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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?