ol Donyo Lodge


ol Donyo Lodge is located in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks in southeast Kenya. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation.


The breadth and depth of ol Donyo Lodge's living and dining area is absolutely awe-inspiring. Upon entering, one is immediately struck by spaciousness and yet the intimacy. The entire main area is set high on the hillside, and opens completely to the plains below, with Mount Kilimanjaro ever present in the distance. The use of stone, thatch and wood make for a very tactile experience, which fills the senses. The low-impact gunnite construction (a combination of wire, hessian cloth and minimal cement) creates a contemporary style. The space flows, there are no straight lines and unique architectural details give character to every area. The magnificent iron-ore chandeliers coupled with grand fireplace provide a warm glow, accented by the rich earth tones. Arched doorways, indoor gardens, bronze sculptures, Zanzibari wood doors, Victorian furniture and romantic prose grace the space. It is captivating.


Just below the main area, but also on the hillside is a breathtaking infinity pool, complete with a private lounge and dining area. With views of the lodge’s famous waterhole and luxurious voile curtains and cushions, it's the perfect place to while away the afternoon.


Rooms at ol Donyo Lodge


ol Donyo Lodge consists of ten expansive guest suites in six stand-alone villas. No two spaces are of the same design but all have a dramatic view of the archetypal African savannah and its flat top acacia trees with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. All suites have a lounge, veranda, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”. The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the veranda via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below. All but two of the suites have their own private pools. Al fresco lunches on the veranda and or candlelit dinners in the main dining room are wonderful, but the camp also hosts breakfasts in the plains and dinners under the African sky; or surprise sundowners and classic English tea in the romantic setting of the bush. Finally, it's a night cap around the cozy outdoor fireplace to round out another perfect day in Africa.


Activities at ol Donyo Lodge


There are a great variety of activities available to suit every guest’s interests. For the adventurer there is bush walking or hill hiking, horseback riding for both advanced and novice riders, mountain biking and even fly camping. For families there is a dedicated children’s guide, who can entertain young safari guests all day with his bush survival course, painting, games and other activities. There is also a chance to enjoy cultural visits or visits to local conservation and community projects, as well as game drives during both day and night.


Finally, for those wishing to unwind and relax at the end of a busy day, Ol Donyo offers massages and other spa treatments in the comfort of each guest’s room.


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