Fodor's Expert Review Ol Malo House & Lodge

Laikipia Plateau, Laikipia, Kenya

Perched on an escarpment with views toward Mt. Kenya in the south, this lovely lodge is on a privately owned family ranch in the wild northern Laikipia Plateau. The stone-and-thatch cottages, some built on two levels, are very private and 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. For exclusive groups or families, the Francombe family has built a six-bedroom house on the property, too, which features a rooftop sundeck, a barbeque area, and a pool. Drives are extremely rewarding with game galore, but for something a little different try a camel ride, 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.


  • it's very child-friendly
  • the afternoon tea is excellent
  • a stay at the treehouse is magical


  • no a/c in rooms, but open walls make it airy
  • transfers from Loisaba airstrip cost extra
  • Wi-Fi has spasmodic reception


Family, Green, Romantic, Views


Phones: 0723-273--668-reservations


5 cottages (1 with 6 bedrooms)
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed Apr., May, and Nov.

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