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ol Donyo Lodge

5.0 of 5 Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bolwarra Heights, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited El Donyo in November of 2014. Having visited Africa multiple times, I can truly say this property and the quality of experience are OUTSTANDING. The beauty of the setting is beyond description (the lodge is set on a hill, overlooking a large plain filled with game with rises gently to Kilimanjaro). We were fortunate in that the lodge... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Ol Donyo is in the Chyulla Hills and in full view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which I saw clearly for two whole days. The hosts Allysa and Ray were super professional and yet comfortable to be with and very friendly and interested in all their clients. The rest of the staff were professional, friendly, discrete and charming. The food was outstanding... More 

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Cle Elum, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We started our safari honeymoon here and absolutely loved it. Managers Allysa and Ray have created a gracious haven of the highest standards. We were greeted (not just upon arrival, but every time we returned from our daily and evening adventures) to an enthusiastic welcome with refreshing, cool towels. Our rooms were beautifully appointed, with a plunging pool and full... More 

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

Dearest Kathleen and Bryan Ray, I and the entire ol Donyo Family cannot tell you enough how much your stay here meant to us, too. You are now a part of OUR family, and were so grateful to have shared so much with you whist you were experiencing all of ol Donyo’s many treasures. From the laughter over the indulgent... More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Ol Donyo is such a special place - the lodge alone is incredible, but the people and overall experience made our stay extra special. There are endless activities in addition to game drives from horseback riding into the sunset, authentic Masai village visit, bike riding, and numerous hikes. One of our favorite experiences was taking a run on the plains... More 

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

Hi Tiffany! Thank you so much for your review, we really enjoyed having you both here and only wished it were longer. Despite only being here two days, you certainly took full advantage of the activities that we offer and even the bonus activity of running on the plains with Isaac which he really enjoyed. James passes on his regards... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It all started with zebras and wilderbeast scattering as the plane approached the landing strip. A warm Jerimiah was waiting for us and we hit the bush upon arrival. His knowledge and patience were incredible. Then there's the lodge. The facility is just stunning. Beautifully designed, tasteful, practical and comfortable all in one. The staff were so warm and welcoming... More 

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

We wanted to send you a big thank you from ol Donyo for your review! We are sorry to have missed you whilst you were here but we are so happy that you enjoyed Johan, the lodge and the activities. Hiking through the lava tubes is such a great experience and we are thrilled that you got to do it.... More 

Escondido, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Imagine our delight when we landed at the Ol Donyo airstrip and were greeted by Konee, our supremely qualified and delightful guide. As the plane took off Konee set up a lovely table of treats and coffee and began his "orientation" of our stay at Ol Donyo. This began a magical three days at the lodge, our first stop in... More 

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

Hi Nancy Thank you very much for your review. We all really enjoyed your stay with us and we are honoured you chose us for your 35th anniversary! The chefs really love to sing and dance and they also thank you for that opportunity. Konee says a big hello and hopes that you enjoyed the rest of your time in... More 

Wayne, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I have travelled fairly extensively and I can honestly say no place has been as spectacular for me as Ol Donyo. This was an incredible place to spend the last 3 days of our 3 "camp" safari, relaxing yet dramatic and exciting. I agree with the reviews that have already been written and the travelor photos speak for themselves. It... More 

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

Dear Anita On behalf of ol Donyo and our team we wanted to thank you for your amazing review. It was great to have you here and share this special place. It was a pleasure be at the end of the trip and to help you finish your trip. We always say we are a great place to end and... More 

Watamu, Coast, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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 

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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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