We spent four days at Ol Donyo, which we coupled with a Great Plains Conservation sister camp, Mara Toto, on a 7-day safari. We absolutely loved everything about Ol Donyo. We were glad we decided to spend more time at each camp rather than hopping around to too many places. Managers Alyssa and Ray were two of the nicest people one could ever hope to meet. Our guide Dan and the rest of the staff were also top-notch.
Each of the handful of rooms at the lodge offers great views of watering holes. The accommodations are incredibly comfortable and there was not a meal that wasn't outstanding. Ol Donyo certainly deserves its status as a Relais & Chateaux property, the only one in Kenya at the present.
We enjoyed a gamut of activities, including day and night safari drives, hiking, bicycle riding, and horseback riding. The picturesque Chyulu Hills area sometimes seems to come with a caveat that the game isn't as plentiful as in other areas, notably the Maasai Mara. Nonetheless, we saw plenty of game, and with its location in a conservation area, we had the entire place virtually to ourselves. And honestly, what's not to love about sleeping under the stars on the star beds.
Kilimanjaro had been shrouded in cloud for our first three days there and we were saddened that we might leave without getting a chance to see it. But just as we dismounted our horses on our final day there and we about to enjoy our farewell sundowner in yet another unbelievably gorgeous location, our guide pointed to us to look in the distance -- the mountain with its snowy summit had emerged from behind the clouds. This, which capped a string of unforgettable days, was only topped by a final memorable dinner.
We deeply hope to visit again one day.
- 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