Ol Donyo Lodge is a spectacular lodge on 275,000 acres of wild African lands featuring the beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. This eco-lodge in the Mbirikani Masai conservation area on the slopes of Chyulu Hills near Amboseli National Park has attracted visitors for decades. Far away from the main tourist circuit and high above the mosquitoes, Ol Donyo has served as the inspiration for many bush lodges over the years.

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ol Donyo Lodge features seven standalone lodges, some of which are private accommodations and others are set up for families or small groups. There are three one bedroom lodges, the Asali, Mpiya and the Hide, a multi-level cottage located right next to the waterhole. There are four two bedroom lodges, three of which boast private pools that can be used for families or guests that have not met. At certain times of the year when the Maasailand Preservation Trust coordinator is away from the lodge, the Kanga can be used for guests. It has its own dining room, lounge, and waterhole. Each bedroom at ol Donyo Lodge has its own en suite bathrooms with stunning views and flush toilets. In addition to to the indoor showers and baths, guests can partake in serene al fresco showers and dips in their private pools. All rooms (except for the Hide) have a rooftop sundowner spot that also includes star beds for guests that would like to sleep out under the spectacular night sky.

The menu of game activities at ol Donyo is quite large. Over 7,000 individual animals make their home in this area, and guests are invited to explore not only the Big Five but also cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe, among others. Where 20 years ago, trackers and guests would have been delighted to see just a few elephant tracks, there are now plenty of elephants wandering about freely, and more game populations are on the rise. The area’s exclusivity becomes even more apparent when one realizes that there are no other tourists or fleets of minibuses to disturb the safari experience, which can be enjoyed by vehicle, horseback, or foot, always accompanied by an expert guide. Horseback riding is exceptional in the region, and the lodge has also recently begun experimenting with mountain bike safaris.

After a day of exciting activities, ol Donyo Lodge offers comfortable and peaceful space in which to rest and relax. For the few individual lodges that do not have pools, there is a larger pool at the main building, and in-room massage services can be arranged for all guests. Delicious food is served both at the main lodge and on the private verandas, and the lodge also enjoys hosting bush breakfasts and dinners, not to mention surprise sundowners or English tea in the magnificent bush.

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