Ol Donyo Sabuk Guide
Ol Donyo Sabuk Guide is a panoramic national park in Kenya dominated by a small mountain standing at the altitude of 2,145 meters and covered by montane forest, the mountain’s Ol Donyo is a Maasai name meaning “Big Mountain”. In Kikuyu, the mountain is known as the “The Mountain of the Buffalo”, the road leading to Ol Donyo Sabuk offers 360 panoramic views over the Athi River, the pineapple fields of Thika and the magnificent peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is comprises of lush vegetation and cool air making it an ideal destination for Kenya safari trips and camping experience.
Visitors of Ol Donyo Sabuk national park have an opportunity to spot buffalo, colobus monkeys, baboons, bushbuck, impala duiker, and abundant birdlife in the park.
History of Ol Donyo Sabuk national park
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park was established in 1967 and named by the Maasai pastoralists “Ol Donyo Sabuk” meaning “Big Mountain”, the park commands excellent clear views of Nairobi and the neighboring low lands.
The area today known as Ol Donyo Sabuk national park was first inhabited by Lord William Northrup McMillan and everything that happened in the area is attributed t him. The area is composed of five town found inside in the former Juja Ranch, the area is a Multi-ethnic community living in farms that are owned by people who were previously squatters and farm laborers. The town is located about 18.5 kilometers east-south of Think along the Thinka-Garissa road, at the base of Ol Donyo Sabuk there is Ol Donyo Sabuk town situated about a kilometer away from the Fourteen Falls. The town still retains many things that Lord Macmillan bequeathed the area.
The peak of Mount Ol Donyo Sabuk is located inside Ol Donyo Sabuk national park and the rest of the mountain is partially owned by a family named by the Kenyatta family.
Location of Ol Donyo Sabuk
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park and the mountain are located adjacent to a small town near Thika Kenya in Kyanzavi Division, Machakos County about 18.5 kilometers East – Southeast of Thika. Near the peak, there is the grave of Lord McMillian, his wife and their dog where there is also the grave of Louise who started working for Lord McMillan when she was 13 years old. In this area where the mountain and park are located, parting goes on well during the nights.
Best Time to Visit Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Ol Donyo Sabuk National park’s weather is hot and dry and there is only a few months when there is rain, the park experiences its driest season from January to March. April to June is wet and hot as well as from July to October it is warm and dry. November to December is warm and wet.
Most of the activities done in Ol Donyo Sabuk are best done during dry season and these include game watching, hiking, nature walks and mountain climbing. These activities are easier because the trails are drier and the vegetation is lower.
However, in the wet season birding is at its best as most birds stay in park during the abundance of fruits.
Wildlife in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is a home to abundance of wildlife which is one of the highlights in the park, travelers visiting the park have an opportunity to get close and see the animals during game drives in a safari van or during a hike. Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is one of the safest Kenya safari destinations/national parks to do walking safaris with a guide.
Animals in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park include olive baboon, duiker, mongoose, white colobus monkey, skyes monkey, leopards, bush back, bush babies, porcupine, water bucks, Kirk’s dik dik, bush pigs, Aardvark, rock hyrax, tree and ground squirrel, buffaloes, and impala, among others.
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park an excellent bird habitat with about 45 bird species however in wet season they are more that join the resident bird species, some of the birds to witness in the park include bronze sunbird, ring necked dove, helmeted guinea fowl, white browed sparrow weaver, augur buzzard, mourning dove, purple breasted sunbird, grey headed sparrow weaver, African hawk eagle, speckled mouse bird, yellow vented bulbul, African pied wagtail, great sparrow hawk, grey tit, starling, Mackinnon grey shrike, and bateleur, among others.
Things to do in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park offer so many Kenya safari activities to do for a memorable and fun filled Kenya safari experience, these activities include.
Hiking is one of the most thrilling and adventurous activity to do in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park, hiking is done on Mount Ol Donyo Sabuk and the peak of this mountain is reach on a 10 kilometers hike and it is achievable in 2 or 3 hours basing on one’s fitness ad speed.
Driving through the plains of Ol Donyo Sabuk national park in search for wildlife living in the area is an exhilarating activity to do, during the game drives you will be able to spot animals such as leopards, bush back, bush babies, porcupine, water bucks, Kirk’s dik dik, bush pigs, Aardvark, rock hyrax, tree and ground squirrel, buffaloes, and impala, among others in the short grass along the water sources and other areas of the park.
Bird watching is one of the breathtaking activities to do in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park, during this activity you will be able to spot several bird species including the rarest kinds of birds such as bronze sunbird, ring necked dove, helmeted guinea fowl, white browed sparrow weaver, augur buzzard, mourning dove, purple breasted sunbird, grey headed sparrow weaver, African hawk eagle, speckled mouse bird, yellow vented bulbul, African pied wagtail, great sparrow hawk, grey tit, starling, Mackinnon grey shrike, and bateleur, among others.
Nature safaris are ideal activity in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park for tourists seeking to enjoy nature to fullest, during this activity you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views, rivers, explore the forests and take a walk along the foothill of Ol Donyo Mountain.
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park has spacious ground for camping where you can put your camping equipments for a camping experience with your friends and family. During camping experience you will be able to enjoy sunset and rise and hear the unforgettable sounds of wildlife hosting in the park.
Picnicking can also be done in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park, one of the best picnic site in the park is at The Fourteen Falls.
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