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#5 of 57 Specialty lodging in Nanyuki Municipality
Ol Malo stands on the last frontier of Northern Kenya, an untamed playground in the heartland of the Samburu tribe that calls to those with wild hearts and adventure in their bones. We specialize in creating the authentic African moments you’ve been dreaming of, from wild helicopter expeditions into the Great Rift Valley to serene relaxation by our infinity pools. At Ol Malo, we have helicopters on our private airstrip, safari cars, mountain bikes, horses, and camels just waiting to take you on an adventure. The three lodging options on our privately-owned family ranch - The House, The Lodge, and Ol Malo Nomad - each offer equal parts comfort and style. The 6-bedroom Ol Malo House and 4-guestroom Ol Malo Lodge were designed as a luxury-style ranch, built by hand with materials of the land as one of the north’s original bush homes. Ol Malo Nomad offers families and groups the chance to engage with nature in a tailor-made way: from exploring by helicopter and fishing vast lakes to trekking on foot, horse or camel with mobile camps into the unknown. Life at Ol Malo is about experiences: soar alongside eagles over our private land and flamingos in Lake Logipi in our helicopters, dance in the dust with Samburu warriors as they singing tales of the past, ride on horseback to watch a family of elephant play in the watering hole, hear the crunch of rock under your camel's feet, and listen to stories of Africa under an Acacia tree whilst munching on food cooked on the flames of an open fire. As third generation Kenyans who have grown up and lived on the land, our family is deeply rooted and committed to our country, it's many cultures, and this beautiful way of life. Guests of the Francombe family have the opportunity to witness Kenya through the eyes and minds of those who know and love the land the most, and learn that there is more to life in Africa than the Big Five.
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Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport136 miSee all flights
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Dick Pierce wrote a review Aug 2021
washington DC10 contributions4 helpful votes
Our banda, like all of the other bandas, was beautiful and had a great view of the valley below. We rode camels, had a breakfast in the bush, had fun dancing with the local villagers, and went on a helicopter ride over the riff valley to a lake with thousands of flamingos. We will always include a stay at Ol Malo when we visit east africa. The faimly that owns the lodge are fascinating people who treat guests as members of the family. The covid risk was minmal because all activities and the staff has been fully vaccinated.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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S M wrote a review Feb 2021
London, United Kingdom117 contributions26 helpful votes
Ol Malo is a beautiful property set on an escarpment overlooking the private conservancy. There are no other lodges in the conservancy. This means you will not see many if any other safari vehicles, unlike other safari areas. This is not the best place for spotting animals as they are less used to the cars and have more area to hide. However, you still will see a wide range of animals, including the endangered Grevey zebra, reticulated giraffes, elephants, buffalos and antelopes. What makes this place unique is the variety of cultural and other activities. There are many more opportunities to leave the vehicle and walk in the bush. The lodge has close ties with the local Samburu community and provide a number of cultural activities and opportunities to engage with the local people. We visited a homestead and got to dance with the Samburu warriors. We had an amazing bush breakfast hosted by Colin Francombe, a true font of knowledge about the region and its history and culture, and an honorary Samburu elder. We also had sundowners in the bush with fresh beef cooked on a skillet over an open flame. Ol Malo go out of their way to take care of their guests. They even accommodated a crazy request to have my hair beaded in the traditional Samburu warrior style. Apparently, we are the first guests ever to have requested this, but they made it happen and my partner had her wrist beaded. The food, much of which comes from the Francombes’ farm or is homemade, was excellent. We especially loved the scotch bonnet pepper hot sauce. They should bottle it and sell it! Our room was incredibly spacious and had unique features as it was built into the escarpment. The pool was very relaxing after a day in the bush. Thank you to our hosts, Meg and Rob, Paul, our guide Leuya and the Francombes for making this a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: We stayed in the crocodile room and it was excellent. We highly recommend it.
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Responded Feb 18, 2021
We loved the hairy Braid the women did on your hair, such fun, it was a real pleasure to host you and hope we’ll see you again sometime, when you need another braid maybe?
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Robin C wrote a review Feb 2021
Lexington, Kentucky56 contributions4 helpful votes
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Experiencing Ol Malo is something every traveler to Kenya should have on their list. In fact. it should be at the top of the list! This family owned lodge is stellar in every way. The cottages and pool area could not be more comfortable, the food fresh and delicious and the bar is always open! The Francombe family has created a luxe retreat where you can experience horseback rides, games drives, camel rides, bush breakfast, game viewing and the EPIC helicopter ride to Lake Turkana. There is also the local culture to be taken in - visiting the Samburu people, visiting the local school and bead workshop are just a few of the experiences. We only stayed 3 nights - next time it will be longer and hopefully soon!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent with stunning views
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Response from , Owner at Ol Malo
Responded Feb 18, 2021
Thanks Robin for the kind words, we had such a fun time with you guys. Looking forward to your return and another helicopter adventure. Cheers
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Gilbert H wrote a review Feb 2021
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I stayed at Ol Malo with a few friends for a weekend. Absolutely everything was incredible. Every little detail has been thought of (despite the fact that you are 2hrs drive from the nearest real road)! The scenary is stunning and the pool is to die for!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from , Owner at Ol Malo
Responded Feb 10, 2021
It is a long way to a real road that’s for sure, thanks so much for coming next time please come for longer, cheers
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Max Woolger wrote a review Feb 2021
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One of the most incredible places on earth. Staff are lovely. Food is incredible and Ol Malo House is utterly stunning and spellbinding. I would recommend that anyone coming to Kenya takes some time to go and visit. Andrew has a helicopter and plane so not only can you have a fly around he can probably pick you and 2 others up should you need that.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: All six rooms are lovely
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Response from , Owner at Ol Malo
Responded Feb 6, 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words, we certainly think it’s the greatest place on earth. We are very lucky to be here and be able to share it with you guys, thanks
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceLaikipia CountyNanyuki Municipality
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ol Malo
What are some of the property amenities at Ol Malo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ol Malo?
Top room amenities include a bidet, extra long beds, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Ol Malo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ol Malo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ol Malo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Ol Malo have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ol Malo offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ol Malo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Is Ol Malo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.