Ol Donyo Lodge

The Relais & Châteaux Ol Donyo Lodge is set in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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.

  • A secluded Relais & Chateaux lodge in the Chyulu Hills
  • Home of Africa’s last remaining large tuskers
  • Set on a hauntingly beautiful Maasai-owned private ranch
  • Rooftop ‘star beds’ in every chalet
  • Enjoy activities such as bush walking and night game drives not possible in national park
  • Game drives in Amboseli National Park and on the private Mbirikani Group Ranch
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Night safaris
  • Bush dining and sundowners
  • Horseback riding and mountain biking

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Most guests fly into the Ol Donyo Lodge private airstrip by private or scheduled air transfer from Nairobi Wilson Airport or from airstrips in the Masai Mara. Flying time depends on the aircraft and prevailing weather conditions. The road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge is approximately 30 minutes.

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