Ol Donyo

Location: Chyulu Hills, Southern Kenya
No of rooms: 8 x private suites, plus 1 x 2 bedroom family suite
Style: Grand and luxurious lodge, with a magical view of Kilimanjaro
Highlights: Horse riding (excellent for experienced riders), ultimate in luxury accommodation
Dining: Eat together or separately, bush meals
What’s the difference: Horses, walks, day and night game drives, a huge amount of game and views of Mount Kilimanjaro – this place was our first ever experience of Kenya and it is truly mind blowing. Don’t miss sleeping out under the stars on your very own starbed.
The Luxury Safari Company Award for: Best starbeds (they come with every room)

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Ol Donyo Lodge is one of Kenya’s most high end lodges, based in the untouched private area of Mbirikani Masai Group Ranch, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. You will have 275,000 acres of Kenya to yourself. The lodge is small and intimate, and the recent renovation means that the rooms are exceptionally beautiful, comfortable and private. The view from your room, overlooking Kilimanjaro and the wide open grasslands cannot fail to amaze.

The 20-bed lodge (inclusive of the four bed private bush home) is perched on a hillside with dramatics views and has a proud history of conservation and community development. If you wish, you can become involved with community and wildlife conservation, and really delve into the true workings of high end tourism, and how it can benefit the community – Ol Donyo Lodge is the perfect example of this.

Each villa is designed for extra privacy for families, groups of friends, or couples – some have private plunge pools, and every single one allows adventurous clients to sleep under the stars on the roof of your luxury home. Activities here are suited to whatever you like to do, but included are day and night drives, walks with armed guides, half day horseback safaris from the lodge (excellent for experienced riders, but also available to novices), mountain biking across the plains, close-up, safe, elephant experiences in the lodges open-air “log-jam” hide; fly camping; romantic roof top “star-beds”; bush breakfasts; dinner under the stars, authentic Maasai cultural visits; tracking with the Bloodhounds, and still more. The cultural and conservation aspect here is also not be missed.

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