Kenya Luxury Horse Safari at Ol Malo Lodge

3 nights: From USD $3165GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

VENTURE INTO THE KENYAN WILDERNESS ON A HORSE-RIDING ADVENTURE

Step into adventure during your stay at Ol Malo, an authentic safari lodge a century in the making located in northern Kenya.

Welcome to Ol Malo, your exclusive haven nestled along the banks of Kenya’s Uaso Nyiro River. Spanning 5,000 acres of pristine bushland, with iconic Mount Kenya as a backdrop, Ol Malo is a sanctuary teeming with incredible wildlife. Embark on a horseback safari through painted valleys, deserts, and scenic mountains. Or head out on a game drive or guided walks instead, delving deep into the wilderness before coming back to your luxury lodge.

Here, on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau, the ancestral lands of the Samburu people, the Francombe family invites you to experience the heart of Africa like never before. Step into a world of endless adventure with wild walks, horse rides for all riding levels, mountain biking, camel rides, and so many more bucket-list game activities. The local Samburu guides armed with ancient knowledge will share their lands with you – prepare to immerse yourself in this untouched wilderness sure to leave you forever changed.

Embark on unforgettable horse safaris, exciting game drives, exhilarating helicopter adventures, and forge deep connections with the local Samburu tribe. Or simply unwind as you watch the sun paint the sky in hues of gold at day’s end. At Ol Malo there are no schedules, just the freedom to set your own pace amidst the splendour of Africa. And for travellers wishing to delve deeper into the wilderness, Ol Malo Nomad offers tailor-made expedition style adventures blending horseback, camels and helicopters embracing the spirit of exploration to further connect travellers with Kenya’s incredible landscapes and diverse cultures.

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DATES AND RATES

We do not have set departure dates so you are welcome to choose the dates that would best suit your itinerary. There is a minimum stay policy of 3 nights but we recommend 5 – 10 nights to create tailor-made stays including sleepouts and mobile fly camping experiences.

2024 RATES

LOW SEASON

07 January - 31 March, 01 - 30 June, 01 September - 31 October, 01 - 19 December 2024

3 nights: USD $2685GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $480GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

5 nights: USD $4475GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

7 nights: USD $6265GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $1120GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees


HIGH SEASON

01 July - 31 August, 20 December - 04 January 2025

3 nights: USD $3750GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $480GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

5 nights: USD $6250GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

7 nights: USD $8750GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $1120GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees


OL MALO NOMAD

USD $1000GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ mobilisation fee for camping safaris - split between guests

2025 RATES

LOW SEASON

07 January - 31 March, 01 - 30 June, 01 September - 31 October, 01 - 19 December 2025

3 nights: USD $2955GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $480GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

5 nights: USD $4925GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

7 nights: USD $6895GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $1120GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees


HIGH SEASON

01 July - 31 August, 20 December - 04 January 2026

3 nights: USD $4320GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $480GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

5 nights: USD $7200GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees

7 nights: USD $100800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person sharing + USD $1120GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ Conservation Fees


OL MALO NOMAD

USD $500GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per night mobilisation fee for camping safaris - split between guests (Min 2 nights)

EXTRAS – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

TRANSFERS (Subject to Change)

Daily scheduled flight to Loisaba departing from Wilson Airport (Approx. USD $460GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $) / Private charter flight directly Ol Malo airstrip (Price on request)

Plus road Transfer from Loisaba to Ol Malo (approx. USD $110GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per vehicle per way, split between guests)


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

No Single supplement in Low Season

2024: Single Supplement USD $220GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per night

2025: Single Supplement USD $250GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per night

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation at Ol Malo House or Ol Malo Lodge
  • Sleepout Experience at either Leopard Hide or Treehouse
  • All Meals
  • Bush breakfasts & Picnic Lunches
  • Tea, Coffee, Water, Soft Drinks & Local Alcoholic Drinks
  • Expert Guides
  • Private Activities
  • Horse Riding for all Levels
  • Guided Walks
  • Game Drives
  • Cultural Interactions
  • Mountain Biking

