Go camping and hiking Mount Ololokwe

Go camping and hiking Mount Ololokwe: Your Kenya safari experiences with mountains and altitudes are tested once more with the Mt. Ololokwe Hike and Camping. This is the ideal time of year to camp in Kenya’s northern regions. Yes, gaze upon the sacred peak of Mt. Ololokwe, situated in Samburu East’s Namunyak Conservancy. Reaching a peak elevation of around 2000 metres above sea level. It is situated 60 miles from the town of Isiolo, this enchanted mountain lies in the Nanyuki-Marsabit route.

Ol Donyo Sabache, as the locals call it, is a mountain that has gained popularity recently among those seeking off-the-beaten-path hiking and rock climbing safaris in Kenya experiences. From the summit, there are amazing views of the surrounding semi-arid plains and distant mountains.

How to get to Mount Ololokwe

Drive to Karatina town via Thika Road, departing from Nairobi. Proceed 12.5 km in the direction of Nyeri, then make a right turn onto the Nanyuki road. Travel 170 km to reach Archers Post, passing through Kiganjo, Naro Moru, Nanyuki, Timau, and Isiolo. Go left on a 4 km dirt road after 27 kilometres to Sabache Camp, which is located at the foot of Mt. Ololokwe.

Hiking up Ololokwe can begin in Sabache Camp, which is situated at an elevation of around 1,000 metres above sea level on a seasonal riverbed at the base of the mountain, or from any other nearby place. The amount of time needed to go to the summit might range from two to three hours, depending on your speed and level of interest in seeing the native plants and animals.

Elephant herds, who sporadically migrate up the mountain in search of water during the dry season, are mostly responsible for the creation of the pathways atop Ololokwe. They are also used by the Samburu herders to transport their cattle to the enduring water springs situated at the summit. The majority of the flora along the trail are dry land bushes made up of several types of Euphorbia and Acacia. Large rock clearings that offer fantastic views of the nearby Nkadoru Murto and Mathew’s Range tiny rocky outcrops may also be seen along the walk.

At 2,000 metres above sea level, the summit benefits from milder temperatures, intermittent morning cloud cover, and permanent water springs that feed rivers that originate and end on the 1,200-acre hilltop. This has led to the creation of an indigenous forest that is home to numerous enormous Podocarpus, Cedar, and Strangler Fig trees, among other species, some of which have “Old Man’s Beard” hanging from them. A rare huge cycad that is native to this region and is thought to have endured untouched since the time of the dinosaurs is another unusual piece of flora that can be discovered at the summit of Ololokwe.

You can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding area and the tarmac road as it disappears into the distance towards Isiolo if you stroll to the southwest edge of the mountain top. This site also affords views of the southernmost point of the Mathews range.

Tips for climbing Mount Ololokwe

The following are some crucial tips for your journey to Mount Ololokwe:

 Since you will be carrying everything to the summit either on your own or with the help of a donkey, pack light. Make sure you have enough water with you, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen because the sun can be harsh. At the top of the mountain, it can turn windy and chilly, so dress comfortably for the walk but bring warm clothes for the evening. Please let the camp staff know if you have any dietary requirements or preferences so that your dinner at the top of the mountain will meet your needs.

What to wear and carry during your hike in Mount Ololokwe

Comfortable hiking boots (bring along an additional, lightweight pair or sandals) hiking boots that are comfortable (bring a warm jacket and a second pair for the return trip) sleeping bag personal items, such as wet wipes, tissues, and toothbrushes. Three litres or more of water Using a helmet and sunscreen Munchies Raincoats and additional rain gear in case of precipitation Identity (passport or ID) headlamp.

Other additional items to consider when hiking mountain Ololokwe

Park entrance fees Deliver Dinner and Breakfast Meals camping charges guiding charges Porter’s costs Mat for sleeping Tents (one, two, or even three-man) Fill the water again.

Go camping and hiking Mount Ololokwe
Go camping and hiking Mount Ololokwe

Accommodations in Mount Ololokwe

The most convenient lodging option near the foot of the mountain is Sabache Camp, an opulent tented camp that permits guests to bring their own tents. The Ololokwe Village Guest House is one of the nearby lodging options.

Mount Ololokwe Hiking changes

The hiking /trekking charges of mount Ololokwe are as follows

  • Camping fee: Ksh 500 per day
  • Conservancy fee: Ksh 1,500 per day
  • Guide fee: Ksh 1,000 per da

Hiking tips for Beginners

Be totally honest with yourself regarding your experience and fitness level before selecting a hiking route. It’s okay to push yourself, but be aware that doing so might be harmful to your health. You also face the risk of having a negative experience and losing interest in hiking. Take it easy at first and work your way up the trails if you’ve never gone hiking before. If you decide to walk a harder path, go at your own pace. Go with a hike, based on how fit you are. Beginning with extended walks such as those found in Mombasa’s Karura Forest, Oloolua Nature Trail, and Haller Park, and progressively progressing to beginner-friendly hikes like those found in Thigio, Natchu Caves, Kabete, Gikuni Caves, KeFRI, Buxton Tunnel, Tigoni, and Hell’s Kitchen Marafa in Malindi. Commence with paths that are somewhat level and lack strong inclines.


It is imperative to keep an eye on the weather before booking any travel. Remember that the weather can change quickly, especially in the Highlands. Rain or very hot weather will affect your travel plans. Before you depart, make sure to inquire with your guide about the weather. Wear sunscreen if you’re going on a walk on a hot day. Set off early in the morning to avoid hiking in the oppressive midday sun. Since many hiking routes in Kenya are somewhat shaded, you’ll almost certainly be trekking into the sun.

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