zaphiro, who had constructed a station with name Fort Harrington that is still in use. Moyale once came under the Italian rule in 1940 during the World War II and in the very next year, Moyale became a part of the British.


Connectivity to Moyale:

Moyale has an airport but currently there are no flights serving the airport. The closest airport to Moyale is Samburu Airport, which is situated around 490 km away from Moyale and receives flights from Masai Mara and Nairobi, served by Airkenya Express and Safarlink.

There are no scheduled buses plying between Moyale and other parts of the Kenya, but it can be reached by private vehicles what tourists choose to travel.

Shopping and Food in Moyale:

Moyale has some modernized shops and restaurants but less compared to the Ethiopian side of Moyale. Visitors can also bring their necessities prior to reaching Moyale from any big city they leave.


Things to do in Moyale:

  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Day tours


Tourist Attractions in Moyale:


Turbi Forest:

The Turbi Forest is situated to the west of Moyale, lying on the Kenya and Ethiopia border line and the larger proprtion of forest lies in Kenya side. Its rich vegetation and hiking opportunities are famous among tourists. It can be explored best through a guided tour.


Moyale Airport:

The Moyale Airport is a modern and well constructed airport, lying around 850 metres above sea level. Currently the airport receives no flights but it draws visitors for its nice construction and surrounding environment.


Marsabit National Park:

Located around 230 km southwest of Moyale, the Marsabit National Park is a large nature reserve, nearly covering an area of 1,554 sq. km. Founded in the year 1994, the Marsabit National Park is popular for its bird sanctuary and zebra population.


Lake Turkana:

The Lake Turkana is one of the identities of Kenya, owning titles of the largest permanent desert lake and the largest alkaline lake in the globe. In addition to this, its three national parks combing together (the Sibiloi National Park, Central Island National Park and South Island National Park) gained place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.


Other attractive places near Moyale include:

  • Meru National Park
  • Chyulu Hills National Park
  • Shaba National Reserve
  • Crescent Island Game Park
  • Selenkay Conservancy
  • Lake Oloidien
  • Musiara Swamp
  • Losai National Reserve
  • Lake Paradise
  • Buffalo Springs Game Reserve
  • Central Island
  • Sibiloi National Park
  • Desert Museum
  • Observation Hill


Ideal time to visit Moyale:

Moyale can be visited throughout the year, although the most popular time to visit Moyale is from December to February while the weather in condition.


Where to stay in Moyale?

There are a limited number of hotels in Moyale, so it is advised for visitors to consider hotels at Marsabit for accommodation purpose. Marsabit is located around 230 km away from Moyale, can be reached by private vehicle. Here are some nice hotels in and around Moyale:

  • Hotel Abreham
  • Ngulia Safari Camp
  • Treetops Lodge
  • Alba Hotel Meru
  • Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
  • Chicho
  • Nomads Trail Hotel
  • Malabo Resort
  • Meru County Hotel
  • Rhino River Camp
  • Lewa House
  • Amazing Kenya Retreat
  • Garden Hotel Machakos
  • Countryview Hotel
  • Offbeat Meru Camp
  • Elsa’s Kopje

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