Price Excludes:

  • International Flights to Nairobi
  • Visas
  • Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Transfers from Nairobi Airport to Wilson Airport
  • Internal flights from Wilson Airport to Loisaba Airstrip
  • Local Transfers from Loisaba Airstrip to Ol Malo
  • Premium Drinks
  • Massages
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Fishing
  • Ol Malo Nomad Mobilisation Fees
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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QUICK FACTS

Location: Laikipia, Kenya
Airport: Jomo Kenyatta (Nairobi) International Airport
Month: Closed April, May & November,
Duration: 3 - 10 Nights
Group Size: Max 6
Skill Level: All Riding Levels + Non-Riders
Weigh Limit: 90kg / 198lbs
Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & Fly Camp
Solo Traveller Friendly: Yes, but single supplement applies
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS

  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Plus
  • Advanced
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3 nights: From USD $3165GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore diverse trails suited to all skill levels, from leisurely plains to challenging rocky terrains, guided by expert horsemen
  • Enjoy game drives, guided walks, camel treks, and even helicopter flights for non-riders or when you want a break from the saddle
  • Experience close encounters with elephants, giraffes, zebras, as well as more elusive species found in this diverse ecosystem
  • Visit local Samburu villages to learn about their culture, traditions, and the role of horses in their daily life
  • Stay at Ol Malo Lodge or Ol Malo House, where rustic charm meets modern comfort. Both feature a variety of rooms, stunning views, infinity pool, delicious cuisine, and exceptional service
  • Explore further afield by combining a lodge stay with a mobile safari. Choosing to go from camp to camp on horseback, by foot or even by helicopter

TOUR REVIEWS

Ol Malo is a magical place run by an amazing team that makes you feel like a part of the family. We only stayed 3 days but they were filled with adventure and fun and we only wish we stayed longer. We enjoyed game drives and walks, watching elephants and zebras from our room, riding horses and camels, a safari breakfast, and a night/dinner at the tree house. The food was delicious and the staff were kind and helpful. We did not plan to do the helicopter ride to Lake Turkana but are SO happy it worked out - it is a bit of a splurge but it was the most amazing day ever! Ol Malo was our first safari lodge during our 2 week stay in Kenya, and we cannot imagine a better start to our trip. We especially appreciate how thoughtful Annie was as a host, checking on what activities we might want engage in each day and working with us to make our time there extremely special (including extra horseback riding for our horse loving daughter and dinner in our room the day we arrived). We hope to return as we enjoyed it SO much. Definitely on the top of our recommendations to friends!

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A SAMPLE ITINERARY / WHAT TO EXPECT

Ol Malo ensures a diverse and enriching experience with activities that cater to all interests and ages, making it an ideal destination for adventure and relaxation. There is no set itinerary, the guides will tailor your stay to ensure the best possible safari experience. We recommend at least 4 nights at Ol Malo if you wish to spend one night doing a sleep out experience. Should you wish to combine a lodge stay and a mobile safari, we will create a tailor-made 5-10 night stay.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

4+ NIGHTS AT OL MALO LODGE WITH SLEEPOUT

Enjoy a tailor-made stay with 3 nights at either Ol Malo Lodge or Ol Malo House and 1 night sleepout at either Leopard Hide or the Ol Malo Treehouse. Enjoy horse riding, camel treks, game drives and guided walks as well as bush breakfasts and picnic lunches. This is an all-inclusive stay, and for the adventurous, you can add on a helicopter flight with sundowner drinks (extra cost).

5 – 7 NIGHT NOMAD HORSE TREK & OL MALO LODGE

A tailor-made stay with 2-3 nights at Nomad Camp, and 3-4 nights at Ol Malo Lodge or Ol Malo House. Start your stay with a few nights of fly camping under the stars. Depending on how many nights you set aside for camping, you might stay in one place or create a more intricate journey, moving from camp to camp on horseback. From the mobile camp, you will ride back to the lodge. After your adventure, indulge in the luxury of the lodge rooms, complete with swimming pool and massages (extra cost) At the lodge, you can enjoy horse riding, camel treks, game drives and guided walks as well as bush breakfasts and picnic lunches. For the adventurous, you can add on a helicopter flight with sundowner drinks (extra cost). There is a mobilisation cost for the fly camping and a full quote will be given to you once your adventure has been tailored to you.

