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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ol Donyo is an unforgettable place on earth! A luxurious property set along the side of Chyulu Hills with a stunning view of the savannah and Mt. Kilimanjaro, my husband and I spent 3 nights at this amazing lodge in May. Our flight landed on a dirt strip and we were immediately greeted by our guide - Elijah. As a... More

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manchester. uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Ol Donyo a place that should be on everyones bucket list. A lodge in the wild without the worry of of the wild. This amazing place will give you a holiday experience you will never forget. The views you get from this place leave you speechless, i have traveled a fair bit and seen many places but nothing compares to... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Ol Donyo is one of those amazing properties that you will never forget. My husband and I have been to some incredible luxury hotels in Africa and Asia, but this is our new favorite after a stay there over Easter this year. The location is absolutely stunningly beautiful – you have the rolling Chyulu Hills to one side and Mt.... More

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

Wow right back, Susan! What an amazing review and all of us at ol Donyo Lodge appreciate it so very much. We were the ones that had the pleasure of experiencing your stay… and enjoyed it right along with you both. You and Peter took the opportunity to make the most of all the unique features of this lodge and... More

Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

As my title goes no words can explain this place. It is a place which has touched our heart and we will surely will visit this place a lot. Both Alyssa and Roy were great hosts and team was just amazing in taking care of my family. If you want luxury in the wild this is the best place to... More

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

We can’t thank you enough Shah Family for coming ‘the distance’ with your beautiful family to experience our home. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your time with us as we certainly loved having you. Until next time… Alyssa, Ray & The ol Donyo Team More

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wow!! I have no words to describe our stay at Oldonyo, to say the least it has been one of our most memorable trips yet. The lodge couldn't have two better people running it, Alyssa and Roy! Them and their fabulous group of staff took such great care of us from the moment we arrived to the second we left.... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jasani Family We are so happy we managed to keep you enthralled while you stayed with us recently. Thank you for your feedback here and come stay again soon Best wishes More

Kingston, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm not even sure where to begin or how to describe this place! Everything and everyone at Ol Donyo was part of a dream come true for my husband and me. Upon arriving at the little green landing strip we were eagerly greeted by the amazing managers Alyssa and Ray - their excitement and enthusiasm for everything they are surrounded... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Wow Stacy What can we say? It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and thank you for this amazing report back on your stay. You should come visit our Kenyan or Botswana camps next! More

Vienna, Austria
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stopped at this extraordinary lodge while our Safari in Kenia. Having been to the Serengeti before, we were sure nothing could top that! Actually, we were wrong. The adventure starts with the flight over green hills and going down also in the green, as there is no real airstrip:-) We were taken to the lodge where we first met... More

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

Thank you so much for your amazing review. It was such a pleasure having you at the lodge and were overjoyed with how you embraced the many wonderful activities we offer from enjoying the hide to hiking ol Donyo Wuas hill and of course the horse riding! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed the food, we have a lot... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Had a great time at ol Donyo. The number of activities is amazing! Enjoyed several game drives with our awesome guide James. Although there is not as much wildlife here as in other parts of Kenya, James always managed to find us some interesting wildlife and was especially great at bird spotting. We also did a horse ride, which was... More

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Stayed 3 nights at Ol Donyo Lodge with parents. The scenery of the Chyulu Hill area is unbelievably varied and beautiful. As soon as you arrive into the Chyulu hills you know that you are visiting somewhere very special. But on arrival at Ol Donyu Lodge all your expectations will be immediately surpassed. The management team of Ray and Alyssa... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Here is "The Good": Ol Donyo is an one-of-a-kind lodge. Tastefully decorated and filled with brilliant ideas in every corner: star gazing stations in the lodges, outdoor showers, heavy curtains instead of windows, the list could go on. The wildlife is not as plentiful as in other locations, but has an abundance of animals at an ingeniously designed waterhole right... More

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Address: Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — ol Donyo Lodge 5*
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Imagine…275,000 acres of scenic Africa, where the wildlife can be found free and roaming, without tourists in mini buses or a set schedule. Imagine…travelling across the archetypal savannahs of East Africa in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle without limitation, feeling the rhythm of Africa beneath your feet as you walk with expert trackers, or horseback riding with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Imagine…exploring this paradise, and then coming home to one of the most luxurious small lodges in East Africa where a hot bath, in or outdoor shower, or private swimming pool await – all with inspiring views across the expansive plains, plus delicious food, charming hosts and world-class service.ol Donyo Lodge is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation. ... more   less 
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