Ol Donyo Lodge
Chyulu Hills, Kenya
At a Glance
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
Daily game drives from the lodge with surprise sundowners and afternoon tea in the bush
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Ol Donyo Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya
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 organize daily activities and provide high standards of cuisine and personal service.
Ol Donyo Lodge has 10 guest suites in six stand-alone villas. No two spaces are of the same design but all have a dramatic view of the African savannah with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The suites are designed in a traditional African style with contemporary elements to ensure comfort and practicality. All of the suites have a lounge area, a private verandah, indoor and outdoor showers a large bath, and a “star-bed”. All of the suites have their own private pools. There is also wifi available in each guest suite.
There are 10 suites all with a lounge, verandah and en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, double basin and flush toilet. Each suite also offers a star-bed for outdoor sleeping where required.
Ol Donyo Lodge welcomes children but is not suited to very young children and for this reason children must be supervised at all times. The minimum age is 5 years. Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can be organized upon request.
Guests can dine out on the verandah with spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and the savannah. When the weather is not suited to al fresco dining, there is an indoor dining area or guests can have a private chef for in villa catering (booking in advance is essential). During game drives, there can be surprise sundowners or afternoon tea in the middle of the bush. In room massages can be arranged and the rooftop "star-beds" allows for a unique sleep out experience whilst not leaving the luxury of your private suite. Ol Donyo also offers a same day laundry service (weather permitting).
There are daily 4x4 game drives from Ol Donyo Lodge and excursions to the nearby Amboseli National Park can be organized in advance. Riding safaris can also be organized and there are horses to suit riders of all abilities. Guests can choose to go on an afternoon ride or longer all day or overnight horseback excursions. A unique safari activity that is organized by Ol Donyo Lodge is tracking with the resident Bloodhound in a game of ‘hide and seek’. There is also an open air hide only minutes from the lodge and situated right next to the water hole where you can sit and wait for an up-close experience with the wildlife that come to the waterhole to drink.
Location & Directions
Chyulu Hills, 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.
When to go
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.