After landing from a 22 hour flight from Australia, this was a simply STUNNING place to arrive to for a bit of a rest before commencing our safari. Its around a 45-60 min drive through the smog and amazingly busy traffic to the Manor but believe me it is worth it (even if you are jetlagged). On arrival you see these beautiful timber gates with a massive giraffe on the gate and your heart is pumping. You've arrived at one of the most beautiful places in the world, you've seen it on the TV etc and finally know that you're there to share in its magic. Bring it on! Gates open, drive down the driveway and you see the georgous manor house. It took our breath away.
We were met by 2 porter staff and Michael (Manager). We were shown around the outside of the house and through into the lounge area, dining area etc before being taken up to our suite, having been told that we were in Betty's room (which made my blood tingle as I knew it was the best room). Michael showed us around the room explaining everything as we went along and left us to settle in and freshen up. Michael informed us that the giraffes come up about 6pm for a feed and we were welcome outside for a sundowner or G&T. The suite itself is divine to say the least and the history of the place is amazing. You feel like you've gone back in time with all the modern amenities. We instantly felt extremely at home and very welcome. ALL the staff were extremely polite and bent over backwards for you and wanted to have a good laugh with you and chat without being intrusive. The staff made the visit extra special for us. Couldn't fault them at all. We were extremely teary leaving the place and felt that we had made life long friends.
Meal time was always fun with a beautiful menu with plenty of options and the quality of food was superb and extremely fresh and mouth watering. After your evening meal staff always asked what time you would like a wake up call for your adventures ahead the next day and if you would like tea/coffee sent up. Bed was turned down in the evenings while you were at dinner with a beautiful poem or some facts written down for you to ponder before hitting the pillow.
It truly is an amazing experience feeding these beautiful giraffes, such elegant and graceful animals, but they can be a bit bossy at times so watch out. As long as you keep feeding them they are fine and will dazzle you.
Giraffe Manor is very central to Kazuri Bead Factory, Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage, National Park, souvenir shops, Karen Blixen Museum and gardens for lunch. All these places are very worthwhile going to visit, but I must admit we found the Karen Blixen museum slightly boring. But that's only our opinion.
Our last night at the manor the staff all prepared the private dining room for all the guests to eat together which was fabulous (by the way, you are welcome to eat anywhere in the Manor, just let the staff know and they will be more than happy to accommodate you in any way). Its a great way to meet all the other guests and chat about your safaris etc. We had a fabulous evening and met some fellow Australians whom we have become very close friends with since.
We had 2 nights at Giraffe Manor but could have easily stayed longer. This place sucks you in and you don't want to leave. Experience it just once in your life, but you will want to return, trust me. It gets in your heart!!!