THE SAFARI COLLECTION Exceptional experiences in East Africa
From the moment you touch down and step into the gentle African air. The Safari Collection will guide you through Kenya. Let us take you to the outskirts of Nairobi where you can have breakfast with a giraffe. Or to the beating heart of the African bush, the vast plains of the Masai Mara and the remote wilds of the Northern Frontier. Travel to these magical corners of East Africa with us and discover Kenya, uncovered. thesafaricollection.com
THE SAFARI COLLECTION Exceptional experiences in East Africa
un|covered Journey away from the crowds, to realise the true heart of Africa. Follow the tracks of the elephant along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Ride on horseback in the shadow of Mount Kenya, camp under a blanket of stars, and see some of natureâ€™s most breathtaking spectacles, as you uncover the essence of Kenya.
uncover The Safari Collection Uncover memoires that will last a lifetime. We have four of Kenyaâ€™s most unique destinations in four completely different locations. Alongside our retreats, we can plot tailor-made journeys, organizing everything from when you touchdown in Kenya to when you head home. This brochure will give you a taste of what we are about: a small portfolio of properties selected for their individuality and to complement one another. And the bespoke itineraries we can create that include our collection, but also some once in a lifetime experiences that we know shouldnâ€™t be missed.
MT KULAI BIOSPHERE BIO OSPHERE RE ESERVE RESERVE
MAR ARSABIT MARSABIT NATIONAL ATIONAL PARK RK
Ewa so N g’iro
KER KERIO RIO VALLEY VAL LLEY NATIONAL NAT TIONAL L PAR PARK
u Falls Nyahururu u Nanyuki
Kisumu u Kericho
SHABA SHA NATIONAL RESERVE NATIIONAL N SAMBURU RU BUFFALO B FALO SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK N K NATIONAL PARK NAT
MT KENYA YA NATIONAL NAL L PARK
KORA NATIONAL RESERVE
M MASAI MARA GAME GAM AME RESERVE
BISANADI B NATIONAL NAT ATIONAL RESERVE RESE ERVE
ABERDARE ABERDA A ARE NATIONAL NATION N NAL PARK PAR RK
MERU MERU NATIONAL NATION ONAL NAL RESERVE RESE SE ERVE E
Mado Gashi ash
Magadi KEY INFORMATION A Safari Collection Property National Roads National Parks / Reserves
Garsen AMBOSELI A NATIONAL PARK NA
TSAVO O WEST NATIONAL NATIO NATION ONAL PARK
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK PA
Gaala lannaa lla
giraffe manor Uncover the history of the rare Rothschild Giraffe at Giraffe Manor with its resident herd roaming freely but securely through the 140 acres at the historic manor. With their whitesocked legs, distinctive markings and the maleâ€™s five horns, the Rothschild Giraffe are a true East African treasure. There is a million years of evolution standing between them and the Reticulated Giraffe. With fewer than 700 of this rare species left in the wild, an encounter with them is an iconic experience, as is a stay here at the Manor.
Built as a private home in 1932, Giraffe Manor is an elegant and exclusive property that has just 10 bedrooms. Each room is uniquely laid out and decorated, with eclectic Art Deco touches and antique furnishings. It is over breakfast that you will get to know the giraffeâ€™s individual personalities, as they crane their necks through the enormous, open windows looking for a snack. Learn more about the conservation of the species at the nearby AFEW Giraffe Centre, or let us arrange a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage as you begin to uncover Kenya.
sala’s camp It took the owners of The Safari Collection four years to seek out the perfect spot for Sala’s Camp. This area of the Mara had long been shut off to visitors, but as the camp sprang to life, the rhino conservation teams assisted with extensive wildlife monitoring, making the area a safe haven for visitors and wildlife. Today the plains surrounding Sala’s Camp are home to prolific birdlife, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and more, plus a growing rhino population.
