Ololo Lodge is a really lovely place to stay if overnighting at the start or end of your trip to Kenya. Staying here is a smart way to maximise holiday time - rather than 'wasting' a night at an airport hotel, your transfer can be a safari through the park and you can enjoy wonderful views of the Ngong Hills from your lodge.
This farmhouse style lodge, owned by an Australian family, sits on the southern edge of Nairobi National Park. The park is remarkable, being home to a great diversity of wildlife, including endangered black rhino and a healthy population of lion. The lodge is just 45 minutes from the international airport - a 12 minute drive from the airport to the park gate, and then a game drive the rest of the way meaning you can also avoid the worst of Nairobi's notorious traffic! We saw 14 rhino - both black and white - in a 2 hour afternoon game drive, along with lion, crocodile, giraffe and hippo, all with the Nairobi skyline in the distance. There are no elephant in the park, however the lodge can arrange for transfers to the Sheldrick Trust if you would like to visit the orphan elephants.
The traditional colonial farmhouse has been carefully restored and extended by its owners. Guests can relax in Ololo’s large open living room, in front of the open fireplace, with wine selected from the stone cellar, or sit in the quiet of the adjoining library. All rooms in the original building have views over the national park to the Ngong Hills. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the lodge.
The restaurant, ‘The Kitchen at Ololo’, is open to the garden and the park, and tables are set up here for lunch and dinner on the vine-covered terrace or under the old acacia trees in the garden.
Evening drinks can be enjoyed on the garden terrace directly overlooking the park, with a brazier to ward off the cooler night air. There is also a pool in the garden.
Stable rooms are simply furnished but very comfortable. You can upgrade to a range of different room types if you prefer but we think the stable rooms are ideal for a one night stay.
There is a choice of guest rooms:
The Terrace Room: this spacious suite has a traditional living area with armchairs and an open fireplace, colonial furnishings, artworks, flowers from the 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 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.
The Tented Cottages: 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 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.
Stable Rooms : 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.
Stable Cottage: 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 a large ensuite master double bedroom and a further small double and twin room with shared bathroom between the. The cottage has a kitchen/living room area and large outdoor terrace, making it perfect for families, groups, or extended stays.
Group game drives into the only national park in the world on the edge of a capital city. Nairobi National Park - you'll find 117 square kilometers offering a diverse wildlife population which includes lion, giraffe, leopard, rhino, hippo, zebra, buffalo, gazelle, antelope and over 400 recorded bird species. Many of these birds and animals are visible from the terrace and restaurant as they move around the bush.