Chyulu Hills Safari – Ol Donyo Lodge

4 Days

Chyulu Hills Safari Experience

Embark on a mesmerizing journey into the heart of East Africa’s hidden gem with the Chyulu Hills Safari. Nestled between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks in Kenya, the Chyulu Hills offer a unique and pristine safari experience. It combines breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a touch of adventure.

The Chyulu Hills are characterized by their rolling green hills, ancient volcanic cones, and dense forests, creating a picturesque backdrop for an unforgettable safari. As you traverse the winding trails, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding plains, with Mount Kilimanjaro towering majestically in the distance.

Why Visit Chyulu Hill?

One of the distinctive features of the Chyulu Hills is the Shetani lava flow, a stark black expanse formed by ancient volcanic activity. This surreal landscape adds an otherworldly element to the safari, creating a dramatic contrast to the lush greenery.

Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in the rich biodiversity of the region. The Chyulu Hills are home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species. The area is also a haven for birdwatchers, with a plethora of bird species to be spotted amidst the trees and open plains.

For the more adventurous at heart, guided walking safaris and horseback safaris provide an intimate and immersive experience. Imagine traversing the hills on horseback, encountering wildlife up close, and feeling the heartbeat of the land beneath you – a truly unique way to connect with nature.

Luxurious tented camps and lodges dot the landscape, offering a perfect blend of comfort and a genuine safari experience. You can relax in the evenings, savoring the sounds of the African wilderness and recounting the day’s adventures around a campfire under the starlit sky.

The Chyulu Hills Safari is a hidden jewel, promising a harmonious blend of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and an authentic connection with the African wilderness. Whether you seek tranquility, adventure, or a bit of both, this safari destination will leave you with indelible memories of Africa’s untamed splendor.

10. Things to Do at Chyulu Hills National Park

Safari Game Drives

Explore the Chyulu Hills on a thrilling safari game drive. The hills are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species. In addition, experienced guides will take you through the hills, providing insights into the behavior and ecology of the animals.

Walking Safaris

Take a more intimate approach to wildlife viewing with guided walking safaris. You will traverse the hills on foot, accompanied by knowledgeable guides. The guides will share their expertise in tracking animals, identifying plants, and understanding the intricate ecosystems of the region.

Horseback Safaris

Experience the magic of Chyulu Hills from a unique perspective by embarking on a horseback safari. Riding through the landscape allows you to connect with nature in a different way. For example, you will get a quieter and more immersive experience, especially when encountering wildlife.

Climbing and Hiking

For those seeking a physical challenge, consider hiking or climbing in the Chyulu Hills. The hills offer various trails of different difficulty levels, providing opportunities to summit peaks and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Visit Shetani Lava Flow

Explore the fascinating Shetani lava flow, a blackened expanse formed by ancient volcanic activity. This unique landscape provides a surreal backdrop for photography and an opportunity to learn about the geological history of the region.

Birdwatching

Chyulu Hills is a haven for birdwatchers, with a variety of bird species calling the region home. Bring your binoculars and camera to spot and capture images of colorful and diverse birdlife amidst the trees and open plains.

Cultural Interactions

Engage with local communities and learn about the Maasai culture. Some lodges and camps offer cultural visits where you can interact with Maasai tribes, gain insights into their traditions and daily life, and perhaps even participate in traditional dances.

Stargazing

With minimal light pollution, the Chyulu Hills offer an excellent opportunity for stargazing. On clear nights, marvel at the vast African sky, identifying constellations and enjoying the tranquility of the wilderness.

Luxury Tented Camps

Stay at one of the luxurious tented camps or lodges in the area. These accommodations not only offer comfort and hospitality but also provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the sounds of nature while enjoying the stunning views.

Relaxation and Wellness

Unwind after a day of exploration with wellness activities offered at some lodges. This may include spa treatments, yoga sessions, or simply enjoying the serenity of the surroundings.

Lastly, the Chyulu National Park is a beautiful place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of work life. It is also once of the hidden places to visit in Kenya.

Chyulu Hills Safari - Ol Donyo Lodge

Chyulu Hills is located in southeastern Kenya, East Africa. It is part of the eastern branch of the East African Rift System. 

The hills extend for about 100 kilometers (62 miles) across the western boundary of Tsavo West National Park. Chyulu Hills are known for their volcanic landscapes, green scenery, and diverse wildlife and plant species.

This national park is located between the Amboseli National Park and Tsavo West National Park. This makes it a region of ecological significance and a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and safari-goers.

Itinerary

Morning: Arrival at Ol Donyo Lodge

Arrive at Ol Donyo Lodge and enjoy a warm welcome. Check-in and settle into your accommodation.
Afternoon: Guided Nature Walk

Ease into your Chyulu Hills adventure with a guided nature walk around the lodge's surroundings. Learn about the local flora and fauna from experienced guides.
Evening: Sunset Sundowner

Head to a scenic spot for a sundowner, where you can relax, enjoy a refreshing drink, and take in the breathtaking views of the Chyulu Hills.
Night: Dinner at the Lodge

Delight in a delicious dinner prepared by the lodge's culinary team. Share stories of the day's experiences around the campfire.

Morning: Horseback Safari
Embark on a horseback safari, exploring the Chyulu Hills
The lodge offers well-trained horses suitable for riders of various experience levels.

Afternoon: Cave Exploration
After lunch, venture into the fascinating lava tube caves of Chyulu Hills. Explore the underground formations with a knowledgeable guide.

Evening: Starlit Dinner
Enjoy a special dinner under the stars, surrounded by the tranquil ambiance of Chyulu Hills. This is a unique and intimate dining experience.

Night: Stargazing
Take advantage of Chyulu Hills' clear night skies for some stargazing.

Maasai Cultural Experience
Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting a nearby village, Maasai. Interact with the Maasai people, learn about their traditions, and participate in cultural activities.

Evening: Relaxation and Leisure
Enjoy some leisure time at the lodge. You might choose to relax by the pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply soak in the natural beauty surrounding you.

Night: Farewell Dinner
Share a farewell dinner with fellow guests and the lodge staff. Reflect on the incredible experiences of your Chyulu Hills safari.

Day 4 :
Departure

Morning: Optional Morning Activity
Depending on your departure time, you may choose to participate in an optional morning activity such as a final game drive or a short nature walk.

Cost

Costs inludes

  • 5 star bed experience
  • Big life conservation fees
  • Daily laundry
  • daily laundry service,
  • return Chyulu airstrip road transfers,
  • non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • and champagne.
  • Exclusive of nightly Great Plains Foundation conservation levy
  • spa treatments
  • Additional activities such as day trips to Amboseli
  • National Park.

FAQs About Your Safari

What makes Ol Donyo Lodge unique?

Ol Donyo Lodge offers a unique blend of luxury safari experiences, including horseback safaris, cave explorations, and cultural visits to Maasai villages. All this is set against the stunning backdrop of the Chyulu Hills.

What wildlife can be spotted around Ol Donyo Lodge?

Guests may encounter a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, and diverse bird species. This is thanks to its location in the Chyulu Hills and proximity to national parks.

Are there unique activities at Ol Donyo Lodge?

Yes, beyond traditional safaris, Ol Donyo Lodge offers activities like horseback safaris, and cave explorations.

Chyulu Hills

From $ 4,300
/ Adult