Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a birding sanctuary located 85 kilometers northeast of Nairobi in Machakos County. The ecosystem in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park constitutes a mountain that is covered with dense montane forest in a small area at the top. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is mostly 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 9 kilometers, but there are some breaks between, the first stop enables people to have a good view of the surroundings below, the vast pineapple plantations, the distant inselbergs (isolated hills or mountains rising from a plain) and the famous fourteen fall
Ol Donyo Sabuk is one of the smallest national parks in Kenya covering an area of 20 kilometers square. 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 6 feet 3 inches tall. Although most white men arriving in Kenya at 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 Birdwatching
Birdwatching tour in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is done while walking, which makes it more fun and rewarding, the gradient is ideal for any age bracket, Thus making Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park popular for Day Birding Tours in Kenya along the way to Ol Donyo, there are some designated stops that may yield some interesting birds. Birdwatching tours in Ol Donyo Sabuk usually start at the main gate, there is a stretch of woodland and thickets, the area is quite productive, and the Purple-crested Turaco may be seen or heard calling from the top of the many fruiting trees. Kenya Wildlife Rangers provides security for people walking, hiking, or birdwatching due to the wild animals. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is home to more than 100.
Birds species include; White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Parrot-billed Sparrow, African Pied Wagtail, Red-eyed Dove, Augur Buzzard, African Hawk-Eagle, Golden-winged Sunbird, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Black-headed Oriole, White-bellied Tit, Ring-necked Dove Bronze Sunbird Great Sparrowhawk, Superb Starling, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Black-backed Puffback, Tropical Boubou, Crowned Eagle, Kikuyu White-eye, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Purple-crested Turaco, Martial Eagle, Hinde’s Babbler (endemic to Kenya, African Finfoot, Eastern bearded Robin has been seen in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Wildlife; Cape Buffalo, Bushbuck, Leopard, Olive Baboon, Mount Kenya Guereza, Vervet Monkey, Sykes’ Monkey, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Bush Pig, Common Duiker, Bohor Reedbuck, Rock Hyrax, Lesser Bush-baby, Tree and Ground squirrel, Aardvark, African Crested Porcupine, Slender Mongoose, Southern Rock Python, Savannah Monitor Lizard.