My husband and I stayed at giraffe manor half way through our honeymoon in Kenya and Zanzibar last autumn. I had always wanted to stay there, given that giraffes are my favourite animals, and we decided if we weren't going to splurge on our honeymoon, when would we?
It certainly wasn't a cheap indulgence but I would say it was well worth it. We stayed in the Karen Blixen suite, which is on the ground floor, next to the kitchens. The very large room is decorated with furniture which used to belong to Karen Blixen, which I found extremely exciting even though it meant nothing to my husband. It was very comfortable, with a great big fireplace and a sitting area where we could play cards.
At lunch we were greeted with a friendly giraffe sticking her head through the window, and we got to feed her till she got bored with us and ran away (at which point the warthogs gathered to feast on the left overs). We then took a tour through the giraffe centre, with our very own guide who introduced us to Jock, the resident male giraffe (huge feet!)
That evening we met the other guests, a group of very friendly American ladies, and all went into the dining room together to sit down to a very tasty and elaborate three course dinner. Although some might not like the 'hosted' experience, my husband and I had a great time.
The next morning we were woken with hot drinks so that we could go and feed the giraffes over breakfast (the earlier you get up the hungrier they are.
Overall it was a wonderful experience and I couldn't recommend it more. A complete dream come true.
- 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