ol Donyo Lodge

Where the Chyulu Hills stretch out and touch the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli lays a private wilderness for which time has no meaning…

 
 
 
 
 
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WELCOME TO OL DONYO LODGE

Wedged between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, this is a place of timeless wild beauty presided over by Africa’s greatest icon – Mount Kilimanjaro.

When Great Plains Conservation’s co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert met with Richard and Tara Bonham to discuss a partnership proposal for ol Donyo Lodge, talk revolved around the conservation of this incredible landscape; an area rich in wildlife, where some of Africa’s last big tusker elephant bulls roam freely and lion are being pulled back from the brink of annihilation.

Set on the Mbirikani Group Ranch – 275,000 acres of private wild Africa bordering Chyulu Hills National Park and owned by 4,000 Maasai – ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with the rich culture of the Maasai. An annual lease fee and a per person conservancy fee go directly to this community on the understanding that they will ensure the conservation of the area and its wild inhabitants.

The lodge itself sits in thick woodland in the foothills of the Chyulus with views over the plains to Mount Kilimanjaro. Designed to merge outdoor and indoor living, the unique suites and villas (no two are the same) rise from the landscape on either side of a palatial lounge and dining area.  All six suites plus 1 two-bedroom family unit have their own plunge pool and enjoy roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up, allowing guests the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars.

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the Mbirikani Group Ranch School Initiatives or the Mbirikani Community Game Scouts and Chyulu Black Rhino initiatives, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and their families,  scouts and wildlife.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.

Quick Facts

Accommodation

Fully inclusive of a wide range of wildlife viewing and outdoor activities, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks). Park fees and flights from Nairobi and other areas are at an additional cost.

Number of Guests

A maximum of 16 guests, sharing, can be accommodated, plus an additional guide’s room as required.

Children from 5 years are welcome. Families with children between the ages of 5 & 15 will be accommodated in the Pool Suites.

Activities

Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in a 4×4 open vehicle, guided bushwalks, bush breakfast and dinners, night drives, hiking, horse riding (for all guests, novice to professional), mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community out-reach programmes, wildlife viewing in a open air hide and sleep outs on private “star beds”. Fly camping is available to guests who are staying a while longer. In-room massages can be arranged for a nominal extra.

Location

On the private 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch in south-eastern Kenya, between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks and next to Chyulu Hills National Park.

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