ol Donyo Lodge


Overview

Nestled in between Kenya’s Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of Chyulu Hills and in the shadows of Mount Kilamanjaro, ol Donyo Lodge pays homage to Africa’s 4,000 Maasai who own the Mbirikani Group Ranch set on 275,000 acres on which the lodge rests honed from ancient lava rock that spewed out of Kilimanjaro 360,000 years ago. There are ancient lava tunnels for one to walk through. This lodge thoughtfully blends contemporary design with the rich Maasai culture. Immerse in the beauty of Kenya’s iconic “Out of Africa” vast landscapes where you are surrounded by diverse wildlife and head meditative state when you hear the calls of animals such as elephants rumbling nearby. Africa’s crown jewel, Mount Kilimanjaro presides over the plains, providing a majestic backdrop for the lodge. Guests are free to roam on a private guided safari via foot, bicycle, game drives or even horseback. Catch a glimpse of majestic elephants (even some super tuskers) roaming, perhaps during their seasonal migration or hear the poignant calls of leopards piercing the night’s serenity. Along with traditional game drives, ol Donyo Lodge is home to an impressive stable of 20 horses where guests can set out on a guided horseback safari. This is available for riders of novice to advanced levels, families (with children over the age of 12), and couples and individuals looking for some alone time in nature. Merging outdoor and indoor living, the seven distinctive suites and villas (no two are the same) dot the landscape. A two-bedroom family suite houses its own plunge pool and roof terrace, where a “star bed” can be set up, allowing for the thrill of sleeping under a canopy of endless stars. Dining is a surprise at ol Donyo Lodge where guests will enjoy savory meals set in a new place. A morning wakeup call begins as the sun rising gently along the volcanic mountain peak, calling guests to soak in the natural beauty of this sacred land.

Accommodations

Designed to merge your outdoor and indoor living, a series of unique suites and villas appears to emerge from the arid landscape with views out over the plains to a distant Kilimanjaro. Six pool suites plus 1 two-bedroom family unit offers a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic accommodation, merging the landscape into each suite. All of the rooms have their own plunge pool and enjoy roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up, allowing guests the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars while connecting with their sense of place and self. A maximum of 16 guests, sharing, can be accommodated, plus an additional guide’s room as required. Children from 5 years are welcome. Families with children between the ages of 5 & 15 will be accommodated in the Pool Suites.

Amenities

• Fully inclusive of all wildlife viewing and outdoor activities, meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
• Private plunge pools
• Star beds on roof terraces
• Indoor dining area and in-villa dining available
• Babysitting
• Photographic equipment available to guests

Activities

• Early-morning late-afternoon and night game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle
• Guided bush walks
• Bush breakfasts and dinners
• Night drives
• Hiking
• Horseback riding
• Mountain biking
• Tracking
• Conservation and community outreach programs
• Sleepouts on a private “star bed”
• In suite massages
• Wi-Fi

Great Plains Conservation

Great Plains Conservation is grounded by a mission to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce. Its exquisite collection of safari camps, a study in sustainability, was designed to make a difference in the preservation of some of Africa’s most diverse and threatened habitats. Five passionate conservationists came together with one philosophy rooted in the fundamental appreciation of the good life, good people, good staff and good decisions that make a lasting impact on Africa’s national treasures and for iconic wildlife. Conservationists include Dereck and Beverly Joubert who are renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in genuine interactions with travelers, wildlife, nature and the local communities which they are able to help through their foundations of Community Uplife, Save the Lions, Save the Rhinos, and Save the Elephants. Guests of the company’s low-impact, high-quality safari camps reap the rewards as they achieve peace of mind in knowing that they are giving back to the environment and local people that inhabit its lands. Throughout Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the Great Plains team has crafted life-changing safari journeys, which, while leaving no negative trace on the acres they cover, leave an indelible footprint in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to visit.

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Location

NEAREST AIRPORT:
Wilson Airport (WIL) to ol Donyo Lodge airfield coordinates are S 02˚30.126’ and E037˚45.211’

ol Donyo Lodge is located on the private 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks and next to Chvulu Hills National Park.

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