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With Mount Kilimanjaro as your back drop, enjoy riding from the savannah plains of the lowlands through thick acacia forests to the Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa, the last volcanic activity having occurred only about 600 years ago. Within this area reside elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo not to mention hundreds of species of birds and a huge variety of plant life.
Ol Donyo Lodge is a great option for those who wish to enjoy a riding safari while staying in a luxurious lodge with swimming pools, massages, and unbeatable views. You can ride from the lodge either early in the morning or at sunset and also enjoy game drives, bush walks, and the many other activities that the lodge has to offer.
Horseback safaris from the lodge suit riders from intermediate rider through to experienced, although always going at the pace of the weakest.
There are a selection of very well-schooled horses which are used to the wildlife and terrain. The horses are normally ridden in lightweight English saddles, however South African trail saddles and Western saddles are available which fit some of the horses.
Your precise itinerary will be tailored to your wishes and ability.
Experienced riders (after an initial riding assessment in the arena) normally join long morning rides of about four hours, perhaps with brunch or sometimes a picnic lunch. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters across the plains and great game viewing opportunities.
More novice riders will be taken by vehicle to meet their horse on the plains away from possible unexpected elephant encounters. These shorter rides are often in the afternoon.
Please note that depending on the mix of riders staying at the lodge it may not be possible for you to ride twice a day, but if you have had a long morning ride, then a more relaxing afternoon by the hide at the water hole, or on a game drive, will be perfect.
Ol Donyo Lodge has six pool suites and a family suite (with two bedrooms), and can take up to a maximum of 16 guests.
All suites have spacious bathrooms with superb views, a shower and a bath, loo and an additional outdoor shower for those who prefer the outdoors.
All the suites have their own plunge pool and rooftop sundowner / "star bed" with spectacular views. Adventurous guests have the option to sleep out on these rooftops to experience a night under the stars.
The standard pool suites have a small sofa area in the bedroom whereas the deluxe pool suites have an additional private sitting room adjoining the bedroom.
Lighting and hot water are solar powered and there are power sockets in the rooms for electrical items.
The communal areas include a spacious sitting and dining room with an open fireplace. There is also a swimming pool.
There are no set arrival or departure days and stays of any length are possible at the lodge. We recommend seven nights.
Sample Itinerary for Ol Donyo Lodge
Select your preferred arrival date:
The following prices are for a Standard Pool Suite. Please ask for the room upgrades to a Deluxe Pool Suite.
|2021: 11 January - 31 March||$880.00|
|2021: 1 April - 14 June||$750.00|
|2021: 15 June - 31 October||$1,270.00|
|2021: 1 November - 19 December||$750.00|
|2021: 20 December - 10 January 2022||$1,270.00|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; premium wines and spirits; riding; activities at Ol Donyo Lodge including shared game drives, guided walks and mountain biking; Big Life Conservation Fees; Chyulu Hills airstrip transfers and return air charters from Wilson airport to the Chyulu Hills (min 2 pax).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Applies only in high season (15 June-31 October & 20 December-10 January). The supplement at this time is $635.00 per night in a standard pool suite.
CHILD DISCOUNT of 50% for children between 5 - 15 years of age sharing a cottage.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Massage treatments; tips; exclusive use of vehicle (subject to availability); Masai cultural visits from US$20 per person; Amboseli park entrance fee (if visiting Amboseli during your stay).
NEAREST AIRPORT Nairobi.
TRANSFERS Return air charters from Wilson airport to Chyulu Hills are included (min 2 pax). The flight departs from Nairobi early in the morning and so you may need to stay the previous night in Nairobi. Road transfers between the airports in Nairobi are an additional cost.
NOT INCLUDED. Overnight in Nairobi; airport transfers and driver in Nairobi if waiting for international flight; late departure charges if you wish to stay on at Ol Donyo Lodge and return on the afternoon flight to Nairobi (not possible in Peak Season); exclusive use of vehicle which must be booked for families with children (5-15 years).
There is a daily Safarilink flight from Nairobi Wilson (domestic) airport to an airstrip called Tsavo Ol Donyo Lodge which normally departs Nairobi at 07:30 taking about one hour. The return flight to Nairobi normally departs Ol Donyo Lodge at 08:30.
Private charters are also possible.
Due to the sometimes long delays at immigration and the sometimes heavy traffic between the international airport and Wilson we recommend you arrive into Nairobi the day before and overnight in Nairobi on arrival, before travelling on to Ol Donyo Lodge the following day.
A luxury lodge located in the Chyulu Hills of Southern Kenya, situated between Amboseli and Tsavo East in Southern Kenya, with Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop.
The weather in Kenya is fine all year round with little seasonal variation. During the day it will get hot while at night temperatures can drop quite sharply and it can feel cold. The long rains fall in April and May and the short rains in November.
I have been here several times before and with very good reason. Once again I was impressed with the wonderful variety of pace and terrain. I had the opportunity, if I wished, to jump the odd log - I did. The horses were beautiful mannered but not boring!
Deborah ,Channel IslandsOverall rating: 5/5
Just as I always imagined Africa to be! Amazing and varied scenery. These safaris offer the chance of game viewing from the back of a wonderfully schooled horse with guides by your side who couldn't be more passionate about what they do!
Remember to pack your best camera and also binoculars for game viewing.