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Oldonyo Sabuk National Park

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Oldonyo Sabuk is A rugged, hump-backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the Athi Plains and hazily visible from Nairobi. It is a densely forested mountain known to the local Kikuyu as ‘The Mountain of the Buffalo’, and to the Maasai as ‘The Big Mountain’. It teems with game including baboon, colobus, bushbuck, impala, duiker and abundant birdlife. The name 'Ol Donyo Sabuk' is Maasai for'Mountain of Buffalo'. Today some 250 buffalos roam the slopes. Kikuyu traditionalists call it Kea-Njahe, known as the 'Mountain of the Big Rain', one of Ngai's lesser homes.

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. The mountain rises to 8,000ft. covering 20sq. kms. It is particularly attractive for hikers or families wanting some freedom and exercise out of their vehicle. It is recommended that visitors approach the park via spectacular Fourteen Falls on the Chania River. The park's attraction is its beauty and views of both Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

The solitary mountain rises to 2,145m from an otherwise flat area. The steep ascent requires a 4WD vehicle. Near the summit lie the graves of Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872-1925) and his wife Lady Lucie. He was a huge Scot raised in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He arrived in Kenya in 1901 for big game hunting, playing host to former US president F. D. Roosevelt during his famous 1911 safari at their ranch, Juja Farm (now a popular location for film crews). He and his wife were great philanthropists. They established the MacMillan Library in central Nairobi.

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.
   
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