ol Donyo Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Chyulu Hills, Kenya

How to Get There

By Air

Daily flights aboard a lightweight aircraft are offered between the Ol Donyo airstrip and the Wilson domestic airport in Nairobi, as well as some additional locations in Kenya. The airstrip can also accommodate private aircraft. The lodge is a 30-minute drive from the airstrip, and ground transfers are included in the cost of the stay.

What to Expect

Ol Donyo is located in a remote area with no immediate access to a pharmacy, bank, or ATM. Guests should pack all needed prescriptions and medications, and money can be exchanged for the local currency at the airport in Nairobi. Travel visas can be obtained upon arrival in Kenya.

Please note that the lodge is situated in a malaria area, and it is recommended that guests consult their physician or travel clinic regarding the latest, easily administered malaria prophylaxis.

Weather and Seasons

Due to its location near the equator, the weather at Ol Donyo fluctuates only slightly across seasons. Nights are generally cool with temperatures ranging between 59 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and daytime temperatures reach between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. There are two short rainy seasons—heavy rains fall between April and May and light rains come in November.

What to Bring

Please note: The light airplanes that fly into Ol Donyo have luggage restrictions. Each person’s luggage may weigh no more than 33 pounds (15 kilograms) and must be packed in soft bags. Dinners are casual and laundry service is available, so guests are encouraged to pack lightly.

Suggested Packing List

  • Layers, including a mixture of long- and short-sleeved shirts, shorts, and long pants
  • A thick fleece, sweater, or safari jacket
  • A windbreaker or lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable yet sturdy shoes for outdoor activities
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat or visor
  • Camera, including protective gear to shield equipment from dust
  • A flashlight or headlamp
  • Adapters for a Type G plug
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars

Traveling with Family

Children ages five and older are welcome at ol Donyo, and there are several accommodation options for families. Child rates apply to guests age 15 and younger sharing with two adults. Guests age sixteen and older pay the applicable adult rates and will be accommodated in a separate suite. ol Donyo can accommodate children younger than five when your group books the entire property.

Kids are invited to participate in many of the lodge experiences, including game drives. The Young Explorers Program offers additional excursions specially designed for children, many of which incorporate lessons in wildlife conservation and opportunities for cultural discovery. Take a look at some of these activities below.

  • Animal tracking in the Chyulu Hills
  • Traditional Maasai beading and jewelry making in a nearby village
  • Bush survival-skills training and application
  • Bike riding across the plains
  • Ceremonial high-jumping with the Maasai
  • Kite flying on the plains
  • African landscape painting

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