Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is located in Ol Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County near Thika Town, 65 KM north of Nairobi. It is under the administration of Kenya Wildlife Service.

Ol Donyo Sabuk is a mountain with a peak height of 2,145 m above sea level and offers spectacular and clear views of Nairobi, Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding low lands.

The mountain is covered by montane forest.

Fourteen falls on the Athi River is also close which is protected and equipped with a picnic site. It is of religious significance to the local communities.

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Attractions

Why is Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Popular? Here is why.

  • Has many species of birds-45 species on record
  • Wide variety of wildlife with buffalos dominating
  • Mountain landscape with spectacular views of Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro
  • Fourteen falls is nearby

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Animals/Wildlife

It has a wide variety of animals which include; the buffalo, bushbuck, Olive baboon, Colobus monkey, Vervet monkey, Syke’s monkey, Kirk’s dik-dik, Bush pig, mongoose, Leopard, Reedbuck, Common duiker, Rock hyrax, Bushbaby, Squirrel, Aardvark, Porcupine, Python, Lizard, among others

Many species of birds are also found here which include; sparrow weaver, African pled wagtail, Mourning dove, Augur buzzard, African hawk eagle, Sunbird, among others.

Things to do in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

You can indulge in a number of activities which include;

  • Game viewing
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks-it very scenic

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Climate & Weather

Most dry season is between January and March.

April to June is wet and hot while July to October is warm and dry.

November and December is warm and wet

When to visit

Given this type of climate, you can visit all year round.

What to Carry/Wear on Ol Donyo Sabuk Safari

  • If you are camping please carry camping equipment
  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scotching sun

How to get there

By Road-Head to Thika and use the Thika-Garissa Road to Makutano Junction and follow the KWS signs to get there

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Entrance Fees/ Charges

Park charges are as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 300, Child 215
Residents (KES): Adult 600 Child 300       
Non-residents (USD): Adult 26 Child 17

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Contacts

You can contact Kenya Wildlife Service through

Telephone No: +254 (20) 2062503 / +254 (20) 2379407/15

Email: reservations@kws.go.ke or oldonyo@kws.go.ke

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Accommodation

Hotels near Ol Donyo Sabuk include;

  • Ol Donyo Sapuk Resort
  • Gelian Hotel
  • The Kyaka Hotel
  • Machakos Suites Luxury Hotel
  • ACK Guest House Machakos

Happy safari!

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