*** Featured in The Good Safari Guide 2012 ***

kenya_chyulu_18Ride like you are in “Out of Africa” with magic that is only found on the plains and in the foothills of the Serengeti. One of the most special rides offered and the epitomize of the best of an African safari with all the comforts of a lovely lodge.

This ride, good for those wanting an active ride and those that are looking for the chance to relax by the pool, still offers the chance to gallop on the plains and see scores of wildlife – elephants, buffalo, hyena, ostrich – and also take a few hikes as well as game drives, all in shadow of Kilimanjaro.

Ol Donyo Lodge, your base for the week, offers riders and non riders an oasis for adventure, relaxation and privacy in abundance. Retire to your luxurious room and fall asleep to the sounds of the native animals. Mountain biking, swimming, massage services and day trips to Amboseli National Park or the Maasai villages and schools are also available. Daily itineraries are customized to individual interests.

Dates & Rates:

  • Jan. 11-Feb. 29:
    Standard Cottage: $5,195.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement)
    Pool Cottage: $6,495.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement
  • March 1-May 31 and Nov. 1-Dec. 19:
    Standard Cottage: $4,145.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement)
    Pool Cottage: $5,745.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement)
  • June 1-30 and Oct. 1-31:
    Standard Cottage: $5,795.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement)
    Pool Cottage: $7,095.00 USD per person sharing (No Single Supplement)
  • July, August, September and Dec. 20-Jan. 10:
    Standard Cottage: $6,955.00 USD per person sharing (Single Supplement $3,025.00)
    Pool Cottage: $8,255.00 USD per person sharing (Single Supplement $3,675.00)


Notes on this program and accommodation:

  • This is a 6 night/5 day program. It is recommended you arrive to Ol Donyo on Day 1 rested, as there is game drive as well as riding in the afternoon. You may want to plan to arrive to Nairobi a day or two ahead of the start of the itinerary.
  • There are 10 cottages on the property – 2 standard cottages which do not have pools and 8 that do have pools or are designated for families (please inquire about child rates.
  • Rates include all meals, soft drinks, beer, non premium wine and laundry services.
  • Transfers from the local airstrip are also included.
  • Due to the exclusive nature of this program and the high level of quality, cancellation fees apply at 120 days prior to departure.


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This was an incredible trip; experientially, the best vacation ever. My daughter Julia was a great traveling companion and loved riding horses every day. They gave me a very fine horse named Kalahari, a 6 year old gelding who was obedient, capable, sure footed, very fast and gorgeous to look at. I did not fall off even once, but was very glad for the lessons I took. I was definitely the least experienced rider there, but do not feel that they had to accommodate me in any way. I even jumped a log once at the end of the week!. Julia had a little trouble with her horse at first, but came to love him by the end of the week. We had 7 guests in our group and 2 guides. They were a fun group to spend the week with and the food and amenities were wonderful.

The logistics of the trip were very well organized, and all the drivers and pick up people were in place at the appointed times. The only snafu was that our luggage was overweight at the Wilson airport. The attendant looked at 4 of us, who had just met, and told us that we had to collectively eliminate 35kg from our luggage. That was a bit of a challenge and I had to donate one of my suitcases to the cause. We put a bunch of our stuff in there and the airport staff kept it for us while we did our safari. We had to figure out a way for all of us to get our respective stuff back at the end even though we were not coming back at the same time. In the end it worked out fine, though I did miss some of the things I had to leave at the airport. I later found the fine print that spelled out the luggage weight limits for that airport.

Active Riding Trips did a great job organizing things for us. I liked doing a safari where we did not just sit in a truck all day, but got to actually DO something, like ride a horse. The elephant orphanage and giraffe exhibit were great fun too, though the lodge was pretty cool and I wish I had been able to spend more time there too. Maybe next time.

I loved the opportunity to take so many photos and attached a few of my favorites. Thanks again for everything.

– J. Grosse