The Africa Adventure Company

Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge is located in a private game area on over 300,000 acres. The lodge is located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills near Amboseli National Park with panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.

Richard Bonham, well-known safari legend opened this lodge in the early '80s, but it was completely remodeled in 2008 when it became part of the Great Plains portfolio. It now consists of ten expansive guest suites in six stand-alone villas. No two is the same design - eight have private plunge pools and all have outside 'star beds', private verandahs & lounges and indoor & outdoor facilities. The design is contemporary and yet traditional, using many local materials.

There is a strong community and conservation movement on the property. Activities offered are game drives in open-top Land Rovers, horseback riding and escorted walks on the plains; morning picnics or sundowners - all the more spectacular thanks to the presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The walking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fly-tent-camping safaris provide a great opportunity to enjoy the natural surroundings up close. Note: Fly-camping must be pre-arranged.

Due to a diverse habitat, a wide range of wildlife is found here. Antelope, such as oryx and gerenuk, mix with zebra, topi, impala, eland and wildebeest. In the hills of rolling wooded grassland, and misted capped forests, 34 species of large mammals have been spotted and recorded, of which 32 species are resident year round. The frequent sightings of lion and cheetah have added to the excitement of this area. Perhaps the greatest charm, however, lies in the vast and mainly uninhabited panorama dominated by the snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro.