Ol Malo Lodge is located within the Ol Malo Ranch on the edge of the Laikipia Escarpment in central Kenya.

Ol Malo are especially known for their hospitality, with two generations of the Francombe family sharing the hosting and management over their two properties (Ol Malo Lodge and Ol Malo House). Ol Malo Lodge is a very intimate bush homestead offering an old school hosted experience – perfect for people seeking exclusivity and personal hosting. We don’t suggest Ol Malo Ranch for an intensive game experience, but rather for a more general hosted wilderness experience, with an emphasis on relaxing and undertaking varied activities, including visiting local villages. The property is very well run with great attention to detail and friendly service. There is a relaxed feel to the place and the accommodation and food should be viewed as very comfortable and homely rather than luxurious and sophisticated. Ol Malo fits really well in between Kenya’s more intense game destinations as it offers more varied experiences and the chance to take things at a relaxed pace.


Ol Malo Lodge has four luxurious cottages set along the edge of the escarpment. The cottages are built from stone, wood and thatch, with glass windows, olive wood beds and polished floors. They feel a little ‘Flintstone-like’ and have a traditional…


The Laikipia covers a significant portion of dramatic countryside in northern Kenya, sandwiched between Samburu and Mount Kenya in the east and the Aberdare Mountains and Great Rift Valley in the west. The central section of the area is…


Ol Malo Lodge accepts children of all ages but is most suitable for families with older children. Sister property Ol Malo House is really the ideal solution for families looking for an exclusive escape into the African wilderness. The hosting…

Conservation & community

Ol Malo work closely with the local communities and have supported various initiatives, in particular starting the Samburu Trust. The Trust, which began with a small number of women and children, now covers over 1 million acres of…

Location Ol Malo Ranch, Laikipia Plateau
Access Scheduled flight into Loisaba (40 mins) or Charter flight into Ol Malo (5 mins)
Open December to March and June to October
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Culture / Wilderness / Exclusivity / Relaxation / Big game / Varied activities
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Horse riding / Samburu workshop visit / Camel riding / Helicopter flights / Mountain biking / Local village visits/ Fly camping / Hide sleep out
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle Flexible
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms 4 cottages (including 1 family cottage)
Family Accommodation 1 family cottage (two rooms; one with bunk beds) with a shared bathroom (but best to consider sister property Ol Malo House)
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower (outdoor shower and bath in certain rooms)
Power for charging In room
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Possible but not supplied
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Radio
Wi-Fi Yes
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Communal pool
Wellness In room massage
Dining Style Communal (private can be arranged)
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard
NOTE There are four friendly safari dogs on the property