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Ol Donyo Lodge

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Ol Donyo Lodge

Mbirikani Group Ranch-Chyullu Hills Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 110,000 hectares of wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and bordering Chyulu Hills National Park.This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Great Plains Conservation of Africa-Ol Donyo Lodge

No other lodge in Africa offers such a wide range of experiences, in such a private setting. As one of Kenya’s only three Relais & Châteaux properties (other being sister properties Mara Plains Camp and Mara Nyika Camp), the lodge is perched on a hillside with views of East Africa’s classic savannas below

Eight deluxe pool suites plus one two-bedroom family suite offer a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic accommodation, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for broad appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups. What makes it a standout is its considerable variety of activities – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a perfect place to feel Africa

Add to this the lodge’s creature comforts of fine dining, in-room spa treatments, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days. Wildlife is here. This semi-arid region offers a diverse safari and wildlife viewing experience to that found in the Maasai Mara area.


No two of the lodge’s suites is precisely the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mount Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole as well as star beds atop each of the suites for sleeping under the night sky. All the suites have private plunge pools, and two are connected, creating a ‘villa’ concept, perfect for families or couples travelling together.

The thatch-roofed suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design. Flashes of bright colour interspersed with earthy tones, wildlife photography and local crafts punctuate the open-air layout.

Most of the lodge staff is from the local Maasai community and keen to share their fascinating culture with guests – it is a treasured chance to learn. Furthermore, the Mbirikani Group Ranch and ol Donyo Lodge are among the first examples of a community tourism partnership. The land is leased from the Maasai by the lodge, providing them with benefits from tourism and an incentive for conservation. Along with its local conservation partner Big Life Foundation, the lodge continues to push the boundaries in innovative community conservation schemes. Every guest of ol Donyo Lodge contributes to these vital initiatives.


Ol Donyo Lodge pairs perfectly with its sister properties in the Maasai Mara such as our Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp, Mara Toto Camp or Mara Nyika Camp. Together this combination gives guests the most well-rounded and complementary Kenyan safari itinerary

Accommodation

Ol Donyo lodge is designed so that each room has its own window ‘to the soul of East Africa: looking out over the plunge pool, over the rolling plains and to Mount Kilimanjaro. All six suites plus 1 two-bedroom family unit have stunning star beds, where you can sleep out under the canopy of stars and listen to the hyenas and lions moving around. This is a camp that most embraces community and our guides will take you to their village, authentic experiences that change your life. We walk, cycle, horse ride, and drive around the conservancy, and then, return to Relais and Chateaux quality meals served by Patrick (Executive Chef) and his team. Relais and Chateaux stands for that excellence in fine dining and wine, (in this case from our hand-picked wine selection and our own cellar) and excellence in service..

Bedroom Features
  • 8 Deluxe pool suites, each with rooftop star bed;
  • The Sambu Suite is a two-bedroom pool suite of two identical suites (each with private en-suite), with a star-bed and common pool and lounge;- Tea/Coffee station;
  • All suites have views to a waterhole, savannah and Mount Kilimanjaro;
  • Suites are constructed of gunnite/cement & thatch;
  • Netting over beds (both inside & roof-top beds);
  • Standing fans and some suites (Sirra 5, Nyati 7 and the Sambu Family Suite) have fireplaces;
  • Asali 1 and Impia 4 are the two suites most suitable for honeymooners;
  • All suites can be double or twin configuration.
ol donyo lodge accoomodation
Bathroom features
  • En-suite with flush loo, shower (indoor and outdoor),deep stone tub and double basins;
  • Hot and cold running water;
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and eco-hairdryers provided.
ol donyo lodge accoomodation
Children Accommodation

The Lodge welcome Children who are are 5 years and older.

  • The Sambu Family Suite can cater for a maximum of four adults sharing or two adults and up to three children (aged 6 – 15), sharing in two separate bedrooms;
  • The Nyati 7 and El Mau 10 Suites can accommodate triples for children sharing with adults, upon request;
  • Families with children (5-15) will never be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
  • Horse riding – available to guests from 12 years old and riders need to have previous experience riding horses. No beginners;
  • Children of 5 years and older are welcome to participate in all scheduled camp activities, at camp manager and guide’s discretion;
  • Young children must be supervised as the lodge is open;
  • Great Plains Young Explorers Kid’s program is available– thoughtfully designed to explore various experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.
ol donyo lodge accoomodation
Food & Beverages

Food & Beverange

The Lodge world-class meals are Relais & Chateaux recognised and are prepared by the lodge Executive Chefs and their teams;
Ol Dionyo Lodge dining
  • All drinks and beverages are included, including imported spirits and champagnes;
  • Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte (menu options);
  • Indoor and outdoor dining;
  • All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior notice required;
  • We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush!

