A co-operative venture between the owners and the local Maasai, Ol Donyo Lodge is a conservation success story near Amboseli in Kenya. With an established trust, a sustainable balance exists between the pastoral Maasai, the abundant wildlife, and the game ranch.
- Spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Abundant wildlife, in the path of several migration routes
- Big 5 wildlife viewing
- Bush walks and tracking
- Safari on horseback and mountain bike
- Authentic Maasai cultural village visits
- Luxurious, attractive lodge with only 10 suites
With scenic views over Africa’s most famous mountain, Ol Donyo Lodge also enjoys excellent game viewing and offers a wide variety of safari and game viewing activities.
Unique, luxurious accommodation
Ol Donyo is a 22-bed safari lodge with only 10 cottages, perched on a hillside to offer spectacular views over the game-rich plains below, and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. Each unit is en-suite (indoor and outdoor shower) and done out in superb luxury, with special attention to the little details that make your stay as comfortable as possible. There are 2 standard cottages with no pools and 8 cottages with their own private sitting room and plunge pool – perfect for families or small groups.
All rooms (except the Hide) have their own rooftop sundowner/"star-beds" spot where you can enjoy superb views and sleep out safely at night under the stars. Lights and water are provided by solar power, with emergency back-up systems for overcast days.
Wide variety of activities
- Early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4×4 game drives
- Bush walks with armed guides
- Half and full-day horseback safaris (with a choice of over 20 quality horses for all experience levels)
- Guided mountain bike safaris
- Visits to the open-air hide or “log-jam”
- Romantic rooftop “star-beds” sleep out experiences
- Authentic Maasai cultural visits
- Tracking wildlife with bloodhounds
The Maasailand Preservation Trust
In 2003, the MPT introduced and pilot-tested a one-of-a-kind conservation model on Mbirikani Group Ranch, which has been an incredible success story. The model consists of:
Predator Compensation Fund – where locals are compensated for the loss of livestock from any predators, which has dramatically reduced the number of killings, especially of lion.
Community Game Scouts – members of the local community are fully trained to assist with everything from anti-poaching to resolving human-wildlife conflicts to maintaining river systems, security and protection of the local fauna and flora.
Education – a great deal has been invested in local students (right through to tertiary level), most of them have returned to provide leadership, much-needed skills and services. Schools have been established and equipped with sporting and educational materials, placing a healthy emphasis on conservation and environmental matters.
Field Research and Lion Guardians - working with a team of scientists and graduates from University of California at Berkeley, lion populations are collared and studied in relation to human socio-economic dynamics, finding ways to minimise human-predator conflict on a sustainable basis.
By Air - There are daily scheduled flights departing from Wilson airport. It’s a 50-minute flight by private charter.
By Road - Ol Donyo Lodge is a 4-hour drive to the south-east of Nairobi. Road transfers can be arranged.
Our take on Ol Donyo Lodge
A uniquely attractive and luxurious lodge, Ol Donyo is beautifully situated and offers an excellent safari with the photographic bonus of Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. It’s also great to see the strides they’ve made in working together with the local community for the good of all.
- Full board accommodation
- Soft drinks, beer, non-premium wine
- Shared game drives - day and night
- Guided walks and mountain biking
- Horseback rides
- Local airstrip transfers (Chyulu airstrip)
- Champagne, premium spirits, cellar wines
- Exclusive use of vehicle, subject to availability (compulsory for families with children aged 5 - 15)
- Transfer to Amboseli
- Masaai cultural village visits
- Accommodation for pilot/guide
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