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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Oberageri, Switzerland
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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gold coast
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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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manchester. uk
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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

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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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