We recommend Ololo to travellers in need of recuperation following a long flight, as it offers a perfect introduction to safari. It is a good meeting place for groups too!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Ololo Safari Lodge has a fabulous location on the southern border of Nairobi National Park. Well away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is just 45 minutes from both Jomo Kenyatta International and Wilson airports.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Ololo Safari Lodge comprises a traditional colonial farmhouse, restored by its Australian owners and extended to provide additional accommodation. It is set within over eight hectares of gorgeous gardens and boasts views of the national park and the majestic Ngong Hills from its elegant terraces. The communal areas include a large lounge with comfortable seating and an open fireplace, a restaurant overlooking the parkland, a cosy library, plenty of spaces for outdoor dining, and a swimming pool flanked by sunloungers – ideal for relaxing in between activities!
Guest accommodation at Ololo consists of a number of options. Guests who appreciate supersize will love The Terrace Suite, which boasts its own living area featuring a traditional fireplace and a very opulent marble bathroom with a classic roll-top bath. The Tower Room, situated within the property’s characterful tower, has a more modern feel to its furnishings and has its own balcony as well as a staircase to a private rooftop terrace! Stable Cottage, in the stable building, is also styled in a contemporary manner and contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchenette, with a delightful terrace for enjoying views of the park. Seven Stable Rooms have a queen-size bed apiece and ample charm! Finally, Ololo’s Tented Cottages are constructed from canvas and thatch, offering an authentic safari feel.
The lodge is very well positioned to provide a range of exciting activities. Game drives take place in Nairobi National Park, the only one of its kind worldwide that has a city location! With its open plains and riverine forests, the park is home to a wealth of wildlife – all Big Five, plus cheetah, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, eland, impala, hartebeest, hippo, jackal, baboon, and many more. The birdlife is brilliant too, with over 500 resident and migrant species! Birding is another activity from Ololo, highly recommended.
There are loads of local excursions available too – to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to the Giraffe Centre, to the Karen Blixen Museum, to Kitengela glass recycling, and to the glass-blowing studio at Anselm. Staff are happy to arrange shopping trips to Nairobi – and of course guests can enjoy everything this vibrant city has to offer!