We stayed at Giraffe Manor for one night (like most people it seemed...) on 15 October 2013. We were welcomed as our van came up the driveway, given a briefing with a cool drink and cold flannel, and shown to our upgraded room - the Karen Blixen suite.
We arrived just before lunch was being served - and were encouraged to join other guests on the back terrace. The food was incredible - and the staff did what they could to encourage one or two of the giraffes (and their warthogs companions) up towards the terrace for us.
After lunch, we were taken down to the Giraffe Sanctuary for a private tour. Once again, great staff and not at all pushy on the tips and gift shop side of things. Once we were escorted back to the main house, we were served sundowners on the terrace and, again, the giraffes were encouraged to come up for snacks.
Then, to pre-dinner drinks and to dinner, which was served for all of the house guests. The food was fantastic and the service professional. After dinner, back to the sitting room with coffee, hot chocolate, drinks, liqueurs, anything at all, before an early night in preparation for...
6am wake up call is recommended to catch the giraffes at breakfast. What an amazing experience and one that many guests had to curtail because of transfers. If I can give one piece of advice, it is to arrive as early as possible and leave as late as possible - within reason! - for one night only, that's plenty.
The suite was lovely, not quite cold enough yet for the hot water bottles placed in our bed though! Very spacious and enough room for a family. We didn't sleep soundly - the room has a pitched roof and as only our second night off the plane, we weren't quite used to the sounds of birds and small animals on the roof. Absolutely not a reflection on the hotel though - more us city folk failing to relax properly!
You do need to look past the fact this is an old property that has been lovingly restored and brought into modern (isn) times - if you're after something that looks and feels more like a modern hotel, you'll be disappointed, but we absolutely weren't. We absolutely loved every second and would heartily recommend anyone to spend one day and night there.
Thank you to all the attentive staff and to the other guests, who were a pleasure to be around.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Giraffe Manor Hotel Nairobi