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The Lodge
The breadth and depth of ol Donyo Lodge's living and dining area is absolutely awe-inspiring. Upon entering, one is immediately struck by spaciousness and yet the intimacy. The entire main area is set high on the hillside, and opens completely to the plains below, with Mount Kilimanjaro ever present in the distance. The use of stone, thatch and wood make for a very tactile experience, which fills the senses. The space flows, there are no straight lines and unique architectural details give character to every area. The magnificent iron-ore chandeliers coupled with grand fireplace provide a warm glow, accented by the rich earth tones. Arched doorways, indoor gardens, bronze sculptures, Zanzibari wood doors, Victorian furniture and romantic prose grace the space. It is captivating.

Suites
ol Donyo Lodge consists of ten expansive guest suites in six stand-alone villas. No two spaces are of the same design but all have a dramatic view of the archetypal African savannah and its flat top acacia trees with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The décor is luxurious and opulent, while still retaining the atmosphere and sense of place that is an essential ingredient of an outstanding bush lodge. All suites have a lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”.  The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the verandah via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below.

Pool Suites ( Nyati, Sirra, El-Mau )
The pool suites are four-bedded private villas and are ideal for families or small groups of friends. They are designed to be versatile and function either as family villas or for two couples while still maintaining an element of privacy. An outer central foyer connects the two suites. These are Nyati, Sirra, and El Mau.

Stand-alone Suites ( Asali and Mpya )
All but two of the suites have their own private pools. These two stand-alone standard suites are Asali and Mpya.

Villa  ( Sambu )
Lastly, one of the villas, Sambu, functions more as a bush home intended for families or groups of friends. This villa is purpose built and designed for a couple who want space and seclusion or for parents who require their children under the same roof, but with adequate space and privacy. It has two bedrooms under one roof and one swimming pool. Each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, "star bed" and sundowner viewing deck.

Facilities
Just below the  main area, but also on the hillside is a breathtaking infinity pool, complete with a private lounge and dining area. With views of the lodge’s famous waterhole, it is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon.
Al fresco lunches on the verandah and or candlelit dinners in the main dining room are wonderful, but we also enjoy hosting breakfasts in the plains and dinners under the African sky; or surprise sundowners and classic English tea in the romantic setting of the bush.
A private chef is also available for in-villa catering, and total exclusivity and should be booked in advance, possibly incurring an additional cost.

Laundry is done on a daily basis and is complimentary.
In-room massages are available during the guest’s stay and are at additional cost depending on services requested.
The camp operates on a 240V electricity system powered by solar panels with generator back up.  It is recommended to bring a spare set of batteries so one set can be charged while the other.

Activities
Among the most diverse range of activities in Africa. Included in the all-inclusive rate are: 4x4 game drives; night drives; walks with armed guides; half and full-day horseback safaris (with a choice of over 20 quality horses that suit both advanced and novice riders); mountain biking on the open plains; close-up, safe, elephant experiences in the lodges open-air "log-jam" hide; fly camping; romantic roof top "star-beds"; bush breakfasts; dinner under the stars, authentic Maasai cultural visits; tracking with the Bloodhounds, and still more. The all-inclusive rate includes activities, all meals, all local drinks and house wines and laundry.

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Services Included in the Price INCLUDED
Fully inclusive of accommodation, wide range of activities, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks).

EXCLUDED
Park fees & flights from Nairobi and other areas are additional.
How to get to us. BY ROAD
Mbirikani Group Ranch, Chyulu Hills - Amboseli/Tsavo region of southeastern Kenya.

BY AIR
Kenya's Safarilink have recently announced that they will now be operating daily afternoon flights from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Ol Donyo Wuas. Guests leaving Ol Donyo Wuas in the afternoon will be able connect to their International evening departures from Nairobi.  
 
