OverviewOl Donyo Lodge, set on the hills of Kenya, pays homage to Africa’s 4,000 Maasai who own the group ranch on which the lodge rests. The camp is dedicated to preserving the nature and, wildlife gracing its neighboring national parks. Africa’s crown jewel, Mount Kilimanjaro presides over the plains, providing a majestic backdrop for the resort. Guests are free to safari via foot, bicycle, game drives, or even horseback. They are likely to glimpse giant elephant bulls, perhaps during their seasonal migration, and hear the haunting calls of leopards piercing the night’s serenity. Merging outdoor and indoor living, the seven distinctive suites and villas (no two are the same) dot the arid 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. A wakeup call in the morning comes from the sun rising gently along the volcanic mountain peak, calling guests to soak in the natural beauty of this sacred land.
AccommodationsDesigned 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
• 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
• Horseback riding
• Mountain biking
• Conservation and community outreach programs
• Sleepouts on a private “star bed”
• In suite massages
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.Visit Website
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.