Machokos has alot to offer in terms of tourism and that why its flocked with visitors all year round. We have compiled a list of the Machakos major attractions but not limited to. Kindly enjoy!
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Ol Donyo, means ‘mountain of the buffalo’. The ecosystem constitutes a mountain which is entirely covered with dense montane forest except for a small area at the top.
Buffalo are the dominant animals in the ecosystem. Other wildlife include bushbuck, leopard, olive baboon, colobus monkey, vervet monkey, Sykes’ monkey, Kirk’s dik-dik, bush pig, common duiker, reedbuck, rock hyrax, bush-baby, tree and ground squirrel, aardvark, porcupine, mongoose, python and monitor lizard.
The park is home to 45 species of birds and the easily spotted ones include; white-browed sparrow weaver, grey- headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle, purple-breasted sunbird, yellow-vented bulbul, speckled mousebird, helmeted guinea fowl, black-headed oriole, grey tit, ring-necked dove, bateleur, great sparrow- hawk, bronze sunbird, superb starling and Mackinnon grey shrike.
Hike Mt Kilimambogo
A hike up Mt Kilimambogo, (Meaning the mountain of Buffaloes), located within the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, along Thika – Garissa highway is a perfect way to spend in the outdoors while also having to exercise those muscles that have been dormant.
A good activity for any day, The mountain rises to 8,000ft. covering 20sq. kms. It is particularly attractive for hikers or families wanting some freedom and exercise out of their vehicle. It is recommended that visitors approach the park via spectacular Fourteen Falls on the Chania River. The park’s attraction is its beauty and views of both Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This sanctuary is located in Machakos County, Kenya. Its home for plain game, giraffe, Lions, Elephants and may other wildlife. Great for stop over or weekend visit. This is also home of Maanzoni Lodge. The bush dinner in the middle of some real bush somewhere is a perfect experience not to be missed.
Machakos People’s Park
Machakos People’s Park, located at the foot of the internationally famous Kapiti plains. It lies on the shore of Marumba Dam and sits on a 40-acre piece of land. It can be able to host a capacity of 5,000 people and one interesting part about it is that, it is Africa’s first open air Amphitheatre. Heavy promotion by the government and sheer fun and freedom offered by the park has made it a leading choice for many entertainment events around the country. Some attractions at the park include fishing, boat riding, water fountains, kids play with plenty of open space, miniature golf course and a public swimming pool.
Koma rock shrine
Another attraction in the area is this popular shrine,located eastwards towards Kangundo road. This rocky outcrop over the past few decades has become a special place of prayers and retreats. From ancient times, Koma rock was always referred to as a sacred place Ithembo. Elders would journey there, climbing to the western side of the rock to offer their sacrifices while praying to their gods and ancestors for protection from natural calamities or attacks from other communities. Elders often say their petitions are granted thus fostering the belief among the people that an unknown power resided on the hill.
The river that runs beneath the plateau has three distinct names. From its origin in Ngong Hills in Nairobi, the river is called Athi. When it enters Tsavo, it is called Galana and Sabaki as it pours its waters into the Indian Ocean from Malindi. A natural U shaped depression or Mwanyani, just a few kilometers to the Athi River bridge, creates the best crossing into the Kitui from Kibwezi. You’ll get the best view point of the picturesque area and the parallel elevation of the plateau from a distance from here.
The Masinga Dam on River Tana, is the largest man-made lake in East and Central Africa spanning 46 km. It was developed and commissioned by Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) in 1981 as a multipurpose reserviour for storing water for power generation by other dams downstream. The complete project was intended to serve three main areas of income generation that included irrigation, power generation and Eco tourism.
In the midst of this dam, there is the Gichuki Island- a serene destination of isolation and privacy suitable for honeymooners. Private trips to the island can be arranged through the Masinga Dam Resort,a lake side Lodge-for interested guests. The dam has also been designated as the regional training center for water sports in Africa. In 2008, an international event in Canoe –Kayaking was held here and the Ministry of Tourism recommended the destination as a regional water sports destination.
Hills and valleys
Iveti Hills the Women’ Hill and Kiima Kimwe, a free standing hill with peaks that create beautiful vantage points for scenery lovers. The county is in addition the origin of the famous Akamba woodcarving and the basketry skills.
Kyamwilu magic corner
The Kyamwilu magic corner just 10 kilometers along the Machakos –Mutituni road is a mysterious natural attraction where nature has defied science. Experience the fascination of pouring water at the base of the steep hill and watch the water flow upwards towards the hill instead of downwards defying the laws of classical physics. The locals at the time were obliged to call this place, ‘The Magic Corner’
The Makongo valley which runs for over 40 km, on a good all weather road, is good sporting site that can be used for sport tourism. In addition, the road and the site are suitable for travelers to Mombasa who wish to avoid the chaotic Nairobi-Mombasa road. It is important to note that Makongo valley is located along the long winding Machakos-Makueni-Makindu road, a great attraction to adventure tourists who travel by motorbike who can enjoy the scenic green hilly environment and beautiful rock designs on the valley. Motorits can divert at Machakos junction to Machakos town and further via Wote town to reconnect with the Mombasa road again at Makindu. This way they not only enjoy the good road, but appreciate the beauty of this marvelous countryside.The valley’s panoramic viewpoints has been systematically divided with a visionary touristic focus