Oldonyo Sabuk National Park

Oldonyo Sabuk National Park, whose name is derived from the Maasai term for “large mountain” or “Kyanzavi” in Kamba, is both a mountain and a municipality in Machakos County, Kenya’s Kyanzavi Division. The road distance between Nairobi and Embu-Nairobi is 75.5 kilometers. Along the Thika-Garisa Road, which is 18.5 kilometers southeast of Thika Town, there are well-known pineapple plantations on both sides of the road.

 18 kilometers east of Thika, there is a southbound fork with Kenya Wildlife Service markings. Two kilometers south of this intersection is the renowned Fourteen Falls, one of Kenya’s most spectacular monuments. St. Johns Kilimambogo Teachers College and Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission infirmary are located by the river. Donyo Sabuk town is a kilometer from Fourteen Falls, just across the Athi River, with a junction leading to the 20.7 km2 game park and another junction leading to the Donyo Sabuk great house.

 William Northrup McMillan was the first white man to settle in this territory, and he had a significant impact on the region. Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872–1925), his wife Lady Lucia, and their companion are buried near the summit. In addition, there is an extra grave for Louise, who worked for Macmillan’s from the age of 13 until her demise. In the rural area, there is a multiethnic community of farms owned by former squatters and agricultural laborers. The mountain peak is located within the game park, and the remaining land is owned in part by the Kenyatta family. William Northrup McMillan was a wealthy philanthropist who owned estates in British East Africa. In 1905, he obtained a 99-year tenure on 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), which became the Juja farm. He built the five-bedroom Juja House, a three-bedroom manager’s bungalow, a two-bedroom bungalow named “Lucie’s bolthole,” and three other bungalows containing the post and telegraph office, as well as accommodations for chauffeurs and gardeners.The structures were outfitted with electricity, flowing water, and a sewage system, and in later years, it became a popular filming location.

 The Kenya Wildlife Service was established in 1967 to manage Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park. The mountain’s highest peak is located in the park. It is very appealing to travelers and families desiring exercise outside of their vehicles. The Fourteen Falls on the Athi River serve as a gateway to the park. Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from the park, making it one of the regions with the most spectacular vistas in Kenya.

 Attractions of Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

 1:Wildlife

 This is a sample of the variety of Wildlife species that can be spotted on a Kenya safari: buffalo, colobus monkeys, baboons, bushbuck, impala, duiker, leopards, bush babies, porcupine, water bucks, dikdiks, bush pigs, Aardvark, and an abundance of birdlife: bronze sunbird, ring necked dove, helmeted guinea fowl, white browed sparrow weaver, augurThe Ol Donyo Sabuk mountain rises to 2,145 meters (7,037 feet) from a relatively flat location; a 4WD (44) vehicle is required to traverse its steep slopes.

Oldonyo Sabuk National Park
Oldonyo Sabuk National Park

 Tom Mboya, one of Kenya’s most colorful politicians, was raised here. His father previously worked as a laborer on the sisal plantation. Tom Mboya attended St. Johns Kilimambogo Teachers College, which included the Catholic Missionary-sponsored Kilimambogo Primary School.

 2:The McMillan Castle

 The residence of McMillan, a fort by any definition, stands in splendor. Over three-quarters of the home is secured with keys and locks. A portion of it accommodates the farmer’s cooperative Muka Mukuu Farmer’s Co-operative Society Ltd. The land surrounding the house is currently used for pineapple cultivation. The villagers continue to ponder why a childless couple would construct such a large residence. Lord Macmillan and his wife would spend the first half of the year in one wing of the property, and the second half of the year in the other. The locals have not yet determined how they can profit from such an evident tourist attraction.

 3:Club House (Kilavu)

 The castle served as a military hospital for British officers during the First World War. The wild parties were held in the castle, where the infamous colonial renegade Colonel Ewart Grogan allegedly oversaw wine-throwing and wife-sharing orgies that attracted international media attention. The residents christened the castle Kilavu, which means clubhouse in Kamba.

 4:Fourteen Falls

 The Fourteen Falls has religious and historical significance for both locals and Asian immigrants. Asians use the location for recreation and spiritual rites, disposing of cremated remains in the river in the belief that it will reach India via the Indian Ocean, thereby making it a shrine. Others come for recreation, maintaining the Happy Valley motif introduced by Lord Macmillan; the neighboring community continues to cultivate the land as Lord Macmillan did.

 Entry fee

                          Adult                    child

 Citizen              kshs 300          kshs 215

 Residents         kshs 300          kshs 215

 Non residents     26 USD            17 USD

 The best Time to visit

 The dry season is ideal for the majority of activities in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park, including game viewing, hiking, nature treks, and mountain climbing, because the trails are drier and the vegetation is sparser. The driest months are January through March. April to June is humid and mild, while July to October is warm and dry. November and December are humid and balmy. The ideal time to observe birds in Oldonyo Sabuk National Park is during the rainy season, when food is abundant.

 Activities to do at Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

 1:Hiking

 The peak of Mount Ol Donyo Sabuk can be reached via a 10-kilometer hike in two or three hours, depending on an individual’s level of endurance and speed.

 2:Game Drives

 It is traversing the plains of the Ol Donyo Sabuk national park in pursuit of Kenya safaris. During game excursions, you may see leopards, bush backs, bush babies, porcupines, water bucks, dikdiks, bush pigs, Aardvark, rock hyrax, tree squirrels, buffaloes, and impala, among other animals, on the plains or at watering holes.

 3:Bird Watching

 During bird watching in the Oldonyo Sabuk National Park you will be able to spot several bird species including the 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.

 4:Camping

 In Oldonyo Sabuk National Park, there are designated camping areas where you can camp with your friends and family. During your camping experience in Oldonyo Sabuk National Park, you will be able to witness the sunrise and sunset and listen to the noises of local wildlife.

 5:Nature walks

 Nature walks are ideal activities in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park for tourists who wish to experience nature to the utmost; during this activity, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views, rivers, explore the forests, and stroll along the base of Ol Donyo Mountain.

 The Fourteen Falls is one of the finest picnic locations in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park, where picnicking is also permitted.There are available accommodations at Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park.

 There are a variety of accommodation options available in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, spanning from camping to luxurious lodging. Among the options are Fourteen Falls Lodge, Ol Donyo Sabuk resort, Malazi Thika, Eton hotel, and The coconut Grill, among others.

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