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Rothschild Giraffe Safari

A example of a luxury Kenyan safari, starting at the iconic Giraffe Manor before fabulous stays on the spectacular Solio Reserve and Sala’s Camp in a remote corner of the Maasai Mara.

Rothschild Giraffe Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Rothschild Giraffe Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi

Giraffe Manor
Day 1

Giraffe Manor

1 night
Full Board & ActivitiesNairobi, Kenya

A temple to the benign cult of the giraffe, Giraffe Manor is one of Kenya's most popular luxury lodges. Originally built in 1932, it has been a country house hotel since 1984. Most of the hotel's patch of land comprises the Giraffe Centre, and a group of these gentle creatures roams the grounds. They visit the house and gardens daily to be fed through the windows. If you're aiming to stay here, book as early as you possibly can, as rooms are often taken a year or more ahead.

Giraffe Manor

A temple to the benign cult of the giraffe, Giraffe Manor is one of Kenya's most popular luxury lodges. Originally built in 1932, it has been a country house hotel since 1984. Most of the hotel's patch of land comprises the Giraffe Centre, and a group of these gentle creatures roams the grounds. They visit the house and gardens daily to be fed through the windows. If you're aiming to stay here, book as early as you possibly can, as rooms are often taken a year or more ahead.

"Despite how highly produced it is, it was still absolutely magical. "

Ms M.fromNew York

Arrived 10 Dec 2020, 1 night

Giraffe Manor is a unique and charmingly eccentric country house hotel that has enduring appeal. When it first opened, it was neck and shoulders above Nairobi's other places to stay. Our many visits, including stays in both the Main and Garden Manors in 2017 and 2018, have convinced us that it's still one of the best places around the city. Having long outgrown its early novelty appeal, Giraffe Manor is somewhere to which people can happily return over and over again. The frequent difficulty of getting a room here, often as much as a year or more in advance, is testament to its allure. See our full report on Giraffe Manor

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25 reviews of Giraffe Manor by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Elephant encounter

Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit
Day 2

Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit

Visit the AFEW Giraffe Centre for an eyeball-level encounter with gentle Rothschild giraffes. They visit this tree-level platform to be fed pellets. Read all about Giraffe Centre visit

Solio Lodge
Days 2-5

Solio Lodge

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLaikipia, Kenya

Solio Lodge, situated in the extensive, privately owned wildlife sanctuary of Solio Game Reserve, lies on the southern fringes of Laikipia, close to the foothills of the Aberdare range. Occupying the rolling plains between the Aberdare and Mount Kenya national parks, Solio is a beacon in Kenya's conservation landscape, and the country's pioneer in breeding black rhinos.

Solio Lodge

Solio Lodge, situated in the extensive, privately owned wildlife sanctuary of Solio Game Reserve, lies on the southern fringes of Laikipia, close to the foothills of the Aberdare range. Occupying the rolling plains between the Aberdare and Mount Kenya national parks, Solio is a beacon in Kenya's conservation landscape, and the country's pioneer in breeding black rhinos.

"Solio is a delightful place to spend a few days. The cottages are beautiful..."

Ms M.fromLondon

Arrived 5 Jan 2020, 3 nights

This spectacularly conceived and beautifully integrated modern bush lodge with huge rooms is one of central Kenya's very best places to stay. We were instantly seduced by the attention to detail, the delicious meals, the glass-walled mega-showers that look out onto the grounds, the super-comfortable beds and the remarkable wildlife riches of the Solio Game Reserve, in particular the numerous black and white rhinos. See our full report on Solio Lodge

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3 reviews of Solio Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Horse-riding

Mountain biking

Night drive

Sala's Camp
Days 5-9

Sala's Camp

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMaasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Sala’s Camp is a small, luxury tented camp that first opened in 2004 at the confluence of the Sand River and the Kebololoet (aka Keekorok) stream. It is located in the far south of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Tanzanian border, and is thus often one of the first camps in the Mara ecoystem to greet the arriving herds of the great wildebeest migration. This area also tends to be a little quieter than other parts of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Sala's Camp

Sala’s Camp is a small, luxury tented camp that first opened in 2004 at the confluence of the Sand River and the Kebololoet (aka Keekorok) stream. It is located in the far south of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Tanzanian border, and is thus often one of the first camps in the Mara ecoystem to greet the arriving herds of the great wildebeest migration. This area also tends to be a little quieter than other parts of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

"Such an amazing experience - saw so many animals. The service was phenomenal."

Mr & Mrs MfromFalmouth

Arrived 16 Feb 2018, 3 nights

Sala's is a high-quality, luxury tented camp in a wonderful location and the team here is excellent. Although this area of the reserve is likely to be busy during the peak seasons, we would still expect it to be quieter than elsewhere. If you're looking for a very comfortable camp, with some extra levels of architecture between you and bush, then Sala's is a great choice. See our full report on Sala's Camp

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2 reviews of Sala's Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Hot air ballooning

Day 9

Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

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Balloon flight over the Mara

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Safari in Nairobi National Park

Half day - AM or PM, or full day

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