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Chyulu Hills , Kenya
- Unrivalled views of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Each room has its own private rooftop sitting room
- Combining luxurious and traditional decoration, ol Donyo is one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa
Facilities includeWIFI in comunal area Swimming pool Large sitting room with fireplace Massages
- Bush Walks
- Game Drives
- Cultural Visits
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Safaris
- Bush Breakfasts & Dinners
Seasons in Kenya
About Ol Donyo
Ol Donyo Lodge is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of traditional wildlife migration routes. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation.
Ol Donyo Lodge's founder Richard Bonham had often flown over this spectacular landscape but one day in the 1980s, he was moved to land his Cessna on the open plains and meet the local Maasai. That was only the first of many meetings, before the birth of a pioneering community conservation tourism project. The concept was simple: Richard brings guests to this remote group ranch to participate in safaris, and the Maasai share the benefits. But nothing in Africa is that simple, really. And so began a life-long relationship with the Maasai, the wildlife and the game ranch.
Ol Donyo Lodge is a 20 bed lodge, rebuilt and redesigned in 2008, and perched on a hillside, with no two suites or villas the same. What is consistent is the attention to detail, the comfortable yet utterly luxurious décor and the tradition of greatness. Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, ol Donyo Lodge is a place to call home for as long as possible.
There is a range of activities available – from cultural visits, “Big Five” wildlife viewing and tracking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a holistic experience
Better Late Loves:
1. The delightful and supremely qualified guide Konee
2. The rooms are immaculate and stunningly decorated
3. The open rooms are wonderful, you can hear the wildlife around as you drop off to sleep
ol Donyo Lodge is situated on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, with exclusive access to a quarter of a million acres of one of the few remaining wilderness areas of East Africa. The open plains, rolling Chyulu Hills and snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro invoke images of Africa as it was in the earlier part of the last century; wildlife and Maasai herdsman living as nature determined they should in this unspoilt corner of Kenya. ol Donyo Lodge in Maasai means “The Spotted Hills”, and is the name given by the Maasai to the Chyulu Range which runs between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. ol Donyo Lodge is looked after by Richard and Tara Bonham with a team of dedicated and friendly staff.
How to get there
ol Donyo Lodge is a fifty minute flight in a private air charter
Daily scheduled SafariLink flight departing Wilson Airport
The Scheduled flight is US$ 346 return. Departs Wilson at 07h30 and the flight is about 45 mins. Departs Chyulus airstrip at 08h30 to get you back to Wilson at about 09h30-09h45.
ol Donyo is a four hour drive south-east of Nairobi.
When to go
Regular Season: 5th January - 28th February
Green Season: 1st March - 31st May
High Season: 1st - 30th June and 1st - 31st October
Premium Season: 1st July - 30th September and 20th December - 4th January
In the event of cancellation:
More than 120 days prior to reservation, the deposit is returned net of bank charges.
Between 120 days and 46 days, 20% of the full value is forfeited.
Between 45 days and 31 days, 50% of the full value is forfeited.
Less than 30 days (and no shows) - 95% forfeited
Travelling with children
Children 5 - 15 welcome in Pool Cottage at 50% of the adult rate.
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