Ololo Safari Lodge
Ololo Safari Lodge Ololo Safari Lodge Tower Suite
Ololo Safari Lodge
Ololo Safari Lodge Tower Suite

Ololo Safari Lodge

Ololo Safari Lodge offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. The lodge is situated right on the edge of the Mbagathi River overlooking Nairobi National Park. Ololo is only a 45 minute drive from Nairobi’s international and domestic airports. We are able to transport guests from the noise and traffic of the city, through the national park, to our quiet, leafy setting. Our staff will greet you at the swing bridge spanning the Mbagathi River, and guide you up the path to the lodge. At night our askaris (watchmen), dressed in their traditional shukas will light your way with lanterns. Our warm welcome, relaxed style, delicious home cooking prepared from our own vegetable gardens and unique location are the hallmarks of the Ololo experience.




Ololo is situated on the southern boundary of Nairobi National Park, one of East Africa's oldest parks and the only one to border a bustling capital city. The park has proven to be an important and successful rhino sanctuary with populations of the rare animals soaring high enough to allow them to be relocated to other parks for restocking purposes. Ololo is also proud to be neighbours with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, allowing us to transfer guests easily to & from the famous elephant orphanage where guests can get up close to and/or foster one of the baby elephants undergoing rehabilitation. Due to its proximity to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the lodge provides guests with an immediate African bush experience, allowing them to avoid the notorious traffic of Nairobi city and immerse themselves in the thrill of game-viewing &the authentic safari experience within 30 minutes of arrival in Kenya.


Ololo offers guests personalized or group game drives into the only national park in the world on the edge of a capital city. Nairobi National Park is a surprise package: 117 square kilometers with an astonishingly diverse wildlife population. We prefer to work with our guests to plan a bespoke safari and game-viewing experience. Game drives are led by our professionally qualified guides and usually include drinks and snacks.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Nairobi National Park is the "world's wildlife capital". Wide open grass plains coupled with the unique backdrop of the Nairobi cityscape give way to scattered acacia forest and riverine vegetation to the south. The park plays host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Sightings of rarer animals like porcupine, aardwolf, serval and hartebeest are not uncommon. There are over 100 mammal species to be found in this unique setting.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

In addition to game drives, Ololo offers guests the opportunity to explore the city's environs with cultural excursions to the suburb of Karen, named after Out of Africa's famous author, Karen Blixen. The museum which honours the Danish author’s home and life can be visited here as well as other attractions such as the Giraffe Centre, Utamaduni Curio Shop and favourite local restaurants. Ololo is privileged to share the park with Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage where visitors can adopt baby elephants and get close enough to touch them. Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, where craftsmen blow glass in the dome-shaped foundry building, is a short 10-minute drive from Ololo. Shopping at local markets and expeditions into Nairobi to visit other cultural institutions can also be arranged.


Ololo has the ideal solution for travelers looking for somewhere quiet and beautiful to relax between flights. We transfer to and from both domestic and international airports (a fee is payable per person to drive through Nairobi National Park), and our Stable Rooms are available as day rooms.

Guests can enjoy a meal in our restaurant, and relax by our pool or in the garden. Ololo management is happy to discuss conference requirements. We are able to host meetings of up to forty delegates in our conference area overlooking Nairobi National Park.

Our bush setting, a short distance from Kenya’s largest city, makes Ololo an ideal choice for your event. Ololo is also a perfect setting for small weddings and parties. 


Ololo's main house is a traditional colonial farmhouse, tastefully decorated with furniture crafted on site by Ololo’s own skilled carpenters and boasting a large fireplace, wine cellar and adjoining library. The guest rooms offer an eclectic mix of original house suites to tents under thatch and uniquely refurbished horse stables.


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 the stone-clad tower with a balcony and a private terrace accessed by a spiral staircase, this room has extensive views across the park and towards the famed Ngong Hills. This contemporary suite is light and airy and is furnished with pieces of hand-crafted furniture made by our staff in the Ololo workshop.


Our three tented cottages provide guests a bush experience, sleeping under a traditional makuti thatch roof and behind canvas and stone walls. These safari-style king-sized rooms are surrounded by our gardens which are planted with East African plants and are self-contained, with large beds, comfortable armchairs, modern bathrooms and private terraces overlooking the National Park. 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 common to the area.


The original stone-walled stables of the property once housed the horses of Ololo Farm. They have now been transformed into seven rooms, each with an individual design and furnishings. The Stable Rooms have ensuite bathrooms and the terraces at the front of the building overlook our colourful gardens which attract abundant birdlife and butterflies. These charming rooms are popular with guests travelling as a group who wish to be accommodated close to each other.


This delightful three-bedroom cottage is located at the end of the Stable Rooms and was once the hay shed. Now featuring modern, light-filled interiors the Stable Cottage sleeps a maximum of six guests, and has two bathrooms, kitchen, and large outdoor terrace, making it perfect for families, groups, or extended stays. We can also provide a travel cot for babies.


Ololo is open year-round.

Average StayAverage Stay

Ololo is commonly used as a gateway to East Africa by both tourist & business travelers from around the world. Many guests stay at Ololo for a night or two prior to visiting other parks or departing for home.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)


Children PolicyChild Policy

Children of all ages are most welcome at Ololo.

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To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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