Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Travel
Ol Donyo Sabuk, or Kilimambogo as the Kikuyu and Kamba people call it is a meeting point for three Kenyan tribes; the Kikuyu, Kamba and the Maasai. It is a short distance from Nairobi city and is a popular site for picnics and hikes. The nearby Fourteen Falls complement these excursions and are recommended en-route to the park.
The vegetation on Mt. Kilimambogo, which stands at the centre of the park, is mostly thick montane forest save for a small area at the top which has giant lobelia and other Afro-alpine flora. There is just one path that leats to the summit offering stunning 360 degree views of the park and the surrounding area all the way to the snow-capped peaks of both Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro. This peak can either be reached on food (with the paid services of a KWS ranger), or by 4x4. Sir William Northrup McMillan, a wealthy American farmer of Scottish origin had his home here since the colonial days and his grave along with that of his wife and maid (and family dog) lie along the route to the peak.
Buffalo are the main wildlife in the park. Bush bucks are also in plenty. Others include leopards and porcupine theough these are rarely seen as they hide in the forest and bushes.
Birds too are in plenty. It is easy to spot white-browed sparrow weaver, grey-headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle, purple-breasted sunbird, yellow-vented bulbul, speckled mousebird,helmeted guinea fowl, black headed oriole, grey tit, ring-necked dove, bateleur, great sparrow-hawk, bronze sunbird, superb starling, red-necked cordon bleu and Mackinnon grey shrike.
Ol-Donyo Sabuk National Park is a remnant of Africa’s oldest erosion surface, generally regarded as late Jurassic. Residual hump of metamorphic rock, the mountain is surrounded by the monotonous lava plateau of the Athi plains, which formed around the mountain when lava (molten rock) escaped from ﬁssures in the earth’s crust, gradually ﬁlling the valleys and smoothing the contours of the original landscape.