ol Donyo Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Chyulu Hills, Kenya

How to Get There

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 or bank. 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, with warm days and cool nights occurring year-round. There are two short rainy seasons—heavy rains fall between April and May and light rains come in November.

What to Bring

At ol Donyo, dinners are casual and laundry service is available, so guests are encouraged to pack lightly. Layering your clothing is essential, as the plains are cooler during morning and evening game drives. Pack for comfort, and for your interests. Neutral clothing colors are recommended.

Traveling with Family

Children ages five and older are welcome at ol Donyo, and there are several accommodation options for families. 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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