Ol Donyo Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge located in the heart of the Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya on 111,000 hectares of private land. The lodge is perched on the side of a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tsavo West National Park and home to a wide variety of wildlife. The name “Ol Donyo” means “mountain” in Maasai language, and it perfectly captures the lodge’s stunning location and it offers an unparalleled opportunity for game drives, bush walks, and birdwatching.
Guests at Ol Donyo Lodge are accommodated in luxurious thatched-roof cottages that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The cottages are beautifully designed and equipped with all modern amenities, including spacious en-suite bathrooms, private verandas, stunning views a lovely swimming pool and spa facilities. The lodge offers a range of activities including exhilarating game drives, guided walks, horseback riding, mountain biking, or exploring the nearby caves. Whilst the dining experience at Ol Donyo Lodge is exceptional. The skilled chefs prepare delicious Relais and Châteaux quality meals using fresh local ingredients and choose from the hand picked wine selection from the private cellar. An opportunity to dine under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness should not be missed.
Ol Donyo Lodge is committed to conservation and sustainability. It actively supports local communities, teachers, schools and wildlife conservation within the area, as well as offering guests opportunities to participate in some of the initiatives.
One of the highlights at Ol Donyo Lodge’s is its hide. This is a specially designed wildlife viewing area that provides a unique opportunity for guests to observe uninterrupted views of the wildlife up close and personal next to a watering hole where animals frequently gather. It is designed to blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, ensuring guests are hidden, safe and comfortable offering uninterrupted views of the wildlife. This also includes the opportunity for night-time wildlife observation. From the hide, guests can witness a diverse range of wildlife species, including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many others. Opportunities for photography and observing natural animal behaviors are abundant. The hide experience at Ol Donyo Lodge is usually guided by a knowledgeable and experienced naturalist who provides insights into the animals, their behaviors, and the ecosystem. This unique experience adds an extra dimension to the safari experience, allowing guests to engage with wildlife on a more intimate level and is amazing for those that love photography! It offers a chance to witness incredible wildlife moments while being immersed in the sights and sounds of the African bush.
Ol Donyo Lodge offers exceptional game viewing opportunities within its private ranch and the surrounding areas. With its location in the Chyulu Hills, guests can experience a diverse range of wildlife and enjoy thrilling game drives in the nearby Tsavo West National Park.Game drives at Ol Donyo Lodge are conducted by experienced guides who have an in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife. The lodge’s open-top safari vehicles provide the ideal vantage point for spotting and observing animals in their natural habitat. The game drives are usually conducted during the early morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is most active.
Within the lodge’s private ranch, guests can encounter a variety of animals, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, and more. The vast plains and rolling hills provide picturesque backdrops for wildlife sightings. The private nature of the ranch ensures a more exclusive and intimate game viewing experience. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to explore the nearby Tsavo West National Park, known for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. Tsavo West is home to the iconic “red elephants” of Tsavo, as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras, and numerous bird species. Game drives in the park offer a chance to witness the incredible biodiversity of the region. in addition, Ol Donyo Lodge also offers guided bush walks and these experiences provide a deeper connection with nature and an opportunity to learn about the smaller flora and fauna often missed during game drives.
Ol Donyo Lodge offers an incredible safari experience in Kenya. Luxurious accommodations, the very best food and wine, stunning location, diverse wildlife, and commitment to conservation. With experienced guides, exclusive game drives, guided bush walks, and a diverse range of wildlife, guests can expect an unforgettable safari adventure.
I took two pictures above (TAKEN FROM THE LIVE FEED) from the live stream link below that operates from the hide: