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ol Donyo Lodge

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Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect in every way, from the moment we arrived, we were made so welcomed and looked after so well. Our suite was amazing, a spacious terrace, comfy sofas, sun loungers, plunge pool and straight ahead breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro. A luxurious bedroom, bathroom and a sitting room , all had glass doors onto the terrace, rather useful when the lights... More 

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Dear Laurence, All we can say is that you came here as a stranger and left as a very good friend. We can’t wait to have you back here for Christmas! The entire ol Donyo Lodge team More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The two days I spent at Ol Donyo Lodge last week with my husband and two long time friends were absolutely pure luxury. Kim and her staff welcomed us warmly with cool towels and a glass of homemade ice tea. They showed us around the main area of the lodge, which is stunning and then to our wonderful villa with... More 

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Dear Dawn, It was truly a pleasure, we enjoyed every minute of having you to stay. I hope to see you both again soon, perhaps for your birthday! Thanks, Kim More 

Mobile, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Ol Donyo is a wonderful place to really get away from it all. Every effort is made to make you feel as if you are the only guest in their care. Food is superb and the star bed on the roof of your room is amazing! Very romantic! Oh, and the action at the watering hole in front of your... More 

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Dear Paula, Thank you for your kind review. It was so nice to see you and Dawn catching up on old times with nothing but laughter. Please do let Bill know that he ran with one of Kenya’s top runners! Isaac has just run the Kilimanjaro half marathon with a time of 1.07! He came 17 out of around 6000... More 

Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I spent 3 days over US President's Day weekend at Ol Donyo with two friends/colleagues who work in Kenya, and savored the experience. Our agent Rose Muya at Timeless Tours & Travel in Nairobi had recommended it a couple of times, and we wanted elephants and some of the winter migrant birds, so it fit the bill. Yes, all the... More 

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Dear Laura, Thank you for your wonderful review. It was so lovely to see 3 good friends taking the time out of your busy lives to catch up, and no better place to have done this. The rain storm has transformed the area surrounding us to green. We will remember you all for happily chatting, laughing or having very intellectual... More 

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13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Had a chance to spend a few days at Ol Donyo, it's wonderful - perfect place to unwind after some time on safari in the bush. Kim, Alysssa, Ray and the whole staff are amazing. The accommodations, food and staff are superb! Loved the massage, with eles, zebra and other characters walking about. Great food, wonderful guides. Loved the personal... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Andy, It is so rewarding to get great feedback, especially from the likes of you and Marc. I hope the rest of your trip went well in Amboseli. I see you have made an inquiry for a new booking already – we can’t wait to have you and your guests back here! Many thanks, Kim More 

Orange, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Ol Donyo was one of 5 lodges at which we stayed during 2 weeks on safari in East Africa. We added Ol Donyo after we had most of our itinerary set, mainly because we were pretty much guaranteed a good elephant experience and I dearly wanted to see Mt. Kilimanjaro. The lodge delivered on these and much more. The genuine... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for this incredible review! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your holiday with us, probably as much as we enjoy living here. The last few days we have had substantial morning rain showers, and clear, sunny afternoons. It doesn’t get any better right now! Everything is looking so beautiful. We hope you will both be back soon! More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We stayed at Ol Donyo for a week at the end of October This was our last stop on our 3 week trip to Kenya & Tanzania as mainly a safari holiday We knew that we would not see the sheer numbers of game that we had see elsewhere but we're hoping for a little bit of luxury, the chance... More 

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Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your review, we really enjoyed having you and Jen at ol Donyo! It was absolutely fantastic getting to know you both over the week, and to be able to see such a swift transformation from non-rider to rider! The photo shoot was a truly memorable morning and I love the pictures that you... More 

Canmore, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Ol Donyo has been my favorite safari experience to date for a number of reasons. Its exclusivity is unrivaled in that the lodge is the only one on the whole 275,000acre property. We drove through hills and plains without running into any other groups, which is rare in most other camps. The lodge draws in the animals with the strategically... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Tia and Dane, Thank-you for your kind words, and we are so glad that you both enjoyed your Ol Donyo experience. We wish you the best for your future, and we know it has good things in store for you both. More 

Bolwarra Heights, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Superb views, superb accommodation, superb service, superb attention to detail, superb food, Alyssa, Ray and their ol Donyo family attended to our every need and made our stay one we will remember for the rest of our lives. We have traveled extensively and have never experienced a gem like this. So pleased we found you. A huge thank you to... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Alan and Sue, We love it when everything falls so perfectly into place as it did with you both. The beauty of Ol Donyo is being able to do whatever suits you, and you both did exactly that! We have 10 brand new bikes that need breaking in Alan….we hope to see you both back here again soon. More 

Voorhees, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Ol Donyo is in a class by itself. Set on the mountainside overlooking Kenya's savanna and often views of Kilimanjaro, the hotel is worthy of a visit in itself. The means are just spectacular and there's a game hide near a waterhole where you can watch elephants and other critters drinking. While you're doing it the staff will serve you... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Tom, You speak so fondly of Ol Donyo Lodge, and we just want you to know that it is people just like you that make us all love working here! Jackson has a new photography page on facebook that you must have a look at, we are so proud of his amazing photos. His page is called ‘Through Jackson Lemayian's... More 

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