Ol Donyo Sabuk

My friend April and I love travelling and the adventure that comes with it. Last Friday, we took time to visit Kiambu/Machakos County (not sure which side of the border we were on) to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Ol Donyo Sabuk (in Maa) or Ol Donyo Sapuk (in Kamba) or Kilimambogo (in Kikuyu).  The last time I had hiked up this mountain was almost ten years ago and my motivation then was the barbecue that was waiting for me at then end. Slurrp!

With over 45 recorded bird species, this mountain is a bird watchers haven. Some of the species include, white-browed sparrow weaver, grey- headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle and purple-breasted sunbird. I was also very fascinated to find out from our guide that he and other bird watchers ,can identify a bird by sound (unlike me who can’t identify a pigeon from a duck).

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, the mountain also has a large number of buffaloes,  mongoose, bushbuck, olive baboon, colobus monkey, vervet monkey, Sykes’ monkey, Kirk’s dik-dik, bush pig, common duiker, reedbuck, rock hyrax, bushbaby, tree and ground squirrel, aardvark, porcupine, python and monitor lizard.

However, what fascinated me most is… drum-rolls… that Ol Donyo Sabuk is made of metamorphosed volcanic lava, which means that it is a lump of lava which has been changing shape or morphing over time into what it is today because of certain elements such as weather and climate. This lava also plays a major role in how the Fourteen Falls were formed.

What I’m curious about however, is whether the mountain itself is volcanic? Where did the lava originate from? And if it is volcanic, will it erupt again?thinking-face