Welcome to ol Donyo Lodge

Imagine…275,000 acres of scenic and wild Africa, where the wildlife can be found free and roaming, without tourists in mini buses or a fixed schedule to adhere to.

Imagine…travelling without limitation across the archetypal savannah of East Africa in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle, or feeling the rhythm of Africa beneath your feet as you walk with expert trackers, or exploring on horseback, all with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.

Imagine…exploring this paradise, and then coming home to one of the most luxurious small lodges in East Africa where a hot bath, indoor or outdoor shower, or private swimming pool await – all with inspiring views across the expansive plains, plus delicious food, charming hosts and world-class service.

ol Donyo Lodge is located in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks in southeast Kenya. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation. 

ol Donyo Lodge’s founder, Richard Bonham, had often flown over this spectacular landscape but one day in the 1980s, he was moved to land his Cessna on the open plains and meet the local Maasai. That was only the first of many meetings, before the birth of a pioneering community and conservation tourism project. The concept was simple; Richard brings guests to this remote group ranch to participate in safaris, and the Maasai share the benefits. But nothing in Africa is that simple, really. And so began a life-long relationship with the Maasai, the wildlife and the game ranch.

ol Donyo Lodge is a 20-bed lodge, rebuilt and redesigned in 2008, and is perched on a hillside set in thick woodland, with no two suites or villas the same. What is consistent is the attention to detail, the comfortable yet utterly luxurious décor and the tradition of greatness. Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, ol Donyo Lodge is a place to call home for as long as possible.

There are a great variety of activities available to suit every guest’s interests. For the active there is bush walking or hill hiking, horseback riding for both advanced and novice riders, mountain biking and even fly camping. For families there is a dedicated children’s guide, who can entertain young safari guests all day with his bush survival course, painting, games and other activities. There is also a chance to enjoy cultural visits or visits to local conservation and community projects, as well as game drives during both day and night.

Finally, for those wishing to unwind and relax at the end of a busy day, Ol Donyo offers massages and other spa treatments in the comfort of each guest’s room.

 ol Donyo Lodge is a holistic experience not to be missed

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275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, Chyulu Hills - Amboseli/Tsavo region of southeastern Kenya.

20 guests sharing plus additional guide’s room.

Early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4x4 open game drives, guided bushwalks, bush dinners, night drives, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community out-reach programs, wildlife viewing in a open air hide, sleeping under African night sky on private star-beds and fly camping.
Optional day trips to Amboseli National Park, or Chyulu East National Park, a scenic flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro, in-room massage service, cultural visits to Maasai villages. These optional activities should be requested at the time of reservation and are at an additional cost.

An exclusive, eclectic safari experience rich in history and conservation. Set in a stunning location, with a wide variety of wildlife. Among the widest range of activities on offer at a safari camp in Kenya, if not East Africa. The lodge and area is superb for multi-generational families and groups as well as longer stays.
Fully inclusive of accommodation, wide range of activities, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks). Park fees & flights from Nairobi and other areas are additional.

For over 20 years ol Donyo Lodge was the Africa cognoscenti’s dream destination. Tucked away in the spectacular Chyulu Hills, above the heat and malaria of the coast, and far away from the tourist circuit, ol Donyo Lodge was a model for many of the ‘bush lodges’ that would follow.