Oloololo
Written by Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, ©1998
Found on Human Nature.

Lala Salama
To the Masai Mara
And asante sana
Kichwa Tembo

I'm going Oloololo
Back to the world where I'm from
Soon I'll be flying solo
On a heading that follows the sun

Oloololo, Oloololo, 'loololo

'Cause I've been down from Nairobi
Southeast of Kisumu
To the waiting savanna
Like a place that I once knew

And the river was flowing
While the crocodile baked in the sun
With the elephant knowing
That a change had already begun

Oloololo, Oloololo, 'loololo

Oloololo, Oloololo
(Lala Salama) Oloololo (To the Masai Mara)
(And asante sana) Oloololo (To Kichwa Tembo)


Some interesting facts about the lyrics in this song (many of the words are in Swahili):

  • The movie "Out of Africa" was filmed at the Oloololo escarpment (steep slope) in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Oloololo means "zig-zag" and usually refers to the roads or trails.
  • Lala Salama means "sleep peacefully".
  • Asante sana means "thank you very much".
  • Kichwa Tembo means "Elephant's Head".


Last Revised: 28 September 2000