ol Donyo Lodge
Blending of superb wildlife, contemporary design and rich Maasai culture
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.
ol Donyo Lodge is a 20-bed lodge, rebuilt and redesigned in 2008, and is perched on a hillside set in thick woodland, with no two suites or villas the same. All suites have a lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”. The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the verandah via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below. 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. The breadth and depth of ol Donyo Lodge's living and dining area is absolutely awe-inspiring. Upon entering, one is immediately struck by the 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.
There are a great variety of activities available to suit every guest’s needs; for the active there is bush walking or hill hiking, horseback riding for both advanced and novice riders, mountain biking and even 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.
Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, ol Donyo Lodge is a place to call home for as long as possible.
Why we like it
- Wide range of activities
- Rooftop star beds
- Views of Mt Kilimanjaro
- Intimate lodge