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.
Blixen was also a talented artist, and her original portraits of staff that she painted, hang on the walls of the museum.
After Blixen's death in 1962, the house was purchased by the Danish
government and then donated in 1964 to the new Kenyan government, as an
independence gift. 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