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“ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!!!”
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Giraffe Manor
Ranked #1 of 211 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!!!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

A once in a lifetime experience in Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya. Though this place was expensive, it was well worth the experience. The service is truly top class. Giraffes poking their heads through the window to share breakfast – PRICELESS.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This was a really amazing place I just loved the whole experience, from the setting the animals!!!! the friendliness of the staff and the relaxed atmosphere around the dinner tables and the fireplace. Definitely want to go back one day!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Beautiful English Manor, we stayed in a large room with an upstair loft. The service was incredible. The food was fantastic especially the bacon wrapped figs and the beef wellington. But what makes the place are the animals, the giraffes and warthogs. The laundry service was a nice touch as was the message.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Wow. Undoubtedly the best place I have ever stayed. The staff and service are fantastic, the rooms are beautiful, the food is great, and the mansions and its surrounds are gorgeous. You really feel like a guest at a beautiful mansion with giraffes. Worth the splurge if you can afford it, and unquestionably the best part of our safari experience. Ask for Daisy's or Betty's room with balcony

  • Stayed November 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2012

My wife and I paid US$ 1000/night to be awake all night! An intermitent noise each 30 sec from some equipment as a router did not allow us to sleep. Terrible!
Giraffes are nice... But it dis not pay off!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I had seen the Giraffe Manor on the travel channel, and in Conde Nast and in Travel & Leisure -- and I even set up my entire safari experience to start with the manor because of those reviews. This was by far - the most incredible place I have ever stayed. We arrived late at night in Nairobi, tired from our 20+ hr travels to get here (from Boston). When we pulled into the driveway -- Lynn, the Momma giraffe, was in the driveway and once we got to the lodge, and grabbed dinner - there she was again, poking her head in the window, looking for handouts. It was such an amazing experience.
Our roo was directly above the breakfast room (where the giraffes poke their heads in), so we could even feed them from our balcony.
The staff were absolutely excellent! The food was incredible. As in, every single morsel was absolutely delicious. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are each unique and gorgeously furnished.

Truly - this was such a great experience and I would wish everyone could have such an amazing stay - including breakfasting with the giraffe family.

Room Tip: We stayed in "Daisy" - right above the breakfast room. Definitely recommend it. 2 queen...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stayed one night - wish it was longer.

Lived up to all expectations and breakfast was great, the giraffe really do come right up to the windows and join you for breakfast

Lovely room and food, 5 star service

Cannot wait to return

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Giraffe Manor

Property: Giraffe Manor
Address: Koitobos Rd, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 211 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Giraffe Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately facade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen. However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection. ... more   less 
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