5 – 7 NIGHT NOMAD HORSE TREK & OL MALO LODGE & NOMAD HELI TREK TO LAKE TURKANA

A tailor-made stay with 2-3 nights at Nomad Camp, and 3-4 nights at Ol Malo Lodge or Ol Malo House, plus 1 night at Lake Turkana – ideal for riders and non-riders. Start your stay with a few nights of fly camping under the stars. Depending on how many nights you set aside for camping, you might stay in one place or create a more intricate journey, moving from camp to camp on horseback or helicopter. From the mobile camp, you will ride or drive back to the lodge. After your adventure, indulge in the luxury of the lodge rooms, complete with swimming pool and massages (extra cost) At the lodge, you can enjoy horse riding, camel treks, game drives and guided walks as well as bush breakfasts and picnic lunches. For your final night, take a helicopter flight to Lake Turkana where you will have a private camp set out on South Island. This is the perfect place for fishing & boating activities, and with no light polution, the perfect place for stargazing. There is a mobilisation cost for the fly camping, and extra fees for the helicopter flights, and a full quote will be given to you once your adventure has been tailored to you.

A TYPICAL DAY AT OL MALO

Start your day with a gentle wake-up call and a steaming cup of coffee or tea brought to your room. Head out early to catch the stunning sunrise and witness the wildlife at its most active. Whether on horseback or in a game-drive vehicle, you’ll explore the bush with an expert guide, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more.

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in a scenic spot in the bush, complete with fresh fruits, pastries, and hot dishes, while soaking in the serene surroundings. After breakfast, take a guided bush walk to learn about the local flora and fauna, track animals, and immerse yourself in the smaller details of the ecosystem. Alternatively, visit a Samburu village to experience their culture and traditions firsthand.

Return to the lodge for a delicious lunch served on the veranda, offering panoramic views of the landscape. Savour a variety of local and international dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. Take some time to relax by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply unwind in your luxurious room. If you’re feeling active, you can opt for mountain biking, a camel safari, or fishing.

Indulge in afternoon tea with a selection of pastries and snacks, preparing you for the evening activities. Set out again as the temperatures cool and animals become more active. This is a great time for photography as the golden hour bathes the landscape in warm light. Pause in a picturesque spot to enjoy sundowners—a quintessential safari tradition. Sip on your favourite drink and watch the sunset over the stunning African plains. Return to the lodge for a gourmet dinner served under the stars. Enjoy a multi-course meal accompanied by fine wine, with the sounds of the African night as your backdrop.

End your day by the campfire. Marvel at the clear night sky, rich with stars, and perhaps spot some constellations or planets. Head back to your comfortable room for a restful night’s sleep, ready for another day of exploration and excitement. At Ol Malo, every day is a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

HORSE RIDING

As sunlight splashes across your face and your heart drums along to the beat of your horses hooves, it will hit that you are living the “Out of Africa” moment you’ve been dreaming of. Canter alongside giraffe and weave between zebra by the sun, accessing remote areas where no vehicles can reach. Ol Malo offers horseback safaris that cater to all levels of riders, from beginners to experienced equestrians. The lodge provides well-trained horses, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. These safaris allow you to traverse diverse terrains, including open savannahs, riverbeds, and rocky escarpments, providing a thrilling and varied riding adventure. This can be enjoyed at the lodge, or you can tie it in with a Nomad experience, riding from camp to camp (Nomad for intermediate plus and advanced riders only)

GAME DRIVES

Elephant, Buffalo, Eland, Beisa Oryx, Grant gazelle, Impala, common and grevy Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, Lelwels Hartebeeste, Gerenuk, Greater Kudu, Water Buck, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Gunthers Dik Dik, Warthog, Wild dog, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, spotted and striped Hyena: where else on earth can you go out for a drive in an open vehicle – with a Samburu guide and driver – and be virtually certain to see such a wide-ranging selection of elusive, wild game?

