The lodge sits in between Amboseli and Tsavo East National Parks, bordering the foothills of the Chyulu Hills. It is situated on a private group ranch of untouched landscape, owned by roughly 4,000 local Masai people. The conservancy fee that every guest pays, goes directly to the community to maintain the conservation and wildlife that live here. As a result of this strong relationship with the Masai people, cultural visits to see their authentic and rich culture is a popular thing to do.
The lodge is spread in the woodland and thicket, offering views across the vast Kenyan plains and a distant outline of Mt Kilimanjaro. The main area of the lodge comprises the lounge and dining areas, both displaying an open-plan layout, designed to merge your outdoor and indoor living. The lodge has a lovely swimming pool for guests to use and relax by in the heat of the day.
The ten private cottages are each uniquely built and designed. They all have a roof terrace, which can be set up with cosy beds for guests to enjoy a night under the African night sky. Staff at Ol Donyo will go out of their way to make sure guests are comfortable and if that the thrill of the optional ‘starbed’ meets every expectation!
Benefiting from its position on private land, Ol Donyo offers one of the biggest range of game viewing activities in this area. The surround game-filled plains home some of Africa’s last giant elephant bulls, large lion prides and wandering big cats. These can be seen on morning, day and night drives, guided bushwalks, horse riding for guests of all experience, hiking, mountain biking, conservation and community out-reach programmes, tracking and fly camping. Additionally, guests can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Kenyan plains by sleeping in an open air hide or private ‘star beds’ on their villa rooftop.
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