Days 2-5 | Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills National Park
Chyulu Hills National Park
The Chyulu Hills National Park was formed between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks to protect this unique habitat and because of its significance as a water catchment area. A magical land of open grass plains and tree covered rolling green with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The Park is surrounded by miles of Maasai land, dusty, dry and stalked by scarlet cloaked herders and dust plumed cattle.
Overnight: ol Donyo Lodge
ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks, bordering Chyulu Hills National Park. This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
ol Donyo Lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for a wide appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups. What makes it a standout is its notable variety of activities – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a place to feel Africa, and get out from behind the wheel. Add to this the lodge’s creature comforts of fine dining, massage, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days.
Each suite has a private plunge pool, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Constructed of local thatch and gunnite, the suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design.
The lodge’s main lounge, complete with grand stone fireplace, a small library, inviting open bar and expansive verandah are the place to rendezvous with new friends, and the local staff. The attached dining area as well as the nearby pool lounge/dining is where sumptuous meals are served, and good times abound. The main infinity pool, curio shop and office provide other diversions should exploring the area not be enough.
Ride Kenya: ol Donyo Lodge
Ride Kenya – Chyulus offers ol Donyo Lodge guests a truly unique experience; riding through and exploring 275,000 acres of private,
open plains and volcanic hills.
Guests with little or no prior horse riding experience, including children over 12 years, are able to enjoy gentle walking saddleback wildlife viewing experiences of up to 90 minutes out on the open plains. Riding guests that are intermediate and advanced will have the chance to ride at faster paces moving over more uneven terrain. The difference between an intermediate and advanced ride is simply pace and route and each ride is tailored to the group’s riding ability. All riders are required to have a short assessment in the arena prior to setting out. Morning rides go out from around 07h00 and can be up to 4 hours in length. Afternoon rides go out at 16h30 and are 90 minutes. Both sessions are subject to availability of guides and horses. Longer rides can be organised in advance.
ol Donyo Lodge has 5 South African Boerperds. They are typically 15hh in height and are known for their steady temperament, endurance and versatility. We also have quite a number of Warmbloods, mostly Thoroughbred crossed with a Shire. There is also a Somali pony, some local Kenyan Thoroughbreds, and a pure bred Percheron, the only French draught horse in Kenya!
A selection of riding hats and half chaps are available for guests at no additional charge. The bridles and majority of the saddles are English style, but we do have some South African Trail saddles for the larger horses by request.