Ol Donyo Lodge, Amboseli Safari Lodge
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.
* Ol Donyo Lodge Highlights
- ∞Spectacular views of Mt 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 Masaai cultural village visits
- ∞Luxurious, attractive lodge with only 10 suites
More about this accommodation
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 view over the game-rich plains below, and the majestic Mt 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 / "starbeds" spot where you can enjoy superb views and sleep out safely here 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
- Bushwalks 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 roof top “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 equipped 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 car: ol Donyo is a 4-hour drive to the south-east of Nairobi. Road transfers can be arranged.
Our Take on ol Donyo
A uniquely attractive and luxurious lodge, ol Donyo is beautifully situated and offers an excellent safari with the photographic bonus of Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. It’s also great to see the big strides they’ve made in working together with the local community for the good of all, going forwards.
- ∞Full board accommodation
- ∞Soft drinks, beer, non-premium wine
- ∞Shared game drives - day and night
- ∞Guided Walks and Mountain Biking
- ∞Horse rides
- ∞Local airstrip transfers (Chyulu airstrip)
- xChampagne, premium spirits, cellar wines
- xExclusive use of vehicle, subject to availability (compulsory for families with children aged 5 - 15)
- xTransfer to Amboseli
- xMasai cultural village visits
- xAccommodation for pilot/guide
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.