Ol Donyo Lodge

Enjoy unrivaled comfort on this horseback riding vacation in Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

Ride Overview

If you are interested in a horseback riding vacation in Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge offers a unique opportunity to experience the nature and culture that makes Kenya an outstanding travel destination while enjoying an equestrian vacation.  Set within the 275,000 unfenced acres of the Mbirikani Group Ranch, the lodge offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Its location also allows access to view diverse wildlife in their traditional migration routes between the Amboseli and Tsavo National parks. As a result of the lodge founder’s long relationship with the picturesque Maasai Tribe, guests have the opportunity for authentic visits with these people who have long been so much a part of this land.

The Lodge location in the midst of some of Africa’s finest game country means that you can see many wild animals on horseback up close by taking half day or full day guided rides with a picnic.  You can also take an overnight camping trip to spend the night in the African bush serenaded at night by the sounds of hunting hyena and lion.  The Lodge caters to both beginner and advanced riders and offers cross country jumping.  The horses are responsive Thoroughbreds, Boerpeds, Somali ponies and crosses.

For those who do not ride or do not wish to ride all the time the Ol Donyo Lodge setting offers guests a wide range of adventurous opportunities while also enjoying luxurious and private accommodations. Each suite and villa is unique in its harmonious blend of comfortable luxury and the rustic details of a game ranch. The availability of fine dining and massages, swimming in the infinity pool, and nights spent on a rooftop star bed all provide a relaxing option in conjunction with the activities on the savannah below. The wide variety of such activities includes mountain biking, hiking and game drives in addition to horseback riding on the well-trained and comfortable mounts. The lodge takes great pride in the training and care of these horses that can safely carry riders of all abilities on safari.  With the ability to cater to both advanced and beginner riders in addition to those who choose not to ride at all, Ol Donyo Lodge can offer everyone a way to experience this magnificent African landscape in unrivaled comfort.  This ride offers a fine introduction to horseback riding in Africa.


There are luxurious stand-alone cottages with spectacular views available with or without a private pool. Accommodations include spacious en-suite bathrooms and the option for a rooftop terrace to enjoy dramatic views or sleep under the stars. The lodge itself has comfortable dining and sitting rooms as well as a pool.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    Ol Donyo horses are well-schooled, responsive, well-cared for and safari savvy. They are trained to respond to a direct rein and leg aids rather than neck reining.
  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Boerpeds, Thoroughbreds, Somali ponies and crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    All paces
  • Tack:
    English and South African trail saddles.
  • Weight limit:
    210 for advanced riders

Activities for Non - Riders

The lodge caters to both riders and non-riders, offering game drives, swimming, mountain biking, massages and day trips to the nearby Amboseli National Park or a Maasai village or school.

Travel Options Summary

Flexible dates and length of stay.

Meeting Point

Nairobi for transfer to ol Donyo airstrip.

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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