Set in the beautiful Chyulu Hills between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks, the Relais & Châteaux Ol Donyo Lodge offers sweeping views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day. There are just 7 stone chalets in total including a two-bedroom family unit, nestled on a hillside. All feature their own private pools and roof terraces where “star beds” can be set up so guests can enjoy the experience of sleeping beneath a million stars.
The arid 275,000-acre Maasai-owned ranch upon which Ol Donyo Lodge is sited may not have the Masai Mara’s dense wildlife, but it is a hauntingly lovely place where some of Africa’s last remaining giant tuskers still roam. Here, leopard calls are often heard at night and lion are slowly being pulled back from the brink of extinction.
Wildlife viewing can be done at Ol Donyo Lodge in classic open 4WD vehicles, on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Fly camping is also possible for guests staying a little longer. Back at the lodge, delicious meals are served in the palatial dining area and massages are possible in the privacy of your room. There is also a shared lounge, where guests can relax or mingle.