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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park


Ol donyo sabuk national park is located 85 kilometers north east of Nairobi in the district of Machakos in eastern province. It is a mountain park and situated south east of Thika town. Ol donyo sabuk national park is 5 kilometers away from the fourteen falls and comprises of forested slopes and ravines and 2144 meters summit from where Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding lowlands which includes Nairobi city can be viewed. The size of the park is 20.7 square kilometers. The climatic condition in the area is warm and the fourteen falls is about one kilometer from the highway while Ol donyo sabuk national park is 5 kilometers from the highway.


Accessing Ol donyo sabuk national park by road you will have to proceed 22 kilometers from Thika town along the main Garissa road to Makutano junction, then from Makutano junction you have to follow the KWS sign and turn right heading 3 kilometers on all weather murram road to Donyo town and from Donyo town turn right and proceed 2 kilometers further to the main gate. It is possible to walk to the park which is 9 kilometers from the main gate to the summit and takes around 3 hours and you must take an armed ranger with you.


The major attractions in Ol donyo sabuk national park are fourteen falls, Athi River, scenic views from the peak and McMillan grave. Ol donyo sabuk national park is a densely forested mountain which is known to the local Kikuyu as the mountain of the Buffalo and to the Maasai as the big mountain. There is just one road which leads to Ol donyo sabuk national park where you can see the wonderful 360 panoramas over Athi River, the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro and the pineapple fields in Thika.


The cool air and the lush vegetation of this compact and the scenic Ol donyo sabuk national park makes this park an ideal camping weekend or day trip. In the halo of primal forest at the peak you may find some giant plants particularly giant lobelia which is commonly associated with the Afro alpine zones of Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya.


Ol donyo sabuk national park is home to 45 species of birds and the birds that are easily spotted are white browed sparrow weaver, grey headed sparrow weaver, morning dove, African hawk, mackinnon grey shrike, African pied wag tail, augur buzzard, yellow vented bulbul, purple breasted sunbird, helmeted guinea fowl, grey tit, ring necked dove, bronze sunbird, black headed oriole, great sparrow hawk, speckled moosebird and superb starling.


The dominant animal in the ecosystem of Ol donyo sabuk national park are the buffalos with other animals including olive baboon, bushbuck, kirk’s dik dik, leopard, colobus monkey, reedbuck, vervet monkey, monitor lizard, python, common duiker, bush pig, bush baby, rock hyrax, mongoose, porcupine, aardvark and tree and ground squirrel. When on a tour to Ol donyo sabuk national park the Kenya wildlife provide self catering accommodation in Sabuk guesthouse where ten people can sleep.


The camping facilities are also available offered by Turaco public camping which is situated at the main gate. Ol donyo sabuk national park has a picnic site at the main gate or at the lookout point which is at the mountain. There are different activities which on can perform while at Ol donyo sabuk national park like game viewing, mountain climbing and camping.