The Giraffe Manor was recommended to us by our agents as the perfect place to relax after a busy safari, on route to the Mobassa coast. We arrived a lunch time to the most idyllic setting, nestled within the hustle and bustle of a busy Nairobi suburb. The wooden giraffe sculpture on the gates showed our driver we were in the right place and the short drive up to the house revealed this charming manor house, based on a Scottish shooting house. We were met by the manager and given a guided tour and history about the building and how it came to be a sanctuary for giraffes. A truly superb meal on the veranda was followed by a nature walk to the giraffe sanctuary just outside the grounds and then back for one of the main events ; at about 5.30pm every day the giraffes, accompanied by their hilarious warthog friends, arrive at the front veranda for hand feeding, hugs and even kisses by the guests. We were lucky as the house was quiet and we had as long as we wanted feeding these graceful and endearing animals. They all had different personalities and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about each one of them. Time to freshen up for pre dinner drinks in very nice, well equipped rooms. It really feels like you have been transported back the days of the British empire and are staying in a colonial house as a guest of the owner. We were made to feel at home in really luxurious surroundings. The food and drinks are all included and the dinner was exceptional. We were then treated to a late night visit by the giraffes for more feeding (this is unusual I understand) before retiring to our comfortable bed for the night. Breakfast is served between 7 and 8 because that is when the giraffes come and join you ! If you have a room overlooking the gardens, you may be woken by a giraffe tapping at the window, asking for food ! Breakfast is a real treat – not only the food, but the way the giraffes, once again, interact with you. The photos say it all.
If you have the chance to go to Nairobi, this place is an absolute must ! Even for one night the experience was incredible, I cannot believe there is another hotel in the world like it. We will definitely be back.
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