ol Donyo Lodge: The Experience

Located in Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Ol Donyo takes guests far beyond the standard safari, offering abundant opportunities to get out from behind the wheel of a game vehicle for a more diverse and comprehensive experience in the savanna. Explore the varied landscapes of the Chyulu Hills, climbing volcanic peaks, navigating underground lava tunnels, riding on horseback across the plain, or sleeping in the bush on a fly-camping trip. Here, each day is guided by the unique needs of the individual guest, with the only constant being nightly sundowner cocktails under the endless African sky.

See our sample itinerary describing how you would experience this lodge during a 4-day stay.

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Game Drives

Set out in an open-air vehicle with expert field guides for morning and afternoon safaris. Take in up close views of the area’s fascinating wildlife, including large-tusked elephants, giraffes, and leopards. Each vehicle carries a pair of binoculars and is fully stocked with snacks and drinks. 

Nighttime Game Drives

After the sun goes down, venture out under a starry sky to discover nocturnal animals roaming the savanna.

Bush Walks

Explore the plains on foot with a guide, taking the unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of the bush.   

Horseback Safari

Blend in with the area wildlife on a guided horseback safari, riding alongside giraffes and other animals. All equestrian levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced riders.

Birding

Join a bird expert on a walk around the property and try to spot some of the resident and migratory bird species that flock to the shaded riverine forest.

Wildlife Viewing

Take a seat on the lodge’s log-pile hide, located in a shady spot alongside the watering hole. As many as eight different mammal species come here to drink, including large-tusked elephants.

Hiking and Tracking

Explore the diverse landscapes surrounding the lodge on foot. Trek through underground lava tubes, climb the kopje rock formations, and more. Take an expert tracker with you to learn about animal activity in the area.

Mountain Biking

Ride across the vast savanna on a guided bike tour to Seduction Rock. Once there, enjoy sundowners and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills.

Fly Camping

Sleep amid the beauty of the Chyulu Hills on an overnight camping trip. Journey to the camp on foot or horseback, and then spend the evening immersed in nature, relaxing in front of a roaring fire. (Note that this activity is reserved for guests staying at the lodge four or more nights.)

Outdoor Yoga

Connect with the savanna while practicing yoga on your private veranda. Each suite has yoga mats and bands available for guest use.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Private Game Drive

Embark on a private guided safari, enjoying full access to guides and a wide-angle camera.  

Cultural Visits

Visit a nearby Maasai village to meet with locals and learn about their culture and way of life.

Amboseli National Park

Take a full-day trip to this wildlife-rich nature reserve situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds and is also home to buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, leopards, and more. The excursion includes a picnic lunch.

Aerial Tour

Start your day with an exhilarating flight in a single-engine aircraft over Mount Kilimanjaro, taking in spectacular aerial views of the world’s largest freestanding mountain. Upon landing, savor a champagne breakfast on the plains.

Spa Treatments

Unwind with a relaxing massage in the privacy of your suite.

Food and Drink

The lodge serves three meals per day, and guests are encouraged to dine at the time and place of their choosing. Join fellow travelers on a candlelit patio overlooking the plains, savor gourmet specialties in the privacy of your suite, or have a table set up in the bush for an unforgettable meal. Guests who find themselves at the lodge before dinnertime are encouraged to gather around the campfire for sundowner cocktails, participating in the African tradition of sharing stories after a full day of adventures.

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