Ol Donyo Lodge
Chuylu Hills, Kenya
Dawn over Kilimanjaro, a majestic snow-capped scenescape set to the roar of distant lions, is among the highlights of a stay at Ol Donyo Lodge. Indeed, to visit this relaxed — and supremely relaxing – safari lodge is to explore Africa in a most uncommon way. On horseback, or mountain bike. In four-wheel drive comfort. Or even tucked into an open-air hide, perhaps twenty hot-breath-snorting paces from some of the largest elephants in the world. Out of the ordinary ways to experience an extraordinary place: these rolling plains, misty forests and golden savannahs are truly Hemingway’s titular green hills of Africa, where the terrain is thick with zebra and impala, and stalked by resident lions.
On the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, Ol Donyo is remarkable for striking architecture that combines contemporary and traditional design. In addition to enjoying every comfort and convenience you might imagine, we’re proud to mention, too, that Ol Donyo is a pioneer amongst safari lodges, a forerunner of sustainable tourism that has long worked alongside local Maasai people to supports their traditional way of life and the conservation of the ecosystem. A visit here contributes directly to the survival of the region’s flora, fauna, and the valuable and unique local culture.
Amongst the most luxurious lodges in East Africa, Ol Donyo also manages to be warmingly exclusive, accommodating as it does a maximum of just 16 guests. Designed to merge outdoor and indoor living, its unique suites and villas (no two are the same) centre around a palatial lounge and candle-lit dining area. A number of the larger villas function as fully private bush-home retreats, complete with personal pool, vehicle and chef for in-villa dining. All rooms have their own plunge pool and en-suite bathrooms, and many feature indoor and outdoor showers, free-standing soaker tubs and fireplaces. For a true African frisson, roof terraces play host to intimate “star beds” where guests may sleep open-air in style, a night of dreams bathed in a shimmering canopy of endless equatorial constellations.
A note for families & children
Ol Donyo Lodge is happy to host children from 5 years of age. Families with children between the ages of 5 and 15 will be accommodated in the Pool Suites.
The poetically beautiful Chyulu Hills landscape is ours to explore – and explore we shall. With guided bushwalk treks and savannah-stretching game drives in an open 4×4. By tracking rarely seen, nocturnal game on stealthy night-time drives, the eyes of active predators illuminated by a combination of moonlight and spotlights. Even on horse rides for all levels, from novice to professional, or by pedaling our own mountain bikes. Always a delight, the classic safari bush breakfast and dinner, and the chance to experience the conservation and community out-reach programmes.