OLOLO SAFARI LODGE, NAIROBI

NAIROBI, KENYA

  • SLEEPS UP TO 30 IN 15 ROOMS/TENTS/SUITES

  • PRICE ON REQUEST

THE LODGE

Ololo Safari Lodge, owned and run by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service.  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.

The 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 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.

Wildlife is right on our doorstep and guests are able to 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 offers.

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.

Tented Cottages - These 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 its 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 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.

The Stable Cottage - This delightful three-bedroom cottage is located at the end of the Stable Rooms and was once the farm's hay shed. Now featuring modern, light-filled interiors the Stable Cottage sleeps a maximum of six guests, and has two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a large outdoor terrace. The cottage is perfect for families, groups, or extended stays.

After restoring and repurposing the original building, the Chapman’s opened Ololo as a safari lodge early in 2016. The lodge design and interiors are a blend of old and new, filled with an eclectic collection of handcrafted furniture, made by our skilful fundi carpenters with a backdrop of handprinted fabrics and artwork from both Kenya and Australia. Guests can relax in Ololo’s spacious living room in front of the cozy fireplace, with wine selected from the Ololo stone cellar, or sit in the quiet of the adjoining library.

The restaurant is open to the garden and the park, and often tables are set up on our vine-covered terrace, or under the old acacia trees in the garden. Evening drinks can be enjoyed with a brazier to ward off the cooler night air or guests can enjoy their 'sundowner' sitting by the fire-pit.  When there is something special going on around the globe – we put it up on the big screen inside for all to see. It may be your favourite team in theWorld Cup, a Kenyan winning the Boston marathon or simply a desire to watch ‘Out of Africa’ after visiting the Karen Blixen Museum.

The Kitchen at Ololo - 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 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 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 rhinoceros, cape buffalo, as well as lions, leopards, hyena, hippopotamus, 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.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Fully staffed

LOCATION

  • The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports

  • The lodge's secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working farm

FEATURES

  • The Terrace Room

  • The Tower Room

  • 3 x Tented Cottages

  • The Old Stables - 7 ensuite bedrooms

  • The Stable Cottage - 3 ensuite bedrooms

  • Open fire pit

  • Vine-covered terraces

  • Beautiful gardens

  • Restaurant