PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Go on safari in a variety of ways—by vehicle, on foot, riding horseback, or after dark.
  • Bike alongside giraffes and other wildlife, pedaling across the savanna to Seduction Rock for sundowner cocktails with views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Watch large-tusked elephants drink from the lodge watering hole, getting up-close views from the nearby “log-pile hide” viewing perch.
  • Descend into the volcanic caverns of the Chyulu Hills to explore the world’s second longest underground lava tube.
  • Fall asleep under the twinkling night sky in the comfort of your rooftop terrace star bed.
  • 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.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:


Game Drives

Set out in an open-air vehicle with expert field guides for morning and afternoon safaris. Take in up close views of the area’s fascinating wildlife, including large-tusked elephants, giraffes, and leopards. Each vehicle carries a pair of binoculars and is fully stocked with snacks and drinks.



Nighttime Game Drives

After the sun goes down, venture out under a starry sky to discover nocturnal animals roaming the savanna.



Bush Walks

Explore the plains on foot with a guide, taking the unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of the bush.



Horseback Safari

Blend in with the area wildlife on a guided horseback safari, riding alongside giraffes and other animals. All equestrian levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced riders.


Birding

Join a bird expert on a walk around the property and try to spot some of the resident and migratory bird species that flock to the shaded riverine forest.



Wildlife Viewing

Take a seat on the lodge’s log-pile hide, located in a shady spot alongside the watering hole. As many as eight different mammal species come here to drink, including large-tusked elephants.



Hiking and Tracking

Explore the diverse landscapes surrounding the lodge on foot. Trek through underground lava tubes, climb the kopje rock formations, and more. Take an expert tracker with you to learn about animal activity in the area.



Mountain Biking

Ride across the vast savanna on a guided bike tour to Seduction Rock. Once there, enjoy sundowners and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills.



Fly Camping

Sleep amid the beauty of the Chyulu Hills on an overnight camping trip. Journey to the camp on foot or horseback, and then spend the evening immersed in nature, relaxing in front of a roaring fire.



Private Game Drive

Embark on a private guided safari, enjoying full access to guides and a wide-angle camera.



Cultural Visits

Visit a nearby Maasai village to meet with locals and learn about their culture and way of life.



Amboseli National Park

Take a full-day trip to this wildlife-rich nature reserve situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds and is also home to buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, leopards, and more. The excursion includes a picnic lunch.



Aerial Tour

Start your day with an exhilarating flight in a single-engine aircraft over Mount Kilimanjaro, taking in spectacular aerial views of the world’s largest freestanding mountain. Upon landing, savor a champagne breakfast on the plains.

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Ol Donyo Lodge Kenya

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. 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 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. 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 ten thatch-roof lodgings are nestled in the trees on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills and look out on a sweeping view of the acacia-dotted savanna that stretches all the way to Mount Kilimanjaro. Private, spacious verandas seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living areas, and each suite is individually decorated, drawing design inspiration from traditional Maasai architecture and appointed with handicrafts from across Africa. Most of the suites have private plunge pools, and each is crowned with a rooftop terrace with a cozy outdoor “star bed.”

Ol Donyo Lodge Pool Suites
Ol Donyo Lodge Pool Suite

Pool Suites

Eight suites feature outdoor plunge pools on their private terraces. Each of these accommodations has a lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, a deep stone bath, luxury bath amenities, hair dryer, a safe, mosquito netting for beds, a coffee and tea tray, and a rooftop star bed. Rooms can be configured with twin or double beds.

No two of the lodge’s ten bedrooms is exactly the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole as well as star beds atop each of the suites for sleeping under the stars. The décor is luxurious and opulent, while still retaining the atmosphere and sense of place that is an essential ingredient of an outstanding bush lodge. Art from around Africa coupled with the photography of Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher and of course Beverly Joubert, create a commanding space under the high thatch roofs. The design is contemporary and yet traditional.

Ol Donyo Lodge Sambu Bedroom Villa
Ol Donyo Lodge Sambu Bedroom Villa

Sambu Family Suite

This large suite features two bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom. The suite has a veranda with a private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers, deep stone bath, hair dryer, luxury bath amenities, safe, mosquito netting for beds, coffee and tea tray, and a rooftop star bed. Rooms can be configured with twin or double beds.

One of the villas, Sambu, 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. It has two bedrooms under one roof and one swimming pool. Each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, “star bed” and sundowner viewing deck.

The lodge serves three meals per day, and guests are encouraged to dine at the time and place of their choosing. Join fellow travelers on a candlelit patio overlooking the plains, savor gourmet specialties in the privacy of your suite, or have a table set up in the bush for an unforgettable meal. Guests who find themselves at the lodge before dinnertime are encouraged to gather around the campfire for sundowner cocktails, participating in the African tradition of sharing stories after a full day of adventures.

Ol Donyo Lodge Bush Breakfast

Bush Breakfast

During game drives, there can be surprise sundowners or afternoon tea in the middle of the bush.

Ol Donyo Lodge Private dinner

Private Dinner

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.

Ol Donyo Lodge Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Lodge dining room or outdoor brunch area, accompanied by a glass of fine wine chosen from the lodge’s extensive wine list.

There is a cosy library tent with books on the region and where staff will serve guests drinks. It’s an excellent place to relax or socialise with other guests. Laundry is included and typically returned within 24 hours. Laundry detergent powder is provided in the tents so guests can wash their own clothes if they prefer. While there’s no currency exchange at the camp, they do accept cash payments in US dollars, euros, pounds sterling and Kenyan shillings. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Wi-Fi is strongest in the tents and is known to be consistent.

Ol Donyo Lodge Pool

Pool

Large infinity pool at the main lodge and private plunge pools at each bungalow.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Nearest Airport
Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Nairobi
Local Currency
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time Change
GMT +3
Language
Swahili, English
Best time to go
July through February

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