African Excursions in the Wilderness at the Romantic Ololo Lodge.
Having a holiday to African wilderness provides one of the most romantic settings in the world, offering you the unique blend of aesthetic natural beauty, adventure, incomparable wildlife within an exceptional setting. Nothing beats a safari in Nairobi, is not your standard destination, for sure not no one dreams of a night with bigs cats roaming around you rented tent in the middle of the dark dead night. It’s not something worth traveling to specifically to Nairobi for. Instead it acts as a wonderful precursor, afterward to a safari in Kenya, or weekend escape from the city center. In fact, after spending a few weeks hopping around Kenya you need to rest and rejuvenate and Nairobi National Park offers just that to all guests who are about to leave to their home counties it proximity to the Airport is wonderful and can’t be ignored.
The highlight of our time in the park was enjoying our lodge and spotting black rhino in the park. Situated on the quiet Southern border to the park is Ololo Lodge. The safari lodge is owned and operated by an Australian farming family. Their roots are evident in the lodge with fresh produce coming from their garden and safari traditions that are not missed. Ololo Lodge has the feel of a bed breakfast with a lovely garden and earthy tones in the interiors that one would not expect to find in Africa.
The lodge’s location makes it secluded from the main part of the capital city. Rebuilt from a traditional farmhouse the property is filled with charm and colonial character. Their rooms range from lovely stable rooms, two suites in the main lodge, and individual safari style bandas. We spent our time between game drives relaxing on our deck reading a book or walking around the gardens overlooking the river. Those eager to explore the park can just take the short walk across a wire bridge directly into Nairobi.
The experience is phenomena form the upper floor rooms in the tower. It was light, airy, comfortable, and featured two decks. One of which is accessible via a spiral staircase and overlooks the whole park. Mornings in Africa should be prized and we took good care to savor them from the comfort of our private deck as the day broke. After daybreak guests can enjoy breakfast on the grounds while birdlife darts by from the park. A highlight at breakfast were their farm fresh mushrooms, grown on site, and homemade muesli.
Ololo Lodge can cater to outside guest looking to enjoy their garden restaurant. However, it is based on availability at the lodge so outside guests should call in advance to make reservations. It makes for the perfect Nairobi weekend escape for residents and business travelers. The lodge main lounge is a large airy room with a central fireplace and is the ideal place to relax on chilly evenings around Nairobi. WiFi can be found throughout the property and we had a good signal on our mobile phone so business travelers can rest assured knowing they can stay connected here.
We loved the lodges approach to sustainability. Disposable plastic water bottles are commonplace in hotel rooms and even lodges; here rooms receive a fresh supply of water every day in a ceramic pitcher. It’s steps like this that may be small, but can make massive strides towards waste reduction. This is addition to their large gardens helping supply the restaurant help lessen the lodges’ environmental impact.
Ololo Lodge is an amazing place to stay when on safari in Kenya. It combines the atmosphere of bush-style living with the full service, amenities and comfort of a luxury city hotel. Our attention to detail, combined with home-style warmth and a high standard of comfort are all hallmarks of the Ololo experience. With the advantages of being in a convenient location on the edge of Nairobi National Park, the only national park in the world that borders a busy capital city, this makes it super close to all the main airports yet are a haven situated away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Ololo’s beautiful, established gardens host many of the 500 species of bird life common to the park and four of the ‘Big Five’ are often seen from the lodge’s main terrace and pool deck. The main house is a traditional colonial farmhouse, tastefully decorated with furniture crafted on site by Ololo’s own skilled carpenters and boasting a large fireplace, wine cellar and adjoining library. The guest rooms offer an eclectic mix of original house suites to tents under thatch and uniquely refurbished horse stables. Guests will enjoy Ololo’s authentic home-style cooking featuring garden greens fresh from our own ‘shambas’ and paddock-to-plate cuisine.
Finally the suspension footbridge works wonders for the guests as they move in between the towers. Guests are given 24-hour admission to the park after entering, and Ololo offers game drives as well as excursions to surrounding local attractions. With this you will never say you dint have the time to enjoy your life in Nairobi.