I saw that Ol Donyo Wuas was ranked #5 out of 6 in Amboseli area lodges, which as I know all of them since I go there constantly, is totally out of whack with the reality. It is a stunning place that out of all the places in Kenya and Tanzania, was where I chose for my wife and I to get married a few years ago.
Firstly, you need to know it's not actually anywhere near Amboseli. It's out on its own in the Chyulu Hills, away, isolated from everywhere - no other tourists, no-one. So from an escapists' point of view, it's wonderful. It has spectacular views out across the plains, whilst behind, the hills are a very different beautiful ecosystem to explore.
True, there is nowhere near the amount of wildlife you would see in the main game parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, but that's not really why you would come here (even though horse-riding through giraffes is wonderful and something you couldn't do in the Mara).
If you want to see elephants, then yes, you would need to go to Amboseli.
We got married on a giant kopje (rocky outcrop) about 20 minutes from the lodge, with a view of Kilimanjaro beyond. The managers at the lodge at the time were our witnesses. They were wonderful, helping make our wedding here a magical day.
Ol Donyo Wuas is a great place to start your holiday in Kenya, unwinding, taking in the atmosphere for a few days.
Importantly - time of year. You want to go when the vast plains are green green after the rains. So mid December to April would be the best time to go. I've been twice - both in Decemer/January, and the rains had just greened everywhere - stunning.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ol Donyo Hotel Amboseli Eco-System