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Why we like it
• Owned by the Francombe Family, an exceptional game sanctuary
• Sits on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, overlooked by the majestic Mount Kenya
• Your Samburu guide, local to this area will bring the wildlife to life on game drives or walks
• For the more active relish in mountain bike rides, camel treks or horseriding safaris
• The infinity pool is the perfect place to cool down after a game drive
• Wildlife is prolific with elephant, buffalo, eland, common and grey zebra and reticulated giraffe to name a few
The lawns of the lodge sweep down to the cliff edge providing a unique vantage point of the watering hole and salt lick, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
This is the second trip we have done with A&K. (The first was in 1999.) We were very impressed with A&K on the first trip. We were even more impressed with A&K on the second trip. Consequently, we are already considering a third trip with A&K – to Egypt in March 2014.
- JK, Kenya
Ol Malo takes its name from the elusive antelope, the Kudu. Set on a rocky escarpment on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau, it is built with natural local materials in complete harmony with the surroundings.
This intimate lodge with just four cottages is managed and owned by the Francombe family, each of the cottages has its own veranda offering complete privacy. For families and small groups of friends travelling together we recommend Ol Malo House, this exclusive use property built in rock and olive wood complete with a thatched roof and fully staffed to offer incredible hospitality in this magnificent setting. The sitting and dining area of the main lodge shade from the heat of the African sun and the open fire place will keep you warm during cooler evenings. Ol Malo is truly a special place, and together with their Samburu neighbours the Francombe's have created a home for themselves which they are happy to share with a privileged few.
Nairobi or Mombasa
8 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Kenya's equatorial location ensures warm weather year round, though it can be cool at night and first thing in the morning. There are two rain seasons, the long rains occur from late March to early June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.
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