Kenya, Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection

Kenya | The Safari Collection

May 30, 2023

On this episode we’re headed back to Kenya to chat with Mikey Carr Hartley, owner of The Safari Collection, which includes the Instagram famous Giraffe Manor. While you’ve undoubtedly seen beautiful images of the giraffes visiting guests at breakfast time, I want to be clear that The Safari Collection and its focus on conservation runs so much deeper than a photo op. Those friendly giraffe are part of a wider conservation movement and Mikey’s other lodges like Sala’s Camp and Sasaab are in equally beautiful settings dotted across the Kenyan landscape. 

We go in depth to chat about the different regions of this fascinating country, the warmth and hospitality of the people, and even dive into some of the details of pangolin conservation.



Listen to hear:

  • 02:07 – About Mikey’s favorite spot at The Safari Collection
  • 03:21 – How his family moved to Kenya
  • 06:45 – What childhood lesson stayed with him
  • 07:48 – About Mikey’s most intense wildlife encounters
  • 11:13 – How the Safari Collection came together
  • 14:25 – About the Kenyan landscape, tribes, and cultures 
  • 16:51 – What sustainability means to him
  • 19:00 – How one of his guests contributed to the sustainability goals
  • 21:31 – About the Pangolin project and other conservation activities
  • 25:47 – What the highlights of each of the properties are
  • 27:04 – Why you can experience here a safari like never before
  • 29:25 – How a day in the life of a guest looks like in Giraffe Manor
  • 31:30 – What the activities of the anti-poaching team are
  • 35:31 – About the Giraffes that live here and interact with the guests
  • 44:40 – Why Mikey has favorite memory of a past guest
  • 47:20 – What you will learn about the world and humanity after visiting The Safari Collection

Listener Exclusive Amenities

Complimentary pass at the heavenly Retreat at Giraffe Manor for all confirmed bookings to Sala’s Camp, Sasaab, and Solio Lodge.

The Retreat Pass is valid from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. It includes arrival/departure transfers (if the collection time is after the 10:00 am check in and departure is prior to check out at 10:00 pm), complimentary water, luggage space and use of The Retreat’s facilities (pool, gym, steam room, sauna and hot tub) subject to availability and access to Giraffe Centre. All food and drinks, day room use, spa treatments, transfers, excursions and access to Giraffe Manor are excluded.


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