Ol Donyo is an unforgettable place on earth! A luxurious property set along the side of Chyulu Hills with a stunning view of the savannah and Mt. Kilimanjaro, my husband and I spent 3 nights at this amazing lodge in May. Our flight landed on a dirt strip and we were immediately greeted by our guide - Elijah. As a Maasai, he grew up in this area, so he's very knowledgeable with the animals, plants and geological formation. He has such a personable and funny character that we absolutely love spending time with him! He taught us to read prints to trek animals, pointed out many different birds that we would have missed ourselves. We went for a morning bush walk one day. Elijah not only pointed out animals to see, he also showed us the various plants that Maasai tribe uses for medicinal and daily purposes, e.g. a tree he uses its branch and sap for brushing teeth, another plant's sap for moisturizing dry skin, a tree fruit for making alcoholic drinks. We learned a lot about the land from him.
Annie - the equestrian manager - was standing in as lodge host, while our regular hosts were on vacation. She did a fantastic job! She is a natural host. Despite being always on top of things, keeping track of everyone's activity, waving us off every morning, and greeting us when we returned from games drives, she exudes a relaxing and graceful demeanor. We had great times with her and other guests at every lunch and dinner table with really amazing food! We were lucky to have Niki - a conservation biologist who work for Big Life Foundation - joined us for lunch one day. Through her, we learned about Big Life's predator compensation program with tribal communities and the effectiveness of the program through positive feedback from tribal members. Such harmonious and collaborative effort result in a wonderful conservancy with great wildlife.
We did many other activities at Ol Donyo: lava tubing with Elijah and Kani (saw a bat hanging inside a cave), horseback riding with Paul and David on the savannah, night drive with Elijah (spotted lioness with cubs, springhares, hyenas), morning coffee at our patio with view of Kilimanjaro, dining al fresco with other guests next to a bon fire complete with a dance from Maasai tribe, going down to the hide to watch elephants, romantic nights under the stars on the star bed. We had such a memorable time at Ol Donyo! We hope to return soon!
- 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