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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park has situated 85km north-east of Nairobi in Machakos County. The ecosystem in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park constitutes a mountain which is covered with dense montane forest in a small area at the top.

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is explored by walking on the well-marked nature trail which goes all the way to the top. The whole trek from the Main Gate to the summit is 9km, but there are some breaks between, the first stop enable people to have a good view of the surroundings, the vast pineapple plantations, the distant inselbergs (isolated hill or mountain rising from a plain) the famous fourteen fall

Ol Donyo Sabuk is one of the smallest National Park in Kenya covering an area of 20 km sq. The expansive farm that now hosts the national park was once home to William Macmillan, a game hunter from America, who visited and decided to settle in Kenya in 1901

At the farm, Macmillan built a castle in which, on different occasions, he hosted explorer and former American President Theodore Roosevelt and British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

The two renowned world leaders were on game hunting trips to Kenya. William Northrup Macmillan stood over 6ft 3inches tall. Although most white men arriving in Kenya that time came from the UK, especially England, Macmillan arrived in Mombasa in 1904 at the age of 32 from St Louis Missouri in the United States of America.

After his death in 1925, his wife Lucy built the Macmillan Library in Nairobi in his memory. His townhouse is what is part of the University of Nairobi’s Chiromo Campus

But more interestingly is the fact that the late Tom Mboya, a popular politician in the Jomo Kenyatta era, was born at Ol Donyo Sabuk where his father worked as a casual laborer at Macmillan’s sisal farm.

Far from its interesting history, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park or Kilimambogo is popularly becoming a must-go for Kenyans and tourists, in general, looking for more challenging exercise terrains,and a place closer to Nairobi

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Bird Checklist
Birding in the park is done while walking, which makes it more fun and rewarding, the gradient is ideal for any age bracket, Thus making Oldonyo National Park popular for Day Birding Tours in Kenya

Kenya Wildlife Rangers keep guard to people walking, due to the wild animals. Oldonyo Sabuk national park is home to more than 100 Birds species which includes ;

  • White-browed Sparrow Weaver,
  • Grey-headed Sparrow
  • African pied wagtail
  • Red-eyed dove
  • Augur buzzard
  • African Hawk-Eagle
  • Golden winged sunbird
  • Common Bulbul
  • Speckled Mousebird
  • Helmeted Guinea Fowl
  • Black-headed Oriole, White-bellied Tit
  • Ring-necked Dove
    Great sparrow- hawk
  • Bronze Sunbird
  • Superb Starling
  • Grey headed Bushshrike,
  • Black backed Puffback
  • Tropical Boubou
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Montane White Eye
  • Whiskered Greenbul
  • Hinde’s Babbler
  • Purple crested Turaco
  • Martial Eagle
  • Hinde’s Babbler (endemic to Kenya

Eastern bearded Robin have been seen in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Mammals

  • buffalo
  • bushbuck
  • leopard
  • olive baboon
  • colobus monkey
  • vervet monkey
  • sykes’ monkey
  • kirk’s dik-dik
  • bush pig
  • common duiker
  • reedbuck
  • rock hyrax
  • bush-baby
  • tree and ground squirrel
  • aardvark
  • porcupine
  • mongoose
  • southern rock python
  • monitor lizard