Ol Malo sits on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, on a rugged escarpment overlooking Kenya's northern frontier district. It is designed in such a way that it seems to grow out of the rock itself.
Built owned and managed by the Francombe family, Ol Malo has established itself as one of the leading lodges in the region, with a strong commitment to eco-tourism, combined with style, comfort and personality.
Why We Like Ol Malo
Ol Malo is all about the hosting and the views. You are personally hosted by the Francombe family throughout, meaning the levels of service are exceptional.
Each of the four cottages sleeps two people, with the option of a third bed for families. They are all individually decorated with a beautiful mixture of polished stone and natural wood - all locally sourced. King-size beds and private verandas feature throughout, with the latter making the most of the incredible views from the lodge's elevated position.
The lodge's main buildings are spread along the escarpment, above the cottages, linked by winding pathways that are bordered by giant aloe plants. A swimming pool clings to the cliff edge and the dining room is an elevated 'room with a view', where the Francombes join evening meals. The local Samburu people are an integral part of the lodge's personality, acting as hosts and guides throughout your stay.
Just five minutes away is Ol Malo House - a six-bedroom private house that is perfect for larger groups. Designed in a similar style to the lodge, it shares the same spectacular views.
The activities include the usual game drives and walks, but you can also try camel safaris, horseriding, fishing and river tubing. For the even more adventurous there is the opportunity to spend a night in the leopard hide for the chance to catch a glimpse of these elusive animals
Ol Malo is in northern Laikipia, located on a privately owned ranch, bordering the Loisaba Conservancy. Access is via light aircraft to the Loisaba airstrip, which is 40 minutes' drive away.