Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Ol Donyo Sabuk
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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a beautiful place for a day’s hike. You can get there from Nairobi and make it back to the city by sunset.

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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a popular destination for hikers and adventure seekers from Nairobi or its environs. This is probably because it offers both game viewing opportunities and mountain climbing for those who wish to pump some adrenaline into their system.  Ol Donyo Sabuk is known as Kilima Mbogo in Swahili, which means buffalo hill.  Ol Donyo Sabuk is actually a Maasai phrase that means a large mountain.

The park’s topography consists of a mountain and a montane forest around it. The fresh, serene environment appeals to everyone who visits this park. Wildlife in this park includes leopards, olive baboons, a variety of monkeys, bush pigs, duikers, reedbucks and about 45 species of birds.

The Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is situated about 85km from Nairobi. It is in Machakos County, in Eastern Province.   A distance after Thika Town, drive into the Fourteen Falls to enjoy the scenery of the falls. As the name suggest, there are actually 14 falls immaculately plummeting in a line. This is a popular photography site for visitors in this circuit. The park is about a kilometer away from the waterfalls.

The main activities in the park are game viewing and mountain climbing.  The peak of this mountain offers breathtaking view of Mount Kenya.  There are several graves close to the peak of Ol Donyo Sabuk Mountain. They belong to the first white settler, Lord Macmillan, family.  The settler, his wife, their dog and a worker were buried here.

Ol Donyo Sabuk Town is the nearest inhabited region. This dusty town’s nightlife offers a great distraction for weary adventure seekers. It is located at the foot of the mountain.

The climate is hot and dry most time of the year except from April to June and November to December when it gets wet. However, you can visit this park any time of the year. Accommodation is available at the Kenya Wildlife Service self-catering guesthouse. It has a capacity of 10 people.  You can also camp at Turraco public campsite.

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