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London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is all about the view from every room. Almost ceiling to floor windows overlooking a tree-peppered valley with the the odd volcanic kopje, up to the mountains in the hazy distance. This is a beautiful luxury lodge set into the hillside in a rocky wilderness shared with only the odd Samburu herdsman. But this is not your uber polished...

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utah
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Ol Malo is one of those places you dream about. We stayed at Ol Malo in between our heavier game-viewing camps, and for relaxation in an authentic yet luxurious environment it was ideal. Our thatched roof cottage was deluxe: a separate sitting room with french doors opened out on to a grassy veranda overlooking the valley and hills beyond (with...

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Kudos to Andrew and Chylulu for a truly unforgettable 3 days. My wife and I, with our 4 energetic and adventurous teenage grandchildren spent 3 activity filled days at Ol Malo. Each of our rooms were amazing and creatively decorated (Crocodile shaped tub as an example). The food was also wonderful. But Ol Malo is really about the activities that...

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Main Beach, Australia
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We stayed here three years ago. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. The decor is all made from local materials. It is all wonky buy uber stylish. Everywhere was breathtaking.Trips were unique and real and I always felt safe. People and hosts were accommodating as well.

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Maryland
Reviewed 5 February 2016

We stayed at Ol Malo House; the Hippo House specifically. It was FANTASTIC! The rooms were lovely and the food was outstanding. Andrew and Chyulu were warm and friendly and happily led us on wonderful adventures. We loved hiking with Samwell and Hussein, multiple game drives, Camel riding, breathtaking breakfasts in the bush and relaxing my the pool. The staff...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 26 January 2016

The view from the top of the escarpment is breathtaking. All the rooms (6?) are individualistic, generously proportioned, with good reading choice in case you forgot your book. Andrew knocked himself out to give us a great time which is just what we had. Riding a camel to breakfast past zebra, giraffe and elephants was a first. A swim before...

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olmalo, Owner at Ol Malo, responded to this review

Thanks very much our lodge has 4 rooms (smallest lodge of its kind in kenya) and our house has 6 rooms.

del mar, CA
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Ol Malo was suggested by our planner, Aardvark Safaris in Solana Beach, California. What an incredible setting!! Aardvark wanted us to experience three types of safaris. This was perfect!!! The entire place is handcrafted. The cottages are incredible!! Ours was two levels, with our own deck. From the deck, or our living area, or the bathroom, we could see hyenas...

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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Not for beginners though, mind you... I spent two nights at Ol Malo and was looked after exceptionally well. Things started off in a rather special way when on the way from the airstrip we saw a herd of elephants touching bones of a deceased elephant, a rare and moving sight. I stayed at Ol Malo Lodge in a family...

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 6 April 2015

Our hosts and the owners of Ol Malo were Rocky and Colin Francombe. They are excellent at their job and from the moment we arrived at Ol Malo we felt right at home. There was nothing more we could have asked for and as this was our first stop for our African adventure, it was a perfect beginning. Both accommodations...

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Reviewed 18 January 2015

Great experience. Our accommodations were the best we had in Kenya. Spectacular views and the design of the rooms was to die for. Was like visiting with family as owners, Colin, Rocky and Andrew could not have made us feel more welcome. Staying at Ol Malo allowed us to experience what Its like to live in Africa. Food was awesome...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ol Malo is a privately-owned family ranch and game sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia Province, the heartland of the Samburu tribe. Join the Francombe family at their beautiful home in the heart of the African bush for an intimate and highly personal experience of luxury ranch living. Ol Malo is situated in the deserts of Samburuland, Northern Kenya, a prime, and beautiful, conservation site. Being a family owned and operated ranch there is endless fun to be had from game drives and picnics to riding, walking, fishing, medicinal plant walks and learning how to survive like a Samburu…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Each day is carefully designed for every client, whether they are seeking peaceful game watching or thrilling adventure. Accommodation: Ol Malo Lodge; an exclusive four bedroom boutique property. This small intimate lodge has just four rooms all individually decorated, blending traditional local style with luxurious hand woven furnishings and thoughtful touches; a home away from home. Ol Malo House; a beautiful, six bedroom house - perched on the edge of the Laikipia plateau over looking Samburuland to the north and Mt Kenya to the east. This spacious property boasts sumptuous soft furnishings inspired by the colourful Samburu tribe and earth tones from the stunning surrounding landscape. All the rooms at Ol Malo are luxurious spaces, with ensuite bathrooms and cascading showers; oversized hot tubs and private verandahs. Guests are hosted by the Francombe family and their Samburu neighbors. Ol Malo Nomad; takes you one step further to explore the mountains, painted valleys, deserts and Kenya’s best kept secrets. Our adventures are varied and tailor made; from exploring by helicopter and fishing vast lakes, to trekking on foot, horse or camel with mobile camps into the unknown. Ol Malo Nomad also offers guests the opportunity to get more involved and support the Samburu eco-system through the Samburu Trust by walking with the Samburu people to secure their land, its wildlife and their shared future. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ol Malo

Address: Nanyuki Municipality 10400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality
Price Range: $2,093 - $2,416 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ol Malo 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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“There are no bad rooms”
 of 5 bubbles JoeL189, 29 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The Hippo House is LOVELY! Terrace over-looking the valley provides breath-taking views of elephants each morning.”
 of 5 bubbles storm4psu, 4 Feb 2016 | Read review
“I think the rooms all have the same view”
 of 5 bubbles InaBeeston, 6 Apr 2015 | Read review
“All the rooms are great. The Francombes are family oriented so most rooms will work well for families if you request one. Free Wifi is available.”
 of 5 bubbles Fiona170120, 5 Apr 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in the Crocodile Room at the Ol Malo House. Although we would highly recommend this room, each of the other 5 rooms also had private outdoor sitting areas. All bedrooms, sitting rooms, and baths were large and were constructed of local rock, olive wood, and thatch. Massive picture windows opened onto wide views of the valley and a watering hole where animals were routinely seen.”
 of 5 bubbles Lunagirl2014, 25 Sep 2014 | Read review
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