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Mount Marsabit the shield Volcano of Central Kenya which is a sacred shrine

There is a ‘Shield Volcano,’ in Kenya coming in the form of Mount Marsabit which is located in the central parts of the country, near the town of Marsabit.

A shield volcano is described to be a large dome-shaped mountain which is built of lava flows that are often composed of basalt, which is the case for Mount Marsabit, also regarded by locals as a sacred shrine.

Mount Marsabit rises to a height of 5,791 feet (1,765 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest points in the region.

The mountain is located within the Marsabit National Park, which covers an area of 1,554 square kilometers and protects a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, and a diverse range of bird species.

Being the focal point of the park, Mount Marsabit is surrounded by a dense forest of juniper and cedar trees, as well as bamboo and acacia woodlands.

The mountain is considered a sacred site by the local Samburu and Rendille communities, who believe that the summit is the dwelling place of their ancestors.

The climate on Mount Marsabit is typically cool and moist, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.

The mountain is a popular hiking destination, with several trails leading to the summit offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Mount Marsabit is also home to several crater lakes, including Lake Paradise and Lake Kalacha, which are important sources of water for the local wildlife.

This elevation is a designated Important Bird Area, with over 250 bird species recorded in the area, including several endangered species such as the white-headed buffalo weaver and the vulturine guinea fowl.

Mount Marsabit offers visitors the opportunity to experience the unique culture and traditions of the local communities, as well as explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region.