Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honoured lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. Built, owned and managed by the Francombe family, with the help of the Samburu people, Ol Malo has established a reputation for first class service and tireless attention to detail. Rocky and Colin have been welcoming guests into their home for over 16 years. Their son Andrew has joined them at the helm and is proving to be particularly popular with families as his sense of adventure and endless energy makes every guest’s experience unique. Every room in the intimate four bedroom lodge and beautiful 6 bedroom house is individually decorated, blending traditional local style with luxurious hand woven furnishings and thoughtful touches – a home away from home. Each spacious room has an ensuite bathroom and cascading shower, an oversize hot tub and private verandah There is no shortage of activities available at Ol Malo and each visit is tailor made to fit every guest. The surrounding plains and valleys are teaming with game and provide regular sightings of wild dog and the elusive leopard is seen daily from the hide by the water hole. At Ol Malo, guests are encouraged to experience Kenya beyond the game viewing vehicle; walking and watching herds of elephant, riding with the rare grevy zebra and reticulated giraffe or trekking through the ancient Samburu lands with camels. Fly-camping on the shores of the river, listening to the Francombe’s stories of Kenya’s bygone age is an experience not to be missed.
Where we operate
- Bird Watching
- Riding Safaris
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
The Samburu Trust was founded by its director, Julia Francombe in 2000. Julia was born in Kenya, where she was brought up on a cattle ranch in the North. Since leaving university, she has been living and working with the Samburu people of Northern Kenya. She set up the Trust at the Ol Malo Lodge her parents built in 1992 as a reaction to the terrible drought of 1999/2000. She devoted five years to learning about and living with the Samburu before embarking on any major interventions. All the Trust’s current projects have been developed with and by the Samburu people themselves – homemade answers to problems identified by the people they affect. Julia lives in Northern Kenya where she continues to learn about the Samburu and work with them to ensure their eco-system, their nomadic way of life and their future are safe-guarded. The Samburu Trust is a not-for-profit organisation working with the Samburu people to ensure the continued health of their eco-system – their families, the wildlife and the land that are all an integral part of it. We achieve this by supporting the Samburu to bring their knowledge to bear on issues of water security, health and sanitation, overgrazing, migration and conflict with people and wildlife. We develop inter-linked programmes with the people concerned – programmes that concentrate on work not charity and on conserving the whole eco-system rather than islands of plenty in a sea of of degradation. The Samburu Trust will help the Samburu people to create a better future for their tribe and their children, one which appreciates the delicate balance between people, land and wildlife – the three areas on which we concentrate.
21 May 2015
We are delighted to announce that The Tides in Tanzania has launched their fabulous new website! Please take a look at www.thetideslodge.com. We hope that it covers all that you and your clients need to know and that it gives you an insight into this wonderful property. The Tides Lodge and Villa offers a rare and wonderful escape from the frantic pace of everyday life – set amongst miles of un-spoilt golden beaches and glittering turquoise sea it is a haven of tranquility. L…Read More
10 February 2015
We are delighted to start the new year by launching our fabulous new website! Please take a look at www.olmalo.com. We hope that it covers all that you and your clients need and it gives you an insight into our wonderful property, explaining that there is so much more to Ol Malo than just fabulous game viewing. From bush walks to riding camels and horses, and from helicopter safaris to riding the rapids down the Uaso Nyiro River, OI Malo offers an exceptional way to experience Northern…Read More