Ololo Lodge

Ololo Safari Lodge, owned and run by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service.  Originally an old Kenyan homestead and since converted to a small lodge, Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park.

 The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge's secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working farm, Ololo offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients. With our established and secluded gardens, guests are able to settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.

 Wildlife is right on our doorstep and all can enjoy breathtaking views over the national park, to the famed Ngong Hills in the west, sundowner in hand. Or you may like to wile the hours away at the lodge by the pool, adventure on a safari into the park, take a tour of the Ololo Farm or perhaps an excursion with us into historic Karen.

 In the cooler months, guests may sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cosy up to our blazing fireplace in the inviting living room. Our stone clad cellar and small library close at hand. Whatever time of the year you visit, it’s easy to enjoy the serenity and home-style comfort that Ololo offers.

Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm's old converted stables, the tented cottages under makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge.
The Tower Room 

Located in a stone-clad tower with a balcony and a private rooftop terrace, the Tower Room has extensive views right across the park, and to the famed Ngong Hills in the west. This contemporary suite is light and airy and furnished with pieces of furniture made by our clever fundi carpenters, in the Ololo workshop. *This room can also be made into a twin room. An extra bed or cot cannot be added. The Tower Room can also be interconnected to the Terrace Room below. Bathroom: shower / double basins

The Terrace Room 

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. *A single bed can be added to the Terrace Room as well as a baby cot. This room can also interconnect to the Tower Room upstairs. Bathroom: bath / shower / double basins

Tented Cottages

The three tented cottages provide guests with a bush experience, sleeping under a traditional makuti thatch roof, with canvas and stone walls. These safari-style king-sized rooms are nestled amongst our gardens with its spreading and shady acacia trees.  All have private terraces that overlook the national park. Each tent is self-contained, with large beds, comfortable armchairs and modern bathrooms. Drift off to sleep to the sounds of Africa – the cough of a lion, the calls of monkeys and baboons, and the rustle of hundreds of species of birds.

The Stable Cottage

This delightful three-bedroom cottage is located at the end of the Stable Rooms and was once the farm's hay shed. Now featuring modern, light-filled interiors the Stable Cottage sleeps a maximum of six guests, and has two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a large outdoor terrace. The cottage is perfect for families, groups, or extended stays.
* Bedroom 1: double bedroom / 2: double bedroom /  3: twin bedroom
I x ensuite bathroom: bath / shower / double basin
1 x family bathroom shower / single basin
Living area with kitchenette
Terrace overlooking NNP and gardens 
Ololo is also able to provide a cot for babies.

The Old Stables 

The original stone-walled stables of the property once housed the horses of the Ololo Farm. They have now been transformed into seven comfortable and cozy rooms with an average room size (including the bathroom) of 17.6 square meters. Each room is designed and furnished individually, with attention to historical detail. The Stable Rooms have ensuite bathrooms and small pergola covered terraces at the front of the building.  The terraces overlook our gardens, with its abundant birdlife. These charming rooms are popular with guests traveling as a group or for family members who wish to be accommodated close to each other.
*Please note: These rooms are not large enough to add an extra single bed, however one baby cot can be added. The Stable Rooms are not connected internally. 5 x double Stable Rooms / 2 x twin Stable Rooms  / All have bathrooms:  shower & single basins


In 2007, the Chapman family went on the African Safari of a lifetime. Little did they know that two years later they would uproot their lives in Australia to purchase and convert an old family home into a safari lodge on the edge of Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Over the years the family has fallen in love with the people, culture and wildlife of this beautiful continent. Ololo Safaris is their way of sharing this passion with you, using travel to have a positive impact on the people and environment that we hope to enjoy for generations to come. Most safaris start and finish at the family lodge, where you will then explore some of the most unique and untouched places of the continent. 
Activities include:
Jeep Safari

Nature Walks

Horseback riding safaris

Hot Air Balloon Trips

Visits to villages and schools