Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo 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.
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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.
Early morning or late evening rides are a great way to view game. Being out of the car and on horseback or on a camel is a wonderful way to see the game, which won’t flee from horses and camels: you get very close to the action indeed. For the more adventurous – horse riding down towards the river.
An experienced Samburu guides will take you on a nature walk to show you the Little Five – ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver. Or you can choose to learn about the plants the Samburu use for medicine and food. Or stand in amazement at the sight of the 330 named species of birds found at Ol Malo. Or even take a game drive to see Elephant, buffalo, Eland, Beisa Oryx, Grant gazelle, Impala, common and grey Zebra and more!
Ol Malo House Reviews
“The suites are large and luxurious with incredible views in every direction. When the owners discovered that one of us was having a birthday, they joined us for a sumptuous champagne breakfast in the bush. We have never experienced the warmth the owners extended to us anywhere else. We dined with them and members of their family at every meal. The wildlife viewing was excellent.” – Richard P
“Our trip to Ol Malo was delicious in every respect – the scenery, wildlife watching, cuisine, and accommodations were all first class. The charming hosts made every effort to give us the trip of a lifetime and they succeeded. Most impressed with their commitment to the community they live in. Great hiking, camel and horse safaris. Can’t wait to go back.” – KayKArnold
“We had the most amazing 4 days in Ol Malo. The hosts are the kind you would want for friends forever. Warm and welcoming yet full of surprises. The food was superb and the attention to guests needs impeccable. This is a must visit for travelers to Kenya. The views are breathtaking and the guides not driven by money but genuine warmth. Highly recommended.” – Alka H
To the north-east of the Great Rift Valley, and north-west of snow-capped Mount Kenya, the high plains of Laikipia are increasingly recognised as one of Kenya’s best safari regions, challenging the Maasai Mara for overall safari experience.