GUIDED WALKS

Experienced Samburu guides will take you on a nature walk to teach you the secrets of tracking wildlife and show you the Little Five – ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, and buffalo weaver. Or you can choose to learn about the plants the Samburu use for medicine and food. This can be enjoyed at the lodge, or you can tie it in with a Nomad experience, walking from camp to camp.

CAMEL RIDES, CYCLING & RUNNING

If you want something different, try camel riding on the plains – a wonderful way to see wildlife. For the more adventurous, try cross-country mountain biking or running with a Samburu warrior setting the pace.

NOMAD HELICOPTER

Watch the ground fall away as you take flight, becoming a part of the African sky. When you lose your gravity you find your soul. Up here, following your fancy is the only thing to do. You can choose to do a half day experience when staying at the lodge, or opt for a Nomad Helicopter adventure. Fly through the Great Rift Valley, called the cradle of mankind or to Lake Turkana. This is an exclusive experience and tailored to your wishes – Pricing will be given to you depending on the number of people and the length of your journey.

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Embrace the Samburu way of live with a homestead or market visit. And for those who are interested, you may wish to join the mamas making beads and crafts, or the older men who will teach you the art of spearmaking.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

  • Ranch life and sustainable farming: Collecting chicken eggs and milking cows at the Ol Malo Ranch, exploring the gardens
  • Splashing around in the salt water infinity pools at both House and Lodge
  • Beginner horseback riding on bush ponies
  • Short camel rides across the plains or down in the valley
  • Learning to track wildlife and survive in nature during Bush Walks with a Samburu Warrior
  • Beading with Samburu mamas
  • Joining in the Ol Malo Bush Kids school
  • Samburu Market days – Tuesdays & Saturdays
  • Throwing spears with a warrior
  • Competitions for ping pong, darts, giant Jenya, and slackline in the outdoor gaming areas at Ol Malo House
  • Playing board games with family around the fireplace at night
  • Fishing for catfish & barbel
  • Exploration walks around rocky outcrops and old cave paintings
  • Day and night game drives

THE ACCOMMODATION

OL MALO

Ol Malo was designed in a luxury ranch style, built by hand with materials from the land as one of the north’s original bush homes. Staying in safari-inspired rooms, guests enjoy spacious interiors accented with the local Samburu beading style. Ol Malo guests have access to a personal chef, bartender, safari guide, housekeeping team, and on-site managers who offer the warmest Kenyan hospitality. Gourmet meals, private safari cars, dedicated hosts and guides, and unlimited activities are all provided so you can relax in complete luxury. While guests can request certain room types, generally we’ll make recommendations based on the number of guests at the lodge over your stay, who you’re travelling with and your need to ensure you get the best possible experience during your stay.

OL MALO LODGE

This is the original lodge with 4 stand alone cottages, a sitting and dining room, and swimming pool. The 4 en-suite rock & thatch cottages are perfect for solo travellers, couples, small families or friends. Each room has a dramatic view over the escarpement and waterhole below and are beautifully furnished.

OL MALO HOUSE

Just across the valley, you’ll find Ol Malo House. This is a newer part of the lodge, consisting of a main house with 3 bedrooms as well as 2 stand alone cottages. It also has a spacious dining and sitting room, and a large swimming pool for guests to enjoy. For families wanting to be close together, the 3 en-suite rooms in the main house are ideal and would be booked as a unit. For families with younger children, Hippo Cottage is a great option as it has 2 bedrooms and it’s own living area. All of these rooms can be booked individually, in combination or as for your own exclusive group and are ideal for families, multi-generational travel or groups of friends.

