| TRAVEL (III): SAFARI EDITION WITH THE SAFARI COLLECTION |
The Safari Collection is a well curated series of Safari Tours in Kenya ( The Safari Collection Website )
It owns the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Solio Ranch in Laikipia , Sala’s Camp at the Masai Mara & Sasaab Lodge in Samburu.
They all exist to help us create our dream Safari experience.
What are you planning to do this Easter? How are you going to enjoy & make it memorable?
If you have nothing decided yet, we are here for you.. to give you a couple of ideas to get through the weekend ft. The Safari Collection.
I got a chance to visit all 4 of them & nothing fell short of my expectations. Safe to say that my Safari dreams were all met.
If in Nairobi for the holidays, the giraffe manor is definitely the perfect adventure for you.
You can choose to book a night or two at their gorgeous rooms or do a day visit & spend a day with the beautiful giraffes.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe who are always there.. in hope of a treat from you.
If not feeding them, you’ll find plenty to do during your visit or stay like visiting the acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery & Foundry, the Kazuri Beads which sells locally-made jewellery or the Marula Studios innovative crafts complex.
If taking a road trip to Laikipia, Solio Ranch is everything you’ll need.
It’s located on a private wildlife sanctuary, tucked in the valley between the lofty slopes of Mount Kenya & the peaks of the Aberdare Mountains.
It is internationally recognized as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya & visitors will find sightings of up to 40 rhinos.
The wildlife experience there is intense & exclusive.. I got to spot a couple of lions & elephants just from the comfort of my room.
Some of the activities available include game drives, horse riding & a visit to a Kenya coffee plantation for all the coffee lovers.
You can also take a helicopter to Mount Kenya for a hilltop picnic breakfast or go trout fishing in the Aberdare National Park.
The lodge has five contemporary luxurious cottages with private decks & panoramic views of the nearby hills & Mount Kenya in the distance.
Each room has a private lounge area with open fire for cooler evenings, as well as large en-suite bathrooms with a double sink, bath & shower.
If heading to the famous Mara, Salas Camp is the place to be.
It is a tented camp that combines tradition with comfort & it’s a model of understated, intimate luxury. My stay was unforgettable.
The Masai Mara is one the world’s most prolific game areas & home to the ‘big 5’, with mind blowing sightings all year round.
The Camp’s interiors are elegant, comfortable & all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, baths, running water.
Typically, after an exhilarating game drive & a variety of excursions, you return to relax on your deck by your private plunge pool or meet up for sundowners by the campfire before enjoying dinner served under the stars.
If heading down to Samburu, Sasaab Lodge is your perfect destination.
Sasaab is close to the Buffalo Springs & inside the Samburu National Reserves.
It’s a place of rich natural diversity with an astounding number of animals from elephants to lions, leopard, cheetah & the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope & Somali ostrich.
The architecture of Sasaab follows strong Moroccan design principles & each of the nine rooms has an enormous open-air bathroom & a private plunge pool.
From the veranda, guests can take in the views across the Laikipia Plateau & its position on Ewaso Nyiro river naturally facilitates watching the elephants that come by to play.
For the adventures, take a game drive, camel ride or spend a night or two in the further reaches of the conservation camping.