Roam Laikipia like a Nomad
Laikipia is an ancient land inhabited by wildlife and its people. It’s undisturbed and lives by the rhythm of nature. Ol Malo sits within this untamed and landscape – the place of the Greater Kudu.
This is a family ranch and game sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia Province, the heartland of the Samburu tribe. Privately-owned by the Francombe family, it sits on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau.
- Ol Malo
- 7 days/6 nights
Highlights of Ol Malo
Ol Malo offers the perfect mix of home comfort and luxury with a gentle balance of feeling at one with nature. Experience Africa by foot or on horse or camelback. Situated in the deserts of Samburuland, a former overgrazed cattle ranch, this 5,000-acre ranch undergone a transformation. Consequently it’s a successful conservation site today.
- Sleep under the stars – get closer to Africa’s ‘night life’, spend a romantic night in the tree house under the stars
- Helicopter – property owned Raven R44 helicopter, take to the skies and hover over Kenya’s secret spots
- Horse riding – saddle up one of the tough homebred bush ponies of Somali/Ethiopian/Arab and Thoroughbred bloodlines
- Camel walks – camels are the local workhorses, characterful and tough.
- Game drives – give your legs a rests and relax in one of Ol Malo’s ‘roof seat’ cars
- Ranch life – Ol Malo is a working family ranch and aims to be as self sufficient as possible.
- Mountain biking – walking – running – get out and enjoy the bush. Children can walk on the plains and discover the minibeasts.
- Samburu life – Ol Malo works closely with the Samburu Tribe through the Samburu Trust ensuring that their traditions survive
- This is home to the Samburu Trusts’ first Nomad school. Look at the Waldorf education system and join the kids on their walk to school.
Our luxury in Laikipia safari is perfect for honeymooners and families
Four rock and olive wood cottages nestle in the cliffs. Each room is private with its own veranda, ensuite bathrooms with the famous Francombe baths. Because of the great vantage point rooms have far reaching views towards Mount Kenya. To cap it all there’s an infinity pool for cooling off or simply lounging alongside.
Best time for a touch of Luxury in Laikipia
Year round destination :
- January – March
- June to October
(Photo credits courtesy Demetrio Carrasco for Rocky and Colin Francombe; John Berry)
You're met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and transferred to the Faiview Hotel for one night on B&B basis.
Arrive Loisaba, transfer by car to Ol Malo (45min) in time for lunch. Relax by the pool or in rooms after lunch. Afternoon options: Game drive. Walk / horse ride and sundowners on the plains.
Early morning walk down below the lodge, meet some camels for a walk & ride and have a surprise bush breakfast. Late Lunch. Visit a Samburu manyatta in the evening.
Optional 5.30am wake up for farm visit. Early Walk / horse ride / camel ride to the nomad school before breakfast. Breakfast. Market visit. Lunch by pool. walk/game drive/horse.
Breakfast on verandah. Visit the beading workshop poolside lunch. Afternoon drive, river walk. Sundowners. Optional sleep out – camping, tree house or leopard hide.
Day trip options: by vehicle to game sanctuary to see game and lion. OR (Extra cost) helicoptor trip down the Suguta rift valley, Lake Jipi. picnic breakfast, lunch at Ol Malo-can be done any day.
Relaxed morning, late breakfast on verandah. Walk/game drive/horse/camel to the river for picnic lunch-afternoon of swimming, fishing, relaxing. Back late for a BBQ.
Breakfast, transfer to Loisaba for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. On arrival you'll have a driver and vehicle at your disposal until your international flight from JKIA
How to get there
International flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Please ask you Zambezi consultant if you would like us to book your flights for you.
Tips and notes
Luxury in Laikipia includes:
- 1 night B&B Fairview Nairobi
- 6 nights full board accommodation at Ol Malo,
- regular spirits, house-wines, beers & soft drinks.
- Temporary Flying Doctors Membership.
- All transfers.
- Return Safarilink flights Wilson/Loisaba
- Conservancy fees
- Vehicle at your disposal with driver until drop off at JKIA for International flight.
