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Ol Malo

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9/10

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Highlights

- Ranch property
- Wilderness
- Horse & Camel Riding
- Incredible Views

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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