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Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Our family had an amazing, wonderful stay at Ol Donyo over New Years 2012-13. We rode horses, went on game drives, walked on the savannah, had a cooked bush breakfast, and savored the views of elephants, giraffes, and impalas at the waterhole. The starbed is fabulous - a fantastic, unique experience. And our guide, Dan Kasaine, was the best guide we had in four camps in Kenya and Tanzania. He is personable, educated, enthusiastic, and has one foot each in the Maasai and western worlds.

I can't wait to return!

Room Tip: They're all good. Most have private pools; ours did not, and we didn't suffer greatly.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Louise B
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Ol Donyo Lodge at the end of a four week tour of Africa. We had a lovey suite with fantastic views of the plains, herds of Elephants at the water holes and Mount Kilimanjaro . We came especially for the scenery as we had already been on many safaris during our trip. We were very fortunate to have Dan K as our knowledgeable and friendly guide and he took us on a trip to the Kopje for Sundowners and on the way we were extremely lucky to see a Cheetah and her 3 cubs. A very peaceful and tranquil place, we just wished we would have had more time to try the horse riding - next time!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KimT755
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

I loved my time at ol Donyo Lodge! "Mama Rachael" made sure that we were spoiled with comfort and fun activities. She nursed, planned, and advised us with grace and style. Thank you, Paddy (never Pat) for arranging 2 fun and great guides for my horseback advetures. Paul (Thuku) and David (Kisban) were absolutely great, and Katch, my horse, was a trooper! Our drivers and guides, Dan and Elijah were also lots of fun, kept us safe, and showed us the amazing area! Ol Donyo Lodge is a beautiful part of the "green hills of Africa", and I do miss it.

Room Tip: all rooms are great, just different.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Ol Donyo is so special , I spent four days here with my daughters for their 18 th birthday , from the moment we arrived we felt at home , We were picked up by Jeremiah our guide and now friend , who always went the full nine yards to enhance our stay , the views from the lodge are fabulous , all the staff are very helpful and friendly , and David is always on hand to maximise your time or be a super supper companion , I have been most fortunate to travel to many luxury hotels and Ol donyo has to be one of the best, really did not want to leave !

Room Tip: Only 10 lodges ,all fantastic with super views .
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mich7777-12
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I really thought this was our get acclimated to Africa stop but it was so much more. Infrastructure was all you see in the pictures, just better.We were a group of eight and no room was better than the other, just different. Even the shop was excellent...would have bought more but thought we'd see better prices and items (and never did)!
But the ultimate experience were the people. The two guides we had, Jackson and Dan, were very different but superb in their own way. I encourage everyone to engage them and get to know them. I learned so much about their culture, their aspirations, their country...
David, the manager was engaging and made sure of all our needs were taken care off.
Two recommendations- take advantage of the star beds (can't put my finger on it except to say unforgettable). If you ride horses, practice before you go (wish I had because I have not seen more beautiful riding country in my life)! And there is no added cost to it...
We added a visit to the Masai village- it was amazing and tough at the same time but no one should leave this continent without a similar experience. Our guides set up an incredible sundowner before arriving back to the lodge- it allowed us all the time to share our thoughts.
In closing, what better recommendation than to say that I yearn to return...

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

the owners of this place are famous National Geographic photographers and writers. Their art and books are all over the place. There is a watering hole out front of the property and you can just sit and watch the elephants and giraffe come and go all day without going anywhere. each room has its own private pool with a view of a watering hole. even the bird show is amazing. AND if the bed and rooms aren't stunning enough, your BUTLER will come and make you a STAR BED on top of your roof complete with mosquito netting as many nights as you want (included in price of stay). AND if that's not enough, there is free horseback riding for beginners or advanced! the service was truly impeccable and the food to match! GOOD JOB OL DONYO!!
oh, and i forgot to mention the private secret elephant viewing patio down the path. that was my favorite thing of all, to sit and watch old "Tore Ear" the elephant like he was my own private pet!

Room Tip: they are all great. maybe ask for one closer to the main lodge so you don't have to walk as far...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Lovely rooms. Loved the outdoor shower. Great food among the best we have had in Aftrica safari camps.

A lot of activities to choose from. We enjoyed the horse rides. We experienced even a bike ride which was amazing. Took a visit to the Caves and the Hills.

The staff try hard to please. The barman made top class drinks. Overall a very memorable stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Mbirikani Group Ranch | Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range: $1,773 - $2,716 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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