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Our Story at Ololo Lodge

Our Story 

A very warm welcome to Ololo Lodge

‘Ololo’ – comes from the Maasai language meaning ‘Place of Movement.’

Ololo Safari lodge is where our African story all started. It was 2008 when the Chapman family uprooted their lives in Australia and took the ambitious leap to purchase a farm and old homestead, located on the edge of Nairobi National Park, with the dream of converting it into one of Kenya's most beautiful and sustainable lodges. Five years later, the lodge was finally opened, and has since become one of Kenya's most iconic destinations for eco-tourism, wildlife safaris and food fresh from the Ololo regenerative farm. 

Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park. The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge's secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working commercial farm Ololo offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients . With our established and secluded gardens, guests are able to settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.


Wildlife is right on our doorstep and all can enjoy breathtaking views over the national park, to the famed Ngong Hills in the west, sundowner in hand. Or you may like to wile the hours away at the lodge by the pool, adventure on a safari into the park, take a tour of the Ololo Farm or perhaps an excursion with us into historic Karen.


Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm's old converted stables, our tented cottages under makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge and our two family cottages.


In the cooler months, guests may sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cosy up to our blazing fireplace in the inviting living room. Our stone clad cellar and small library close at hand. Whatever time of the year you visit, it’s easy to enjoy the serenity and home-style comfort that Ololo offers.

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