Our Safari day was not only about fun and seeing animals. Work had to be done as well. When my colleague and I put this program together, he came across an extraordinary venue for our lunch and our afternoon program. Located on the Southern Edge of Nairobi National Park and set on 20 acres of beautiful gardens, we couldn’t imagine a better location than Ololo Lodge, a hidden gem overlooking Nairobi National Park, yet just 45 minutes away from the airport. Let me show you around.
After an adventurous transfer through the park with a warm welcome from the local animals, a spectacular swing bridge leads you to the stunning property.
The leafy path leading up the property leaves everything to the imagination, and I was pleasantly surprised when I was welcomed by friendly staff offering me a cold drink, a refreshing towel and this view.
I had to remind myself that I was actually at work and that swimming might be inappropriate. 😉
The lodge is managed by a Dutch/Canadian couple who told us a bit more about the property and gave us a tour before we had to get to work. We started at the colonial farmhouse which has a big living room where you can relax with a book in front of the fireplace, enjoy a glass of wine…
… or do some work from the desk (though I’ll guarantee you’ll get distracted by the views).
Each unique room oozes relaxation, luxury and has its own touches of Africa.
There are two rooms in the lodge itself, including a honeymoon suite with its own fireplace and private patio…
There are a few adventurous (yet very comfortable) tented cottages on the property too.
One is even more romantic than the other.
If you’re traveling with a family, the family cottage with its own kitchen and various bedrooms is a great option; it’s very comfortable and I can imagine that Ololo Lodge must be an exciting place for children with ample space to play and things to see.
But, if you’re not traveling with children and if you’re looking for a peaceful place to escape the hectic daily life, then this is the place to go as well. I can totally see myself writing a book here. It’s the prefect hideaway.
Ololo lodge is an eco-friendly place; ‘we aim to follow the landowner’s ethos of practising sustainability today for a better future’, which makes me like it even more. They prove that comfort and sustainability do not have to rule each other out, but actually work very well together.
If you’re planning a trip to Kenya, make sure to include Nairobi for a stay at Ololo. They offer all-inclusive packages, so you don’t have to worry about anything at all. Well, only about getting up early enough to see some beautiful animals on a game drive perhaps.