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.
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
If the river is running fast head out on a rubber tube and get rushed down the river!Camilla Whitworth
Explore the Ol Malo conservancy on foot or on the back of a camel for a different perspective.Louisa Ross-Taylor
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.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.