- Game Drives
- Cultural Visits
- Bush breakfasts & lunches
Some things cannot be planned for and as a result we have to be flexible around them:
- A manyatta visit (any day but of the week but this is by invitation from the Samburu)
- A Samburu school visit (not open on Saturday or when term is closed)
- A market day (these are on Tuesdays and Saturdays only)
Options for sleeping out for one night:
- Tree house – a romantic double bed in the tree tops, popular with honeymooners
- Leopard hide – a cosy hut with beds – excellent for families
- Fly camp – this is a full day activity as we camp a little further from the Lodge
If guests don’t want to do one of the day trip options on day 5, there is plenty to do instead at Ol Malo! We have not scheduled much time
for R&R so this is always an option!
These can be as private or social as they want, we can easily organise private meals on verandahs, by the pool etc., likewise with tea in the
Along with their Samburu neighbors they decided to share their dream. Their first cottage, otherwise known as ‘Number 1’, was built in 1992 and the Samburu played an enormous role, welcoming people into their homes and introducing them to their incredible culture. Key in keeping the Ol Malo dream alive their 3 children are all very involved with the family ranch; Annie in communicating Ol Malo’s fascinating story of conservation and helping to host guests, Julia who founded and works tirelessly with the Samburu Trust and Andrew who is slowly easing his parents workload in running the ranch.
Your hosts… the Francombes
Colin and Rocky Francombe were born, raised, and educated in Kenya from parents and grandparents that go back up to 3 generations. They have made their lives and reared their family in the beautiful wild ranching lands of Kenya.
In 1992 they moved their 3 children, dogs, cats and horses from a ranch where they had lived for 23 years into tents on the edge of a cliff overlooking Samburuland. Their dream of owning a piece of Africa had finally come true.
The 5000-acre property of Ol Malo borders the Waso Nyiro River to the East and Africa’s savannah plains to the West. It was an overgrazed cattle ranch that was soon to become one of Kenya’s most pristine conservation areas.
- Sleep under the stars – get closer to Africa’s ‘night life’, spend a romantic night in the tree house under the stars; sleep in the leopard hide, star gazing from the tree house, or in a tented fly camp
- Helicopter – Ol Malo has its own Raven R44 helicopter, take to the skies and hover over Kenya’s secret spots. Breakfasts by flamingo pools, fishing trips, lunch in the deserts and sip sundowners on granite outcrop… discover Kenya’s best-kept secrets!
- Horse riding – saddle up one of the tough homebred bush ponies of Somali/Ethiopian/Arab and Thoroughbred bloodlines. From 13hh to 16hh, they’re strong, sure-footed and well accustomed to wildlife. suitable for all ages and levels from novice to advanced
- Camel walks – camels are Ol Malo’s workhorses, characterful and tough. Discover Kenya from a different vantage point, ‘rock’ through the bush on top of a camel – sit back and enjoy
- Game drives – give your legs a rests and relax in one of Ol Malo’s ‘roof seat’ cars – perfect for game viewing
- Ranch life – Ol Malo is a working family ranch and aims to be as self sufficient as possible. During your stay you have the options of learning about caring for livestock, husbandry and grazing in this harsh environment. Help to milk the cows, play with the lambs and collect freshly laid eggs for your breakfast
- Mountain biking – walking – running – get out and enjoy the bush. Children can walk on the plains and discover the minibeasts. Take an energetic walk or run with a Samburu warrior – you can set the pace!
- Samburu life – Ol Malo works closely with the Samburu Tribe through the Samburu Trust ensuring that their traditions survive. Guests are invited to learn about their traditionals by visiting a ‘manyatta,’ – you may even see the warriors gather to dance. The Samburu Trust beading workshop gives the Samburu Mamas a way to support their families and develop their artwork. Their intricate beadwork is beautiful, pull up a cow-skin and give it a go!
- Ol Malo is home to the Samburu Trusts’ first Nomad school. Look at the Waldorf education system and join the kids on their walk to school.
Our luxury in Laikipia safari is perfect for honeymooners couples and families
- Four rock and olive wood cottages nestle in the cliffs. Each room is private with its own veranda, ensuite bathrooms with the famous Francombe baths. Rooms have far reaching views towards Mount Kenya and there’s an infinity pool for cooling off or simply lounging alongside.
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