Africa, Menswear, Travel 63

Giraffe Manor | Kenya

As most of you have probably seen on Instagram, I have been on a giant Africa circuit traveling from South Africa, to Kenya and finishing in Tanzania. I will tell you right here and now that it was the most difficult & overwhelming trip I have ever planned in my career. It’s not only on the other side of the world but the preparations & logistics of flights, layovers, car service, work obligations, vaccination shots, luggage issues, visa paperwork & client meetings all had to be handled within a span of 2 weeks. FORTUNATELY I had the wonderful help of a few PR’s who assisted me for 3 months beforehand but boy did I wish we had 12 months! (first Africa travel tip- book a year in advanced. No seriously.) With all that being said, none of the stress mattered when we realized just how lucky we were to experience of some of these properties and conservations. If you’re a frequent reader than I already assume you know that my writing could be better… well, describing all of this when we were literally SPEECHLESS is going to make the task even more difficult.

When we arrived to Giraffe Manor -which is about a 25 minute drive from Nairobi Airport- we found ourselves in awe. We couldn’t of arrived at a better time, high tea/sunset where the second opportunity to interact with the Giraffes was feet in front of us. Nick and I gazed in disbelief with our mouths open as a few of the guests fed these gorgeous, breathtakingly full grown giraffes small pellets of greens. One kind woman handed me a fistful of pellets and said “want to feed her? careful though, she can be a bit slobbery!” My heart was so full in that moment. I’ve seen cityscapes that go on for miles, hundred foot waterfalls & even shipwrecks off the Jamaican coast but nothing will come close to feeding wild giraffes in the courtyard of this boutique hotel in Kenya. Was I in a damn storybook?  “Nick, wake me up!” I whisper-shouted to him as Margaret’s long slimy tongue ran through my fingers, scooping up at least 10 pellets. “Hungry girl!” I laughed hesitatingly. These guys were BIG. Some reached 18-20 feet tall so I refer to them as gentle giants now. Over the course of the next couple days we were able to wake up every morning to hungry giraffes outside our bedroom window, breakfast table nook and again at high tea. I could go on for days how I felt a connection with each and every one of them (10 giraffes in total) but I won’t bore you with an excessively long blogpost. It was indeed life changing and I urge everyone to put it on their bucket list immediately.

I’ve answered some FAQs below (which I also shared on Insta) for a quick reference. All other answers can most likely be found on their website HERE.

oh PS. we got to adopt a baby elephant at the nearby David Sheldrick wildlife trust & GUESS WHAT HIS NAME WAS? Galla. I shit you not, I’ve never seen it spelt like that on anyone/thing/phant, It was fate<3 (That’s why there’s an image above, sorry if I led you to believe there were elephants at Giraffe Manor for a second but C’mon, then it’d be Giraffe-elephant Manor and that just doesn’t have a ring does it?)


         -Yes, Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel.

-Yes, the giraffes are wild.

-The property is within a protected conservation & serves as home to 10 endangered Rothschild giraffes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

-Since there are only a number of rooms, it’s important to book as much in advance as possible. There is a live availability calendar online you can find easily. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-Once there, you have 2 opportunities per day to spend time with the giraffes. At sunrise/breakfast for roughly 3 hours then again at sunset/high tea on the patio for another 2-3 hours. In between that (mid day) the giraffes are away in the fields nearby. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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-The staff is wonderful & very educated on these animals. We didn’t feel nervous once. The Giraffes can be intimidating as some reach 18ft tall (5.4m) but in person you see how gentle & kind they are thus putting you at ease immediately. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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-It truly is one of the most surreal & indescribable trips I’ve come to experience. I have several more pictures & story-videos to share. Hope you enjoy & get to see it one day yourselves. It’ll change your life<3


Photography: Adam Gallagher & Nick Pierce

Styling: Adam Gallagher

Art Direction: Adam Gallagher


GALLA

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63 Comments

  • Dan Calle says: March 9, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Thanks for Sharing! Definitely on my list. Love the shots and the experience looked amazing! Keep it up buddy 🙂

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  • Greg says: March 9, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Love this!! Great post!

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  • Luc Herbergs says: March 9, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Hello Adam, this must be a life time exprience that you Will never forget. You describe everything with so much passion. My day could nor start better. Thank you

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  • Alex says: March 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Amazing!!

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  • Greg says: March 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    INCREDIBLE ADAM!!! Thank you a lot for sharing 🙂

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  • James says: March 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This is so cool, like something from a movie.

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  • Selina says: March 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Glad you enjoyed my country.. I will definitely pass by David Sheldrick Trust on the weekend to see ‘Galla’

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    • GALLA says: March 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      aw Selina! blow him a kiss for me. miss him already.

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  • Sean Ryan Sullivan says: March 9, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Well done. Followed along on IG and am glad to have seen the finished product. @seanryansullivan

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    • GALLA says: March 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      appreciate that Sean, thank you for following along. xA

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  • Priscarh Thandeh says: March 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Happy you enjoyed my country and we have more to offer when you visit next 🙂

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  • Bob Francis says: March 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for posting these photos. I have fed giraffes in the Santa Barbara Zoo, but feeding wild giraffes must add a special touch to the experience.

