Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is located 27 km southeast from Thika town on the Garissa road and 85 km northeast of Nairobi City. The 20 sq km park protects an extinct volcano, Ol Doinyo Sabuk (2150 m) and its ecosystem. The mountain can be climbed and it's about 9 km trek to the top from the gate but you must be accompanied by an armed KWS ranger, since you may encounter buffaloes along the way. Alternatively, you can drive to the summit in a 4WD.
On clear days, the top offers views of Nairobi, Mount Kenya, and even Mount Kilimanjaro. The volcano's summit is covered in dense forest vegetation and afro-alpine vegetation, including giant lobelia, and the area is home to 45 bird species. There is some game, such as monkeys and small antelope, but they are difficult to spot in the densely forested terrain.
The Kikuyu call the mountain Kilimambogo (Buffalo Mountain), a befitting name as buffaloes are one of the few big animals you may encounter here, aside from primates such as baboons, colobus monkeys and Sykes' monkeys in the montane forest that covers all but the hill's summit.
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