In its quiet corner on the Southern Kenya / Tanzanian border, Sala’s Camp offers its visitors an experience with little interruption from other safari vehicles, you are alone to uncover the Masai Mara. You may however, be joined by any one of the ‘big five’, and the camp gives you front row seats to witness one of earth’s most dramatic spectacles – The Great Wildebeest Migration. At night sleep in traditional, but extremely comfortable, canvas tents, and enjoy a bush breakfast as the plains come to life. For the ultimate view of this special reserve, take to the skies to see its treasures from a hot air balloon.
sasaab Perched high on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, this Moroccan-inspired lodge is an oasis in the heart of Kenyaâ€™s Northern Frontier. It is here that you can uncover the secrets of the Samburu tribe. The Samburu take pride in their distinctive appearance, adorning themselves lavishly with brightly coloured beads, feathers and copper. Visit their markets, or unique â€˜manyattaâ€™ settlements, as they proudly share in their culture.
With panoramic views of the Laikipia plateau and enormous rooms, each with private plunge pool, Sasaab is the perfect retreat. The ‘Samburu Special Five’, including the Somali Ostrich and Reticulated Giraffe, can be tracked on foot, or by camel, with a Warrior as your guide. Meet Samburu’s elephants - big and majestic creatures that sometimes gently roam in the riverbed below. Or stumble across wild dog and spend hours watching their comical interaction. After a long day’s safari, relax in Spasaab, or beside the infinity pool with views that will take your breath away.
solio lodge Uncover the fragile history of Africa’s rhino, hunted to the point of extinction for their valuable horns. Solio Lodge sits at the heart of Kenya’s first private conservancy, and now considered to be East Africa’s most successful rhino breeding ground. Used in traditional medicines and revered for its healing properties, pound for pound rhino horn is more valuable than gold. Today, thanks to various bold initiatives including putting up one of Kenya’s first conservation fences and fiercely maintaining the peace and calm, Solio Conservancy proudly boasts a thriving population (approx 175 black and 60 white) of rhino roaming freely in its grasslands.
The lodge itself is pure wilderness luxury. Each room has a cosy living area, fireplace and enormous glass picture window, creating a seamless barrier between you and the bush. Experience a helicopter trip to fish in the lakes of Mount Kenya or the pristine rivers of the Aberdare Mountains. Enjoy an early morning horse-ride, or stretch your legs on foot or on a mountain bike, we will take you through diverse habitats in search of lion, leopard, cheetah, oryx and eland. And of course the thrill of coming across a majestic rhino grazing peacefully on the plains is a rare and remarkable experience.
Now let us take you by the hand and uncover a sample of escapes we can send you on. Everything we do is bespokeâ€Ś tailored to the adventure you are looking for.
the Safari Collection circuit This extraordinary journey allows you to experience the best of Kenya. Step back in time and glimpse Kenya’s colonial past. Stay at Giraffe Manor, where rare, inquisitive Rothschild giraffe roam the grounds of the 1930’s Manor house. Travel from the suburbs, to the great plains of Solio where you can enjoy a glass of wine around a crackling fire in the shadow of Mount Kenya. Next stop is Sasaab, to immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds and colours of the Samburu people. Conclude your adventure in the very definition of the classic tented safari in the famous Masai Mara at Sala’s Camp. 1 night Giraffe Manor 2 nights Solio Lodge 2 nights Sasaab 3 nights Sala’s Camp From price: $5,700 per adult sharing Our from price includes all internal flights, transfers, park and conservation fees, game drives, all meals, all house drinks and most activities. It also includes our ‘7 nights free flights offer’ saving approximately $500 per person.
the helicopter Itinerary Experience a unique bird’s eye view of Kenya. Begin your adventure at Solio Lodge, the only lodge within the Solio Conservancy and the best place in Africa to spot both black and white rhino. Your private helicopter will land in front of the lodge to take you for a picnic breakfast, before trout fishing on the mighty Mount Kenya. Fly north to Desert Rose where you will spend the night and from here be flown to Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake, in the heart of some of Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes. Your day will finish by landing at Sasaab, a breathtaking Moroccan style lodge with panoramic views of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Before dinner, climb to Sundowner Rock, for 360° views of the expansive Mathews Range, the perfect spot for a cold beer or a glass of chilled wine. 2 nights Solio Lodge 1 night Desert Rose 2 nights Sasaab From price: $10,395 per adult sharing Our from price includes all internal flights, transfers, park and conservation fees, game drives, all meals, all house drinks and most activities.
