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Ol Donyo Lodge

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Ol Donyo Lodge

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Ol Donyo Lodge is a family-owned lodge located on a communally-owned Maasai Group Ranch with exclusive use of 70,000 acres of the reserve with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2008 the lodge was completely redesigned and rebuilt, along sound environmental and conservation lines.

This is arguably Kenya's finest lodge - with 10 cottages comprising one family cottage with 2 separate bedrooms, bathroom, open veranda and a plunge pool, as well as 6 pool cottages with separate plunge pools, en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, and 2 cottages without a pool. All cottages have roof-top star beds for those who love to sleep outdoors. The gem of this camp is the variety of activities, from horse riding, game drives, walks, hikes, mountain bike rides, village visits and day expeditions to the Amboseli.

The lodge is well known for its homely, warm, child friendly and welcoming atmosphere and is the touchstone of a new, sustainable model of conservation tourism, securing a future for the area's threatened wildlife. It boasts a communal swimming pool, open fires and a wine cellar, and can accommodate up to 20 people. The lodge is staffed by people from the local community and produces fabulous all inclusive meals.

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In November 2012, Ol Donyo Lodge became the first accredited member of Relais & Châteaux in Kenya. The Relais & Châteaux 5C’s ethos of Calm, Charm, Character, Courtesy and Cuisine give you a good idea of the kind of experience you will enjoy at this superb lodge.

Ol Donyo Lodge boasts a staggering array of activities.

Included in the all-inclusive rate are early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4x4 game drives, bushwalks with armed guides, half and full-day horseback safaris (with a choice of over 20 quality horses that suit all experience levels), guided mountain bike safaris, visits to the open-air hide or “log-jam”, romantic roof top “star-beds” sleep out experiences, authentic Maasai cultural visits, and tracking with the Bloodhounds.

The all-inclusive rate includes most activities, all meals, all local drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, house wines and laundry.

Travel to Ol Donyo Lodge

Access to Ol Donyo Lodge is by air transfers or private charters.

There are easy and reliable daily scheduled flights on Safarilink from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic airport to the private airstrip and Ol Donyo Lodge, with convenient onward connections to the Masai Mara, Laikipia and elsewhere. From the Masai Mara Game Reserve it is possible to include Ol Donyo Lodge in an itinerary with flights via Nairobi.

Flying time from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ol Donyo Lodge airfield is approximately one hour. Times depend on the type of aircraft being used; those listed are for a Cessna Caravan. The Ol Donyo Lodge airfield is private and grass but can handle a wide range of aircraft including Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.

A private charter directly from the Masai Mara Game Reserve to Ol Donyo Lodge is also an option.

On arrival at the airfield, vehicle transfer to the lodge is approximately 30 minutes which allows time for game viewing.

2013 Dates & Prices

Regular Season: 3 Jan - 28 Feb 2013

Standard cottage, sharing - £440pppn

Standard cottage, single room - £520pppn

Pool cottage, sharing - £580pppn

Pool cottage, single room - £690pppn

Child 5-15 yrs, sharing - £240pppn

Green Season: 1 Mar -31 May, 1 Nov - 19 Dec 2013

Standard cottage, sharing - £345pppn

Standard cottage single room per night - £400pppn

Pool cottage, sharing - £480pppn

Pool cottage, single room - £530pppn

Child 5-15 yrs, sharing -£200pppn

High Season: 1-30 Jun, 1-31 Oct 2013

Standard cottage, sharing - £460pppn

Standard cottage, single room - £620pppn

Pool cottage, sharing - £600pppn

Pool cottage, single room - £820pppn

Child 5-15yrs, sharing - £355pppn

Premium Season: 1 Jul -30 Sept, 20 Dec 2013 - 4 Jan 2014

Standard cottage, sharing - £525pppn

Standard cottage, single room - £710pppn

Pool cottage, sharing - £665pppn

Pool cottage, single room - £905pppn

Child 5-15yrs, sharing - £395pppn

Includes: Full board accommodation, soft drinks, beer, non-premium wine, laundry, conservancy fees, local airstrip transfers (Chyulu airstrip), shared game drives (day & night), guided walks, mountain biking, and horse riding. Check in:11.00am; check out: 08.30am.

Extras: Champagne, cellar wines, premium spirits, Maasai cultural visits (USD 20pp)

Not Included: Flights, Travel Insurance, and transfers.  

Trransfers:
Not included. Air transfers from Nairobi from £380pp return.

Meeting Point: Amboseli National Park, following an early morning flight from Wilson Regional Airport in Nairobi (strict luggage weight limit on internal flights -15 kgs per person)

Indicative Flight Price: London to Nairobi £450 - £850pp return, depending on time of year

Group Size: 2 minimum - 8 maximum

Max Weight: 90 kgs

Hours In Saddle: Variable 

Suitable for Non-riders: Yes

PLEASE NOTE:

  • STRICT 15kg/33lb luggage restriction, per person, on all internal flights in Kenya.
  • You require a visa to enter Kenya, which you can buy at the airport on arrival (USD 50pp) or arrange through the Kenya High Commission.

 

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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