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Life at Ol Malo is lived in a different rhythm, with the days measured by the time-worn patterns of nature as you awake to see the mind-blowing sunrise, framing the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Here, you will greet the new day with a dawn ride into the wilderness, keeping tempo with the world by the roll of the camels’ stride. Visit the colourful Samburu nomads of the North and sink with the dying sun into the waters of the pool. At night luxuriate in the peace and comfort of Ol Malo and tune into the magical sounds of wild Africa under a star filled sky. Colin and Rocky Francombe, both born in Kenya of settler families, designed and built Ol Malo with a deep understanding of how it should be.
Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District.
Accommodation and facilities:
Comprises four guest cottages spread out along the cliff edge and uniquely built out of natural rock and ancient olive wood, with thatched roofs and huge glass windows. Each cottage is different and offers the maximum in privacy and comfort, with huge king size beds, luxurious en suite bathrooms and a private veranda. Some rooms are on a split level with the bathroom underneath the room, others have the bathroom on the same level. Ol Malo also has tented accommodation. These are the most luxurious of tents and each tent has an en suite bathroom made out of natural rock and a thatched roof covers the entire tent and veranda. There is a superb dining room and a spacious sitting room constructed from natural rock and olive wood. One of the most stunning features of Ol Malo is the very private swimming pool built on the cliff edge, with the water spilling over. The pool is warmed by the hot African sun and has a separate shower/bathroom and eating area.
In addition to game drives, bush walks, swimming and enjoying the stunning views, there are other activities available for guests of all ages - camel rides across the plains and horse and pony riding (Ol Malo’s ponies love both children and adults and there is no better way of experiencing the real Kenyan outback).
Ol Malo is home to the Samburu who love meeting guests. During your stay you can have the chance to meet the local Samburu children, visit their school, paint, learn tribal dancing, make beaded artefacts, and visit their village. There is also the chance to learn about hunting with spears and try your hand at spear throwing!