One of the most stunning and beautifully located lodges in East Africa, this 10 suite lodge, built on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the only Relais & Chateaux member in Kenya. A special place where guests not only have exclusive access to 275,000 acres of Masai owned land, and can enjoy a rooftop starbed under the African night sky , but should guests want to, the lodge’s founder, Richard Bonham (a safari legend in East Africa) takes guests out in his private plane for a scenic flight up close to Kilimanjaro and around the Chyulu Hills – a true once in a lifetime experience.
All proceeds from these private guest flights go to the Big Life Foundation, a conservation charity created to protect Africa’s wildlife against poaching. A scenic flight over Mt. Kilimanjaro with the lodge’s founder makes for one of the most truly memorable experiences in Africa. Although very likely upon request, these trips are of course never promised or guaranteed as they are subject to Richard’s availability and the weather.
Find out more about the Big Life Foundation biglife.org/about-big-life/how-big-life-began
Most suites at Ol Donyo lodge have a private pool, an element available very rarely in a safari lodge. Horse riding excursions are highly encouraged – galloping amongst giraffe and zebra is a special experience very few forget, as is mountain biking across the plains (also on offer from Ol Donyo). Lodge guests can track lions with the ‘Lion Guardians’ who play an extremely important part of the lion conservation scheme in the Chyulu Hills. The Lion Guardians are a group of Masai tribes people who protect the lions and educate people in the local villages. Ol Donyo guests find this an incredibly rewarding experience and we have had some wonderful feedback from clients who have participated during their stay.
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We highly recommend combining Ol Donyo Lodge as part of a longer itinerary and most people fly from Kenya to the neighbouring island of Zanzibar for a well earnt week on the beach to dust down those tired safari legs.
Please contact the Turquoise team on 01494 678400 for your tailor-made itinerary to Africa