Ol Malo is a beautiful lodge set in the heart of the Laikipia Plateau, which runs from the foothills of Mt Kenya to the edge of the Great Rift Valley. The main lodge has breathtaking views and has four rooms while Ol Malo House accommodates 12 guests.
Relax by the infinity pool and soak in the incredible views
Discover the Ol Malo Conservancy on the back of a camel or horse
Enjoy a fabulous al fresco lunch in the shade of a giant fig tree by the river
Visit the local Samburu nursery school
Meaning ‘place of the greater kudu’, Ol Malo is the home of Colin and Rocky Francombe and has awe inspiring views from the escarpment and across the endless plains. The 5,000-acre ranch and game sanctuary lies along the Ewaso Nyiro River on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau and has four wonderful cottages built from natural rock, with thatched roofs and ancient olive wood furniture. Each cottage has a separate bathroom, living area and private veranda.
Ol Malo House accommodates up to 12 guests and is also available for exclusive use. It has a beautiful, large sitting and dinning room - with open fireplaces - encircled by three double bedrooms. Separate cottages create a further three double rooms, each private cottage has arch windows and doors, en-suite bathrooms and decor inspired by the surrounding landscape. Lighting is handmade by the Samburu women and this creates a warm ambience and welcoming atmosphere. A flagstone path leads to a large open area overlooking the infinity pool - perfect for al fresco dining. From here you can watch the varied game come to drink at the much-frequented waterhole.
A choice of early morning game walks with a hot bush breakfast, horse and camel expeditions ranging from half-day rides to multi-day safaris, camping and visits to a Samburu village ensure that there is as much, or as little, to do as one could possibly want out of a safari holiday.
When to visit
If the river is running fast head out on a rubber tube and get rushed down the river!
Ol Malo is on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya's wild and beautiful North Eastern Province - 5000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya and teeming with the elusive antelope from which the land takes its name. In this majestic setting on a rock escarpment on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau.
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Followed by a charter flight direct to Ol Malo airstrip, or scheduled flight to Nanyuki, departs daily from Nairobi Wilson Airport, and connecting charter to Ol Malo.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your holiday then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.
Explore this spectacular landscape on mountain bike. The silence and off-road abilities of the bike allow you to get right up close to big game.
Riding in Northern Kenya
Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia
Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.