ol Donyo Lodge is nestled into acacia woodland facing Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance, in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya.

ol Donyo is a superb Relais & Châteaux property offering high levels of accommodation, food, service and exclusivity. The accommodation is spacious and luxurious, allowing guests the chance to relax and unwind in a tranquil setting as well as explore the surrounding wilderness. Management and service has always been very personal and high quality. Whilst there is big game to see, especially elephants and including the rare gerenuk, lion and cheetah, you do not come here solely for the game. Activities are varied, including cultural and conservation activities, walking, horse riding and even mountain biking, and the Chyulu Hills are beautiful. ol Donyo is therefore best for guests looking for an exclusive and relaxing stay where they can undertake a variety of different experiences and enjoy the hospitality of the lodge.


The small lodge caters for around 20 guests in eight Deluxe Suites and one family suite known as the Sambu Suite. All Suites are luxuriously appointed and have a separate bedroom section, dressing area, spacious bathroom…


The Chyulu’s are a beautiful range of hills lying to the north-east of Kilimanjaro. They are of volcanic origin, and at their base, several forested volcanic lava flows snake out across the surrounding plains to create a varied and interesting landscape. There are also…


Ol Donyo accepts children five years and older, though we would naturally recommend this lodge to families with children old enough to enjoy the variety of activities on offer. The Sambu suite is perfect for families with slightly older kids looking for…

Conservation & community

ol Donyo Lodge is part of Great Plains Conservation which has a non-profit Foundation (Great Plains Foundation) spanning both Kenya and Botswana. In Kenya the Foundation, working with other organisations, supports the Maasai Olympics which…

Location Mbirikani Group Ranch, Chyulu Hills
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Chyulu (20 minute drive from lodge)
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Luxury safari lodge
Focus Big game / Walking / Riding / Conservation / Culture / Relaxation
Children 5 years +
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Horse riding / Mountain biking / Village visit / Chyulu Hills day trip / Hides / Lava tunnel exploration / Star beds
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms 9 suites (including 1 family suite)
Family Accommodation Two bedroomed Sambu Suite
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed indoor and outdoor showers / Bath
Power for charging In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Provided in room
Heating/Cooling Ceiling fans
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi In room
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Communal pool / Private plunge pools
Wellness In room spa treatments available
Dining Style Communal and private
Drinks Included All drinks (excluding special requests)
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard