- Colonial style farmhouse
- Nairobi National Park
- Game drives and cultural excursions
- Homely feel
Once a colonial-era family farmhouse, Ololo Lodge has been painstakingly restored to become a characterful and well-appointed safari lodge about 45 minutes away from Nairobi. The Australian owners take great pride in providing a particularly homely feel. Rooms and suites are pristine and welcoming, much of the food served in the restaurant is home-grown, and there’s a pool with wonderful views. Updated with modern conveniences but retaining many original features, this lovely property is located within 20 acres of privately-owned land in the southern part of the Nairobi National Park, famed for its captivating landscapes and diverse wildlife. It’s set near the banks of the Mbagathe River and has excellent views of a well-frequented watering hole. Thanks to the lodge’s partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service, all guests are granted full access to the park.
Various accommodation options are available. The Terrace Room and Tower Room are both spacious suites, each with a private terrace. The Tower Room is accessed by a spiral staircase and comes with furniture which was crafted on-site by hotel staff. The Terrace Room is filled with colonial-style furnishings and has a large open fireplace. There are three Tented Cottages which are stone-wall, thatch-roof lodgings designed to offer an authentic bush experience; each cottage is self-contained and comes with a private terrace with views of the park. There are also seven Stable Rooms set out in the property’s original horse stables, each with unique and individual décor. Finally, the Stable Cottage, located at the end of the Stable Rooms building, is a three-bedroom cottage that once functioned as the horses’ hay shed. It comes with a bathroom, two kitchens and an extensive terrace.
Activities naturally centre around game drives in the National Park which can be large, group drives or smaller, more personalised excursions depending on preference. The park covers an area of 117 square kilometres and is home to a fascinating array of wildlife, with some of its best-known species including the Cape buffalo, zebras, leopards, vultures, ostriches and Tanzanian cheetahs, to name but a few. Guests may even be able to spot some animals from the comfort of their own terrace or the lodge’s restaurant. Though game drives are the main activity, trips to an elephant orphanage and cultural visits to the city of Nairobi are also possible.
Children of all ages are welcome and there are several rooming options for families. The Tower and Terrace suites have an interconnecting door between them and it’s possible to sleep a maximum of two adults in the double Tower room and two adults plus two children in the Terrace room. The aforementioned, three-bedroomed Stable Cottage has two double rooms (the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom) and a twin room plus one shared family bathroom. Finally, one of the tented cottages can be converted to a triple room by bringing a small child’s bed in with a double bed. Due to the rural location of the property, parents are reminded, as always, to supervise children of all ages at all times.
- Small, welcoming guesthouse
- Owner operated
- Good value
- Lovely gardens & pool
- A wilderness escape
- Comfortably furnished tents
- Eight guest tents
- Unique safari destination
- Family run boutique hotel
- Indoor & outdoor pools
- Spa & fitness centre
- Peaceful city location
- Luxurious country estate
- Heated pool, gym and spa
- Superior facilities
- Hemingways Portfolio
- Swimming pool
- Safe residential location
- Comfortable rooms
- Free roaming giraffes
- Beautiful surroundings
- Colonial manor
- Fantastic for families
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 27 August 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
I had just the most incredible time on the climb.
The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.
George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.
Finn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019