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.
The lodge consists of ten large guest suites in six stand-alone villas. No two suites are of the same design but all have a dramatic view of the African savannah and its flat top acacia trees with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
All suites have a lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”. The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the verandah via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below.
The pool suites are four-bedded private villas and are ideal for families or small groups of friends. They are designed to be versatile and function either as family villas or for two couples while still maintaining an element of privacy. An outer central foyer connects the two suites. These are Nyati, Sirra, and El Mau.
All but two of the suites have their own private pools. These two stand-alone standard suites are Asali and Mpya.
Lastly, one of the villas, Sambu, functions more as a bush home intended for families or groups of friends. This villa is purpose built and designed for a couple who want space and seclusion or for parents who require their children under the same roof, but with adequate space and privacy.
It has two bedrooms under one roof and one swimming pool. Each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, "star bed" and sundowner viewing deck.
A private chef is also available for in-villa catering, and total exclusivity and should be booked in advance, possibly incurring an additional cost. Laundry is done on a daily basis and is complimentary.
Art from around Africa coupled with the photography of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher create a wonderful atsmosphere under the high thatch roofs. The design is contemporary and yet traditional.
There is a range of activities available –early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4x4 open game drives, guided bushwalks, dining in the wildlife filled plains, hiking and horseback riding.
Mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community out-reach programs and wildlife viewing in an open air hide near waterholes.