A Night at Giraffe Manor

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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor has been described as “The most unforgettable bucket-list breakfast in the world” – and it doesn’t disappoint !!

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set in 5 hectares of private land within 57 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it is like walking into the film Out of Africa.

Our room, the “Finch Hatton Suite” is a ground floor room of 74 square-metres, has a king-sized bed as well as two single beds in a loft area accessed by a small spiral staircase. There is also a small sofa bed which can accommodate a third child if needed. The en-suite facilities have a uniquely large double-headed shower, twin sinks and a bathtub. There is also a small seating area with a fireplace which keeps the space wonderfully warm on the chillier Nairobi nights.

One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is it’s resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

We enjoyed afternoon tea on the terrace as the sun set behind the Ngong Hills, accompanied by a few long-legged friends. Reserved exclusively for in-house guests, an afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed. Relaxing in the tranquil setting of the manor gardens with a giraffe or two in view, we were served with a tasty assortment of homemade cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones and fruit platters. It was also a great chance to ride the over-sized garden swing, and snap a few swing pics as we fed a giraffe.

Waking up to breakfast with a giraffe must be one of the most incredible and unique experiences anyone can have. This activity is reserved exclusively for overnight guests of Giraffe Manor (between 6:00am – 9:00am) and is one not to be missed. Loping across the manor lawns and peering in through the large windows with their elegant necks, encountering the giraffes at such close quarters gave a real appreciation of just how beautiful these creatures are. We had to watch out for their blue inquisitive tongues, which can grow up to twenty inches long, as they investigated what was on offer. Luckily, it’s dried grass pellets that they were after, not our hot breakfast and pancakes!

Tour Date: 27 February 2019
Guest: Susie & Family

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