Ol Donyo Lodge

Set in the beautiful Chyulu Hills between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks, the Relais & Chateaux Ol Donyo Lodge offers sweeping views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day. There are just 7 stone chalets in total including a two-bedroom family unit, nestled on a hillside. All feature their own private pools and roof terraces where “star beds” can be set up so guests can enjoy the experience of sleeping beneath a million stars.

The arid 275,000-acre Maasai-owned ranch upon which Ol Donyo Lodge is sited may not have the Masai Mara’s dense wildlife, but it is a hauntingly lovely place where some of Africa’s last remaining giant tuskers still roam. Here, leopard calls are often heard at night and lion are slowly being pulled back from the brink of extinction.

Wildlife viewing can be done at Ol Donyo Lodge in classic open 4WD vehicles, on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Fly camping is also possible for guests staying a little longer. Back at the lodge, delicious meals are served in the palatial dining area and massages are possible in the privacy of your room. There is also a shared lounge, where guests can relax or mingle.


How to get to Ol Donyo Lodge

Most guests fly into the Ol Donyo Lodge private airstrip by private or scheduled air transfer from Nairobi Wilson Airport or from airstrips in the Masai Mara. Flying time depends on the aircraft and prevailing weather conditions. The road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge is approximately 30 minutes.

Activities at Ol Donyo Lodge

  • Game drives in Amboseli National Park and on the private Mbirikani Group Ranch
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Night safaris
  • Bush dining and sundowners
  • Horseback riding and mountain biking

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Ol Donyo Lodge Highlights

  • A secluded Relais & Chateaux lodge in the Chyulu Hills
  • Home of Africa’s last remaining large tuskers
  • Set on a hauntingly beautiful Maasai-owned private ranch
  • Rooftop ‘star beds’ in every chalet
  • Enjoy activities such as bush walking and night game drives not possible in national park

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West regions. Please contact us to tailor design a selection of accommodation options to suit the style of your trip, and your budget.

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Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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