Giraffe Manor :: Kenya
Giraffe Manor is world renowned for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffes, which routinely poke their heads into open windows and may give you a bath with their sticky tongues. This small hotel has six guest rooms and a wonderful blend of attractive accommodations, a highly trained, courteous staff and one of the finest kitchens in Kenya. These are just some of the reasons that travelers from around the world make it part of their African safari plans. Located just outside the capital city Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of native forest and is also home to variety of bird species, warthogs and Bush Buck.
Built in 1932 and modeled after a Scottish hunting lodge, Giraffe Manor is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the amazing experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe from inside your lodgings. The giraffe treat your guesthouse as their guesthouse, poking their heads in all over the place, the breakfast table, through the curtains of some guest rooms, even in the lobby. These opportunities will give you an amazing up close look at the animal as well as some awesome photos to take. Included in your stay are all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, alcoholic beverages (except champagne), a sightseeing vehicle along with access to the Giraffe Center. Over the years the Manor has housed a great deal of famous guests such as Mick Jagger, Walter Cronkite, Johnny Carson, Richard Branson and Ewan McGregor. In March 2009 Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley purchased the Manor and it is now part of the Tamimi group of lodges and hotels.
Giraffe Manor is also home to the Giraffe Center, an organization dedicated to saving the beautiful Rothschild giraffe from extinction by breeding new groups to be released into national parks, as well as educating the public. Your stay at the Manor includes access to the Giraffe Center, where you can climb a wooden platform and feed the giraffes while knowledgeable guides answer your questions. The center allows you to interact with the giraffe up close, as well as learn all kinds of fascinating facts about them, and information on conservation practices put in place to preserve their numbers. There is also an area where warthogs congregate to get some attention and more importantly food from visitors. They are tame and allow themselves to be pet as well as pose for photos. There is also a small pen of tortoises and a gift shop with a wide variety of souvenirs. Part hotel part African adventure, a stay at the Giraffe Manor is a once in a life time experience not to be missed.
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