Hiking Ol Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County

by Monicah Wangari
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Ol Donyo Sabuk, meaning large mountain in Masai language, is also known as kyanzavi – Mountain of Beans/nzavi in Kamba language. It is located near Thika Town in Machakos County. It lies at 2,145 metres above sea level.

I was not scared of the bad weather as I had had prior experiences getting rained on hills and mountains: Nyambene Hills and Aberdare Range. If you read about my experience with Nyambene Hills, you will see how much mental strength I had gained by the time I did the Aberdare Range.

The pick-up point was next to Hilton Hotel and AgaKhan Walk in Nairobi. It is a common pickup location/meetup point for people travelling together out of town. Mostly for trips organized by tour companies.

It was still raining by the time we hit Thika Road. We then took the exit to Thika Town. We stopped by Ananas Mall for quick purchases then headed on to our day’s destination.

At around 10:40 am, we set on our hike. The organizers, Tripple F Adventures, had prior planned this hike to be a “jog up to the summit”. Personally, that sounded a tad far fetched. Not to say that it’s impossible. I was determined to walk all the way. I looked forward to the good rush, good feel one gets upon summiting.

So we set out. The trails are so beautiful and so well labelled that one can hike without needing a hiking guide. There’s a road which cars can drive on up. It is however not advisable for non 4*4 to do so when it has rained. On our way down we found a saloon car stuck across the road. It had skidded and was now in an immovable position. It took several strong men to get it back on track.

Somewhere on the way up is a grave set in stone. Imagine being buried on a mountain! The grave belongs to Lord McMillan. He played a huge role in Donyo Sabuk town.

We encountered at least 5 different groups of not less than 4 people each. So if you are looking for a hangout plan with friends or family that helps you stay fit together, this is it. You will sweat hard, have such spectacular views and take amazing pictures.

When we arrived, the uphill looked misty but by the time we were half an hour into the hike, we were dripping sweat. And the view from halfway through the hike is litt.

Getting to the peak took us 2 hours and less time for others. The peak is not much of a sight as you’ll only see boosters and the steel sign that says you have summited Ol Donyo Sabuk.

There’s also an area set as a dining area but it’s made of stone. We sat there and had our snacks to regain energy and prepare us for the descent.

The peak also hosts washrooms and a canteen. It’s a friendly picnic site.

We took a while, danced a bit of salsa courtesy of yours truly then started the descent when the rain threatened to drop it like it’s hot. Well, we took shelter for a bit till it was clear to because it did drop it like it’s hot.

The descent took a toll on me but I survived to write about it huh.

A few minutes away from Ol Donyo Sabuk is the famous Fourteen Falls. The place gets packed. The view was good and a bit calming as the waterfall is pretty loud. Adults are charged Ksh. 100 and a lesser amount for children.

It’s always my pleasure doing this. Going places, experiencing new and sharing with you. 

I did a video. Watch the video (this marks my second video *drumrolls please*) 

It will make me even happier when you like, comment, subscribe and share to your fellow travel fans.

Oh and we are doing Mt Kenya in December yeah, join us will you?

On my next post, I shall write about what you need to know and have before embarking on a hike.

Watch the video on Youtube;

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Gichboy November 22, 2020 - 9:47 am

Good clue. Its so encouraging to have our own top fun helping others learn about adventure.

Monicah Wangari November 22, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Yes and am grateful for this🙂

Reagan November 22, 2020 - 7:59 pm

I can’t wait to hear about Mt.Kenya. its a dream to hike that mountain

Monicah Wangari November 22, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Thanks Reag🥰, am also really looking forward to it

Reagan November 22, 2020 - 8:00 pm

This is amazing by the way and it keeps getting better. Keep at it

Bonita November 22, 2020 - 8:58 pm


Monicah Wangari November 22, 2020 - 9:04 pm

Thanks Bonita

Michael mwaniki January 13, 2021 - 9:02 pm

Awesome… Looking forward to going There. Great insights and tips

Monicah Wangari January 14, 2021 - 8:52 am

You are welcome here Mike


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