Ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and bordering Chyulu Hills National Park. This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. No other lodge in Africa offers such a wide range of experiences, in such a private setting. As one of Kenya’s only two Relais & Chateaux properties (other being sister property Mara Plains Camp), the lodge is perched on a hillside with views of East Africa’s classic savanna’s below.

The 16-bed lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for a wide appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups. What makes it a standout is its notable variety of activities – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a place to feel Africa, and get out from behind the wheel. Add to this the lodge’s creature comforts of fine dining, massage, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days. Wildlife is here, but this semi-arid region does not host the volumes of the Masai Mara area, so the lodge is best paired with our sister properties there, Mara Plains and Mara Expedition Camps. Together, this combination gives guests the most well-rounded and complementary Kenya itinerary.

No two of the lodge’s eight suites is exactly the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole as well as star beds atop each of the suites for sleeping under the night sky. Six of the lodge’s eight suites have private plunge pools, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, with a shared common area and plunge pool, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Constructed of local thatch and gunnite, the suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design. Flashes of bright color interspersed with earthy tones, wildlife photography and local crafts punctuate the open-air layout. The lodge’s main lounge, complete with grand stone fireplace, a small library, inviting open bar and expansive veranda are the place to rendezvous with new friends, and the local staff. The attached dining area as well as the nearby pool lounge/dining is where sumptuous meals are served, and good times abound. The main infinity pool, curio shop and office provide other diversions should exploring the area not be enough.

Most of the lodge staff is from the local Maasai community and keen to share their fascinating culture with guests – it is a treasured chance to learn. Furthermore, the Mbirikani Group Ranch and ol Donyo Lodge are one of the first examples of a community tourism partnership, whereby land is leased from the Maasai by the lodge, providing the Maasai with benefits from tourism and an incentive for conservation. Every guest of ol Donyo Lodge contributes to these vital initiatives.


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

Room Facilities

  • Balcony / Deck
  • Dressing Gowns
  • En-Suite
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge Area
  • Outside Shower

  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Veranda

Activities on Site

  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Fine Dining
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing

Activities Nearby

  • Child Friendly Activities
  • Cultural Tours
  • General Sightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Game Walks
  • Horse Riding
  • Horse-back Safaris
  • Massages
  • Safaris
  • Walks

Room Types

Pool Suites

No two of the lodge’s bedrooms are exactly the same, but what is consistent is the view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lodge’s famous waterhole as well as star beds atop each of the suites for sleeping under the stars. The decor is luxurious and opulent, while still retaining the atmosphere and sense of place that is an essential ingredient of an outstanding bush lodge. Art from around Africa coupled with the photography of Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher and of course Beverly Joubert, create a commanding space under the high thatch roofs. The design is contemporary and yet traditional. All suites have a lounge, veranda, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”. The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the veranda via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below.

Sambu 2-Bedroom Villa

One of the villas, Sambu, functions more as a bush home intended for families or groups of friends. This villa is purpose built and designed for a couple who want space and seclusion or for parents who require their children under the same roof, but with adequate space and privacy. It has two bedrooms under one roof and one swimming pool. Each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, “star bed” and sundowner viewing deck.


15 Jun – 31 Oct 2020All InclusiveUS$ 1 270
01 Nov – 19 Dec 2020All InclusiveUS$ 750
20 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021All InclusiveUS$ 1 270
11 Jan – 31 Mar 2021All InclusiveUS$ 880
01 Apr – 14 Jun 2021All InclusiveUS$ 750
15 Jun – 31 Oct 2021All InclusiveUS$ 1 270
01 Nov – 19 Dec 2021All InclusiveUS$ 750
20 Dec 2021 – 10 Jan 2022All InclusiveUS$ 1 270

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:


All Inclusive (all meals, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne scheduled, activities (including horseback riding), Big Life conservation fees, daily laundry, return Chyulu airstrip road transfers. – The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Nairobi Wilson, or properties in the greater Chyulu Hills/ Amboseli region, to this camp are now automatically included in the nightly rate. Where air transfers are from properties located outside of these regions, supplementary charges will be applicable.)


Exclusive of in camp spa treatments and additional activities such as: Maasai cultural visits paid directly to Maasai, day trips to Amboseli National Park and scenic air flight, conservation and community levy and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.

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