the horse riding itinerary Your adventure begins at Giraffe Manor with fun and kisses with its long necked residents. Next, head to the Chyulu Hills, where your horse riding safari will take you through rolling volcanic hills, acacia forests, and grassy plains. Gallop with giraffe and observe herds of elephants in their natural habitat. Travel north to Sasaab and spend your days at this beautiful and luxurious lodge, overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River where elephants bathe. After some down time at Sasaab, head to Salaâ€™s Camp in the Masai Mara. Enjoy drinks round the camp fire as you revel in your adventures so far and fall asleep dreaming of all the ones to come. 1 night Giraffe Manor 3 nights Ride Kenya 2 nights Sasaab 3 nights Salaâ€™s Camp From price: $9,590 per adult sharing From price includes all internal flights, transfers, park and conservation fees, game drives, all meals, all house drinks and most activities.
the gorilla Itinerary This adventure takes you beyond Kenya’s borders into Rwanda, where you will trek through the misty forests in search of the Gorillas. Observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat of lush lowland forest. A truly unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience. From the rainforest to the dry desert landscape of Samburu and Sasaab, where you can quietly track animals by camel or simply relax in Spasaab overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. Then to ‘safari’ in a quiet, untouched corner of the Masai Mara. At first light, set off on a game drive through Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve, searching for an amazing variety of animals. As the sun sets, share your adventures around a log fire. 3 nights Rwanda Sabyinyo 2 nights Sasaab 3 nights Sala’s Camp From price: $8,640 per adult sharing Our from price includes all internal flights, flights between Nairobi and Kigali, transfers, park and conservation fees, game drives, all meals, all house drinks, 2 days gorilla permit and most activities.
relaxation itinerary Take a rest from the pace and enjoy the simplicity of some gentle bush time with some rejuvenating beach time. Spend the first four days quietly exploring Sasaabâ€™s surrounding area, keep game drives to a minimum and utilise the opportunity to walk or ride a camel. Soak in your private plunge pool and retreat to Spasaab for an afternoon massage. Relish sun rise and sun set, knowing you have four nights to really take in this incredible environment. Then travel to the white soft sands of Diani beach and Almanara. Your private beach side villa will be your home for seven nights. Your personal chef and butler will take care of your needs. Go snorkelling to the coral reef, play golf, tennis or enjoy sundowners and a pedicure from your rooftop terrace. 4 nights Sasaab 7 nights Almanara From price: $7,580 per adult sharing From price includes all internal flights, transfers, park and conservation fees, game drives, all meals, all house drinks and most activities. .
meet the directors Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley Since the late 1890’s, the Carr-Hartley family has encapsulated the definition of the great African adventure, as hunters, big game trappers and safari operators. Denys Finch Hatton was a friend, Karen Blixen a neighbor. The movies “Snow of Kilimanjaro” and “Mugambo” were filmed on the Carr-Hartley family ranch, and pictures of Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Ernest Hemingway are part of the family photo album. Proud fourth-generation Kenyan’s, Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley are the owners of Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Sasaab and Solio Lodge. Together with their dedicated and like-minded team, they have created a remarkable portfolio of luxurious lodges. They want you to uncover their country as they know it, on an unparalleled safari through the wilds of East Africa.
