This elegant manor house has resident giraffe that casually roam the gardens – and often pop their heads into the breakfast room.
A stay at Giraffe Manor is a little like staying with friends in the country – if those friends had resident Rothschild’s giraffe wandering around the grounds. This stately home is a sanctuary for a herd of these endangered giraffe, which have free reign to stroll right up to the manor from the Giraffe Centre next door. You could even wake to a giraffe peering into your bedroom window.
Breakfast at the manor is fun as it’s breakfast time for the giraffe too. While you’re enjoying a generous spread in the light and airy dining room, the giraffe come to dine on tasty pellets. It’s common for these elegant creatures to swoop down and poke their heads inside the windows to receive their treats. The staff at the manor know the giraffe by name and they are incredibly well looked after.
Giraffe Manor’s grounds are lush and green with sunny terraces and tranquil courtyards. The manor itself is a 1930s ivy-clad brick building, with homely touches like oversized fireplaces and hand-picked oil paintings. 12 individually designed rooms are all beautifully classic with Art Deco features, housed either in the original manor house or newer garden manor. Some rooms have four-poster beds while others have a fireplace or roof terrace. Facilities aren’t extensive – there’s a small treatment room and shop – but that’s not the reason guests yearn to visit. A stay here is all about the privileged opportunity to interact with giraffe in the comforts of a gorgeous private manor house.
In 12-acre gardens on the outskirts of Nairobi, next door to the Giraffe Centre
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12 lavish rooms
Dining room, lounge
Full Board • All meals and selected drinks including house wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks • Chauffeured vehicles for local sightseeing and airport transfers.
*Denotes local charge