DoYouTravel

Jack Morris

KENYA

April 21, 2017

Nairobi ⌲ Solio ⌲ Giraffe Manor ⌲ Sasaab

Lauren’s birthday was coming up and I wanted to surprise her with something a little different (trust me that ain’t easy when we go to new places every month!)

After a few weeks of brainstorming I was left with an obvious choice – The Giraffe Manor in Kenya.
A beautiful vintage looking Manor turned into a hotel, and home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes. It was available for 2 nights which was perfect, but Kenya is at least a 17 hour flight from Bali so it made sense to venture out to other parts of the country whilst we’re all that way.
The Giraffe Manor is part of the Safari Collection, and they have 3 other beautiful lodges scattered across Kenya, I picked Solio for 2 nights and Sassab for 4 nights.

SOLIO LODGE

We kicked off the trip with Solio. A beautiful lodge with a view of Mount Kenya! It’s the only lodge in the whole reserve so the experience with the wildlife was real intimate. To get there we flew from Nairobi in a tiny plane which was fun, it took around 30 minutes. Neither of us had ever done a safari before so we didn’t really know what to expect, maybe we’ll see a giraffe every now and again, possibly an elephant if we’re lucky?

A plane to ourselves!

 

Once we landed we got straight into our ride and set off to the lodge. Within 30 minutes we saw more wildlife than I expected to see on the whole 2 nights! Our driver asked us what animal we hoped to see the most, we both really wanted to see a lion but didn’t get lucky on our way in.

After a long day of travel we planned to spend the evening at the lodge. A bubble bath, red wine and snacks sounded perfect! Just as the sun set our driver called and told us he had spotted some lions so plans quickly changed and we went back out. It was pitch black by the time we got to the lions, but still, what an insane experience to be so close to the king of the jungle and his pride in the wild.

The following 2 days we saw countless giraffes, zebras a cheetah, some more lions (this time a pride of around 15!) and of course herds of rhinos which Solio is famous for. We woke up for sunrise each day because that’s prime time for seeing the animals, not to mention the only time of day to get a clear view of Mount Kenya from our room!

Our first encounter with a lion!

 

GIRAFFE MANOR

On the morning of Lauren’s birthday we took the same tiny plane back up to Nairobi to spend the next 2 nights in giraffe paradise! I booked us a room at the top with a balcony because the giraffes literally come tapping on the window early in the morning to give you a wake up call!

We were given little giraffe biscuits to feed them (basically dried up grass) which they seemed to love! After feeding them from our bedroom window we got dressed and headed downstairs to enjoy a birthday breakfast with the giraffes! This was a morning I’ll never be able to compare!

After breakfast when the food is gone the giraffes quickly loose interest and wonder off back into the bush. They come back at around 4 30pm for afternoon tea at the front of the Manor. Tea, scones, and sloppy giraffe kisses.. it doesn’t get much better haha.

This hotel is hands down the best place I’ve ever stayed – a weird and wonderful experience i’ll never forget!

SASAAB

For our last four nights at Sasaab I invited our good friends Louie and Raya to join us which was really fun! We met them at the airport and again took the tiny plane down to Sasaab. This time it took a hour. On our way to the lodge a majestic African elephant crossed the road right in front of us. I’d never seen an African elephant before, so this was a new and very cool experience for me!

The lodge itself was so beautiful and had a Moroccan vibe to the decor. Our room had a private plunge pool and a view overlooking the river, it had been dried up for months due to us arriving at the very end of dry season. On our 2nd night the rain finally came down and we saw the river fill up, which we’ve been told is a very rare sight to see! After the rainfall it was pretty common to watch herds of elephant bathing in the new river from our rooms.

On our last day we drove out to a local nearby village. The village was completely raw and real, not one of those fake villages set up for tourists to buy souvenirs. This was a raw as it gets and an eyeopening insight of how these people live.

They were real friendly and interested in our camera equipment. Louis put up the drone and the kids went crazy! I guess it’s a pretty alien object to them, which explained why they ran around fanatically chasing and jumping up at it!  This was one of my favourite days of the whole trip.

