Ol Malo was designed in a luxury ranch style, built by hand with materials of the land as one of the north’s original bush homes. The spacious rooms are safari-inspired with added Samburu beading flare. Ol Malo Nomad, their small lightweight mobile camp, offers private groups the chance to explore the wild on foot, horseback, camel, or in a helicopter. The Ol Malo Treehouse and Leopard Hide are complimentary overnight activities for guests.

Ol Malo lies in the heart of Samburuland. As neighbors, they have spent decades working hand-in-hand with the Samburu tribe to benefit the people, wildlife, and land surrounding their family. Julia Francombe, founder of the Samburu Trust and daughter of Ol Malo founders Rocky and Colin, spends the majority of her time living in the bush with her team of warriors to understand the needs and struggles of the Samburu and implement projects that make a real difference.

A bit of old-fashioned charm that’s rare in the modern world of glamping and mega-lodges. - The Wall Street Journal

As a family deeply rooted in Kenya, we stand by the people and wildlife of this land and are invested in their future. We support our partner, The Samburu Trust, by providing physical spaces such as two schools, the Trust Burns Room, the Mamaʼs Beading Workshop, and our Trust Gift Shop to sell their beaded products. We also give our time and expertise for free for assistance on wildlife conflict, medical care, and building water reservoir systems to support the entire ecosystem.

The Francombe Family
Founded the Samburu Trust – founded by Julia Francombe in 2000, to protect and secure the future of the Samburu people and their land through education, conservation, healthcare, water supply, women’s opportunities, and eco-tourism. Because of this deep and long-standing relationship, guests of the ranch are invited to visit the neighboring villages and manyattas (homesteads) for intimate and personal encounters not often experienced by outsiders.

  • Funded helicopter flights to dart and treat injured elephants, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned animals
  • Provides free schooling for more than 100 children on the Ol Malo grounds, the school was built in 2003
  • Provides free medical assistance for the local community
  • Created a network of clean water reservoirs
  • Uplifting the women in the tribe elevates the entire community. The trust provides safe workshop space, beads and designs for 90+ mammas to sell abroad
  • Worked for over a decade to successfully eradicated the blinding eye disease Trachoma from the local Samburu community
Rooms
Six ensuite bedrooms
Bathrooms
Each room has an ensuite bathroom with hot water and flush toilets
Dinning
Both communal and private dining available hosted by the family
Extras
Salt water infinity pool, Leopard Hide, Treehouse
Caters To
Families, couples, single travellers or small groups

Supports

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Helicopter flight
  • Dine and overnight stay in the treehouse
  • Dinner and overnight in the Leopard Hide
  • Samburu tribe immersion
  • Sundowners on the plains
  • Prime bird watching
  • Camel safaris
  • Drinking chai inside a homestead while learning about their way of life
  • Partaking in traditional dances at sunset with the warriors
  • Beading alongside samburu mamas at the on-site beading workshop
  • Visiting local markets and villages for an authentic look at samburu life