Ol Gaboli is an eco-lodge tourism facility owned and managed by members of the Il Motiok Group Ranch. The Il Motiok Group Ranch was first formed by a group of 300 women who came together and negotiated for land access and use rights. Your visit will generate funds that are used for developing sustainable livelihoods, sending children to primary school, purchasing livestock, or empowering women to start small businesses like jewelry making.
Situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Lodge offers you the opportunity to enjoy picturesque landscapes, observe spectacular wildlife, and connect with nature. Available recreational activities include bush walks, hiking, fly camping, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, rock-climbing, rappelling, and camel safaris. You’ll also find a cultural boma (Maasai village), bee-keeping enterprises and locally trained wildlife scouts in the area. Guests are able to interact with the community to learn about local projects, conservation efforts, and traditional hunting methods.
Olng'aboli is a Maasai word meaning Fig Tree - the lodge is home to the largest and oldest fig tree in the area. Historically, the fig tree had massive cultural and spiritual significance before missionaries arrived. Locals would bring goats and cattle for sacrifice, drain them of blood, and leave them overnight under its branches alongside a fire’s glowing embers. By morning, the carcasses would be gone. The Gods had visited and accepted the sacrifice.