If corporate city hotels really aren’t your bag, there’s an alternative option for anyone visiting Nairobi- Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park. This cosy farmhouse-style lodge sits high on a ridge overlooking the southern end of the park.
What’s Ololo Lodge really like?
Ololo Lodge is a 45 minute drive from both airports, so it’s entirely possible to clear customs and see a cheetah within an hour of each other. Once you arrive, views are just ravishing, and the atmosphere and sense of hospitality are a world removed from city life.
The style is very much that of a typical Kenyan safari lodge- high thatched roofs, creamy whitewashed walls, and plenty of natural materials in the décor. The feel is cosy, homely, and relaxed. There’s a small pool on the lawn outside, and meals are eaten on the verandah. Food all comes from Ololo’s farm, so is fresh and delicious, and if you’d like to tour the farm and see where it all comes from, just ask the lodge.
In keeping with the family style feel, the lodge’s 15 rooms are all slightly different. The simplest rooms are the Old Stables of the lodge- these are on the small side, but are very good value, and looking out over the gardens. Then there’s the larger three bedroomed stable cottage, and outside in the grounds are the three individual tented cottages. The Tower Room sits high on the top of the main building and has quite a chic, modern style, with lovely views across the park from the terrace. Lastly, the beautiful terrace room is a large and romantic suite, with a private terrace and a roll topped bath.
What can I do at Ololo Lodge?
Ololo is a fantastic base for enjoying a taster of safari, and despite the proximity of the city, Ololo runs game drives in the morning and afternoon in the same way as any other safari lodge. We never cease to be amazed that you can be watching rhinos with the city in the distance or listening to lions as you wave at the flights overhead. The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is close by as well, and very much worth the small entry fee (payable locally). For an additional fee, the lodge can also arrange trips to explore some of the shops and museums in Nairobi city centre.
Giving back at Ololo Lodge:
All kitchen waste from Ololo is either composted or given to the chickens, and waste water is recycled and reused on the lodge gardens.
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