Ol Donyo Wuas – Chyulu Hills, Kenya

An Unspoiled Corner of Kenya

Set amid a quarter of a million acres of the open plains of Masai land and offset by the dramatic Chyulu range of volcanic mountains, this privately owned property offers exclusive access to one of Kenya’s few remaining wilderness areas.

The owner and occasional resident personality, Richard Bonham, who was born in Kenya, chose the site of his stun­ningly situated home for its view of rolling wooded grassland and the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro looming across the Tanzania border. The lodge is perched high on a ridge, and four double-thatched rondavel-style (circular) cottages, some on stilts, offer privacy and verandas with views of Kili­manjaro. Beds with a view make for an unforgettable afternoon siesta. This is Africa as it was in the early 20th century.

The vast, mainly uninhabited panoramas are broken only by the sight of young Masai herders with their cattle, serenely at home among the animals. Bonham himself occasionally pops up, happy to head out with guests on horse­back, by foot, or in an open-top Land Rover for day safaris, bringing along his wealth of experience and inimitable style.

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