Photography | Kenya

Kilburnlad

We went to Kenya in 2007 as a 'special' holiday, staying first at Ngong House, where we had a tree cabin, and then at Giraffe Manor, where the giraffes roam freely in the grounds and poke their heads through the windows.

I took literally hundreds of photographs and it has been difficult to condense these to the three galleries shown here. Much has been left out !

We discovered that Ngong House was often a stop-over for people who had been on a safari. A couple of days of luxury after the relative austerity of the bush. It was a relaxing place, living among the trees and dining in the garden.

Giraffe Manor on the other hand had the appearance of a Scottish manor house transplanted in Kenya. Constantly surrounded by roaming giraffes there were strict rules to ensure visitors' safety, the chief among which was to head indoors if the giraffes approached. A kick from one of them can be fatal.

We visited some of the local attractions, including the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage and the Giraffe Sanctuary. The local town, Karen, is named after Karen Blixen, the Danish author of Out of Africa. We visited her house. We also went to Nairobi National Park, situated close to the Kenyan capital where, after some negotiations between our guide and the Park staff, we were allowed to sit with a cheetah, one of two that had been raised there from cubs.

While at Giraffe Manor we went to see the alpha male giraffe in a small reservation nearby. We met a group of local children and I took a photograph of each of them, a photo set that I regard as perhaps my best portrait shots.

Ngong House

  •  Our tree house

    Our tree house

  •  Shower time

    Shower time

  •  At Ngong House with George

    At Ngong House with George

  •  Breakfast at Ngong House

    Breakfast at Ngong House

  •  Drinking out of the flower bowl

    Drinking out of the flower bowl

  •  In the garden

    In the garden

  •  Exploring the garden

    Exploring the garden

  •  Relaxing in the evening

    Relaxing in the evening

  •  Helen relaxing in Ngong House

    Helen relaxing in Ngong House

  •  Dinner Al Fresco

    Dinner Al Fresco

  •  The Ngong Hills

    The Ngong Hills

  •  The Ngong Hills at sunset

    The Ngong Hills at sunset

  •  Sunset

    Sunset

Giraffe Manor

  •  Giraffe Manor

    Giraffe Manor

  •  Interior of Giraffe Manor

    Interior of Giraffe Manor

  •  Helen sleeping soundly

    Helen sleeping soundly

  •  Outside Giraffe Manor

    Outside Giraffe Manor

  •  Feeding the giraffes

    Feeding the giraffes

  •  Helen feeding giraffe

    Helen feeding giraffe

  •  Local children feeding male giraffe

    Local children feeding male giraffe

  •  Local child

    Local child

  •  Local child

    Local child

  •  Local child

    Local child

  •  Local child

    Local child

  •  Helen feeds giraffe through window

    Helen feeds giraffe through window

  •  Giraffes at the door

    Giraffes at the door

  •  Bob and alpha male giraffe

    Bob and alpha male giraffe

  •  Bush medicine

    Bush medicine

  •  Not a sign you see often !

    Not a sign you see often !

Out and About

  •  Elephant Sanctuary

    Elephant Sanctuary

  •  Helen at the Elephant rescue Centre

    Helen at the Elephant rescue Centre

  •  Helen eyes ostrich

    Helen eyes ostrich

  •  Ostrich

    Ostrich

  •  Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi National Park

  •  Helen with cheetah

    Helen with cheetah

  •  Cheetah

    Cheetah

  •  Kazuiri Beads workshop

    Kazuiri Beads workshop

  •  Kazuri Beads workshop

    Kazuri Beads workshop

  •  Helen photographs Kazuri Beads

    Helen photographs Kazuri Beads

  •  Kazuri Beads

    Kazuri Beads

  •  Gymkhana

    Gymkhana

  •  Restaurant, pub, car wash and butchery

    Restaurant, pub, car wash and butchery