Laikipia, Northern Kenya
At a Glance
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
Four bunk beds are set up in the leopard blind to allow you to spend the night there in the hope of catching a glimpse of the elusive leopard
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Ol Malo is closed in April, May & November.
The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
To start planning your vacation to Ol Malo
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.
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 vacation.
There are four stone and thatched private en-suite cottages at Ol Malo Lodge, each with their own private veranda. For families or groups of friends traveling together, Ol Malo House is very private and booked on an exclusive basis. It has six double rooms, comfortably accommodating up to 12 people.
There are 4 double cottages all with double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The House at Ol Malo is wonderfully positioned and very private for groups of up to 12 guests.
Children are very welcome to visit Ol Malo and although there are no specific child care facilities, babysitting can be arranged. The lodge is able to arrange separate meals for children and a more child friendly menu. The guides are also very flexible and are able to arrange activities to suit children of all ages.
There is a stunning infinity pool, with amazing views from the rocky escarpment across the plains. Ol Malo is owner run and managed by the Ol Malo is owner run by the Francombe family, who have a thorough understanding of the area and its inhabitants, both human and animal.
Ol Malo has plenty to keep you busy, the guides are all fully trained and licensed and most grew up in the surrounding wilderness so know the area very well. The lodge is able can tailor the activities to suit individual requirements, from game viewing by vehicle or foot, riding, camel rides, fishing or mountain biking. It is also possible and encouraged to visit some of the community projects and meet the Samburu people of the area.
Anna Thomas (Staff)
Ol Malo is where you go take part in a variety of unique activities that you can do nowhere else in Kenya. Although there is a variety of game to see, the game drives arent the main attraction here, its the activities. The property has two beautiful pools, one in the main house and one the lodge. Swimming at the pool during the afternoons while looking out at the savanna is a wonderful thing to do midday after your exciting activities. Some activities you can do here are horseback riding, camel rides, run with the Samburu warriors, visit the local Samburu market (Tuesday and Saturdays), walking safaris, helicopter ride, fly camping, sleep out in the leopard hide out. Ol Malo is truly unique and is a wonderful place for families.
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
You will always receive a warm welcome from the Francombe family here at Ol Malo. You really are guests in their very special home. It is an incredible setting with jaw dropping views. The rooms are set on the hillsides - they are large and spacious. Ol Malo is about the activities, you can ride, walk, bike and go on camel rides and strong community involvement learning about this fascinating local culture. Andrew Francombe has a helicopter based at the lodge a scenic flight with him is a once in a lifetime experience! With children of their own at the lodge, it is certainly family friendly and always have great ideas of how to keep the children entertained!
Meg Shepro (Staff)
There is never a dull moment at Ol Malo. From walking safaris with camel, horseback riding around the ranch, visits to local villages or an exclusive scenic helicopter ride you'll have plenty of time to stretch your legs on this interactive safari. You'll even feel like you're part of the family when you stay with Ol Malo, their fun and quirky vibe is infectious.
At Ol Malo Lodge four individual, totally private rock cottages stand watch along the edge of a broad lava ridge made of black stone spewed up when the Rift Valley was being ripped through Africa. Imaginative, detailed, and, at the same time, utterly groundbreaking, the stone and wood constructions are the work of Colin and Rocky Francombe, who came to this northernmost outpost of Laikipia in the early 1990s (long after cutting their teeth as ranch managers elsewhere in the region) and brought a groundbreaking trend to tourism: small, private, intimate bush experiences. Each cottage has high papyrus ceilings, stone walls and floors, handmade cedar furniture made from trees felled by elephants, and huge picture windows framing an expansive view of the valley down below. Each room also has an enclosed open-fronted pavilion, always with the emphasis on the sweeping view of the valley below. Arrange your wake-up tea or coffee for just before sunrise, and you can watch the African sky turn a dozen shades of orange, gold, and red as the sun's disc ascends from behind the hills and mountains in the distance. Right below you, hyraxes, leopard, myriad birds, and elephants roam, play, and mingle. The Francombes -- gracious and welcoming -- make you feel like you're a guest in their home. Always sharing a story or revealing fascinating details of local culture or local wildlife, Colin pours drinks, offers canaps, and mixes a mean ginger and honey tea before bedtime. And then he's up at dawn ready to accompany you for an on-foot safari adventure.
If you're after a totally exclusive experience, or perhaps want to host a private party (or bring the kids) in the African outback, check out Ol Malo House, an imaginatively designed retreat with six huge, high-ceilinged en suite bedrooms crafted from local materials and decorated with a personal touch. The house, which has its own pool, massive entertainment areas with a mix of African and Indian antiques, and cliff-edge views over the plains below, can be rented out as a single unit or sold seperately.
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|Book from||11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019|
11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
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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.
Location & directions
Laikipia, Northern Kenya
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.
How to get there
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.