Ol Donyo Lodge

premier Camp | Amboseli / Chuylu Hills, Kenya

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Ol Donyo Lodge combines exceptional luxury with a remote, wild setting far from tourist crowds—the perfect context for an extraordinary safari. The renowned lodge sits on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills with views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and incredible access to seasonal elephant migrations. A graceful and elegant bush lodge, Ol Donyo’s rich history exemplifies a passion for both conservation and extraordinary wildlife encounters.

Photo of Aly Jacobsen

Our Expert Says

Ol Donyo is an ideal spot to start or end your East African safari. It offers incredibly comfortable boutique-style accommodations, stunning scenery with Mount Kilimanjaro on the skyline, and diverse activities to complement any safari itinerary. You can explore on horseback, foot or bike. Experts voted Ol Donyo the best 'conservation in action’ experience anywhere.

– Aly Jacobsen

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Amboseli National Park / Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Number of Rooms: 7

Ol Donyo Lodge features six distinct pool suites built of stone, thatch and wood as well as one two-bedroom family unit. Each suite is unique, and positioned for the utmost privacy. With cathedral ceilings and glass doorways, the suites are opulent while retaining a sense of local character. Each suite has a private plunge pool as well as a romantic rooftop "star bed" with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, accessed via a winding stone staircase, for a fabulous “sleep-out” option. All suites include a lounge, veranda, indoor and outdoor showers, double wash basins, flush toilet and bathtubs. The main lounge and dining area are simply stunning, with rich earth tones, a soaring stone fireplace and grand wrought-iron chandeliers. A breathtaking infinity pool complete with private lounge and dining area offers views of the famous watering hole. Al fresco lunches on the flagstone veranda and candlelit dinners in the dining room offer attractive and flexible dining options at guests’ leisure.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • Fireplace
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Yoga mats and bands provided for guest use
  • Private plunge pool
  • Central swimming pool
  • Star bed deck
  • In-room massage (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Ol Donyo Lodge sits in the heart of the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, on the slopes of Chyulu Hills National Park between Amboseli and Tsavo West. Abundant wildlife and Maasai herdsmen live together as nature intended in this unspoiled corner of Kenya. Visitors to Ol Donyo Lodge are not only tourists, but contributors to the survival of the region's fauna and flora and the advancement of these noble traditional people. Ol Donyo Lodge boasts a staggering array of safari activities, including morning and evening 4x4 wildlife drives, bush walks with armed guides, horseback safaris, guided mountain bike safaris, visits to the open-air hide or “log-jam,” authentic Maasai cultural visits and wildlife tracking with bloodhounds. Rich wildlife populations surrounding Ol Donyo include rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk and giraffe. The entire area is reserved exclusively for lodge guests, offering a rare and remote experience of the Kenyan wilderness.

Amboseli National Park is known for its herds of free-ranging elephants that journey to drink from the marshes at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Chyulu Hills also has resident elephants and other big mammals. The chart below shows common sightings in these areas. Other typical sightings may include a number of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on seasonality and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Gemsbok / Oryx
Kenya Amboseli / Chuylu Hills

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 63° F 1.61 in
28° C 17° C 41 mm
February 88° F 63° F 1.14 in
31° C 17° C 29 mm
March 88° F 64° F 3.31 in
31° C 17° C 84 mm
April 84° F 64° F 4.69 in
28° C 17° C 119 mm
May 82° F 61° F 1.06 in
27° C 16° C 27 mm
June 81° F 57° F 0.08 in
27° C 13° C 2 mm
July 79° F 55° F 0.08 in
26° C 12° C 2 mm
August 81° F 55° F 0.08 in
27° C 12° C 2 mm
September 84° F 61° F 0.08 in
28° C 16° C 2 mm
October 90° F 64° F 1.06 in
32° C 17° C 27 mm
November 90° F 66° F 6.65 in
32° C 18° C 169 mm
December 82° F 63° F 4.61 in
27° C 17° C 117 mm

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Photo: Conservation


The Masailand Preservation Trust is Ol Donyo Lodge's link with the local people. The Trust maintains a series of important projects including predator conservation, education, water management, reforestation and livestock management training. For each four-night stay, Ol Donyo Lodge contributes $25 per person per night to the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Over the past 50 years African lion numbers have declined from 450,000 to nearly 20,000 as a result of human conflict including retaliation, safari hunting, commercial poaching and the disappearance of the lions’ habitat and prey. Today more than two-thirds are not protected in national parks, and none have official CITES protection. Lions are on pace for extinction within 10 years. These precious animals remain in viable numbers in very few places now. The film The Last Lions highlights their plight, and Ol Donyo’s associated campaign is taking action to stop the decline of this regal king of the beasts.

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Reviews for Ol Donyo Lodge


Review Ol Donyo Lodge
Month of travel: August
"This place was a splurge for us and SO well worth it. We headed here for 3 days pre safari-wow! My partner and I loved the variety of activity offered from horse back rides, to a gorgeous hot breakfast in the bush to the walk and lesson from our Masaai guide. I also enjoyed the fact that we rarely saw other people/ vehicles and this felt so secluded. The staff were the icing on top...first class service, you own pool and a message, after the long flight over made the trip!"
- L. Fahey
Month of travel: November
"Ol Donyo was a great experience. The lodge itself is beautiful. We slept out on our roof one night under the stars! We had a great little private pool and our room looked out towards Mount Kilimanjaro, which we could see only in the evening when the haze lifted, but it was spectacular! The animals are not really dense in this area, but we saw elephants at the waterhole, plenty of giraffe, lions and some others. My husband particularly enjoyed mountain biking, and I road horses. It was just an all round fabulous time."
- A. Zulauf
Month of travel: July
"Pretty kick-a** place to start our Safari. Very luxurious rooms - ours opened up with an expansive view of the valley below where we would watch a constant stream of wildlife while stilling in our cushioned lounge chairs. We had a gourmet dinner served on our veranda which was an incredible experience seeing the light fade, stars come out, and hearing the sounds of the Africa. We didn't opt for the star beds on the upper roof, but it looked like it would be worth a try. Huge common area with incredible large wildlife pictures taken by the Jouberts. Wildlife isn't the only reason to come here, we also really enjoyed the hiking, horseback riding and biking activities. A bonus on the hike was walking through a herd of goats and talking with the local herder. It was also pretty wild to be on horseback and bike pedaling past a herd of giraffes. "
- D. Kuhn
Month of travel: July
"Edwin, our outstanding guide greeted us upon our arrival and we had two great days with him. He was great at providing nature interpretation to show us some of the things unique to this area. While here we did safari drives, a walk up into the hills, mountain biking, horseback riding as well as spent some time watching elephants bathe at the hide. The rooms are very luxurious and have a great view if it is clear of Mount Kilimanjaro. They do have sky beds so you can sleep out under the stars, just let them know you are interested and they will make up the bed for you. We ate our meals in several different locations and the food was really top notch. There are no other people around so this is a very private experience. I am so glad we stayed here and thank you to Edwin for making this a favorite stop!"
- F. Purdy

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