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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 1 week ago
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  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Watamu, Coast, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ol Donyo Lodge is the perfect combination of luxury with activity in the stunning surrounds of the Chyulu hills. Everything about the lodge was absolutely superb; The rooms were immaculate, stunningly decorated, well equipped and absolutely beautiful. The food was beyond our expectations! The views and atmosphere at ol Donyo lodge were superb and simply out of this world. There... More

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

Dear Maddy, We certainly loved hosting you! All of us at ol Donyo Lodge cannot thank you enough for taking the time to touch on what we work hard on the most... creating an ‘out of this world stay.’ And you are right, the wildlife couldn’t be more stunning right now, and with such exclusive viewing of amazing sightings! All... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An experience I think will be v hard to get anywhere.. Star beds.. Open rooms u can hear the animals snorting away n thn the wonderful plunge pools attached to each room.. Divine elegance n such old world romance .. You can loose yourself ..

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

Hi there ! Thank you so much for you review here ! We as a team and a lodge are growing stronger and stronger, sharing the experiences through our guests eyes and reviews really helps,. Since your visit last year, many more positive changes have been made. We hope that you can make it back again in the near future... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you only visit one wilderness lodge in all of Africa it has to be this one. With just 1 exception, all of the previous reviewers have rated Ol Donyo Lodge as 'Excellent'; & that tells you all you need to know. We completely endorse all of their positive comments & descriptions of their experiences here. Ours too was a... More

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

Dear Ian and Sandra, Your time spent with all of us here at ol Donyo will be one that Ray and I will never forget. It truly emphasises what we hope that all our new ‘friends’ feel when they leave. That this is not just a lodge, but our home… We can’t thank you enough for your incredible review of... More

Toronto, Canada
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28 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had heard from others that this is a beautiful lodge and they were right! The design captures both function and visual beauty that successfully blends tradition with contemporary touches. Our room was outstanding, spacious and magnificently equipped. Even so, nothing compared to the beauty of the surrounding view! The team are excellent at what they do! Under the watchful... More

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

Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased that you had a great stay with us at ol Donyo. The team are so appreciative of your comments and we all are thrilled that you saw the beauty of the area and the lodge and loved it as much as we do. James send his regards and best... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Ol Donyo should be on everyone's safari itinerary. Our trip would not have been complete without this stop on our journey. We are a family of four (two teenagers) who have travelled extensively, although this was our first trip to Kenya/Africa. Ol Donyo was the fourth stop on our three week African Adventure. Other stops included House of Waine in... More

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

Hi Stephanie, David, Kieran and Zoe. We cannot say enough to thank you for the extensive and amazing review. It was such a pleasure having you here and talking about Minnesota! You were such an amazing family to have here and we know that you took every opportunity to take in all that the lodge had to offer. We were... More

Oberageri, Switzerland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We spend 2 nights at Ol Donyo and experienced a fantastic place with great rangers, delicious food, great service and very nice accommodation! The sun downer game drive is one of the best. There is no better way to start your safari!

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

Greetings from ol Donyo! We are so grateful for you recent review, we had a great time getting to know you and your family, our only regret is that you were not here longer! We truly hope that one day you and your family can make it back to ol Donyo and we can share more stories. We hope that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

What an amazing place Ol Donyo is. I've been fortunate to travel around to many bush lodges around Kenya but Ol Donyo Lodge and its beautiful surroundings is just special. We were welcomed by the awesome hosts, Alyssa and Ray along with Jeremy of Big Life in such a special way that I knew my stay there was going to... More

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

Hi Martin Thank you so much for your review. It is of course extremely appreciated! We are very happy that you enjoyed your short stay with us and that you got to experience the lodge in-between your work here. Jeremy passes on his regards as do the rest of us here at ol Donyo. It was a pleasure to share... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have traveled around the world and have become accustomed to luxury accommodations and service. That being said, I don't like stuffy surroundings or snotty service. Ol Donyo was perfect! It was my ideal for luxury safari - upscale but comfortable. Not only were Alyssa and Ray (who is unfortunately referred to in other postings as Roy) awesome, but the... More

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

WOW, thank you so so much for such an extensive, informative and impressive review! Reading the review, we are ecstatic that you describe everything that this place is, to us, our colleagues and our guests. You have captured the essence of our home in your review and we truly could not have described it better ourselves. We are so fortunate... More

gold coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Views over the plains, views to the hills, views of wildlife at the waterhole right in front of the lodge. Sunken hide for wildlife watching, game drives, hikes over the hills, breakfasts in the bush, sundowners on the kopjes, gourmet food, starbeds on the roofs. Fresh veggie gardens and homebuilt smoker right on the premises. Home to the the BigLife... More

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

Dear Ralf! We are so happy that you took the time to write a review for ol Donyo. It was amazing having you stay here and here all of your stories about your life back in Australia. It was fantastic to watch you enjoy our environment, especially all of our fantastic birds! We love hearing from you and re-living your... More

Seattle, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

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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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*
Number of rooms: 10
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