Kilimambogo is a handpicked trail from a selection of the most beautiful Hiking trails for beginners in Kenya hence the ultimate panoramic experience. Kilimambogo hiking trail is a protected area managed by the Kenya wildlife service and located about 85 kilometers Northeast of Nairobi City. The park is 20.7sq. Km.  Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is the mother park to Kilimambogo trail in Machakos County, Kenya. It neighbors Kiambu County to the west and Murang’a County to the North. It is one of the oldest trails in Kenya. It has been in existence since 1967. Kilimambogo is pretty accessible. 

It’s about 84 Kilometers from Nairobi. From Nairobi, Join the Thika superhighway towards Thika town. Exit the highway to enter Thika Town. Stay on the main Garissa road and Proceed for 20.9 Kilometers to Makutano junction. At Makutano junction, there are well-placed KWS direction signs; turn right. Please follow these directions; they will lead to the main gate. From this junction, it’s 5.9 Kilometers. Continue for about 3.1 km on an all-weather murram road leading to Ol Donyo town. At Donyo, turn right and proceed a further 2.8 km to the main gate, the starting point.

Before accessing the park, it is a prerequisite to pay the park entrance fee. The fee is subject to change. It is paramount to confirm the rates with the Kenya Wildlife service before you visit. These are the current park entry fee rates.  

 Citizens Residents Nonresidents
AdultsChildAdultsChildAdultsChild
Ol Donyo Sabuk National ParkKshs Kshs Kshs Kshs USDUSD
 2502002502002015
      

The hiking trail is novice and Kid-Friendly since it is easy to go up the footpath, about 6.6 Kilometers. However, if you are up for a more challenging task, you can use the rehabilitated Murram road that leads to the summit. It's about 18.6 Kilometers, up and down. As you trek up, you will enjoy spectacular views. The panoramic view of the famed Fourteen FallsThe best weather to visit is during the dry months. Technically, you can tour this park throughout the year. Even in the rainy season, the water is well channeled and hence, dries up fast. The soil has a high content of sand which helps to dry quickly. However, the footpath I super slippery during the rainy season. Check out the breakdown of when to visit in months. The weather Between January-March is hot and dry. from April to June is hot and wet, July-October is very warm and dry, and November and December are warm and moist. There is more to see and experience apart from the hiking trail. These are Attractions that have kept Kilimambogo on the tourist maps. 

Montane landscape and indigenous trees will grace your trek with a fresh breeze—an unusual burial site; McMillan grave. Many times, we see burial sites close to the homesteads or public burial sites in African cultures. Unlike many, McMillans graves and that of his wife are almost on the top of the Mountain. It is an intriguing site that drives a lot of both local and international Tourists to this site. While Hiking up, particularly during early morning hours, it is common to spot wildlife sightings, including olive baboons, vervet monkeys, and abundant forest birds. The panoramic viewpoints reveal the famed Fourteen Falls. The Fourteen Falls is a section of the second-longest river in Kenya; The Athi River. The Athi river flows from Gatamaiyu in the extensive Kereita Forest.

On a clear day, Panoramic scenic views of Mount Kenya and beyond are visible from viewpoints. It's indeed the "ultimate panoramic experience" come discover the magic. Check out our calendar to see when heading here next. At the camping site, which is right at the entry point, you can enjoy a cold shower here after the hike. The bathrooms are well serviced. While visiting Kilimambogo, remember to carry the change of clothes. It is very dusty, particularly during the dry season, and freshening up after this trek will do you good. 

Accommodation options in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Include Camping, hotels, and lodges around the park. Camping is the only available option inside the park. The park has three campsites which include, Turaco Public Campsite, Rock Hyrax, and Summit Campsite. The Turaco campsite is a public campsite strategically located right at the main gate. It can accommodate a maximum number of 60 people. Unlike the other two camps, Turaco camp has camp facilities which include Car park, bathrooms, toilets, tap water & bonfire Benches. Rock Hyrax Campsite, a unique camp that gets its name from the Elephant Closest relative, the Rock Hyrax. Like the elephants, the hyrax has a similar skull structure, teeth, and toes to a jumbo. Unlike Turaco & Summit camps, This camp has no facilities. Its located 2.1 km from the main gate. It is calm and serene. Armed rangers can accompany you during your stay. The Summit campsite is a public campsite. It is the highest and the furthest campsite of the three camps. 9.6 Kilometres from the main entrance. Campers can access it by walking or driving up. Has Basic facilities, which are Toilets and a Cooking shed? The camp can comfortably host 50 to 60 people. 

We do organize Group and Private trips to Kilimambogo. Whether it is Camping, Hiking, or team building, Get in touch with us; we are just a call away. +254 729 257 317. or email us wildspringssafaris@gmail.com

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