Ololo Safari Lodge, is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge’s secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working farm Ololo Safari Lodge, offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients. With our established and secluded gardens, guests are able to settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.
Originally an old Kenyan homestead and since converted to a small lodge, Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park. Ololo Safari Lodge, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service.
Wildlife is right on Ololo Safari Lodge doorstep and all can enjoy breathtaking views over the national park, to the famed Ngong Hills in the west, sundowner in hand. Or you may like to wile the hours away at the lodge by the pool, adventure on a safari into the park, take a tour of the Ololo Farm or perhaps an excursion with us into historic Karen.
Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm’s old converted stables, our tented cottages under makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge.
In the cooler months, guests may sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cosy up to our blazing fireplace in the inviting living room. Our stone clad cellar and small library close at hand. Whatever time of the year you visit, it’s easy to enjoy the serenity and home-style comfort that Ololo Lodge Nairobi offers.Ready to book your holiday at Ololo Safari Lodge ? Contact us for the best rates.
This spacious suite has a traditional living area with armchairs and an open fireplace, colonial furnishings, artworks, flowers from our garden and a marble bathroom with a classic roll-top bath. The suite’s private terrace is a cool and tranquil space to relax, or a setting for a romantic private dinner.
Located in a stone-clad tower with a balcony and a private rooftop terrace, the Tower Room has extensive views right across the park, and to the famed Ngong Hills in the west. This contemporary suite is light and airy and furnished with pieces of furniture made by our clever fundi carpenters, in the Ololo workshop.
Our three tented cottages provide guests with a bush experience, sleeping under a traditional makuti thatch roof, with canvas and stone walls.
These safari-style king-sized rooms are nestled amongst our gardens with it’s spreading and shady acacia trees. All have private terraces that overlook the national park.
Each tent is self-contained, with large beds, comfortable armchairs and modern bathrooms. Drift off to sleep to the sounds of Africa – the cough of a lion, the calls of monkeys and baboons, and the rustle of hundreds of species of birds.
The original stone-walled stables of the property once housed the horses of the Ololo farm. They have now been transformed into seven comfortable and cosy rooms with an average room size (including the bathroom) of 17.6 square metres. Each room is designed and furnished individually, with attention to historical detail.
The Stable Rooms have ensuite bathrooms and small pergola covered terraces at the front of the building. The terraces overlook our gardens, with it’s abundant birdlife.
These charming rooms are popular with guests traveling as a group or for family members who wish to be accommodated close to each other. Please note: These rooms are not large enough to add an extra single bed, however one baby cot can be added. The Stable Rooms are not connected internally.
Ololo’s new, light filled Family Wing overlooks the Nairobi National Park and our gardens, with a private sunny stone terrace and potted leafy plants. The interior of the wing is light filled, relaxed and furnished with pieces of Ololo’s handcrafted furniture.
Upstairs is a king sized bedroom in a cosy mezzanine area, with a delightful en-suite bathroom and an old classic bath under makuti thatch.
Downstairs at the end of the rondaval shaped living area, is a seperate sleeping space for family, with a second bathroom and kitchenette.
The Family Wing comfortably sleeps five people, and an extra bed can be added.
‘The Kitchen at Ololos’ chefs create delicious menus daily. Our bread, cakes and pastries are all baked in-house. Ololo’s menus are proudly created around produce on hand, grown here at the farm under organic farming practices.
We harvest our produce daily in the morning for the kitchen. All chicken and duck meat is grown at Ololo, as well as our fresh flavoured eggs. Mushrooms are also harvested daily from our mushroom house for your breakfast, or to top a delicious fillet of beef in the evening.
Dine under the trees, on our terraces or on colder nights, in the restaurant with small braziers (jikos) to ward off the cold night air. You may wish to wile away the afternoon, enjoying a drink from our fully stocked bar, while relaxing and watching game pass by in our open lounge area overlooking the park.
Ololo offers lunch bookings on Saturdays and Sundays for guests who are not staying with us.