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  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent says: March 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Definitely looks like a trip to remember! This one is definitely getting added to the bucket list.

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    • GALLA says: March 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      it should be top of the list! truly amazing.

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  • Eva says: March 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    wow! just wow! Amaazing pictures, I can’t believe this exsists!! I would love to have this experience, it looks insane 🙂 And to find an elephant with your name!! The cutest :))

    Can’t wait to see more pictures! 🙂

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  • yuka says: March 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Giraffe manor! omg this is so incredible! What an amazing adventure!

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  • Kamila says: March 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Cudowny post 🙂 Świetnie piszesz!!

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  • Mindaugas says: March 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    This is incredible! Thank you for the story – it made me revise my bucket list 🙂

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  • Shiro says: March 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    This place is amazing,I’ve only been to the wildlife trust though but I’ve never been to the manor and I live like 5 minutes away from there, shame on me.
    Thankyou for sharing! 🙂

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  • Josh says: March 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Hey mr. Galla,

    Question, will u also put the Meanswear of the outfits from the Africa trip on the page?

    Thanks.

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  • Anna says: March 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    My, this looks lovely! I’m sure how fun really it was than what we see in the photos

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  • Michael Toa says: March 15, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning Adam! What an experience. Take me next time, will you? 🙂
    I love following your travel adventures.

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  • Paulina Piotrowska says: March 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Magical.. just perfect is how you show the story of your travel..

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  • cherry from fashion blog says: March 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

    great post, thank you for sharing this,
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  • Ephori London says: March 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Adam, this is amazing! I’ve been to Kenya a countless number of times but had no idea such a place existed.. where you could invite giraffes to breakfast 🙂 Did you visit the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania?

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  • Enfnts Terribles says: March 21, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Wow Adam! This is amazing content. Traveling beautiful Africa is definitely on our list too. Seeing this makes us want to be there now

    HAve a great week

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  • Harry says: March 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Great photos of wild life related informative blog.

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  • jonathan says: March 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Woow! This looks so amazing. I hope you enjoyed efrica.

    Greets Jon

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  • Sashikanta says: March 24, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Honestly your experience at this giraffe manor did sound like I am reading some Disney story and photos like screenshots of the Disney movie made on that story. Your writing is good, but if you believe you can be better, then you will be. The whole work it’s​ damn good.

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  • Jerad Michael says: March 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This is some of the most beautiful nature photography I’ve seen – made even better that it combines nature and fashion in such an organic way! Incredibly jealous of this experience.

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  • DJ says: March 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    This is unreal man….wow

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    Omg.. I have loved your Africa series soooooo much on Instagram! Looking forward to seeing your Tokyo series!

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    You are such a classy guy. You are handsome, and you know how to complement your looks with a great haircut, a cool beard and ‘stache, and the classiest wardrobe. A total winner!….

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  • Piotr says: April 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Words can’t describe just how dreamy this is. Although, I have to admit I would probably pass out if giraffe stuck a head through my hotel window without any warning lol. Thank you Adam for shedding light on this experience. Now, it is definitely on the bucket list.

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  • Romy van Bree says: April 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    What a beautiful thing to adopt a baby elephant!

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  • super mario world says: May 3, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for Sharing! Definitely on my list. Love the shots and the experience looked amazing! Keep it up buddy 🙂

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  • Ashley Martins says: May 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Love this Adam! I’ve been a fan for years. I’m finally finding some time to catch on your posts. You’re an inspiration buddy! Much love from the UK.
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  • Sophie says: May 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

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  • purwokerto channel says: May 24, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Wow. I really like giraffes. Sometime I want to go there.

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  • Kent says: May 27, 2017 at 7:11 am

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  • Imgoog says: May 27, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I really like your style. Thank you for sharing this nice trip via your photos! The giraffes stick their head through all the window of restaurant is so funny, but it seems it’s normal for every tourist here. I wish someday I could visit Kenya like this.

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  • inspiring says: June 6, 2017 at 1:14 am

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  • Peter Feldmann says: June 6, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Männermode vor diesem Hintergrund zu zeigen, finde ich genial. Das schreit ja geradezu nach Safari-Look und lässiger Street Wear. Dazu luftige Espandrilles oder sommerliche Lederboots – und die Sache ist geritzt. Da wird man schon etwas neidisch, denn wer kommt schon einer Giraffe so nah. Durch so eine Begegnung nimmt man seine eigene Übergröße zur Abwechlung mal als unbedeutend wahr.

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    Thanks for Sharing! Definitely on my list. Love the shots and the experience looked amazing! Keep it up buddy

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  • syuhada says: June 14, 2017 at 3:47 am

    I don’t mine that was a place like this. Amazing, thank’s for sharing.

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  • Suezy says: June 15, 2017 at 4:11 am

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  • Amar Sanghani says: July 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Awesome tips! Trying to book the manor next time I’m back in Kenya. Loved the pictures from Instagram btw.

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