Kenya’s Memorable Moments!

Giraffe Manor

Wake up to a breakfast with giraffes poking their head through the glorious windows that adorn this unique boutique hotel. Built in the 1930’s, Giraffe Manor harkens back to the old-world days of safari. Giraffe Manor and the surrounding sanctuary are home to the magnificent Rothschild Giraffes, one of the most endangered species of giraffes. Enjoy an excursion to the nearby Karen Blixen Museum during your stay, home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her 1937 book ‘Out of Africa’ which chronicles life at the estate, or visit the rescued elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for their morning mud bath. Don’t miss out on afternoon high-tea for another up-close and personal encounter with the glorious giraffes.

The original manor house was built in 1932 and has six rooms: Betty, Daisy, Jock, Lynn, Marlon and the Karen Blixen Suite.  Jock’s room for example is sought after as your able to feed the giraffe’s from your bedroom window.  In 2011, a new section of the manor was created – The Garden Manor – which sits right next door. Although built 78 years later, Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley used reclaimed materials from the period in which the original manor was built and its design replicates that of the main house.

The Garden Manor also has six lovely guest rooms: Salma, Edd, Arlene, Helen, Kelly and the Finch Hatton Suite, and all these rooms come at a more affordable rate for those seeking to enjoy all the benefits of this delightful experience, while not paying for the privilege of staying for example in Jock’s room – this world class hotel is a treat for all and highly sought after.

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Swim with Whale Sharks

While Kenya is a well-known safari destination, the beautiful and vibrant coastline has wonders not to be missed. If the exquisite white sandy beaches, vibrant cultural heritage and ancient ruins aren’t enough to pique your curiosity, the diverse and rich marine life certainly will! Divers and snorkelers can enjoy a swim with the majestic whale sharks off the Kenyan coast between November to February. These peaceful giants are a true wonder to behold, especially alongside the year round local dolphins and turtles. Watamu Marine Park is a thriving protected area that provides excellent snorkeling grounds.

At Jackson’s African Safaris we think it’s really important to work with people, groups and other organizations that share our ethos with conservation and education being at the heart of what they do. That is why we are happy to announce the perfect balance to your land safari with us is to get out to sea on your own private boat with a marine expert guide, tailor made by us carefully with @Seas4LifeSafaris to ensure you get an unforgettable and connecting experience.  If you think Africa has incredible wildlife on land, you’ll be blown away by the Marine life you get just off the East African coastline. There are Turtles, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Reef Sharks, Rays, birds, flying foxes and so much more.  Contact us at for more information and get imagining your perfect African adventure with us now!

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A Camel Safari

For a very different take on Kenya’s best safari experiences, try a camel ride through the country’s northern wilderness. Traverse the stunning beauty of Laikipia, a region north of Mount Kenya, known for its vast tracts of wilderness and superb wildlife. The area boasts the highest diversity of large mammals in Kenya and is home to several endangered species, notably Grévy’s zebra, African wild dog and Jackson’s hartebeest. We highly recommend Ol Malo’s experience, hosted by the local Samburu, ancient warriors and, now, well-informed and engaging guides.  Camel Safaris are also done at Lewa Conservancy, and Soysambu Conservancy.

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Amboseli National Park & the surrounding private concessions

Amboseli National Park and the other surrounding conservancy’s are one of Kenya’s gems when planned carefully.  The large tusked elephants found here and the astounding views of Mount Kilimanjaro are forever left on your mind!  It is truly a very unique and an amazing opportunity to see some of the largest tusked elephants left today all found around the Mt. Kilimanjaro area.   Amboseli National Park also boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife.

This image below was taken by Philip Gage of Timothy Jackson photographing these big tuskers in the hide at Ol Donyo Camp, part of the Great Plains Conservation series of camps.  You can see Mt Kilimanjaro hiding in the clouds behind.  Your guides will help you plan your day to capture the roof of Africa, when it’s free of cloud, generally first thing in the morning.

(c) Philip Gage

Amazing Places to Stay

Lewa House

“Located at the very heart of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa House is set on top of a hill with extensive views over gentle rolling hills with Mount Kenya to the south and the rugged Mathews Range and the sacred mountain of Ol Olokwe to the north.

Home to Sophie and Calum Macfarlane together with their small family, Lewa House is owner-operated and hosted and with only ten rooms, offering a small and intimate option for the experienced safari connoisseur or first time safari goer on Lewa.

Established as a cattle ranch in 1922 – Lewa has always been managed with wildlife as a top priority. In 1995 the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (a non-profit organization) was formed and in 2013 the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today there is minimal livestock on Lewa and the main focus of the conservancy is wildlife conservation together with community outreach programs and development. Host to over 14% of Kenya’s Black Rhino population and over 12% of the global population of Grevy’s zebra, Lewa is one of the best places in the country to see both of these iconic animals. Wildlife abounds, with all of the Big Five and herbivores associated with the north of Kenya.”  Bush & Beyond

This area is very scenic and all can see why the name ‘Lewa Downs’ is often used, as seen in this image below taken by Timothy Jackson.

