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Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

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Set among the Chyulu Hills that slope down to open plains with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance, Ol Donyo Lodge is one of East Africa’s premiere destinations.

Six unique cottages and a villa make up the luxury accommodations at Ol Donyo. The six pool suites include a comfortable private sitting room decorated with African art. Each bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom with twin vanities, both an indoor and outdoor shower, a bath, and a toilet. Plus, each room enjoys a private veranda with a plunge pool as well as stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the busy waterhole nearby. Most rooms also include “star beds” on the roof, perfect for enjoying sundowners or sleeping under a blanket of stars. For families or groups of friends, the Sambu Villa is more like a private bush home with two bedrooms with their own en suite bathroom, a veranda, star bed, and a private swimming pool.

Ol Donyo Lodge is located in the heart of the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch. In the native Maasai tongue it means “the spotted hills.” The Chyulu Range runs between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and is on the path of the seasonal wildebeest migration route, providing a front row seat to one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Every year over a million wildebeest and several thousand zebras and Thomsons gazelles pass through the area in search of new pastures.

Guests have the greatest opportunity to see Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino—while on one of the early morning or late afternoon game drives. Cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest as well as many smaller species make their home in the area. Guided bushwalks take a closer look at the flora and fauna. There are also mountain bike and horseback safaris available. Visits to the open-air hide known as the “log-jam” as well as scenic flights over the African plains often result in incredible wildlife viewing. In addition, cultural visits to the local Maasai villages, clay pigeon shooting, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, and visits to the Maasailand Preservation Trust projects provide something enjoyable for guests of all ages.

Recently renovated, Ol Donyo’s rich history lends a magical aura to the main lodge, which includes spacious sitting and dining rooms with fireplaces. The refreshing horizon swimming pool overlooks the nearby waterhole, making it the coolest place to relax and watch the wildlife. The group ranch is owned by 4,000 Maasai and is leased from them by Great Plains Conservation.

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Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

PLAN MY TRIP

Set among the Chyulu Hills that slope down to open plains with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance, Ol Donyo Lodge is one of East Africa’s premiere destinations.

Six unique cottages and a villa make up the luxury accommodations at Ol Donyo. The six pool suites include a comfortable private sitting room decorated with African art. Each bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom with twin vanities, both an indoor and outdoor shower, a bath, and a toilet. Plus, each room enjoys a private veranda with a plunge pool as well as stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the busy waterhole nearby. Most rooms also include “star beds” on the roof, perfect for enjoying sundowners or sleeping under a blanket of stars. For families or groups of friends, the Sambu Villa is more like a private bush home with two bedrooms with their own en suite bathroom, a veranda, star bed, and a private swimming pool.

Ol Donyo Lodge is located in the heart of the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch. In the native Maasai tongue it means “the spotted hills.” The Chyulu Range runs between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and is on the path of the seasonal wildebeest migration route, providing a front row seat to one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Every year over a million wildebeest and several thousand zebras and Thomsons gazelles pass through the area in search of new pastures.

Guests have the greatest opportunity to see Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino—while on one of the early morning or late afternoon game drives. Cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest as well as many smaller species make their home in the area. Guided bushwalks take a closer look at the flora and fauna. There are also mountain bike and horseback safaris available. Visits to the open-air hide known as the “log-jam” as well as scenic flights over the African plains often result in incredible wildlife viewing. In addition, cultural visits to the local Maasai villages, clay pigeon shooting, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, and visits to the Maasailand Preservation Trust projects provide something enjoyable for guests of all ages.

Recently renovated, Ol Donyo’s rich history lends a magical aura to the main lodge, which includes spacious sitting and dining rooms with fireplaces. The refreshing horizon swimming pool overlooks the nearby waterhole, making it the coolest place to relax and watch the wildlife. The group ranch is owned by 4,000 Maasai and is leased from them by Great Plains Conservation.