Set on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, in the 275,000 acres of the Mbirikani Group Ranch, ol Donyo Lodge is an excellent property for game viewing and getting back to nature. It is a place of timeless wild beauty presided over by the magnificent summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Founded by Richard and Tara Bonham, in partnership with renowned filmmakers and conservationists, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the lodge is a flagship for conservation in the area, with tourism to ol Donyo directly benefiting the local communities. It is here that some of Africa's last giant elephant bulls roam freely, the haunting calls of leopards interrupt the night and, thanks to conservation efforts, lion are being pulled back from the brink of extinction.
Ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with rich Maasai culture. Each villa and suite is individually styled and decorated, with its own plunge pool and views across the rolling plains to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. For added magic, each suite also boasts its own roof terrace where private "star beds" allow you to experience the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars. The lodge also offers a notable variety of activities, including horse riding, bush walks, mountain biking and visits to nearby villages, whilst children will be very well looked after through the Young Explorers program.
A 1 hour flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to the lodge airfield followed by around a 30 minute transfer to the property.
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in a 4x4 open vehicle, guided bushwalks, bush breakfast and dinners, night drives, hiking, horse riding (for all guests, novice to professional), mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community out-reach programmes, wildlife viewing in a open air hide and sleep outs on private "star beds". Fly camping is available to guests who are staying a while longer. In-room massages can be arranged for a nominal extra.
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Sean was an exceptional host! I loved being seated with the entire group at dinner!
I would give Ol Donyo more than 5/5 if I could! It was superb! We had our own driver/guide the whole time so we could plan what we wanted to do without being confined to set drive times. The rooms at the lodge are superb - huge living room, bedroom and bathroom with exquisite furnishings, our own outdoor plunge pool with views of the watering hole, and a star bed…
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