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Tangulia Mara

“Tangulia Mara Camp is a tented safari camp situated on a bend of the Mara River and overlooks the Olotulo-Murt springs and salt lick. With few natural salt licks in the Mara ecosystem, wildlife activity in front of the camp is constant with a variety of animals passing through. The camp’s ideal location, just north of the Musiara area, allows easy access for game drives around the Musiara Marsh, the short grass plains, and Rhino Ridge, into the Reserve or across the Mara River bridge into the Mara Triangle which is west of the river. Both areas have rich biodiversity and offer prime wildlife and big cat viewing; and, during the migration, ready access to some of the main river-crossings.

The name Tangulia means “to lead” in Kiswahili and is at the core of the camp’s existence. With over twenty-five years of guiding in the Mara, the owners Jackson Looseyia & Dominic Nchoe are more than qualified to give guests a truly authentic insight to Maasai culture, customs, beliefs and knowledge of the fauna and flora here. Tangulia has seven en-suite tents and a family tent consisting of two en-suite bedrooms with a shared sitting area.”   Busy & Beyond

Jackson Looseyia spends most of his time hosting and guiding his guests at Tangulia Mara, and then sometimes he will come and guide our guests at other camps, here Timothy Jackson is with Jackson Looseyia at Mara Plains Camp, owned by Great Plains Conservation during an adventure!  Spending time getting to know our cameras, is a lifetime journey!

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Ol Malo House

“Ol Malo House sits on the edge of an escarpment on a privately-owned family ranch and game sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia Province, the heartland of the Samburu tribe.

Life at Ol Malo is about experiences. Rise with the sun, soar alongside eagles over granite outcrops, and watch a family of elephant dozing under a tree through the pricked ears of your horse. Hear the crunch of rock under your camels feet, dance in the dust with warriors singing tales of the past, listen to stories of Africa under an Acacia tree whilst eating smoky toast freshly cooked on the coals of a fire. Retire to bed in rooms inspired by the architecture of the land or under canvas with a blanket of stars, lulled to sleep by silence.

Catering for up to 12 guests Ol Malo House is a perfect place for families or large groups to stay. Ideally taken on an exclusive basis the activities are plentiful – endless walks, camel and horse rides, mountain biking, picnics by the river and game drives, are just some of the activities available to take part in on the ranch.

Similar to the Lodge, the House was designed and built by the Francombes particularly with multi-generational travel in mind. With the input from all the family, the design and building and finishing of the house has every need catered for. Guests of the Francombes and their extended family have the opportunity to witness Kenya through the eyes and minds of those who know and love the land.”

Bush & Beyond

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House in the Wild

“House in the Wild is a family owned and operated boutique lodge, perched on the banks of the Mara River on Naretoi – a private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy, on the Northern edge of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

On what was once an intensive farm, Naretoi is the first project of its kind where the land use on the edge of the Mara has reverted from intensive commercial farming back to nature. This “rewilding” project has seen the rangelands around the House in the Wild return to their natural state, with wildlife returning to the area after over a decade of farming.

Small in size with a maximum of 14 guests accommodated in five cottages, House in the Wild allows you to surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life and share a sense of well-being and calm, hosted by a welcoming team to look after your every need, whilst having direct access to some of the world’s best wildlife viewing.

Guests can get off the beaten track and experience the ultimate exclusive and private safari alongside a meaningful and life changing journey while learning about the Enonkishu community building their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife of the Enonkishu Conservancy.”  Bush & Beyond

Jackson’s African Safaris as part of their carbon neutral policy is using House in the Wild’s tree planting program, to make your trip carbon neutral.

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The Emakoko

“A small boutique lodge with only ten rooms and one private house, The Emakoko is uniquely positioned on the southern boundary of the Nairobi National Park. Home to, and hosted by Emma and Anthony Childs and their small family, it is the ideal place to start or end a safari within the wildlife environment that guests come on safari to experience. The drive time from both the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the domestic Wilson airport is only forty five minutes, the majority of which is spent game driving through Nairobi National Park. Within twenty minutes of clearing Customs and Immigration one can be game driving through Nairobi National Park to get to The Emakoko.

Kenya’s first and oldest National Park, Nairobi National Park is surprisingly deceptive. The Park is over 100 sq km in size and has one of East Africa’s most successful black rhino breeding population. A bird lovers paradise the Park has a spectacular abundance of fauna and flora and is home to four of the Big Five. The proximity of Nairobi, albeit on the other side of a National Park, gives The Emakoko’s guests an unrivaled flexibility in daily choices. Game drives in the Park are incredibly productive while excursions and forays into the Karen and Langata area to visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum and other local attractions are popular. The Emakoko can also take guests to nearby art galleries, local shops and cafes.”

Bush & Beyond

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Sarara Camp

“Sarara is located in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District on the 850,000 acre Namunyak Conservancy which encompasses the entire Mathews Range. Established in 1995, Namunyak is one of the oldest community owned conservancies in East Africa and has become the successful role model that has catalyzed community conservation initiatives across northern Kenya and beyond.

This remote and dramatic landscape is home to the Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famed ‘singing wells’ are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife. Sarara is named after the ‘Sarara’ singing wells where the community water their cattle during the dry season. Sarara means ‘meeting place’ in the Samburu language and it is here where the keystone of Samburu culture may be viewed authentically.

Sarara is a conservation brand that partners with indigenous communities to build sustainability for people and wildlife through truly unique and experiential safari experiences.

Sarara has 6 en-suite tents (which can be configured as either doubles or twins) and a Private House which has two en-suite bedrooms which share a sitting and dining area overlooking a private pool.”

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