Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park


Northern Pied Babbler Ol Donyo Sabuk Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is located about 85km north-east of Nairobi in Machakos district of Eastern province.

The ecosystem 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 views of the surroundings,the vast pineapple plantations,the distant inselbergs (isolated hill or mountain arising 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 town house is what is part of 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 labourer at Macmillan’s sisal farm.

Far from its interesting history, Ol Donyo Sabuk  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

        Bird Checklist in Ol Donyo  Sabuk National Park

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

           Mammals in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park


  • 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