The Mara Experience

The Mara Experience

Nairobi was the first stop and there was no trepidation at spending a couple of nights in exquisite comfort at Hemingways, tucked away in fashionable Karen. The day was filled with interest, starting with the Giraffe Centre….filled with young school children from several local schools…..and there we fed the the giraffe and listened to the resident guide informing us about the different species of giraffe, notably the Rothschild’s giraffe.

A visit to Karen Blixen’s house/museum was next. Expensive but interesting and our guide was terrific.

Feeding the Rothchildee's giraffe....a close acquaintanceship.

Feeding the Rothchildee’s giraffe….a close acquaintanceship.

The restaurant at the Karen Blixen Cottages, formerly her brother Thomas’s house as farm manager, was a fine choice for a lunch break.  The staff very rapidly took our orders and brought lunch in the nick of time before we had to rush for our next appointment.







Touching the elephant calves is life-changing for many guests!

Touching the elephant calves is life-changing for many guests!


The afternoon was the pinnacle of our visit to Nairobi! The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage hosted us with a private viewing of the baby elephants, and we wandered amongst them, getting squeezed between their red dusty hides, petting them and generally getting acquainted with them. For everybody, (including me) this was a wonderful hour that went by way too quickly!  The upshot of this was a number of baby elephants were ‘adopted’ by ‘Team Freeman’ and many little hearts made happy.



The next morning we journeyed on to the Mara itself!  Another adventure to be had!


Mark & Kathy on an East African Safari…a First to Africa!

Nairobi…a Masai word meaning ,‘place of cool water’… now a place of teaming traffic. However, arriving late at night does have compensations, in that the state of the streets, the traffic and the road works on Langata road are hidden.

Giraffe Manor is lovely, unique and gets every body, no matter how jaded one feels after a long flight, into the ‘safari mood’. After all, who can resist those limpid dark eyes, ‘Sophia Louren’ eyelashes and elegantly long necks that appear over the breakfast table.  A great start. Also, the wireless internet works a treat!

giraffe education; great accommodation; great food; hospitality; Rothschilde's giraffe

Giraffe Manor, outside Nairobi.
Fabulous place!


After two nights here, which meant an interest day around Karen taking in some great places including Baroness Blixen’s house, Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage and the Carnivore Restaurant we left for the north.


giraffes; giraffe manor; nairobi

Giraffes in the breakfast conservatory! Unique.