Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

 

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is situated 85km north-east of Nairobi in Machakos County 

The ecosystem in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park 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

Ol Donyo Sabuk National PArk

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 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 Bird Checklist 

Birding in  the park is done while walking, which make it more fun and rewarding, the gradient is ideal for any age bracket

Thus making Oldonyo National Park  popular for Day Birding Tours in Kenya

Kenya Wildlife Rangers keep guard to people walking, due to the wild animals

Oldonyo Sabuk national park is home to more than 100 Birds species whiOl  Donyo Sabuk National Parkch 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

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

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 National Park

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

 

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Mammals 

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