ol Donyo Lodge: About the Destination

Located in Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Ol Donyo is nestled amid the rolling slopes of the Chyulu Hills in a remote section of southeastern Kenya. Blanketed in woodland, Chyulu’s young volcanic hills rise from the surrounding savanna, providing a verdant sanctuary for a myriad of fascinating wildlife. The snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro presides over the plains, which are home to large herds of free-roaming elephants.

Wildlife and Natural History

The Chyulu Hills is a young volcanic range that rises up from the arid landscapes of southeastern Kenya. The surrounding woodlands and misty forests offset the camp from the bush, giving it an oasis-like feel. The lush flora brings a variety of fauna to the property—resident and migratory bird species flock to the shaded riverine forest and free-roaming elephant bulls regularly drink from the lodge watering hole. The nearby savanna is home to other big game, including giraffes, lions, and leopards.

People and Culture

The Maasai people are thought to have migrated to Kenya’s Great Rift Valley from the Upper Nile River Valley. These seminomadic pastoralists roam the savannas of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, subsisting primarily on their livestock herds. Maasai are recognized by their vibrant cultural symbols and traditions: scarlet robes, intricate beadwork, and ceremonial high-jumping dances. Ol Donyo is situated on Maasai-owned land, and guests are invited to learn more about their hosts' culture on visits to a local village.

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