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Ololo Safari Lodge

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- Colonial style farmhouse
- Nairobi National Park
- Game drives and cultural excursions
- Homely feel

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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.

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  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • Dear Lisa, We are now back home and had a fantastic time. All the arrangements went seamlessly, transport and hotels were great. Laikipia was amazing, a very personal experience and they did all they could to accommodate everything we wanted to do. The river location was fantastic and ideal for the children as they got to swim in it. It is somewhere we would all like to return to. There might not have been the numbers that you get on the Masai Mara however we got to see lions with cubs, two black leopards, a golden leopard and the wild dogs as well as a huge number of other animals and birds. Thank you for suggesting to stay for 4 nights, it was just the right amount of time. The tamarin Hotel was a good choice as we were able to eat at the Carnivore restaurant which was an experience. Mauritius was lovely and relaxing, just what we needed after a very active time in Laikipia. Accommodation and service was great. Weather was good for most of the time, a few showers over the last couple of days. Thank you once again for organising it all. Sally

    MissingSally M reviewing Laikipia Wilderness and Plains on 11 August 2023

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