Days at ol Donyo Lodge are full of options. To have such a vast area to explore, from high-altitude mist forest through lava fields, then woodland to savannah, and ending at the famous kopjes, it’s a paradise of discovery. Each day, it’s possible to pick your mode of transport be it on foot, by vehicle, on horseback or even bike. There is no routine here at all, and experiences are tailor-made for each guest. And if lazing around the pool, indulging in a massage or shopping sounds like a good plan, then please do. Or, let’s meet the local Maasai and visit the school for a closer look at what makes the country of Kenya so colorful and dynamic.

ol Donyo Lodge

Game drives (day & night) in five vehicles of six guests each and stocked with snacks and drinks.

Horseback riding for all ages in a range of terrain, and abilities from novice to advanced, over a range of terrain and often among giraffe.

Mountain biking across the open savannah to the beautiful rock kopjes.

Bush walks and hikes (through the lava tube caves or to the top of ol Donyo Wuas).

Scenic Kilimanjaro flights (extra cost, subject to pre-booking and weather).

Log-pile hide at waterhole for close-up wildlife encounters.

Day trips to Amboseli Park (extra cost, subject to pre-booking).

Visits to Maasai villages.

Learning about the conservation efforts of Big Life Foundation. Fly-camping in the Chyulu Hills.


The Camp


No two of the lodge’s ten suites is exactly the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole as well as star beds atop each of the suites for sleeping under the stars. Eight of the lodge’s ten suites have private plunge pools, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Constructed of local thatch and gunnite, the suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design. Flashes of bright color interspersed with earthy tones, wildlife photography and local crafts punctuate the open-air layout.


The 20-bed lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for a wide appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi- generational groups.The lodge’s main lounge, complete with grand stone fireplace, a small library, inviting open bar and expansive verandah are the place to rendezvous with new friends, and the local staff. The attached dining area as well as the nearby pool lounge/dining is where sumptuous meals are served, and good times abound. The main infinity pool, curio shop and office provide other diversions should exploring the area not be enough.

Ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch,

comprising of 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli and

Tsavo National Parks and bordering Chyulu Hills National Park.

This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

No other lodge in Africa offers such a wide range of experiences, in such a private setting.

Kenya’s first Relais & Chateaux lodge is perched on a hillside, with East Africa’s classic savannahs below.