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
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.)
Brown's Cheese Farm
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.
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
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 monkey. 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.
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.
Karunguru Coffee Farm Tour & Lunch
Karunguru Coffee Tours invites guests to go and experience a different side of Kenya, a side that Kenya is famous for, a side that boosts the Kenyan economy. Here is an experience of Kenya's black gold; Kenyan coffee! The tour of Karunguru Estate Coffee Farm will take you through the journey that coffee has to go through before getting to your cup!
The coffee tour includes:
A short welcome with a very short introduction into the process of coffee.
Go outside in our lush gardens for a coffee tasting experience.
Tour around our farm to various sites which are synonymous with the coffee process from the young seedling to the parchment grading process to the drying of the coffee
Welcome to a 3 course buffet style lunch with a drink that you can enjoy at the 1928 ballroom.
Tour with Lunch Costs
USD 45.00 per person.
Time : 1100hrs - 1500hrs
Open Tuesday to Saturday - Prior booking required here
250 USD per return trip by Ololo / per vehicle seating up to 7 people. Not including lunch & tour costs.
Art Galleries of Nairobi
If you are passionate about art, or looking for a piece to take home with you, then the Nairobi art scene is on the rise.
Some of our favourite Art Galleries you might be interested in visiting:
Uweza Gallery - Kibera. The Uweza Art Gallery opened in 2013 to provide art students and young artists with a safe space and materials to explore their own creative expression
Banana Hill Gallery - contemporary African art
Circle Art - Circle Art Gallery exhibits and promotes visual artists from Eastern Africa.
Horse riding at the foot of Ngong Hills and the forest around
Run by the Malo Stables, their Forest & Trail Rides take place in the Dagoretti forest at the foot of the famous Ngong Hills.
The routes vary according to ability of the riders and the season. There a great opportunity for long trots and canters, when the footing allows. Their guides set the pace, as they know the forest and footing by heart. Dry and rainy seasons evidently changes the footing. The forest is full of life especially on the weekends. You will pass Masai herders grazing their livestock, kids playing and mamas collecting firewood. You often pass through a village to enter a beautiful open plain made for a good canter – if the footing allows.
$140pp USD per 2 hour session, $70 per added hr. Minimum 4 guests required (guest are welcome to cover the difference).
Open on weekdays only.
Must be booked well in advance by contacting Malo Stables here.