Boutique Luxury

Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge is nestled in the untouched foothills of the rolling Chyulu Hills in the south-east of Kenya. This secluded and exclusive safari lodge has ten luxurious suites all enjoying majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and superb riding safaris.

Chyulu Hills, Southern Kenya, Kenya
Ol Donyo Lodge
  • Sleep out under the stars in one of the rooftop 'star-beds'

  • Hide yourself away in the open air log hide and watch as the wildlife comes to the waterhole to drink

  • Spend an afternoon playing 'hide and seek' with the resident bloodhound

  • Head out on horseback to fully appreciate the stunning scenery and wildlife all around you

Ol Donyo Lodge, situated between Tsavo and Amboseli, has exclusive access to a quarter of a million acres of one of the few remaining corners of wild Africa, the Mbirikani Group Ranch. This untouched wilderness where Maasai herdsmen live in total harmony with nature is awe-inspiring.

The main area is set high on the hillside, and opens out onto the plains below, with Mount Kilimanjaro ever present in the distance. The use of stone, thatch and wood make for very comfortable accommodation. Just below the main area, is a breathtaking infinity pool, complete with a private lounge and dining area. With views of the lodge’s famous waterhole, it is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon.

The four pool villas each have two bedrooms and are ideal for families or small groups of friends. They are designed to be versatile and function either as family villas or for two couples while still maintaining an element of privacy. One of the villas functions more as a bush home intended for families or groups of friends. This villa is purpose built and designed for a couple who want space and seclusion or for parents who require their children under the same roof, but with adequate space and privacy. There are two bedrooms and each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, "star bed", private pool and sundowner viewing deck.

The Mbirikani Group Ranch features an incredible diversity of habitats. Perhaps the most unique is the high-altitude mist forest, where leopard and rhino lurk, and an incredible amount of biodiversity is present. It is a microcosm, unlike any other area of the ranch. So in addition to tracking, a hike to this area, from the lodge, is very rewarding. The Chyulu Hills and its diverse ecosystem lend itself perfectly to horseback safaris and this is an experience that should not be missed. Ol Donyo Lodge has a team of 20 horses to suit all ages and abilities.

The exceptionally friendly staff are always happy to organise daily activities and provide high standards of cuisine and personal service.

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Top tip:

Go for long canters across the savannah and head up into the Chyulu Hills

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Chyulu Hills, Southern Kenya, Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations.

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute journey by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Ol Donyo Lodge airstrip take about 1-hour. On arrival at the airfield, the vehicle transfer to the lodge is approximately 30-minutes, allowing time for game viewing.

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