Malka Mari is perhaps Kenya's most remote national park, located in the extreme north-east of the country on the Ethiopian frontier. The climate is very arid and inhospitable, explaining why virtually no permanent human settlements exist in the area. The area is inhabited primarily by Gurreh nomadic herders, though their numbers are very few and often they are dispersed over a wide area.
To the south of the Park is the Kalacha Urane and further south lies the Awara Plains. To the north, the Park boundary ends on the Ethiopian border, defined partially by the Dawa Wenz river which forms the border to the extreme north-eastern point where Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia meet.