The afternoon flights for Ol Donyo Wuas will only operate from 01 July to 31 October 2010 departing Nairobi's Wilson Airport at 14h00. The morning departures to Ol Donyo Wuas continue as per the regular schedule.
Facilities Available Airport Shuttle Service on request. Bar Service is available. Barbeque can be organized. Bikes for hire Extra Bed can be organized on request. Families are welcome. Game Drive can be booked. Horse Riding can be booked. Laundry Service is available on request. Local or Private Airstrip is available. Master Card is accepted. Mosquito Net is available. Secure Parking is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked. Swimming pool is available. VISA Card is acceptable.
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About Us

About Great Plains and Conservation Tourism

We’ve moved our Nairobi team to Lavington Green area, where we are sharing a nice new space with some other ‘eco’ folks.

The story of Great Plains Conservation... What brought this all about? Over the past decades we have agonisingly witnessed how much of the world's majestic and symbolic wildlife, parks and wildernesses have come under increasing threat despite all the conservation efforts to protect them. These species and their habitats are being poached, hunted, developed, mined, polluted, used and abused at an alarming rate. Today, often as a result of expanding population pressure, these rare places are valued less, not more; protected less, not more. In order to secure a future for the planet's last remaining wildernesses, these threats must stop; and alternative, bold, sustainable conservation models must be created - those that integrate communities, Government and the private sector.

Five individuals in their 50s pooled their wide ranging skills and experience to create innovative, world-class conservation projects in a number of diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa, the Indian Ocean and eventually in India. The world's citizens must make a choice - "where to from here?" We believe there can only be one goal - saving some of the last great, iconic, and wild places of the world.

This is the mission: to find the right formula between conservation, communities and commerce. Great Plains Conservation's model takes stressed and threatened environments, surrounds them with compassionate protection and intelligent management.

Great Plains Conservation is an initiative to help curb this downward spiral of our threatened natural world by being proactive today, and by applying what we know best. This is the development of a sound conservation model, which is sustainably funded by a blend of sensitive, low volume, low impact tourism, frequently coupled with the sale of carbon credits and in some cases with the sale of a small number of villas or bush-homes. Together, these private sector initiatives create the capital needed to help fund the overall conservation initiatives. Our primary ambition is to create of a number of flagship, or "gold standard" conservation programs in areas that previously have been deemed unsalvageable. Our hope is that these conservation initiatives will become successful, sustainable and inspire others around the world to replicate the model.

You may ask then, "What is the difference between Great Plains Conservation and other companies which promulgate ecotourism?" Most ecotourism companies are primarily travel companies that sometimes carry out conservation initiatives to help sustain their ecotourism operations. In contrast, Great Plains Conservation is foremost a conservation organisation, which operates ecotourism to maintain conservation as a sustainable land use alternative. In short, in order for conservation to be that preferred land use, there must be an economic driver, which provides reliable benefits for surrounding rural communities and government.

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Within the Reservation Time, a Confirmation Payment must be done. Once the confirmation payment is done the Payment Plan will apply together with the Cancellation Policy.

- 20 % of the total booking value, is payable within 7 days. This payment will be a confirmation of the reservation.
- 50 % of the total booking value, is payable before 120 days
- 100 % of the total booking value, is payable by latest 90 days remains to the Service Date.

Date of Payment
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Optional
To be on the safe side, it is recommendable that full payment is made to the Service Provider from the start.

3. CANCELLATION POLICY
Remember the Cancellation Policy will be in force from that moment when the Client has confirmed the booking with a confirmation payment ( or deposit ).
All cancellations has to be made in writing ( use the Message Box , as you will have it on record later on ).

Insurance Coverage
The Cancellation Fee for a paid or partly paid booking, can be quite high. Clients are therefore encouraged to get a travel insurance, which covers the Cancellations Fees.

3.1 Cancellations Fees
Written cancellations made;
- 61 days or more before the Service Date, carries a cancellation fee of 20 % of the booking value ( the confirmation payment ).
- 31 – 60 days before Service date, carries a cancellation fee of 50 % of the booking value.
- 30 days or less before Service date, carries a cancellation fee of 100 % of the booking value.

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When a refund is made to the Client, it carries bank charges. The refunded balance will be deducted with the bank charges.

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