THE LEOPARD HIDE

1 Night Sleepout: The Leopard Hide gives guests the opportunity to try their luck at spotting an elusive leopard with an overnight inside the safety of the Hide. ‘The Hide’ is a rock & thatch cottage with an open front built over a rock above a fresh-water wateringhole. The Ol Malo team will set up cozy camp-style beds in four twin beds created in a bunk-bed style. Guests will be walked down to the Hide where they will dine on a farm-to-fork bush dinner overlooking a watering hole as the sun sets. Once it is dark enough, guests can use a spotlight to see what comes into the waterhole. This can be enjoyed year round and is perfect for solo travellers, couples, friends & small families.

OL MALO TREEHOUSE

1 Night Sleepout: The Ol Malo Treehouse is a treetop platform built next to a natural watering hole on Ol Malo’s private conservation land. It’s perfect for adventurous solo travellers or couples wanting to sleep under the stars. Guests walk up a spiral wooden staircase lit with colorful lanterns to reach a comfortable square deck perfect for overnights under starry nights. The chef will create a farm-to-fork bush dinner set up at a table in the Treehouse for guests to dine and watch for wildlife. A cozy bed of thick mattress pads, pillows and comforters will be set up on the deck with unobstructed views of the overhead sky. Tea and coffee can be delivered in the morning tailored to guests’ requests. This is a rustic overnight experience for guests to have their own private African adventure.

FLY CAMPING & OL MALO NOMAD

Multinight Stays: Leave the lodge behind and experience the magic of Northern Kenya from a whole new perspective. Nomad expeditions can accommodate two to six people for a minimum of two nights or more… You may choose to do your Nomad Trek by horseback, foot, game drive vehicle, helicopter or a combination of all of the above – It’s completely tailormade to your interests. The camp is a lightweight expedition style camp, but comfortable with camp beds, cotton bedding, duvets and fly sheets that can be rolled back to see the stars. There are solar lights, no wifi, limited or no cell signal and no running water. Washing under hot bucket showers or swimming in rivers.

THE DESTINATION

LAIKIPIA – SAMBURULAND

Set in the rugged beauty of Northern Kenya, Samburuland’s untamed wilderness and breathtaking are a sight to behold. Vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by dramatic rocky outcrops and towering acacia trees – a true safari escape. This pristine region is home to the ancient Samburu people, known for their rich cultural traditions and vibrant attire. Experience the thrill of encountering majestic wildlife, from elephants to lions, in their natural habitat on a bucket list safari adventure.

OL MALO LODGE & OL MALO HOUSE

Ol Malo is a privately-owned family ranch and game sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia District, the heartland of the Samburu tribe. Join the Francombe family at their beautiful home in the heart of the African bush for an intimate and highly personal experience of ranch living. The accommodation at Ol Malo is either in The Lodge or in The House. The Lodge has four individual cottages all with en-suite bathrooms. The House is split into three units, The House, Hippo Cottage and Crocodile Cottage. The House has three ensuite bedrooms, Hippo has two ensuite bedrooms with a shared living area and Crocodile has one bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.

Ol Malo Nomad

Exclusive to Ol Malo guests, an Ol Malo Nomad trek offers access to remote areas by helicopter, bush walk with a team of camels, or on highly trained safari trail horses. Guided by Samburu Warriors and supported by a camel train carrying everything needed for camping in comfort for a once in a lifetime journey. The camps are set up in secluded areas depending on the season and the willdife seen in the area. For those who want to go further afield, you can take a helicopter flight to Lake Turkana for a private camp and fishing experience.

HOW WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Ol Malo are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:

  • There are around 30 horses at Ol Malo, all personally trained by Chyulu. Many of them are homebred or rescued horses, all stared with Parelli Natural Horsemanship before being ridden for 2 years before taking guests
  • Care is taken to match horse and rider
  • The horses have a schedule with dedicated rest days as well as schooling to keep them fit and responsive while out on trail
  • The horses are fed breakfast and supper, with as much grazing during the day as possible
  • During the day, they are free to roam on 2000 acres as a herd
  • In the evenings they stabled or in pens to keep them safe from predators
  • The majority are barefoot, with only the “weight carriers” being shod or using hoof boots while on mobile safaris

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