Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

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A rugged, hump-backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the Athi Plains and hazily visible from Nairobi, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a densely forested mountain known to the local Kikuyu as ‘The Mountain of the Buffalo’, and to the Maasai as ‘The Big Mountain’.

Just one road leads to its summit, which offers magnificent 360’ panoramas over the Athi River, the pineapple fields of Thika and the snow-capped peaks of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

Within easy reach of Nairobi, the lush vegetation and cool air of this compact and scenic National Park make for an ideal day trip or camping weekend.

The Big Elephants of Ol DonyoThe Big Elephants of Ol Donyo

Contact details

PO Box 1514, Thika Tel: +254 (0)67 435 5257 www.kws.go.ke

Contact person

Senior Warden


Machakos District, Eastern Province

Distance from Nairobi

85 km north-east of Nairobi


20.7 square km

Park fees

Go to www.kws.go.ke or contact tour operator.

Climatic conditions

Hot and dry

Major attractions

Fourteen Falls; scenic views of Mount Kenya from the summit;McMillan grave (of Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872-1925) and his wife Lady Lucie); camping facilities

outcrop of ancient rock Ol Donyo Sabuk National Parkoutcrop of ancient rock Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park


Road: From Thika proceed 22 km along the main Garissa road to Makutano junction.

At Makutano follow the KWS sign and turn right, proceeding 3 km on all-weather murram road to Donyo town.

At Donyo turn right and proceed a further 2 km to the main gate.


Kenya Wildlife Service Self-Catering Accommodation: Sabuk House

Best time to visit

All year round


Game viewing, bird watching,camping and picnicking.

Accommodation at sabuk lodgeAccommodation at sabuk lodge

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Nairobi national park | Aberdare National Park in Kenya | Amboseli National Park in Kenya | Arabuko Sosoke Forest National Park | Lake Nakuru national park | Mount Kenya national Park | Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park | Mount Longonot National Park | Mwea National Reserve in Kenya | Nasolot National Reserve | Ndere Island National Park in Kenya | Bisanadi National Park | Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve | Chyulu Hills National Park | Hells Gate National Park |

water falls of Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

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