ol Donyo Lodge

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…

LocationMbirikani Group Ranch, Chyulu Hills
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Chyulu (20 minute drive from lodge)
OpenAll year
Camp StyleLuxury safari lodge
FocusBig game / Walking / Riding / Conservation / Culture / Relaxation
Children5 years +
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Horse riding / Mountain biking / Village visit / Chyulu Hills day trip / Hides / Lava tunnel exploration / Star beds
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingYes
Number of Rooms9 suites (including 1 family suite)
Family AccommodationTwo bedroomed Sambu Suite
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed indoor and outdoor showers / Bath
Power for chargingIn room
HairdryerProvided in room
Heating/CoolingCeiling fans
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomNo
Wi-FiIn room
Mobile ReceptionYes
SwimmingCommunal pool / Private plunge pools
WellnessIn room spa treatments available
Dining StyleCommunal and private
Drinks IncludedAll drinks (excluding special requests)
Credit CardsVisa and Mastercard