Ol Malo House

Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo House is a new addition to the region. The house is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. These miles of dense thorn bush are favoured by the shy, elusive antelope from which the house takes its name, “the place of the Greater Kudu”. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature.

Ol Malo House was designed and built by the Francombe family. Lighting is handmade by the Samburu women creates a warm ambience and welcoming atmosphere. A flagstone path leads to a large open area overlooking the infinity pool and this incredible land’s wide-open vistas – perfect for al fresco dining. A barbecue area creates a wonderful place in which to end the day under a star-studded African sky. With all the family input into the design and building and finishing of the house, it has every need catered for and the artistic and careful thought of every last detail will leave you stunned and very happy to be staying there.

Accommodation at Ol Malo House

The hub of the house is a large and beautiful sitting and dining room – with open fireplaces – encircled by three en-suite double bedrooms. Separate cottages create a further three double bedrooms: each private and comfortable cottage has arch windows and doors, en-suite bathrooms, and decor inspired by the area’s wild landscape, local flora and the life and culture of the Samburu people.

Activities at Ol Malo House

This is a perfect place for families or large groups to stay. Elephant, buffalo, Eland, Beisa Oryx, Grant gazelle, Impala, common and grey Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, Lelwels Hartebeeste Gerenuk, Greater Kudu, Water Buck, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Gunthers Dik Dik, Warthog, Wild dog, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, spotted and striped Hyena: where else on earth can you go out for a drive in an open vehicle – with a Samburu guide and driver – and be virtually certain to see such a wide-ranging selection of elusive, wild game?

Also 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. The truly adventurous can spend the night out in the leopard blind, where four bunk beds are set up in the hope of catching a glimpse of the elusive leopard during the hours of darkness!

In the heart of Samburuland Ol Malo works closely with the Samburu Tribe through the Samburu Trust to ensure their traditions survive in a changing world. In return for this they invite our guests out to see some of their traditional ways. Visit a ‘manyatta,’ to see their way of life and if you’re lucky watch warriors gather to dance. The Samburu Trust beading workshop gives the Samburu Mamas a way to support their families and develop their artwork. Admire the intricate beadwork at the workshop, pull up a cow-skin and try your hand at it!

Ol Malo House


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