The views and setting of this lodge are unrivaled, with the big 5 on your doorstep! The staff are wonderful and welcoming and the owner Joanna makes you feel most at home. We stayed in the large stable cottage which is very comfortable. There is also an organic farm at the property where the kids can get involved collecting eggs and milking the cows if they so wish. The farm provides most of the produce for the amazing meals provided!
Near the airport so huge jets during the night. If you have problems sleeping, avoid this lodge. In the middle of Kenya game preserve so a convenient way to see many animals. On first day, saw black and white rhinos. Food about average for this level lodge, but staff not, and room maintenance lacking. (Missing light bulb, window operater, and main screen closure, zipper was broken). Porters did not offer to carry our hand luggage over the swinging bridge at the entrance, or up the significant climb. Medicare wine list. View and ambience terrific. Don Waters
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 nights at Ololo! We got a tour of the farm, escorted walks in the bush, beautiful meals by the pool, and of course fabulous game drives!! We were so impressed with how hard working the staff was, as well as friendly and happy
Returning to Ololo, after a three year pause in international travel was worth the wait. A wonderful homecoming… the Chapman family, and loyal, dedicated team always ensure that every moment is magical. You alight the carriage, (Land Cruiser) on the edge of Nairobi Park, cross a magical bridge, and ascend to the most amazing sanctuary - daily gastronomical delights that are largely sourced right from the farm, welcoming, lovely accommodations; caring staff … did I mention Fred, the energetic Golden Retriever? It has only been a few weeks since I’ve left Ololo, and am so anxious to return.
I have stayed her three times and love it more with each stay. I had a group of 12 with me, and everyone loved Ololo! The location, food, and decor are incredible. Our safari guide was amazing, and the staff is some of the best in Kenya. We saw so many lions and cubs and had many close encounters at night after the park was closed and only the lodge vehicles were in the park. The Ololo Farm is really a special part of the stay and experience as well. I look forward to returning again in the future, and I know several in my group hope to as well. The only thing that isn't great is the noise of the planes at night. It seems the lodge is now directly in the flight path. This is unfortunate and reminds you that you are still in the "city" though hidden in this oasis at the National Park. I still think its the best place to stay for a luxury experience and great safari for the area.…
Unfortunately we only stayed one night at the lodge before we began our safari because we loved it so much. It's so beautiful, the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and the food was great. We were joined by a nosy baboon as we had lunch on the lawn. We were granted a tour of the organic farm (watched them pick the greens for our lunch salad) and grounds. There were two safaris/day in Nairobi National Park - we went on the night safari- and were surprised at how terrific it was.
Horrible experience, never in my life have been treated in this way. Very unprofessional team and saying unacceptable words to the guests and failing to contain a situation of distress while their guests ahd to wait for very long time by the gate of the national park. They switched off the phone in the middle of the call, and instructed the driver to be very unresponsive with us and they instructed him to send us back to the gate and saying that ololo wants peace not noise ! I was appalled by the way they treat their guests and managed situations of misunderstanding or distress.. honestly a horrible experience. The situation was terribly bad and stressful that my toddler ended up vomiting.
I don’t advise to anyone to go to this place, we were ill-treated by the management of the place upon arrival, the driver who came to find us at the national park was ordered not to communicate with us, the National Park Main gate tried to make us pay the fares of non-residents although we showed our residency, when the Park gate agents did not succeed in bullying us, they communicated with the management of this Ololo Lodge, the management of the hotel just called us while we were almost arriving and spook to us impolitely denying to give us access, me and my wife asked the management of the Lodge to allow us to arrive and take care of our baby who had car sickness, they refused to listen and ordered the driver not to even speak to us, so we were brought back to the main gate of the Park and the management of the hotel refused to refund us the deposit. That’s not the first time that issues like this happen. I would strongly advise against going to this place for the safety and security of your physical and mental well-being.…
It’s late afternoon here in Sydney as I cast my mind back to this time of afternoon a few days ago at Ololo sitting, drink in hand, G&T, or even a masala tea depending on my mood – I know not everybody’s idea of a cocktail but it is the best masala tea!. I’m recalling the gentle conversations, while scanning for movement of animals on the hillside opposite in the park. It’s that time of day when smells waft from the kitchen, when the mosquito nets are dropped around the bed and bed turned back ready for slipping into on our return. After many holidays overseas, over many years, I’ve never had a holiday quite like this one, or felt so catered to and looked after. Ololo is truly a family affair, both literal family with Joanna, Craig and their sons, and also what feels like a family with all the staff who are so engaged and delightful. Sons, Jim and Charley organised trips to different places-Masai Mara, Lamu and Cliff House (near Mombassa). It was very reassuring to be going to places that have been tested and tried, and to not have to worry about pick ups or drop-offs or flights. We were linked with guides who are very knowledgeable and brought a rich layer of understanding of animals, as well as culture and the physical environments we found ourselves in. The environment of Ololo is a treat in itself- every room with its own outlook, plantings and intriguing decor, ( Joanna’s unique sensibility). Beyond the buildings is the farm, where there are so many projects happening all at once, and all integrated into a sustainable venture under the hand of Craig and son, George, who are supporting and encouraging young Kenyans to introduce projects and get experience in their fields of study. It was so nice to know that so much of what we ate came directly from the farm. I’m missing the hustle and bustle of the trips into Rongai, the colour, and movement of people, the crazy handmade signs that fire the imagination- (circumcision and ultrasound ‘all part of the one service.) Sydney is feeling very tame by comparison, but I am looking forward, for the first time, to thinking what vegetables I might plant in my garden.…
We used this lodge as a base from which to explore Kenya. It’s facilities and warmth made it feel like we were coming home after each excursion. I had been anxious about coming to Africa for the first time. I was picked up and totally looked after, met the gorgeous staff and immediately felt at ease. The food is the best I’ve had anywhere in the world. And eating meals looking out over the expanse of the national park was awesome. Thank you to Craig and Joanna and all the wonderful staff for such care, friendliness and attention to my every need.