Ololo Excursions and Tours
Enjoy an excursion to explore some of our favourite destinations and experiences in the region
Ololo Safari Lodge & Farm offers a range of excursions for our guests to Karen and nearby locations.
Excursions are priced, based on either a Half Day or a Full Day with a private driver/guide and vehicle.
Please talk to your guide/driver or Ololo’s front of house staff to arrange these activities. Half Day 3 - 4hrs (visiting around 3 places) 200 USD / per vehicle up to 7 people I Full Day 5 - 6hrs (visiting around 5 places.) 300 USD / per vehicle up to 7 people.
Please Note: some places require entry fees which are not included in the prices above
The Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is an educational centre giving visitors the opportunity to feed and learn about the endangered Rothschild giraffes. If you are especially keen, a feeding pellet can be placed in your mouth and you can experience the giraffe’s long purple tongue swiftly remove it! Their saliva is said to be antiseptic!
Open: 9am - 5pm daily including weekends & public holidays.
Entry: Adult: 15 USD l Child 3 - 12yrs 7.50 USD Card & Mpesa payments only.
The Karen Blixen Museum
This museum is the former home of Karen Blixen (pen name Issac Dinineson) and her Swedish husband, Count Bror von Blixen Fincke. Blixen was famous for her novel ‘Out of Africa’, first published in 1937 which chronicled her life on their coffee estate and that period of Kenyan colonial history. Karen, the district lying south-west of Nairobi city was named after Blixen when she left Kenya, following a 17 year period residing in the country.
The house gained international fame with the release of the movie of the same name, and many scenes from the Oscar winning film were shot at the museum.
The house was opened to the public in 1986 as one
of Kenya's national museums.
Open: 9.30am - 6pm daily including weekends & public holidays. Entry: 12 USD per adult I 6 USD per
child 3 - 16yrs. Entry includes a guided tour (a tip is kindly requested for your guide.)
Ocean Sole is a social enterprise, that upcycles washed up flip-flops found along the beaches and waterways in Kenya. Inspired by the toys children were making out of the flip-flop debris, Julie Church, the Ocean Sole Founder, encouraged their mothers to collect, wash, and cut the discarded flip-flops into colourful products to sell at local Kenyan Markets as another means of income for their families.
Their process is manual not machine. Each piece is made with care and love, the story of each product begins as a flip-flop on someones feet, then its thrown out and ends up in the ocean. They collect it, clean it, compress it and then carve it into beautiful art to be revived again with love. Through the process, oceans are cleaned, jobs are provided, masterpieces are made, and in the end, you get something truly special and unique.
Shopping around Karen & Langata
- Langata Link Shops
- The House of Treasures
- The Tin Roof Cafe at both locations
Both of these businesses encompass a number of retailers clustered in one large shop, selling mainly African crafts & fashion which highlight the unique and creative aspects of emerging Kenyan designers. Langata Link Open: 8.30am - 5.30pm daily excluding Sundays and public holidays. Entry: Free
House of Treasures: Open: 9am - 5pm daily excluding Sundays Entry: Free
Tin Roof Café: Open: All day except Sunday
Matbronze Sculpture Gallery and Cafe
Local sculptor Denis Matthews began his foundry in 1987.
His sculptures are made using the ‘lost wax’ technique exemplifying the lovely patina of natural bronze. His works range from dainty hummingbirds to life-sized animals that have graced public foyers in buildings around the world.
All pieces are able to be shipped to any destination.
Open: Mon - Sat 8am - 5pm I Sun 9.30am - 5.30pm I Entry: Free
Oloolua Nature Trail
The Oloolua Nature Trail meanders through thick forest vines and large indigenous trees, in some places following the course of the Mbagathi River that cuts through the forest - the same river that Ololo sits on.
The trail is perfect for those who wish to stretch their legs and get some exercise after spending days on safari - or perhaps from too much food from Ololo! Along the trail you can find interesting caves, swamps, indigenous forests and even a 20 foot
Open: 7 days a week
Entry: 600Ksh per adult, 300Ksh per child.
The Nairobi National Museum
The Museum offers a one stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure. Built in 1929, this is the flagship museum for the National Museums of Kenya, housing celebrated collections of Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art.
Open: 7 days 08:30 -17:30
Price: Adults: 1,600 Ksh Children ( below 16 years) 600 Ksh
Ololo can provide a packed picnic lunch for this excursion.
Brown's Cheese Farm & Factory Limuru
200USD per return trip / per vehicle by Ololo seating up to 7 people I Not including lunch & tour costs below:
Open: Open Thursday through Saturday by appointment (12-4pm). Saturday is booked out two weeks in advance most of the year.
Rate: For factory tour, cheese & wine tasting, 3-course lunch & a visit to the organic farm to watch the milking:
per adult 4,000 KES 40 USD per adult without wine 3,000 KES 30 USD Kids under 5 are free
5+ are 500/- Kids 12+ are 1,500/-
Delve into the fantastic array of delectable cheeses at the Brown’s Cheese Factory and Farm. Situated amidst the beautiful tea plantations of Tigoni, the farm runs purely on biodynamic and organic principles. Lovers of cheese can sample up to eight varieties of cheese and enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch and a tour of the farm and factory to get a better understanding of the cheese making process.
Offering high quality artisan cheeses, made from pasteurised cow’s milk and using vegetarian rennet Brown’s products are ripened naturally and no chemicals, colouring or coatings are used. Milk for the cheese is collected
from over 3,000 local co-operative farmers.
Kiambethu Tea Farm Limuru
250USD per return trip by Ololo / per vehicle seating up to 7 people. Not including lunch & tour costs.
Kiambethu Tea Farm is located out of Nairobi near the town of Limuru. A visit to the farm provides a tranquil insight into life on a settler farm and tea
growing in Kenya.
Situated at 7,200 ft., Kiambethu was bought and farmed by AB McDonell in
1910. He was a pioneer in the tea industry being one of the first to make and sell tea commercially in Kenya - now one of Kenya’s largest exports. Five generations have lived on the farm and it is currently run by his granddaughter Fiona Vernon. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest - home to the Colobus
On arrival guests are able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee & learn the history of the farm and process of tea making is explained, followed by an
opportunity to see tea in the field.
Afterwards a walk in the indigenous forest with our resident Kenyan guide
and wander in the gardens which are home to a wide variety of birds and flowers.
Lunch is served about 1pm and is a three course buffet lunch from our set
menu prepared with vegetables from the garden and desserts are topped with cream from our herd of Channel Island cows.
Open: Thurs. - Sun. each week.
Rates 4,000 KES 40 USD per person all- inclusive;
Under 12yrs half price.