Welcome to Kenya, a country full of diverse landscapes and exotic wildlife. Kenya is home to some of the most magnificent animals in the world, from majestic lions to graceful giraffes. In this article, we will explore one of Kenya’s most unique and luxurious travel experiences like no other – Giraffe Manor and The Safari Collection.
Living with Giraffes: A Unique Experience at Giraffe Manor
Nestled in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, Giraffe Manor is a unique boutique hotel owned by The Safari Collection that has become famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. Built in the 1930s, the manor displays old-world charm and elegance, with 12 luxurious rooms decorated with antique furnishings, a heated swimming pool, a spa and a gift shop. But the real highlight of Giraffe Manor is the opportunity to interact with the resident giraffes that roam the property freely. During breakfast and afternoon tea, guests can feed these gentle giants by hand, creating an unforgettable experience.
The Safari Collection
The Safari Collection is a luxury travel company that owns and operates a collection of lodges and camps in Kenya’s best wildlife destinations. Their bespoke safari experiences offer guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Kenya and its wildlife in a truly luxurious and unique way.
Experiencing Giraffe Manor
Staying at Giraffe Manor is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines luxury and wildlife. The hotel’s 140 acres of indigenous forest and the main building’s 1930s charm create an unforgettable atmosphere. Each of the 12 rooms has its own character and style, decorated with antique furnishings and providing guests with spacious and comfortable accommodation. The rooms in the Manor are named Betty, Jock, Daisy, Marlon, Karen Blixen and Lynn, while rooms in the Garden Manor, a new section opened in 2011 which is located next door to the Manor are named as Edd, Salma, Kelly, Arlene, Helen and Finch Hatton. However, the real magic of staying at Giraffe Manor is the opportunity to interact with the Rothschild’s giraffes.
Adventure Awaits at Giraffe Manor
Once you’ve arrived at Giraffe Manor, the adventure begins. You will have the opportunity to explore the 140 acres of indigenous forest that surround the manor. Take a stroll through the gardens and admire the beautiful flora and fauna. If you’re lucky, you might spot some of the other wildlife that calls the forest home, including warthogs, bushbucks, and dik-diks.
After a day of exploring and feeding the giraffes, relax and unwind at the manor.
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, is just a short drive from Giraffe Manor and offers a vibrant and bustling experience full of culture and history. Visitors can immerse themselves in the National Museum of Kenya’s cultural and natural history exhibits. You can learn about the country’s diverse ethnic groups, see archaeological artefacts and view exhibits on Kenya’s flora and fauna. For some shopping and a taste of local culture, visit the Maasai Market. The market offers a wide range of handicrafts, including beaded jewellery, wood carvings, and textiles. You can also sample some of Kenya’s traditional foods, such as nyama choma (roasted meat) and ugali (a maize-based dish). But for an unforgettable experience, we recommend visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where visitors can watch orphaned elephants and rhinos being fed and interact with these majestic creatures up close.
Going on Safari with The Safari Collection
The Safari Collection offers bespoke safari experiences in some of Kenya’s best wildlife destinations. Their lodges and camps are located in the heart of Kenya’s national parks and reserves, offering guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Kenya and its wildlife.
Safari Lodges and Camps
The Safari Collection offers a range of lodges and camps, each with its own unique style and location. Their lodges and camps include Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Sasaab, and Solio Lodge.
Sala’s Camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara, one of the best places to see the famous wildebeest migration. The camp is situated on the banks of the Sand River and offers stunning views of the surrounding plains.
Sasaab is located in Samburu, one of Kenya’s lesser-known national parks. The camp offers stunning views of the Ewaso Nyiro River and the surrounding landscape and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions and giraffes.
Solio Lodge is located in the Solio Game Reserve, which is home to the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa. The lodge is set on a private wildlife sanctuary and offers guests the opportunity to see rare wildlife in a secluded and peaceful environment.
The Safari Collection offers a range of safari activities to suit all interests and preferences. Guests can choose from game drives, walking safaris, hot air balloon rides and even camel safaris.
Game drives are the most popular safari activity and for a good reason. You will have the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife up close, including lions, elephants, giraffes and many other species. The Safari Collection’s expert guides will take you on an unforgettable safari adventure through Kenya’s most stunning landscapes and wildlife reserves.
For a more adventurous experience, guests can choose a walking safari. Walking safaris offer a more intimate and immersive safari experience, where you can get up close and personal with the wildlife and learn more about the local flora and fauna.
If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, then a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara is a must. You will soar above the plains and witness the breathtaking beauty of the Masai Mara from a bird’s eye view.
Camel safaris are another popular safari activity, offering guests the opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes of Kenya on the back of a camel. You will journey through the deserts and mountains of northern Kenya and witness the beauty of the local wildlife and culture.
Giraffe Manor and The Safari Collection offer an unparalleled travel experience in Kenya. With their unique blend of luxury accommodations and bespoke safari experiences, guests are sure to have an unforgettable journey through the diverse landscapes and exotic wildlife of Kenya. Whether it’s feeding giraffes at Giraffe Manor or embarking on a camel safari in Samburu, The Safari Collection promises to provide guests with an adventure of a lifetime. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey through Kenya’s natural wonders with Giraffe Manor and The Safari Collection.