Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park safaris, tours & holiday packagesIsolated montane park in the shadow of Mount Kenya
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Though it's potentially attractive to hikers and birdwatchers, Ol Donyo Sabuk has little to offer the average safarigoer.
Protecting an isolated 2,145-metre mountain whose evocative sounding Maasai name actually just means 'Big Mountain', this small and little-known park supports some extensive forest and grassland along with large wildlife such as buffalo, leopard, blue monkey and bushbuck, and a varied selection of highland birds including colourful turacos and noisy hornbills.
The only access is along a steep 4x4-only 10-kilometre dirt road connecting the entrance gate to a summit. The road offers spectacular views that are unfortunately impaired by a metal forest of communication towers and aerials. Hiking is permitted, but only if accompanied by an armed ranger.
In all honesty, this is a strong contender for the title of East Africa's least compelling national park. That said, from what we saw, it could be a rewarding spot to spend a few days camping and birding.
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The road up the mountain passes the grave of Sir William McMillan, an early colonial settler whose immense bulk foiled the tractor that was meant to carry his coffin to the summit. Near the base of Ol Donyo Sabuk the Athi River splits into several small streams before tumbling over a wide 10-metre-high rock lip at Fourteen Falls. A small hippo pool lies a five-minute walk upriver.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
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Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…