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Ol Malo

Ol Malo

On a craggy slope overlooking Kenya’s rugged Northern Frontier District hides Ol Malo, or “the place of the greater kudu,” a lodge that borrows its name from the mysterious and elusive antelope that inhabits the area. Prolific thornbushes provide cover for this rare antelope, and guests thrill to get a glimpse of them, particularly of the camp’s own greater kudu orphan named Tandala.

With the help of the Samburu people, Ol Malo was carefully built by Colin and Rocky Francombe, and they continue to own and manage it, along with their son Andrew. Their goal is to provide “the perfect mix of comfort, luxury and life in harmony with nature.”

View the incredible panorama of landscape and wildlife below from the comfort of the lodge’s shady veranda or the rock-surrounded infinity pool. Local materials enhance the sitting rooms, dining rooms, and open fireplaces, and slated pathways lead to four private rock and olive wood bungalows. Each chalet features an en suite bathroom, large picture window, rustic décor, and terrace with amazing views.

Daily game drives are led by local Samburu guides. The open vehicles allow guests to gape at an amazing diversity of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, eland, beisa oryx, Grant gazelle, impala, common and grey zebra, reticulated giraffe, Lelwels hartebeest, gerenuk, greater kudu, waterbuck, klipspringer, steenbok, Gunthers dik dik, warthog, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, lion, and spotted and striped hyena.

Nature walks provide opportunity to view the “little five”: ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle and buffalo weaver. Experienced Samburu guides share details about the local flora and fauna such as which plants are used for food and medicine by their people. Looking for the over 330 identified bird species around Ol Malo is a favorite activity for birdwatchers.

Ol Malo offers many other exciting activities that take advantage of the stunning and varied landscape. Horseback riding, camel riding, mountain biking, spending the night in the leopard blind, and tubing down the nearby rapids are activities for more adventurous guests. Local cultural visits, picnics by the river, sundowners, and bush breakfasts and lunches add to the amazing safari experience at Ol Malo.

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