The Samburu Trust beading workshop gives the Samburu Mamas a way to support their families and develop their artwork. Admire the intricate beadwork at the workshop, pull up a cow-skin and try your hand at it.
We have our very own little Raven R44 helicopter based on Ol Malo and piloted by Andrew who has been all over Kenya by air and knows all the secret spots. Sundowners on granite outcrops, breakfasts by flamingo pools, fishing trips, and lunch in the deserts of the North…Kenya’s best-kept secrets are out there!
In the heart of Samburuland Ol Malo works closely with the Samburu Tribe through the Samburu Trust to ensure their traditions survive in a changing world. In return for this they invite our guests out to see some of their traditional ways. Visit a ‘manyatta,’ to see their way of life and if you’re lucky watch warriors gather to dance.
For those who prefer off-road adventure, our infamous ‘roof seat’ cars are perfect for game viewing, both day and night.
Ol Malo is a working family ranch and tries to be as self sufficient as possible. Learn about livestock caring, grazing and husbandry in this harsh environment. Play with the lambs, collect freshly laid eggs for your breakfast and lend a hand at milking the cows.
Pay a welcome visit to our neighbours, the Samburu people. Visit their nursery school. Visit to the Ol Malo workshop to see the women beading or the children painting. Visits to local school
Enjoy riding for all ages and levels from novice to advanced. Our tough homebred bush ponies of Somali/Ethiopian/Arab and Thoroughbred bloodlines range from 13hh to 16hh. They are strong, sure-footed and well accustomed to wildlife.
Walking, running, mountain biking; there are lots of ways to get some exercise and enjoy the bush. Kids can stroll on the plains and learn about spiders & stitching ants while their parents break out a sweat on an energetic walk. Or even better why not run with a Samburu warrior as you’re pace maker!
OL MALO Fauna & Flora
Ol Malo offers a different type of game viewing far from the teaming plains of the Maasai Mara and its minibuses. Here we teach you the importance of everything in nature, from the whistling thorn ant to the elephant.
An experienced Samburu guides will take you on a nature walk to show you the Little Five – ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver. Or you can choose to learn about the plants the Samburu use for medicine and food. Or stand in amazement at the sight of the 330 named species of birds found at Ol Malo.
Sleep under the Stars
If you are here for long enough there are options for sleeping out: Spend a romantic night in the tree house under a blanket of stars (dependent on the weather), or sleep in the leopard hide and see what comes in to the waterhole. With enough notice we can organise for one to fly camp on the river.