Ol Donyo Sapuk Resort
Ol Donyo Sapuk Resort is a charming tranquil countryside retreat. An ideal spot for a weekend getaway that is just a short drive from Nairobi. Its location at the base of Mount Kilima Mbogo gives beautiful views all from the top to bottom windows in all rooms.
Starts from Ksh. 9,000, for double, on bed and breakfast, Ksh. 12, 960 for double on half board and Ksh. 16, 200 for double on full board.
A 9.2 km hike of the Kilima Mbogo Mountain rewards you with a chance to view rare bird species and trees and if you’re lucky Buffalos as well. Camping at the top of the mountain or Look Out campsite is also available with permission from the KWS Wardens at the Ol Donyo Sapuk National Park. A visit to Sir William Northrup Macmillan’s castle, a short drive away would be enjoyable. Other activities include: riding the resident horses, playing at the volleyball court, or the small football pitch, swimming, and a trampoline.
While the dry season is ideal to visit the resort especially if you want to hike up the mountain, the activities to do can fit in a two nights stay then there’s really not much left to do.
This serene escape is located one and half hour’s drive from Nairobi off the Thika SuperHighway and twenty four kilometers from Thika Town along Garissa Road, placing it in Machakos County. It is found between Kilima Mgogo Mountain and the famous Fourteen Falls.
Style and character
African décor takes centre stage in the spacious rooms. The top to bottom windows offer a stunning view of the mountain and expansive greenery of the 50 acre plot. A unique feature is there are no stair cases or steps anywhere in this property. All sections are wheelchair accessible.
Service and Facilities
On arrival, guests are welcomed with a refreshing welcome drink with warm and welcoming service personnel. WiFi is available though during our stay it was on and off. The pool is large with the deepest end being two meters deep. There’s also a baby pool for the little ones.
Spacious and furnished with an African feel. Each room has a hot water kettle for chilly evenings, a screen showing local channels and a continuous supply of water and electricity.
Food and Drink
The Kanzulu Dining Room which is the main restaurant serves up continental cuisine for the three meals. Buffet breakfasts and set menu lunches and dinners are available every other day while on Sunday’s they serve Sunday roast with a variety of grilled meats such as lamb and chicken. The Kiboko Bar and Lounge is fully stocked with a wide variety of alcoholic drinks including whiskeys, beers, rum, wines and cocktails. They always light up the fireplace in the evenings giving a cozy ambiance.
Value for money?
It’s an affordable quick getaway to unwind and take a break from the busy city life and take in some needed R&R.
During our stay, part of the guests was a family with their youngest child who seemed to be around three years old. They have four family rooms with interconnecting doors for visiting families, and there are sport activities for large groups to enjoy.
Reviewed August 2018 by Winnie Wangui