Safari Activities

Days at ol Donyo Lodge are full of options. To have such a vast area to explore, from high-altitude mist forest through lava fields, then woodland to savannah, and ending at the famous kopjes, it’s a paradise of discovery. Each day, it’s possible to pick your mode of transport, be it on foot, by vehicle, on horseback or even mountain bike. There is no routine here at all, and experiences are tailor-made for each guest. And if lazing around the pool, indulging in a massage or shopping sounds like a good plan, then please do. Meet the local Maasai and visit the school to look at what makes Kenya so colourful and dynamic

Game Viewing

Game viewing

  • Game drives (day & night) in seven open vehicles stocked with snacks and drinks;
  • Day trips to Amboseli Park (extra cost, subject to
    pre-booking);
  • Log-pile and sunken hide at the waterhole for close-up wildlife encounters.
  • Enjoy wildlife viewing from this property on our online HD hidecam 24 hours a day
Game viewing at ol donyo lodge
Walks
sfari walks at ol donyo lodge

Walks

Guided bush walks on the open plains.
Horse Riding

Horse Riding

All riders will need to have a short assessment in our arena prior to setting out to ensure all guests riding out can control their horse and are comfortable at a short trot. If riders do not have the required experience they will be offered a lesson in the arena instead. Plains riders will be given some instruction, a minimum requirement is a short trot;
Horse riding safaris at Ol donyo lodge
  • Horseback riding (available to guests from 12 years) is done in a range of terrain for abilities from novice to advanced;
  • All guests are encouraged to complete a short questionnaire determining their riding experience and preferences prior to arrival
Mountain Biking

Mountain biking

  • ol Donyo Lodge offers guided mountain biking for guests to explore the plains and open savannah in the area;
  • Wildlife seen is general plains game;
  • Distances are based around guest’s fitness levels and riding desire;
  • Cycling terrain can range from sand to compact gravel and grass in places.
Mountain riding at Chyullu hills
Spa

Spa Treatments

ol Donyo Lodge offers guests a range of spa treatments to be enjoyed in-room or next to your private swimming pool. Spa treatments are excluded from the nightly accommodation rate.
Spa treatmentat ol donyo lodge
Additional Information
  • Photography:– Each vehicle has high-quality 8 x 42 binoculars for guest use;- Professional camera bodies with a wide selection of lenses available for guests to use on a complimentary basis during their stay.
  • Private vehicle option:Available for more flexibility upon request at extra cost,not compulsory for families travelling with children.
  • Private Guides:Private guides are encouraged and welcomed
  • Community Engagement: A variety of community engagement opportunities are available.

Ol Donyo Lodge Rates

2024 Rates
Non Resident Rates in US$ Per Night
MidLowHigh
DELUXE POOL SUITES
Per person per night sharing$ 1 350$ 1 210$ 1 960
Single supplement*$675$605$980
Child sharing with adults rate (5 -15 years)$675$605$980
2-BEDROOM SAMBU SUITE
Per Suite per night$ 4 050$ 3 630$ 5 880
COMMON CHARGES
Late check out rate
Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community Contribution$ 95 per person (of any age) per night

Seasons:

  • Low:01 April – 14 June 2022 &01 November – 19 December
  • Mid:11 January – 31 March
  • High: 15 June – 31 October 2022 &20 December 2022 – 10 January 2025
Special Offers

Experience the best safari destinations Kenya has to offer!

  • Stay for 4 nights at any of our Maasai Mara camps or the magnificent ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills and only pay for 3!
  • Extend your ultimate Kenyan safari experience by combining 4 nights at either of our Maasai Mara camps with 4 nights at ol Donyo Lodge and only pay for 6 nights!

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • This offer is valid for a safari stay of a minimum of 4 nights at one of the following Kenyan camps – Mara Plains Camp,The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp, The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, Mara Expedition Camp,Mara Toto Camp and ol Donyo Lodge;
  • This offer is valid for travel from 11 January – 14 June 2023, 01 November – 19 December 2023, 11 January – 14 June 2024 and 01 November – 19 December 2024;
  • This offer is valid to all standard guest US$ rate accommodation reservations;
  • Guide rates and private game drive vehicle hire rates are additional;
  • Conservation, park fees and levies apply to all free nights;
  • Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi Wilson Airport are included for stays at Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains,Mara Nyika Camp and ol Donyo Lodge. Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi are excluded from stays at Mara Expedition Camp & Mara Toto Camp unless combined with Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp,The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika and/or ol Donyo Lodge;
  • Offers cannot be combined and are offered on a stand alone basis per reservation.
Rates Included/Excludes
  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, scheduled activities (including horseback riding), meals,Big Life conservation fees, daily laundry,
  • return Chyulu airstrip road transfers,
  • non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne.
  • The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Nairobi Wilson, or properties in the greater Chyulu Hills/ Amboseli region, to this camp are now automatically included in the nightly rate – subject to a minimum 2 night stay.
  • Where air transfers are from properties located outside of these regions,supplementary charges will be applicable.
  • Exclusive of in camp spa treatments and additional activities such as: Maasai cultural visits($20 paid directly to Maasai), or day trips to Amboseli National Park.
Sambu Suite

Sambu Suite rate is calculated on a per Suite basis sleeping maximum 4 adults sharing or a family with children, regardless of age.

Conservancy Fee

The Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community levy is applicable to all private pilot / guide stays.

Additional Information
  • Each guest suite includes one pair of high quality binoculars and a professional camera set, including a professional camera body and 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses for guest’s complimentary use. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’s departure.
  • Late check outs are not available.

Access & Direction

  • Scheduled light aircraft transfer to the nearest airstrip,ol Donyo, from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic Airport (50 mins) and other locations in Kenya;
  • Private Air charter access available;
  • ol Donyo Lodge is a 30-minute transfer from its airstrip;
  • Private Air access available;
  • Airstrip length: 1300m

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Other Great Plains Camps in Kenya are:Mara Plains Camp,Mara Nyika Camp,Mara Toto Camp & Mara Expedition Camp

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