Here is "The Good":
Ol Donyo is an one-of-a-kind lodge. Tastefully decorated and filled with brilliant ideas in every corner: star gazing stations in the lodges, outdoor showers, heavy curtains instead of windows, the list could go on. The wildlife is not as plentiful as in other locations, but has an abundance of animals at an ingeniously designed waterhole right in front of the lodge's main house. Since Ol Donyo is situated in a private concession, the game drives and other activities are tailored to the guests' interest and desires. The food is very good and the head chef and staff is continually trying to innovate and please, which is something you'll feel flattered by.
Here is "The Amazing":
The best thing about Ol Donyo is the friendly, treatment you get from the lodge's managers and staff. Key word being friendly, instead of just serviceable or accommodating. You really feel like you're staying at a friend's place (albeit a very rich friend), because the hosts take the time to know you and to introduce you to the staff. Therefore, after the first day you know everyone enough to feel comfortable in the lodge. Also, I also love the fact that you get to meet and share bread and wine with other guests that -in our case- were invariably very different from us and very interesting and nice.
There is no Bad things to highlight from Ol Donyo. Just don't expect to see an abundance of large mammals since the area has been affected by severe drought in previous years and conservation efforts to repopulate the ecosystem to its previous levels are currently underway.
Tips: Some people already mention Konee as a great guide. I can vouch for that too. He is a very nice and fun person. Horseback Riding is a relaxing and delightful experience, the trek up Ol Donyo Hill has an amazing view, but my wife had a hard time going up .
- 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