Ol Malo

Laikipia Plateau, Laikipia, Kenya

Choose a luxurious thatch cottage perched on a cliff edge at this lovely camp to the west of Samburu overlooking Mt. Kenya. You'll find yourself under the personal supervision of the owners, Rocky and Colin Francombe. The stone-and-thatch cottages, some built on two levels, have king-size beds and baths that you can lie in and look out at the passing wildlife. The main lodge, also built of natural rock and olive wood, is cozy and comfortable. There's a huge pool, which clings to the rock edge, spilling its waters to the rocks below. Drives are extremely rewarding with game galore, but for something a little different try a camel ride (not for bad backs), a nature walk, an overnight stay in the Look Out Hut—a little wooden hut in the bush—or go camping under the stars. Horseback riding is a fascinating way to spot game: there are also safe and friendly ponies for kids, and children's gift packs on arrival, plus other kids' activities. There's also the opportunity to meet and mix with the local Samburu people and to take part in some of their activities.

PROS

  • it's very child-friendly
  • the afternoon tea is excellent

CONS

  • no a/c, no TV in rooms

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-600–0457

HOTEL DETAILS

Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted4 cottages All-inclusive

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