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How to have breakfast with a giraffe

A luxurious colonial luxury, with added giraffes



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Published on

21 Jun 2018

Updated on

22 Jan 2021

Giraffes Come To Breakfast At Giraffe Manor

Ever had breakfast with a giraffe? It’s not exactly an everyday occurrence, unless you’re staying at the famous Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, which is often tied in with a Kenya safari holiday.

Giraffe Manor Breakfast With Giraffes
Breakfast Treats At Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor Breakfast Time

Guests come here from all over the world for this rather special encounter, and you’ll probably have seen those iconic photos with the giraffes poking their heads through the window in search of a tasty morsel or two. A bit like this…

Giraffe Manor Dining
Breakfast with added giraffes

Giraffe Manor is top of many peoples bucket lists when planning a luxury Kenya safari and with good reason!

The resident herd of endangered Rothschild's giraffes can be seen roaming around the manor grounds and forests during the day, but breakfast is when the magic happens. As well as joining guests for the first meal of the day, the giraffes sometimes even stick their long necks into bedroom windows hoping for a snack. An incredible encounter for young and old alike.

Rothschild Giraffes At Giraffe Manor
Rothschild giraffes roam around Giraffe Manor

But it’s not all about the giraffes.

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel tucked away in the indigenous forests of a Nairobi suburb. The traditional explorer interiors are an elegant nod to the Europeans who first came to visit East Africa back in the 1930’s. Indeed the stately manor wouldn’t look out of place back here in the UK, although the giraffes might stand out a little.

Aerial View Of Giraffe Manor
Looking down on afternoon tea at Giraffe Manor

The atmosphere is very ‘Out of Africa’ and there’s even a suite named after author Karen Blixen herself. Giraffe Manor gives its guests a glimpse into a fascinating period of history that is all part of the safari experience we know and love today. It is colonial luxury at it’s best. The sort of place where evenings can be spent curled up by the fire with a good book and a dram of whisky, and nights are spent dreaming about explorers of old, and your own adventures that lie ahead.

Giraffe Manor Master Bedroom
Bedroom at Giraffe Manor

Most guests choose to begin or end their Kenya safari holiday in style with a night at Giraffe Manor in one of the 12 themed rooms and suites. Some rooms are in the main house whilst others can be found in a new building which compliments the manor in design.

Giraffe Manor Reception Area
Bettys Room At Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor Bathroom

Lunch and dinner are modern European feasts, eaten communally around a large table or at private tables depending on guest preference. Visitors also have the chance to enjoy afternoon tea whilst watching the giraffes and a resident family of warthogs who often come to say hello.

Candlelit Dining At Giraffe Manor
Candlelit dining at Giraffe Manor

A massage therapist is available for added relaxation, and complimentary vehicles are available for sightseeing if you wish to explore the local area. The manor is next door to the Giraffe Centre, which is also well worth a visit, and both are superbly located close to the domestic Wilson Airport for easy onward transfers ready for your safari or journey home. There’s also Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, several museums, art galleries and even Karen Blixen’s house to visit if you have the time.

Elephant dust bath!
Fun at the elephant orphanage

A stay at Giraffe Manor really is the perfect start or end to a luxury safari holiday in Kenya. After all, where else in the world can you eat breakfast with a giraffe?

A Visitor At Giraffe Manor
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Giraffe Manor is the perfect addition to a Kenya family holiday or safari honeymoon. For more inspiration, take a look at our best safari ideas for everyone or our favourite African honeymoon ideas.

If you'd like to stay at Giraffe Manor, call us today on 01768 603 715 or enquire here.

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