why we’re different ‘We’re small, but perfectly formed. We have four carefully selected properties in the most spectacular and diverse locations across Kenya and we personalize each experience welcoming guests of any age. Our success is defined by nurturing the hidden gems, by focusing on quality not quantity and by bringing on board the best people to make our properties come alive. We provide consistency in food, service and value for money, but we also embrace individuality in location, style and by encouraging our team to make their own mark on our dreams. This passion is not just for our properties, but for the whole of Kenya and its neighbours. We know that there is more out there besides our vision and through The Safari Collection we have the privileged opportunity to share everything that East Africa has to offer with the rest of the World.’ - Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley
private guides To really uncover Kenya, The Safari Collection’s privately guided safaris offer a completely hand held African adventure. Unlike the excellent guides that are based in the different properties, these men and women will travel with you every step of the way. In the past the ‘private guides’ of Kenya have been a closely guarded secret. Their experience only shared with those individuals they have met, or through word of mouth. For the first time a tour operator is bringing a select group of Kenya’s finest and giving everyone the opportunity to revel in their expertise. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your journey, and teach you the tales of the bush. Each one has something different to offer from bird specialists, cat specialists, historians and story tellers, to those that know exactly how to get you into the right place to take that perfect photograph, each has their own unique personality. We can match you with the perfect guide, depending on your personal preferences, ensuring the ultimate privately guided safari experience.
conservation and community The Safari Collection is founded on strong ethical principles. Each of the properties in our portfolio works extensively to improve both the lives of their local communities and the animal inhabitants of the area. We aim to tread lightly, with a minimal impact on the environment, and most importantly we are trying to maintain the incredible wildlife and sensational landscapes that makes Kenya so magical. We have someone dedicated solely to our responsible tourism efforts. Everyone that stays in our properties contributes in some way or other to the conservation and protection of a species, people or environment. We also welcome our guests to get involved in any of our projects during their time in Kenya. From helping at schools and hospitals, to tracking lions, everyone can make a difference and take away something more than just a memory - you can leave knowing that you have done something to help preserve Kenyaâ€™s rich resources for future generations to uncover. thesafaricollection.com
LOCATION: Nairobi NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10 HIGHLIGHTS: Breakfast with the endangered Rothschild giraffe, exquisite dining with first class service, a complimentary car service to take you to all the tourist attractions in the local area. Walk in the giraffe conservation area, with a guide. RATE: From $485 per person per night Rate includes: Return airport transfers (Jomo Kenyatta & Wilson), city hotel transfers, transfers/excursions to areas within Karen/Langata within our check-in/check-out times, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast the following morning, all house drinks, laundry, entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, wireless internet access throughout the Manor, VAT & all taxes.
LOCATION: Masai Mara NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7 tents HIGHLIGHTS: Seeing the large quantities of the ‘big 5’ living under canvas and sitting round a camp fire telling stories of the days adventures, The Wildebeest Migration. RATE: From $490 per person per night Rate includes: Full board accommodation, all house beverages, game drives, return transfers to /from airstrip, laundry and VAT & all taxes.
LOCATION: Samburu NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9 rooms each with their own private plunge pool HIGHLIGHTS: Spotting the special ‘Samburu five’, Manyatta village visits, a massage overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River where elephants come to drink, watching the sun go down on sundowner rock with panoramic views of the expansive Mathews range. Up close elephant experience, wild dog. RATE: From $545 per person per night Full board accommodation, all house beverages, guided bush walks, camel rides, sundowners, game drives, transfers to / from Sasaab airstrip, transfers to / from Samburu airstrip, laundry, VAT & all taxes, wireless internet.
LOCATION: Laikipia NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6 individual cottages HIGHLIGHTS: Night game drives, views of Mt Kenya, fishing in the rolling Aberdares, horse riding on the Solio Ranch and seeing rhino in incredible numbers. RATE: From $545 per person per night Rate includes: Full board accommodation, all house beverages, guided walks outside the sanctuary, game drives, horseback riding outside the sanctuary, mountain biking outside the sanctuary, transfers to / from Nanyuki, transfers to / from Solio airstrip, laundry, VAT & all taxes, wireless internet.
At the end of the journey the most memorable moments are the ones you take home. From the people you’ve met, the animals you’ve seen, the places you’ve stayed and all the reasons why you will be back to visit us again.
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