Destination Guide


Unknown Image

Photo by Sergey Pesterev

Home to the Maasai Mara Reserve, the urban capital Nairobi and Big Five safari game, Kenya is a classic East African destination that enchants and transforms travelers with its complexity. Described as "the cradle of humanity," the country's magnitude is palpable in its savannah landscapes and vibrant tribal cultures.


We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. With Indagare Plus,members receive special amenities.

View All Hotels

Unknown image

Angama Mara

Kenya's super-elegant Angama Mara safari lodge offers a sophisticated experience in the Masai Mara and lots of amenties like a pool, gym and boutique.

Zebra at Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Giraffe Manor

Having breakfast with a giraffe probably tops the list of best-ever meals for those lucky to have experienced it. Giraffe Manor, on the outskirts of Nairobi, offers its guests the chance to live on the grounds of special giraffe sanctuary, and yes, to dine with the glorious animals. Guests who check in to Giraffe Manor, can open their drapes in the morning and see a parade of beauties. Downstairs in the breakfast room, Lynn or one of the other gregarious giraffes will reach her head right in the window to request her morning pellets. Cosmos, the head houseman, serves coffee and eggs to guests while they, in turn, can feed the giraffes (and their companion warthogs).

The handsome ivy-covered stone lodge, the kind you would expect to find in Scotland, has the trappings of many colonial estates—fine antiques, family portraits, well-worn books. However, in their love for animals the Leslie-Melvilles, the family who lived here for decades, went beyond collecting sculptures and painting of game. After a trip in 1974 to a Kenyan cattle ranch, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville brought a baby endangered Rothschild giraffe home with them. At the time, there were only 120 of the species alive, and the Leslie-Melvilles were the first people known to raise a giraffe, which they called Daisy. Their initial success inspired them to acquire four more babies, which grew into a breeding herd, and eventually the Leslie-Melvilles were able to relocate offspring to reserves in Kenya and Uganda. There are now approximately 500 Rothschild giraffe living in the wild. A number of the descendants of the original Daisy still wander the 140 acres surrounding the manor. And with the breakfast ritual in place, sightings are guaranteed. There’s a wonderful ambiance in the house, which still feels like a private home, thanks to the family’s memorabilia. (Be sure to look for the book Raising Daisy Rothschild and other titles that Betty wrote documenting her animal adventures.) Guest rooms resemble those that you would find in the house of a grand elderly aunt with floral bedspreads and ceramic tiled bathrooms.

bed with mosquito netting on a patio in the middle of a the plains

Segera Retreat

Located in Kenya’s Laikipia plateau, the lavish Segera Retreat safari lodge has an incredible bird's nest–like platform for sleeping under the stars.

Ready to go and in need of expert trip planning? Contact us today.

Start My Trip

Welcome back,
log in to Indagare

Not a member?

Forgot Password

Enter your email and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.

Type the first 3 letters to begin