Noo Saro-Wiwa attended Roedean School, King's College London and Columbia University, New York.
Saro-Wiwa is the author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (2012). This book was nominated for the Dolman Best Travel Book Award, and was named the Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year in 2012. It was selected as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in 2012, and was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. The Guardian newspaper also included it among its 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa in 2012. It has been translated into French and Italian. In 2016 it won the Albatros Travel Literature Prize in Italy.
She has contributed book reviews, travel, analysis and opinion articles for The Guardian newspaper, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement and Prospect magazine.
Saro-Wiwa is the daughter of the Nigerian poet and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.