Ol Donyo Lodge



Ol Donyo’s thatched roofs are the only thing seen from a distant view of this lodge. Hidden in a thicket of evergreen trees, this gem in the enormous Mbirikani Group Ranch offers a tasteful experience of South Eastern Kenya. The lodge also lies at the footsteps of three revered parks; Tsavo East, Amboseli and Chyulu Hills National Parks.


The lodge’s main areas of stone floors, thatched awnings, Persian rugs and comfortable sofas are a favourite spot to view sunsets. The sparkling pools, bar, wine cellar and outdoor dining areas offer different experiences of the surroundings. On colder evenings the warmth of the stone fireplace fills the nights with cheer. The rounded curves of the tables and the up close photography on the walls remind guests of the cultural importance of the land.

Each of the ten suites offer an open plan design for intimacy, space and luxury away from home. From the recliners on the veranda, to the standalone pearl baths in the en-suite bathrooms, each suite has a charming charisma that will delight you during your stay.

If you’re seeking adventure, spend a night sleeping out on one of our “star beds”. These roofless suites hold a four post bed, draped in mosquito netting. Above you there is nothing but a sky glimmering with innumerable stars, providing a sleep reminiscent of bygone ages.

Wildlife and Activities

Community is at the forefront of the Ol Donyo philosophy. The group ranch is owned by the Maasai and the lodge leases the ground. This ensures that the traditions of the Maasai people and the careful footprint of ecological thinking goes into the makeup of the lodge. As a result, the area is teeming with an array of wildlife, allowing visitors to see roaming elephants, the night calls of the leopard and the growling of lions, which are being allowed to once again thrive in this region.

Late afternoon and early morning safaris allow guests a closer meeting with nature and the abounding wildlife. Night drives offer a chance to see the buzz of the nocturnal world. Walking safaris, meals in the bush, massages, horseback trips and visits to the open hides give guests a variety with which to pass out their days at Ol Donyo. For guests staying a while longer, consider visiting one of the overnight Fly camps, where nature delivers seclusion, peace and privacy like nowhere on earth.