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Welcome to ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge is filled with art, but I wanted to create a meaningful dialogue with elephants in this  elephant-inspired Kenya safari camp. 

Sitting at ol Donyo Lodge and listening to nature’s soundtrack feels almost like meditation. I thought we should use this instead of the generic spa music during our Great Plains lifestyle massages. Just at that moment, an elephant touched my leg with his trunk!

– Dereck Joubert

Welcome to ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge is filled with art, but I wanted to create a meaningful dialogue with elephants in this  elephant-inspired Kenya safari camp. 

Sitting at ol Donyo Lodge and listening to nature’s soundtrack feels almost like meditation. I thought we should use this instead of the generic spa music during our Great Plains lifestyle massages. Just at that moment, an elephant touched my leg with his trunk! 

– Dereck Joubert

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The Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge lies between Kenya’s Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks. The safari lodge, honed from the ancient lava rock spewed out of Kilimanjaro, creates a timelessness that touches everyone who visits us.

This Great Plains Conservation Réserve-Collection camp is located on 111,000 hectares of private land in the heart of the Chyulu Hills on the Mbirikani Ranch, which is owned by 4,000 Maasai.

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ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with the rich culture of the Maasai, creating the perfect setting for a Kenya safari. Perched on a hillside, guests can enjoy expansive views of East Africa’s classic savannahs below.

ol Donyo Lodge is home to 8 deluxe suites and 1 x 2-bedroomed family Sambu Suite.  Each Suite offers guests private verandas and swimming pools to enjoy.

Spa treatments are available for guests in their suites.

A brand-new  fire deck under the stars off the main area is available for you to enjoy.

There are two hides at the waterhole in front of the main area. One is a new sunken hide completed with a coffee machine and fridge. The sunken and open-air hides allow guests to remain there all day, viewing the animals that come to quench their thirst at the waterhole. Additionally, the sunken hide can accommodate those who want to spend the night alongside the waterhole.

ol Donyo Lodge is also a proud Relais & Châteaux member.

Fellow Kenyan Réserve-Collection luxury safari camps are Mara Nyika Camp and The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, Mara Plains Camp and The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, and Mara Toto Tree Camp.

Our Réserve-Collection luxury safari camps in Zimbabwe include Tembo Plains Camp and The Zanji Suite at Tembo Plains.

Our Réserve-Collection luxury safari camps in Botswana include Zarafa Camp and The Dhow Suite at Zarafa, Selinda Camp and the Selinda Suite, Sitatunga Private Island and the Sitatunga Private Island Suite, and Duba Plains Camp and the Duba Plains Suite.

The Great Plains Réserve-Collection Kenya safari camps are the country’s only Relais & Châteaux members.

Safari Suite

Each suite at ol Donyo Lodge offers its own window to the soul of the East African safari. Their views look out over the suite’s private plunge pool and across the rolling plains toward Mount Kilimanjaro.

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We believe a Kenya safari today must be a full and rich experience with no apologies for excellent service.

Each suite offers guests private outdoor and covered verandas leading to your private swimming pools, indoor lounge areas and en-suite bathrooms with indoor baths and indoor and outdoor showers. On your suite’s rooftop, stunning star beds are available, where you can sleep under the canopy of the night sky, safely listening to the hyenas and lions who are active during the night and to birdlife as the sun rises.

Life-changing wildlife viewing and well-designed accommodation is imperative.

Many guests feel that ol Donyo Lodge is the best “first or final stop” on their Kenya safari. We have often had to pry children off the necks of our guides because they fall in love with them, with the activities in our Young Explorers programs, and because it feels like home.

High-quality binoculars are available for you to use while with us at ol Donyo Lodge.

Rates

$1 210 to $2 178 per person sharing per night

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$1 960 per person sharing 
15 June – 31 October 2024 & 20 December 2024 – 10 January 2025 

$1 210 per person sharing per night 
01 November – 19 December 2024

$1 500 per person sharing 
11 January – 31 March 2025

$1 344 per person sharing 
01 April – 14 June 2025 & 01 November – 19 December 2025

$2 178 per person sharing 
15 June – 31 October 2025 & 20 December 2025 – 10 January 2026

The above rates are in US$ and based on a per person per night sharing basis in a Deluxe Pool Suite. Single guest, child rates, 2-bedroom family suite rates, private safari drive and guide rates are available on request.
The rates above are fully inclusive of accommodation, scheduled activities (including horseback riding), meals, Star bed experience, Big Life conservation  fees, daily laundry service, return Chyulu airstrip road transfers, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne.
The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Nairobi Wilson or properties in the greater Chyulu Hills/Amboseli region to this camp are automatically included in the nightly rate – subject to a minimum 2-night stay. Where air transfers are from properties located outside of these routings, the standard applicable flying costs will apply.

Safari Experiences

ol Donyo Lodge offers guests the widest range of wildlife viewing activities in the entire Great Plains portfolio of safari camps!

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Immerse yourself in the unparalleled range of wildlife viewing experiences while on your Kenya safari at ol Donyo Lodge.

Guests can enjoy thrilling open-vehicle safari drives and explore the region. For a more intimate experience, embark on a night safari to see nocturnal animals under the starlit African sky.

For intermediate and advanced riders, enjoy scenic horseback safaris, each offering unique perspectives on the diverse wildlife of the Chyulu Hills ecosystem. Witness majestic elephants, elusive big cats, and a myriad of bird species in their natural habitat.

Join our expert guides on walking safaris to learn about the unique flora and fauna up close, or learn more about the Great Plains Foundation’s conservation initiatives, which contribute to preserving this remarkable environment.

ol Donyo Lodge embraces its community heritage, and our guides can take you to a nearby village, allowing you to embrace the local culture.

Take to the skies with our Bell 505 helicopter safaris for aerial views of iconic landscapes and African wildlife. Soar above Kenya’s stunning landscapes, from the majestic Chyulu Hills to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Witness incredible wildlife and untouched wilderness from a unique aerial perspective. This unforgettable journey promises thrilling views perfect for photography and creating lasting memories. Guests are encouraged to pre-book their scenic helicopter flight at ol Donyo Lodge to elevate their safari experience to new heights.

Whether capturing stunning photos from our underground or open hide or enjoying the panoramic views from our elevated lodge, every moment at ol Donyo Lodge is designed to bring you closer to nature.

All this and more ensures your authentic Kenya safari experiences at ol Donyo Lodge will never be forgotten.

Have lunch with some of the last-remaining super tusker elephants at our sunken hide

Sleep under the stars on your private star-bed

Horse-ride, bike or helicopter across the Chyulu Hills

Lasting Impact

Conservation Education: Knowledge Sharing with the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

The youth living alongside conserved land engaging in conservation initiatives is critical. Our conservation education programs engage youngsters with the natural world at a pivotal time in their lives. Through thoughtful engagement, environmental education, fun and mentorship, youth in communities surrounding our protected wildlife areas can learn to appreciate their ecosystems’ uniqueness and become conservation champions. Great Plains Student Conservation Camps are one of our longest-running community programs. Since the program began more than ten years ago, hundreds of children in Kenya andBotswana have benefitted.

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