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Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge
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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 this place, it really is a special place. The hospitality is 7 star, everything you want without the hassle of been pestered. A place you can relax and become absorbed by the environment.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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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. Kilimanjaro directly in front of you. And the staff is beyond amazing. We loved Ray & Alyssa, the managers, who made us feel like family and were the warmest, most welcoming managers we’ve ever encountered. We’re not typically fans of communal dining, but they were such fantastic hosts that we felt like we were at a really fun dinner party every meal. Easter brunch under an Acacia tree on the plains (preceded by a cheetah sighting on the drive there) is a memory we will never forget. Ray is also a talented chef, and all of our meals were absolutely amazing - especially for being in such a remote location. And our local Maasai guide, James, was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, funny, and importantly, fun to spend time with. On top of the beauty of the location and outstanding staff, we also liked that there was so much to do beyond game drives. Horseback riding, amazing hiking (sunset from the top of Ol Donyo Hill, lava tubes, and the Kopjes rock formations among them), staff who is willing to accompany you on a run through the plains (Isaac was a great running partner), and sleeping under the stars on a specially prepared bed on top of the room. There’s also a hide by one of the watering holes so you can get up close to the animals that visit. Overall, an incredibly memorable and enjoyable trip. We can’t wait to go back!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2014

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 didn’t let a moment pass you by.

As Ray and I always say, ‘If you don’t leave, you can’t come back.’

Best wishes and until next time,
Alyssa, Ray & the ol Donyo Lodge Team

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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 be in and I would recommend this place to anyone who loves nature. Again thank you very much and you will be seeing us very soon.
Shah Family

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Mital S
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2014

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

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wow!! I have no words to describe our stay at Oldonyo, to say the least it has been one of our most memorable trips yet. The lodge couldn't have two better people running it, Alyssa and Roy! Them and their fabulous group of staff took such great care of us from the moment we arrived to the second we left. Out family tent was beyond what we had ever excepted, it was beautiful and overlooked a fantastic view of the Chyulu Hills. We were spoiled with magnificent food throughout our stay, being vegetarian didn't throw them off, each meal was special and delicious. Our guide Jeremiah was incredibly knowledgeable, even though there wasn't much game in the reserve, he found plenty to show and tell us during our game drives and bush walks. We were offered a huge range of activities so we didn't sit bored for a second, in fact we found ourselves struggling to find time to do all of them! We thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by such happy, enthusiastic people who made our stay truly unforgettable! Thank you to everyone at Oldonyo for everything! !! Jasani family

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

Dear Jasani Family

We are so happy we managed to keep you enthralled while you stayed with us recently.

Thank you for your feedback here and come stay again soon

Best wishes

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Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm not even sure where to begin or how to describe this place! Everything and everyone at Ol Donyo was part of a dream come true for my husband and me. Upon arriving at the little green landing strip we were eagerly greeted by the amazing managers Alyssa and Ray - their excitement and enthusiasm for everything they are surrounded by is incredible! They whisked us off to a beautiful location for a bush breakfast, complete with refreshing mimosas! On our journey back to the lodge we caught sight of a journey of giraffes and were able to take the most incredible pictures with Kilimanjaro in the background! Couldn't have asked for a more impressive welcome!
We stayed at a few other places while in Tanzania and Kenya, but nothing compared to the overall package at Ol Donyo. The food was outstanding and by far the best we ate (full of variety and flavor - compliments to the manager Ray who was a former chef who has collected inspiration from his numerous trips around the world), the rooms were gorgeous (complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool, roof top star bed and private view of the elephant watering hole), staff was so knowledgeable and personable (from welcome songs to unbelievable stories), and we have to mention the amount of tailored activities (mountain biking, horse back riding, hiking in the lava tubes and the Ol Donyo mountain, a visit to a Masai village, sundowners in the most incredible locations...) and the variety of animals (including the rarely seen striped hyena...)!
One of our favorite places was the elephant hide. We'd grab a beverage and take a short walk to the hide where we could sit and enjoy watching the incredible behavior of the elephants within feet of their watering hole. Such a unique experience!
If you are debating about where to stay, this is your place! The price may seem steep, but I can guarantee that its worth every single penny! Thank you to EVERYONE at Ol Donyo for making our adventure the trip of a lifetime...

