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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I do not even know how to begin and am a little afraid that I might not be able to properly convey the perfection of this "must experience" destination. If Africa is on your list, I urge you to add Ol Donyo to the top of the list now. I have dreamed of going to Africa since I was 5... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, Where to begin. Firstly a huge thank you for taking the time to visit us, and then write a wonderful review of your experience here at Ol Donyo! I feel this should be published in an article. I am going to print this out and stick it up, it is important to share this with the whole team,... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ol Donyo Lodge brings back the wonderful ole days of Out of Africa! Quiet, Peaceful and Secluded. Congrats to Kim and the staff. I have traveled around the world to many times and the service at Ol Donyo Lodge makes the service at the Four Seasons seem like a bad day at summer camp. Best customer service I have... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

We are so thrileld to hear you had a memorable stay! Thank you for coming to visit our special spot hidden away in the hills. We will pass on this wonderful feedback to the team and this is what Ol Donyo is all about!! Regards The ODL family More 

Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Spectacular resort for a safari. Marvelous couple Amy and Shawn run the place. The entire staff is amazingly gracious. David Murray photographer guru is great. Jeremiah, our guide, worked hard and we got to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes etc. Nathan Russo an intern was delightful! wonderful rooms and food. Can't say enough good stuff! Visit to Masai village... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Liz, Randy & Ray!! We miss you!! Thank you so much for taking the time to explore and enjoy our special place. We thoroughly enjoyed the many laughs and chats around the fire, as well as the post dinner cigar sessions. Sending Warm Regards from your Ol Donyo Family. More 

Washington
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49 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Ol Donyo should be a "must" for any visitor to Kenya. The Chyulu Hills offer a special setting for this stunning lodge which is truly a five-star experience. We were greeted warmly on arrival and throughout the stay felt as if we had joined the lodge family. Staff were always attentive and immediately remembered our food and beverage preferences. The... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! It really is a special setting and we are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic stay. We are glad it has made your ''must'' visit list and look forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, your Ol Donyo Family. More 

Wildwood, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This was our 3rd stay and each time is different and full of amazing experiences. The elies are huge and beautiful. The Chyulu's are a site to behold. The best part is learning about the outstanding conservation efforts being carried by these dedicated people.

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming back again! You know that you are always welcome here. Warm Regards Amy and Shaun and the Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Shaun and Amy were exceptional hosts welcoming us into the Chyulu Masaai community where the lodge, Masaai and wildlife are all a part of the enviroment. Nothing was too much for the staff, Isaac and James were stand out staff. Our guide James had vast local knowledge, growing up in the Chyulu's and being a Masaai warrior himself made for... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Leon & Sarah, Thank you so much for taking the time to come and visit our home. We loved having you here with us and hope that you will be able to come back again! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

My husband and I visited Ol Donyo December of 2015 for our first safari! The location can't be beat for a first view to Africa. Nestled between Chyulu Hills and Amboseli it was miles of rolling hills, in the green season in early December. We got a vehicle to ourselves which added to the intimate experience. You land on the... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of our special lodge hidden away in the hills. This feedback is always so lovely to hear as this encapsulates exactly the experience we want to create. May these memories always last. Thank you again. With Warm Regards from the Team of Ol Donyo! More 

Camberley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Ol Donyo in the Chyulu Hills has its own airstrip and is a short flight from Wilson Airport. Our "room" consisted of a living room with an open deck from which to gaze at the succession of animals at the waterhole below and the distant plains, a huge bedroom and a bathroom with access to plunge pool and rooftop with... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. It is always so important to get feedback and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here with the Ol Donyo family. We do hope that you can return oneday, if not, may those moment remain forever engrained. With Warm Regards Shaun, Amy and the Team More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

I'm not a seasoned luxury safari traveller by nature, but if I were, I don't think you could do better than Ol' Donyo for the pure quality of experience. The 'rooms,' if that's what they're called, come with everything from a personal pool overlooking the elephant watering hole, to a rooftop deck on which you can sleep under the stars.... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Thomas, We are delighted to her you had a special time and enjoyed all the beauties and unique experiences Ol Donyo has to offer. Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge as well as the time to visit us. We look forward to having you and your family next time. Regards Shaun, Amy and the Team More 

Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

We arrived at the airstrip to be met by Seki who was to be our guide throughout our stay at Ol Donyo. This made us feel very special and shortly afterwards we stopped for coffee on the Plains. The scenery and the atmosphere was truly amazing. Following a morning game drive, we were welcomed at the lodge by all the... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this review

Greetings from Ol Donyo! Thank you very much for the helpful review, feedback enables us to grow and become even better. We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable stay and we do hope to welcome you again. With Warm Regards Amy and Shaun and our Team More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Imagine...Exploring this paradise, and then coming home to one of the most luxurious small lodges in Kenya 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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Address: Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range: $420 - $850 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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