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ol Donyo Lodge
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ol Donyo Lodge

KenyaChyulu Hills - Amboseli


ol Donyo Lodge

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7 Rooms
“A safari by foot, by vehicle, by horse, by bike – it’s all here”
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Wake up to snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and the distant roars of lions. Ol Donyo is a pioneer amongst safari lodges, and a forerunner of sustainable tourism: by working with the local Maasai people, it has been able to blend conservation and livelihood benefits. On the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, this lodge blends contemporary and traditional design. To stay here is a chance to explore Africa in an uncommon way – by horseback or four-wheel drive or in a hide twenty paces from some of the largest elephants in the world. Ol Donyo enjoys a stunning location, with the savannah at its feet stretching as far as the eye can see. This is the Africa of the mind's eye.
ol Donyo Lodge

Unique in the world: A pioneer amongst safari lodges, and a forerunner of sustainable tourism.

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Ol Donyo Lodge is one of Kenya’s premier wildlife destinations conserving an incredible, forgotten paradise. 275,000 acres of immaculate, private wild Africa borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and blends contemporary design with the rich culture and history of the indomitable Maasai.
The area is rich in wildlife. Africa’s giant elephant bulls roam free, haunting calls of leopards interrupt the night and lion stalk prey.
With views out to a distant Mount Kilimanjaro, each cottage merges outdoor and indoor living with eight of the ten private cottages offering their own swimming pool whilst all enjoy intimate roof terraces “star beds”, allowing you the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless African stars.

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A partner of Ol Donyo Lodge, the NGO Big Life Foundation, protects over 2 million hectares of wildlife.

The property is one of the major donors of the Big Life Foundation, annually donating several hundred thousand dollars. Cattle rearing is an essential part of the Maasai way of life, who are shareholders of the land  which is under conservation around ol Donyo Lodge. When predators and cattle mix, it is usually predators like lions that are killed by the Maasai protecting their cattle. This ultimately places the lions on a path to extinction. Richard Bonham, the creator of the Big Life Foundation, realized many years ago that in order to save the wild animals he had to tell the locals how valuable wildlife is for conservation tourism. He also initiated anti-poaching operations. Since then biodiversity breathes easier.

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