Melako Bandas

Melako Bandas are self-catering bandas set in the shade of Doum Palms and acacia trees on a stunning sand river. It is a fantastic little private paradise; a perfect little getaway for family and friends with an open area living room, a fully furnished kitchen and two ensuite bedrooms with three beds in each. 

If you are more than six people, you can pitch tents outside. This is a perfect overnight stop on the way north or to stay for a few days and explore the wonders of Melako Community Conservancy. 

What our guests say…



  • One fully equipped Kitchen with a gas cooker and oven, a fridge and a freezer
  • Cutlery and crockery for 12 people is provided.
  • There’s solar power for charging devices
  • Plenty of cleaning water from a borehole
  • Two en-suite bedrooms with three beds each
  • Camping area for overflow
  • Outdoor guest washroom



  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Visit the Laisamis crater lake
  • Nature walks



Name: Viona Nijuk
Designation: Room Steward
Mobile: 0799190733

Miss Viona starting her working career at the Melako Bandas after completing high school. Armed with her charming smile, she ensures the camp is clean and neat for all guests.
Name: Robert Lentilalo
Designation: Food & Beverage Waiter
Mobile: 0718222256

Robert honed his food and beverages skills at exclusive camps and lodges like Lewa and Koita house. He is determined to make sure food is served hot and drinks cold.
Name: John Leresh
Designation: Chef
Mobile: 0798399519

John is our chef in the Kitchen when you visit the bandas. He will make all effort to cook your food to your desires. We recommend that you write down your menu to make it easy for him.



Melako Bandas is two hours drive north of Isiolo.

Melako Airstrip Coordinates
1°25’45.0″N 37°47’33.0″E
1.429167, 37.792500

Drive on the main A2 highway just a little past Merille centre and turn right when you see a sign off to the right for “Merille Cattle Market”. Follow that road but stay left and follow the electricity poles. You will eventually see a track going diagonally left and you will see Blue gates at the end. Go past the blue gates and then right round the end of the fence and drive past a manyatta on your right and then follow the road that passes a big pile of rocks. Follow for about 9Km and the Banda’s are on your right past the junction of the aircraft taxiway. There are signages installed from the turn off the main A2 highway to the bandas. Click here for Melako Bandas Airstrip Chart.



Adults: 4000 Kes per person per night

Children aged 5 -12: 2000 Kes per person per night and free of charge for children under 5 years

If all the beds are fully booked and paid for, extras will only pay conservation fees for pitching their tents outside as follows:

Adults: 2000 Kes per person per night

Children aged 5 -12: 1000 Kes per person per night

For hikes and nature walks – we recommend that you use a community conservancy ranger for 1000 Kes per trip. This is paid directly to the ranger involved.

We have Xmas supplement of Kes 2000 on top of the normal rates (Dec 24-Jan 2 inclusive)



Call/WhatsApp us on 0701295357 or email us at

All payments MUST be paid via M-PESA Paybill Number 522522 Account Number 1288156383



Bookings are accepted on the condition that guests have their own comprehensive travel insurance.

Proof of residency in Kenya will be required in order for guests to qualify for resident rate

Guests are required to complete an Indemnity form on check in.

Room checkout time is 10am on the day of departure.

All rates quoted are inclusive of taxes and service charge.

Liability – all bookings are accepted on the specific condition that all our bandas assumes no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident or delay to person or property whilst staying at the facility

Payment Terms:

Your booking is confirmed ONLY when paid in full.


Under 7days or more 50% of the full amount forfeited

Within 72hrs of arrival 100% is forfeited.

NOTE: Guests acknowledge that they are choosing to book and stay in a wilderness area with inherent possible dangers of which they must take care.

Covid-19 Policies:

Arrival/Check-in –At the mess area guests are sanitized once again, temperatures read by contactless thermometers.

Social Distancing – All staff will be wearing masks; our guests are requested to wear masks when moving around public areas but not in rooms or when stationary. Guests will have a temperature check on entry to the dining room in the mornings.

Entry to the banda area is only permitted with a confirmed booking so as to limit numbers at all times.

General Staff Policy – All staff to have had a Covid test before reporting back to work.  Temperatures taken daily and staff feeling ill are not to report to work but to advise the community conservancy management and go directly to the nearest health facility. All staff live in the area and travel is restricted.

Mess Area Policy – The mess area is disinfected every morning at 0600.  Tables and chairs sprayed with sanitizer before use each day and again after use by clients before another client uses it.

All meals are served at the dining table by masked staff.  Soap and water provided to guests at entry to the dining.  Tables and chairs set out and distanced by measurement to ensure minimum of 1.5 meters between people.

Housekeeping for Rooms – Daily room cleaning but with staff member masked. Sanitizer sprayed on exit.

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