Ololo Safari Lodge
Located just a 45-minute drive from both of Nairobi's main airports, Ololo Safari Lodge offers guests a unique and secluded safari experience that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nestled on a productive 20-acre working farm, Ololo offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the freshest ingredients, harvested right from the paddock to their plate.
Originally an old Kenyan homestead, Ololo Safari Lodge has been lovingly converted into a small, boutique lodge that offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. Situated on the banks of the Mbagathi River, which forms the southern border of Nairobi National Park, the lodge offers breathtaking views over the park to the famed Ngong Hills in the west.
Guests of Ololo Safari Lodge can expect to be right on the doorstep of Kenya's incredible wildlife, with game drives and guided bush walks on offer to explore the nearby park. For those who prefer a more relaxing vacation, the lodge offers a peaceful retreat where guests can spend hours lounging by the pool or exploring the lush gardens and farm.
Accommodations at Ololo Safari Lodge are as unique and diverse as the lodge itself. From the farm's old converted stables to the tented cottages under makuti thatch, there is something to suit every taste and preference. The original suites in the main house of the lodge offer a touch of history and elegance, while the tented cottages offer a rustic and authentic safari experience.
No matter what time of year you visit, Ololo Safari Lodge offers a serene and comfortable environment that feels like home. In the cooler months, guests can cozy up by the fire-pit in the garden or in front of the blazing fireplace in the inviting living room. The stone-clad cellar and small library are also available for guests to enjoy.
In addition to the natural beauty and wildlife of the park, guests can also take a tour of the Ololo Farm or an excursion into historic Karen, a nearby town with a rich history and cultural heritage. With so much to offer, Ololo Safari Lodge is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience the best that Kenya has to offer.
With personalized service and a unique safari experience, Ololo Safari Lodge is sure to be a vacation you'll never forget. Ready to book your holiday at Ololo Safari Lodge ? Contact us for the best rates.
How to get to Ololo Safari Lodge
Getting to Ololo Safari Lodge is relatively easy, as it is located just a short distance from Nairobi's city center and its two main airports, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport.
Guests arriving by air can arrange for a transfer from either airport to the lodge. The lodge offers a variety of transfer options, including private taxis, shuttles, and helicopter transfers, all of which can be arranged prior to arrival.
For guests who prefer to drive themselves, Ololo Safari Lodge is just a 45-minute drive from both airports. Guests can rent a car at the airport or arrange for a private transfer with the lodge.
What are the 2023 Prices for Ololo Safari Lodge?
Here are Ololo Safari Lodge Resident Rates:
What Does PPS Mean? PPS (Per Person Sharing) means cost Per Adult when sharing the Room with another. Example KES 10,000/- PPS means, 2 Adults in 1 Room pay KES 20,000/-
Ololo Safari Lodge Rates
|1st Feb 2023 – 19th Dec 2023||Half Board||FB Game Package
|Old Stable Rooms||KES 14,700/- PPS||KES 19,600/- PP||KES 19,600/- PPS||KES 24,500/- PP|
|Tented Cottages||KES 16,660/- PPS||KES 21,560/- PP||KES 23,520/- PPS||KES 28,420/- PP|
With: 2 Bathrooms
Min: 4 Pax
|KES 16,660/- PPS||Min: 4 Pax||KES 23,520/- PPS||Min: 4 Pax|
Ololo Lodge Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night
Excludes: All Drinks, Nairobi National Park Fees and other Extras
Ololo Lodge Prices Half Board Rates include:
Dinner and Breakfast
Ololo Farm tour, guided walks to Anselm & Kitengela Glass,
Ololo Safari Lodge FB Game Package Prices include:
Full Board (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) Accommodation
1 Game Drive Per Person, Per Day either either at 6am morning or 4pm afternoon (sometimes on a shared basis with other guests)
Ololo Farm tour, guided walks to Anselm & Kitengela Glass,
Return Transfers, Picking up from the Main Gate of the Nairobi National Park
Ololo Safari Lodge Child Rates/Policy:
4 – 14 years Sharing with Adults:
Half Board Rates: KES 8,000/- Per Child, Per Night
FB Game Package Rates: KES 10,000/- Per Child, Per Night
Nairobi National Park, 2023 KWS Park Fees:
KWS Park Fees
|KENYA CITIZEN||EAST AFRICAN
|Adults (24 Hours)
Child (24 Hours)
Which Rooms Types are in Ololo Safari Lodge?
The Terrace Room
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.
The Tower Room
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 Old Stables
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.
The Family Wing
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.
What are the Foods & Drinks options at Ololo Safari Lodge?
‘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.
Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Ololo Safari Lodge?
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.
Nairobi National Park
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.
Ololo Farm and Furniture Workshop
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.
Massages at Ololo
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.
David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust:‘’The Baby Elephant Orphanage’
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.
Kitengela Hot Glass
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.
Which Hotel Facilities are available for guests at Ololo Safari Lodge?
Ololo Safari Lodge offers a range of facilities designed to ensure that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Some of the main facilities available at the lodge include:
- Accommodations: The lodge offers a range of unique and diverse accommodations to suit every taste and preference, including converted stables, tented cottages, and suites in the main house of the lodge. All of the rooms are tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail and offer the warmth and comfort of a home with personalized service.
- Restaurant: The lodge's restaurant serves delicious African-inspired cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the restaurant or choose to have a private dining experience in the gardens or by the pool.
- Spa: Ololo Safari Lodge has an on-site spa where guests can relax and rejuvenate with a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments.
- Outdoor Pool: The lodge has a beautiful outdoor pool where guests can cool off and relax while enjoying views of the surrounding wilderness.
- Game Drives: The lodge offers guided game drives in Nairobi National Park, giving guests the opportunity to see a range of wildlife, including lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
- Guided Bush Walks: For those who prefer to explore the park on foot, guided bush walks are also available.
- Cultural Visits: Guests can also take cultural visits to local Maasai villages, where they can learn about the local culture and way of life.
- Fire-pit and Fireplace: In the cooler months, guests can sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cozy up to the blazing fireplace in the inviting living room.
- Library: The lodge has a small library where guests can borrow books and relax with a good read.
Honeymoon and Romantic Getaways to Ololo Safari Lodge
Ololo Safari Lodge is a perfect destination for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic getaway. With its secluded location in the heart of Nairobi National Park and its luxurious accommodations, the lodge offers a unique and unforgettable experience for couples.
The lodge's accommodations are designed with romance in mind, from the cozy converted stables to the tented cottages under makuti thatch. Each room is tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail and offers the warmth and comfort of a home with personalized service. Couples can enjoy a private and intimate atmosphere with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.
For those looking to unwind and relax, the lodge has an on-site spa where couples can indulge in a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments. The outdoor pool also provides a beautiful and peaceful setting to relax and soak up the sun.
For couples seeking adventure, the lodge offers guided game drives in Nairobi National Park, giving them the opportunity to see a range of wildlife, including lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Guided bush walks are also available for those who prefer to explore the park on foot. The lodge also offers cultural visits to local Maasai villages, giving couples the opportunity to learn about the local culture and way of life.
In the cooler months, couples can sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cozy up to the blazing fireplace in the inviting living room. The lodge's small library also provides a perfect setting to relax and unwind with a good book.