Ol Donyo Lodge

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Ol Donyo Lodge is a close favorite offering an exclusive and magical experience to those who visit. I have loved so many things about this lodge from its majestic stand-alone suites to living side by side with elephants.

Ol Donyo Lodge is located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Park in southeast Kenya. It is the heart of the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch. The lodge works closely with the local Maasai people, incorporating their rich culture. It is the one place where you wake up to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and the distant roars of lions. Ol Donyo Lodge is where your fantasies of living with popular wildlife come to fulfillment.



The lodge comprises eight spacious, stand-alone guest suites. No two of these are the same. Each comes with an exclusive plunge pool, a rooftop terrace for romantic or deeply personal relaxation beneath the sparkling sky. This bush lodge has the most luxurious décor, which includes art from the greatest artists around Africa. It is traditional yet contemporary.


Ol Donyo Lodge Lobby

Ol Donyo gives you everything from stunning indoor and outdoor dining areas to outdoor campfire and sweeping views. There are activities to be enjoyed and explored by the whole family. Although relaxation and a close touch of wildlife and nature are a major part of your trip, the lodge offers free Wifi and an exciting library to keep you connected to the outside world. Shop a selection of local arts and crafts as well.


Safari adventure

On the lodge, guests can enjoy twice-daily game drives. Explore the safari by foot, in a vehicle, or on horseback. Bike alongside exotic creatures like the giraffe. See the views that include Mount Kilimanjaro. Watch elephants slake their thirsts at the waterhole nearby. Finish with fhorseback riding, Maasai village visits, mountain biking, and day trips to the Amboseli National Park. After a rewarding adventure, you can cool off and indulge in a relaxing massage at the lodge.



The Food

What is a magnificent lodge without an equally thrilling menu? How these meals are served make it even better. The lodge hosts breakfast on the plains, candlelit dinners in the main dining room or under the African sky, lunches on the veranda and late nights around the outdoor fireplace. The meals are mostly anything you could wish for.

Ol Donyo Lodge is a pioneer among safari lodges. It is also a significant contributor to sustainable tourism. I’m extremely excited to have this lodge as part of my Kenya safari. I would like to thank Tim Lapage and everyone at Safari Experts of Park City, Utah for their assistance in planning this Kenya Safari.

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About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...

3 comments to " Ol Donyo Lodge "
  • Richard Conti

    I’ve always dreamed of going to Africa.
    I enjoyed your article because it made me feel like I was there with you.

    Rich Conti…

  • janet E Walker

    I have just returned home from a holiday of a lifetime. Not only was the accommodation, the food and the scenery exceptionally good but the hosts were absolutely fantastic. Every guest is treated like a royal, their generosity and hospitality is absolutely fantastic. I have had some amazing holidays in my life but this holiday from the start to the finish was truly outstanding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We all work hard and it was an incredible treat.

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