- A Relais & Chateaux property
- Those large and luxurious suites
- Private plunge pools
- Views over the surrounding plains and hills
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Horse riding for those who are interested
- Cuisine and bush picnics
- Star beds under the stars
- Far away from humanity
- Lodge type; Relais & Chateaux Safari Lodge
- Location; Chyulu Hills/ Mbirikani Ranch
- Lodge size; 7 Luxury Suites
- Recommended stay; 3-5 nights
ol Donyo Lodge, located in the heart of the 275 000 acre Mbirikani Ranch that bordering Chyulu Hills National Park, a wilderness area between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks.
Being a Relais & Chateaux property, one can expect nothing short of the best, whether it be cuisine, accommodation, service, safari experiences or guides. A stay at ol Donyo Lodge is up there with the very best in Africa and the world.
There are few lodges in Africa that can offer as many safari experiences as to what is on offer around ol Donyo, including; game drives, walking safari, horseback adventures through to mountain biking, to mention a few.
Wildlife encounters are among the best in Kenya; large herds of elephants, prides of lions, leopards, and numerous plains game sightings are common, birdlife is also rather good.
ol Donyo Lodge offers guests six luxurious pool suites and one two-bedroomed family suite (seven in total); all suites offer the ultimate in privacy and location with outstanding views from all.
All suites have thatched roofing, private verandahs, lounge area, large bedrooms and magnificent en-suite bathrooms; a worthy mention is that all suites offer a star-bed atop each suite, perfect for a romantic and adventurous night out under the stars.
The en-suite bathrooms offer up; flushing toilets, hot and cold water, indoor and outdoor showers, double basins and large stone bathtubs.
All suites offer up private plunge pools with views out over the waterhole, the surrounding savannah and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
The chef and their team in the kitchen offer sumptuous and healthy meals throughout the day and night. One will most certainly not feel short-changed here when it comes to cuisine, truly spectacular in our opinion; this is a Relais and Châteaux establishments after all.
Meals are served either indoors in the dining room and outdoors around the pool and on the verandah.
We do mention meals a fair bit, but in truth, fine dining is a better definition of what one can look forward to. A private cellar with a hand-picked wine selection is available for dinners and lunches.
The utterly amazing central guest area at ol Donyo Lodge, the social hub of the lodge. A thatched roof and those open-fronted views out over the Chyulu Hills and Mbirikani Group Ranch, a double lounge with a small library, an indoor dining room, a grand stone fireplace and those commanding views from the expansive verandah.
An infinity pool with sun loungers, manicured lawns and an outdoor dining area all offer up those incredible views.
A boutique curio shop with local arts and crafts is perfect for supporting local artists and Maasai communities.
Almost a never-ending list of activities are on offer, more than enough to keep most people occupied for weeks on end, never mind a short 3-night stay. One generally starts by deciding what mode of transport one would enjoy; on for, by vehicle, horseback or even mountain bike; once that decision has been made, then look at one's interests, wildlife, birdlife, culture, history and/or scenery.
There is no routine to which one must stick to, a few simple decisions, and off you go.
And let us not forget that completely unwinding and relaxing at the pool is also considered an activity; always remember to have that camera close by as you never know what you will see.
Safari activity list includes;
- Game drives (day & night) stocked with snacks and drinks
- Mountain biking
- Bushwalks and hikes
- Log-pile and sunken hide at the waterhole
- Day trips to Amboseli Park (extra cost)
- Visits to Maasai villages (extra cost)
- Conservation efforts of the Big Life Foundation
- Horseback riding
ol Donyo welcomes families with children between the ages of 5 to 15 years of age (children 16 years and older are regarded as adults) with suitable accommodation, meals and safari activities. A kids program is available in which the little ones can explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to wildlife tracking.
The camp is unfenced, and children must be supervised at all times by their parents.
From US$ 960.00 pp
Per person per night sharing
Rates are in US Dollar
*Rates may vary according to season
Rates form part of a Kenya Safari itinerary
- Scheduled activities (including horseback riding)
- All meals
- Big Life conservation fees
- Daily laundry
- Return Chyulu airstrip road transfers
- non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne
- International and local flights
- Medical and travel insurance
- Camp spa treatments
- Maasai cultural visits
- Day trips to Amboseli National Park
- Items of a personal nature
- Exclusive Use of Game-Drive Vehicle