We stayed here for 4 nights over Christmas two years ago. The setting of the lodge is perfect, quite wonderful to have the landscape as far as the eye can see to yourselves- no other lodges in the area. The area itself is one of the most beautiful in all of beautiful Kenya. There had been years of terrible drought and many animals and livestock had perished, very recently. Just as we arrived the rains had started. It was quite tragic to see all these many many carcasses quite unabsorbed by animals and the other creatures that do this job, in a bright green lawn- if only they could have hung on a few more days. I digress.
The rooms are really great. They give you the feeling of being close to the outside as you are in a tent, with all the comforts of solid clean floors, high ceilings and luxurious bright bathrooms. To be clear, the rooms are open to the landscape, they do not have four walls. This means that there is nothing between you and the animals, but a mosquito net. I think there is an electified fence at the perimiter to keep the big animals out. To me this is the perfect combination. Tents can be claustrophobic and do not age well. I am very squeamish about bush bathrooms and this one is the absolute best. You will see. Having been on many many safaris with my family, we are always looking for something different and here there was a good deal more.
Credit goes to our amazing guide Jackson who made Ol donyo Wuas so rich. Jackson had so much knowledge and information about the other creatures that live in the area. There was no need to hunt for" the big five", it was not missed. Jackson showed us all the ways the smaller animals, birds, insects and plants exist and so enlivened all of Kenya for me. Now I see the buffalo weaver and the social spider everywhere. This is really really interesting, and in stark contrast to so many guides at the other hotels. I have been spoiled for guides, but glad to have spent a few days in Jackson's care. The luxuries are done well here and do not seem pretentious or false. Bush breakfasts, sundowners, horseback riding and walks - were all done exceptionally well. The owners were kind and gracious, the managers were warm and charming and the staff were absolutely excellent. My daughter who was 9 misses baking at Xmas and she was invited to the kitchen to make Christmas cookies- how personal is that? I know this is a gushing review and that a more critical review is more useful, but I can not complain. I do not regret a single penny spent here. We have stayed in many places before, and a few since- and Ol Donyo Wuas is our word for 'the best'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine...275,000 Acres of scenic Africa, where the wildlife can be found free and roaming, without tourists in mini buses or a set schedule. Imagine...Travelling across the archetypal savannahs of East Africa in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle without limitation, feeling the rhythm of Africa beneath your feet as you walk with expert trackers, or horseback riding with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Imagine...Exploring this paradise, and then coming home to one of the most luxurious small lodges in Kenya where a hot bath, in or outdoor shower, or private swimming pool await - all with inspiring views across the expansive plains, plus delicious food, charming hosts and world-class service.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 seasonal elephant migrations. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ol Donyo Hotel Amboseli Eco-System