If like me you love giraffes you can't not go to the Giraffe Manor! We went for 2 nights at the beginning of January for the first part of our honeymoon. Its a 40 minute drive from Nairobi airport, set in beautiful gated grounds. We were warmly welcomed by staff and offered drinks and dinner despite arriving late at night.
I have to be honest - we were slightly disappointed with our room - we'd looked at the various rooms on their website which were big and luxurious with windows which you could feed the giraffes from. We, despite being on our honeymoon, were given the smallest room which was over the kitchens, so noisy in the early morning and we weren't able to see or feed the giraffes from our window. However the bed was very comfortable and I had a good nights sleep.
We got up very early both mornings to have breakfast in the beautiful terrace room - despite not eating much for the first half an hour as we were too busy stroking and feeding the giraffes who stuck their long necks through the doors and windows and were exceptionally friendly! It was amazing to be so close to these gentle giants.
During the day we spent the time watching the giraffes as they wandered round the grounds, had a lovely massage and enjoyed the exceptionally delicious food and drink. We also took up the opportunity to go to a local elephant orphanage which was really interesting - they were so cute too!
A lovely trip all round - I would definitely recommend a stay here - a couple of nights is plenty.
- 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