This is a three course set menu and being a lodge rather than an ‘a la carte’ restaurant we typically have several choices of the main courses as well as a vegetarian option, but do not offer an extensive menu. Our chefs prepare our set menu for the day based on a variety of factors, including what is ripe & seasonal in our gardens, the weather, what chef is on duty and guest’s dietary requirements.
Crossing the Ololo footbridge is the beginning of a unique, once in a life time experience with all of us at Ololo. You can choose to do as many …. or as little… of the adventures we have on offer.
Relax around the pool with a sundowner and bitings or perhaps go on a wander to take a look at the Ololo farm or our furniture workshop.
We can take you on game drives into the only national park in the world on the edge of a capital city. Nairobi National Park is a surprise package and many of these birds and animals are visible from our terrace and restaurant as they move around the bush. Ololo also takes guests to visit the renowned Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage without having to exit the national park.
You are invited to take part on an excursion to Karen to visit the famed Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre or Kazuri Beads. Or more to your inclination some shopping at local markets and boutique stores can be arranged. Anselm Hot Glass Studio and Kitengela Glass is a walk away across the neighboring farms to Ololo, with one of our Askari guides.
Ololo is lucky to border the Nairobi National Park and to have on our doorstep the unique wildlife that inhabit the park.
Bequeathed to the Kenyan Government and established as a national park in 1964 by the local Massai community elders, the park is unusual in being the only national park in the world that shares a boundary with a bustling capital city.
Approximately 117 square kilometres in size, Nairobi National Park offers a diverse conservation area ranging from savannah grasslands, to forested pockets and rocky gorge country.
There are over 100 species of of mammals including a large population of black and white rhinos, cape buffalo, as well as lions, leopards, hyena, zebra, jackal, eland, hartebeest, impala, dik-dik antelope and giraffe to name a few. There are also 520 species of birds, more than 150 species of butterflies and many more other spectacular creatures.
Ololo is able to take our non- resident guests, and game package resident guests into the park each morning or afternoon inclusive with your stay with us.
Take a stroll with us up to the farm, or “shamba” to see all of Ololo’s paddock to plate produce. Collect eggs from our hens, visit our mushroom house and peruse our vermiculture compost beds. And of course, a visit to the Ololo Farm must include a chance to meet Joyce, our ‘milker’ cow and her playful little calf.
Our talented Fundis (carpenters in Swahili) take great pride in their furniture, dotted around Ololo in our rooms and communal areas. Guests are more than welcome to visit them creating these beautiful pieces in the Ololo workshop.
Guests are welcome to book an on-site massage with our trained and experienced masseurs who are happy to sooth away those tired, knotted, safari muscles. Relax and enjoy this experience in our historic rondavel room overlooking the national park.
We offer: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shoulder and Neck Massages. Also, Pressure Point Foot Massage and Hot Stone Therapy.
Ololo is situated nearby the re-noun Baby Elephant Orphanage and Ololo is able to take our guests to visit, without exiting the Nairobi National Park.
Founded in 1977 by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her late husband and naturalist David Sheldrick, the trust is today one of the most successful orphan elephant rehabilitation programmes in the world.
Ololo is able to take guests to all sessions at Sheldrick’s.
The Open 11h00 Session, the Fostered Session at 17h00 and the Private Session at 15h00.
The open session does not need to be pre-booked. There are varying entry cost for each of these three sessions.
Ololo offers a range of excursions into the leafy lanes of Karen, which is named after Karen Blixen, the acclaimed author of ‘Out of Africa’. Her coffee farm was located in the district, and the current museum was her original home. The Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, just down the road, was the site of Blixen’s estate manager’s cottage. Many scenes from the movie ‘Out of Africa’ were filmed at the museum and other locations around Karen.
Karen is situated approximately 60 minutes from Ololo, through the Nairobi National Park.
Excursions are priced on a Half Day or Full Day with a private driver/guide and vehicle.
Entry Fees are not inclusive.
Take a steady 25- minute return walk with one of our askaris (watchmen) to Kitengela and Anselm Hot Glass.
Recycled glass is transformed within a large brick dome into a diverse range of both house glassware or stunning and unique collection pieces.
All the glassware is for sale, and can be shipped to any destination.