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Stacy B
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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

Wow Stacy

What can we say?
It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and thank you for this amazing report back on your stay.

You should come visit our Kenyan or Botswana camps next!

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Reviewed March 25, 2014

We stopped at this extraordinary lodge while our Safari in Kenia. Having been to the Serengeti before, we were sure nothing could top that! Actually, we were wrong. The adventure starts with the flight over green hills and going down also in the green, as there is no real airstrip:-)

We were taken to the lodge where we first met Alyssa and Roy, the Managers of the lodge. We have been to quite some lodges in Africa, but those two really do a perfect job!
They upgraded us on a room with our own plunge pool -the rooms are absolutely amazing! They have no front wall, but only curtains, so the room opens up to the endless plains of Amboseli, with Kili in the back. On the right, the same view can be enjoyed in your plunge pool! And you directly watch the elefants and giraffes passing by.
The view alone made us wish, we could sit there forever and just stare, but at this astonishing lodge there is no time for that ( unless you want to do just that!)

Our first way was to the"hide", you just go down there directly from the lodge and can sit in an open shed, just some ten meters away from the big elephants - again you could sit there forever unless you have to go by jeep for your sundowner on a big rock in the middle of the plain, watching the red sun disappear!

The lodge is famous for its horse riding, but as we are absolute beginners we hesitated but then decided to do it. Again, although we were quite late with our wish Roy and Alyssa managed a ride for us on the next morning. It was awsome! You ride slowly with two guides through the plains, following a giraffe, it truly was an adventure!
In the afternoon we hiked on ol Donyo hill with our guide, the walk takes like one hour and a half and rewards you with an incredible view -and of course with a gin tonic:-)

Last but not least the food! Roy is a british cook, who has been quite around the world and therefore brings some fresh ideas to the African kitchen, lunch was served on a big table, where you sit together and share a variety of fresh and creative salads. We loved it! Of course, if you want to eat allone you are also free to do that.

But what to my opinion made this stay so memorable was the hospitality -especially of the managers -Alyssa and Roy! Not only will they do everything to make your stay most agreeable and adventourous, but they are also interesting people to talk to and you feel they like what they are doing! On the day we had to leave, our booked driver didn't show up as he took the wrong way. Roy and Alyssa immediately organised our guide to drive us for two hours round the hill, to meet our driver-this was great and we would like to thank them again very much for their support!
So an ABSOLUTE RECOMMENDATION from my side for this lodge! Of course this has its price, but the memories are worth every penny!

Thank you again everybody at Ol Donyo Lodge!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation ol Donyo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2014

Thank you so much for your amazing review.

It was such a pleasure having you at the lodge and were overjoyed with how you embraced the many wonderful activities we offer from enjoying the hide to hiking ol Donyo Wuas hill and of course the horse riding!

We are extremely happy that you enjoyed the food, we have a lot of fun using new recipes, techniques and styles and when our guests recognise the efforts made by the kitchen we could not be more proud of our team.

We hope that you come back soon and we get to share more of our lodge and our area with you.

Thanks you again
Kind regards
Ray, Alyssa and the ol Donyo Lodge Team

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Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time at ol Donyo. The number of activities is amazing! Enjoyed several game drives with our awesome guide James. Although there is not as much wildlife here as in other parts of Kenya, James always managed to find us some interesting wildlife and was especially great at bird spotting.

We also did a horse ride, which was fun and the horses are beautiful. We hiked up Ol Donyo one night, and it was a bit more challenging than we expected, mostly due to the heat. However it was worth it for the incredible view at the top. Took a visit to a local Maasai village which I loved.

As far as accomodations, the lodge is beautiful and overlooks the watering hole that is always crowded with elephants. There is a path down to an elephant hide where you can observe the elephants at close range while enjoying a drink.

the cottage itself was gorgeous and we loved waking up each morning with a view of kilimanjaro. we opted for a non-pool cottage and were glad we did, as there is a communal pool and given all the activities we had very little time to sun bathe.

Can't forget to mention the staff - every single person was friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable. The regular managers were on holiday, but we would never have known if no one told us. Lexy, the substitute manager, was incredible.

Thanks to everyone at Ol donyo for an amazing stay!

Stayed: March 2014, 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
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Ranked #9 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range: $1,663 - $2,854 (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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