Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Isolated montane park in the shadow of Mount Kenya

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.

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Philip Briggs says

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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Frequently Asked Questions about Ol Donyo Sabuk

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Tony Russell

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