- Ranch property
- Horse & Camel Riding
- Incredible Views
Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is a classic Laikipia Ranch presiding over a tract of African wilderness and offering a wild hosted African bush experience. Like near neighbours Sosian and Laikipia Wilderness, the focus is the activities rather the wildlife, a true all round safari experience rather than a tick box exercise. Ol Malo has a stunning setting, perched high above incredible views and offers very comfortable lodge based accommodation.
The accommodation is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. Ol Malo is a striking building in an outstanding location – smooth lawns and carefully tended shrubberies sweep down to a cliff edge, providing a vantage point for activity at the watering hole and salt lick below. A maze of slated pathways wind down to four rock and olive wood cottages. Each double room has its own veranda and complete privacy. Large picture windows frame a wild, constantly changing landscape – clouds scud across the sky, stately eagles wheel and glide on thermals above the plains. An infinity pool adds to the beauty as well as the amenity of this place. Ol Malo House is a recent addition, and works well for families or large groups.
On offer whilst staying there are endless wild walks, camel and horse rides, mountain biking, picnics by the river, game drives, lots of interaction with the local Samburu tribe or just relaxing and watching the sun go down at the end of the day.
Ol Malo works well for families who want to experience Laikipia's wilderness and adventure opportunities whilst retaining the comfort of a lodge and pool back at base. Your hosts, the Francombe family, have lived and raised children here and know how to bring the wilderness alive for different ages. There are various accommodation options, with Ol Malo House the most suitable option for families. We find this type of all round bush experience a superior safari experience to a more traditional safari camp based on game drives. Kids always enjoy the experiences more than sitting for long periods watching wildlife and whilst big cat sightings are rare, this is still very much a wildlife experience. Leopard are common and the area frequently plays host to large numbers of elephant, wild hunting dogs, zebra, buffola, giraffe and antelope.
Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.
verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014