A room with a view at Sasaab

Local kids reacting to the drone

Shocked at snapchat filters haha

A village lady looking at her polaroid portrait

This trip was one of the best I’ve done – if you’re considering a safari check out The Safari Collection! 

If you have any question feel free to comment below!

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67 Comments

67 responses to “KENYA”

  1. Great post with a lot of amazing photos !
    Very interesting blog

  2. Lynn says:

    Wow amazing photos, great edit.
    I hope you travel to every country in the world

  3. Parto says:

    I just found your instagram page today ( a suggestion from a friend) and i’m staring at your photos for moments.. you KNOW how to capture the unspoken words through eyes.. the shots from these kids and ladies are mindblowing( literaly) have the greatest time whenever you are on the planet😉

  4. Wow! What a great trip! And to see Louis!

  5. Maddie says:

    How are you able to travel all over the place? I’m genuinely very curious! Could you tell me how you make money?

  6. Such an amazing post, devoured it happily!

  7. Elaha says:

    Amazing photography!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wonderfull

  9. Deborath says:

    Hey guys,

    A friend of mine told me about your blog, she thought I would like it, so I checked out and I LOVE your work. I think it’s really amazing, every place you guys go is beautiful.

    Now I’m gonna keep following your journey!!!

    Love, Deb x

  10. Stephanie says:

    Hi Jack & Lauren!

    Love this post! I have been planning a trip to Africa for a few months. I was so excited to see you two we’re going there so I could scope out some cool spots!! Although I think it’s terribly rude to talk money, I’m trying to budget my trip. Could you share how much you think is an appropriate amount?

    Thanks!

  11. I’m always excited to read your blog, kindly do a meet and greet once you plan to visit Kenya again. And this was the best birthday adventure. Love from Kenya

  12. Hey, Jack. Glad you visited my country, Kenya. The Giraffe Centre is totally breathtaking- no doubt about that! Your pictures are just epic and those people with beads around the neck are the Maasai people, very generous and welcoming. I hope they gave you a native name for making their day interesting. If they did not give you a name, I generously give you the name “Lemayan”, which means “A brave man”. Say hello during your next visit.

  13. Stefani says:

    Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  14. Burma says:

    Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  15. Javi Garcia says:

    Was following this trip via Instagram and it has to be such a unique experience to live and share with these people!
    Amazing shots as always!

  16. Pepe Samson says:

    I’ve always been fascinated about Kenya. Damn great photos and sounds like an amazing experience!

  17. Noelia Pereyra says:

    So interesting! I’m planning to visit Kenya as a family trip… I wanted to know; how did you gather all the information before traveling? I mean, about the plane which took you to each hotel, the activities.. and such

    • Hi Noelia! Most of the info you need can be found online and bookings can be done on there as well.
      Travellers to Kenya flying out to their safari destinations, the beach, etc. use flights at Wilson Airport i.e the busiest airport in East Africa. Your hotel in Nairobi or airport staff once you land can help you answer any questions you may have.
      Hope this helped! Karibu Kenya <3

  18. Chloé says:

    Hi!
    I love your work and i’m following since a few months.
    Which camera did you use for this report ? Film camera ? which one ?

    Thanks and continue to make us dream

  19. Amo suas fotos sou seu fã.

  20. Manish says:

    Blown away once again ..Amazing work as usual
    Jack when are you gonna start producing travel videos ?

    • Jack Morris says:

      Really soon! I’m gonna drop the first one by the end of this month hopefully 🙂

      • Hi Jack! You have so many fans here in Nairobi, next time please do a meet and greet! I love these photographs and I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself here in Kenya and had an unforgettable experience! <3 Next time you come over, take Lauren to Lamu! The culture, old town and traditions will blow you away! Not to mention the Lamu sunset! <3 <3

        You should also add Marsabit, Turkana, Nanyuki, Kakamega and so many other places to your travel list in Kenya! All the best

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