Ol Donyo Lodge
The captivating Ol Donyo lodge is tucked away in the cool shadow of the Chyulu Hills in Amboseli, one of Kenya’s most prized safari destinations. This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. No other lodge in Africa offers such a wide range of experiences, in such a private setting. The lodge blends contemporary and traditional design and has a wide appeal, which makes it a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups.
The 16-bed lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. No two of the lodge’s eight suites are the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole. Six of the lodge’s eight suites have private plunge pools, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, with a shared common area and plunge pool, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, exhilarating horseback safaris, Maasai village visits, fly-camping, day trips to the Amboseli National Park and mountain biking.
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 one of the first examples of a community tourism partnership, whereby land is leased from the Maasai by the lodge, providing the Maasai with benefits from tourism and an incentive for conservation. The lodge, and its conservation partner Big Life Foundation, led by Richard Bonham, continues to push the boundaries in innovative community conservation schemes. Every guest of Ol Donyo Lodge contributes to these vital initiatives.