When it comes to unique hotel options, it doesn’t get more unusual than this. Combine the quaint charm and luxury of an English country house with a garden full of long-necked wild animals, drop it into a suburb of Kenya’s capital city and you’ve got Giraffe Manor, the ideal retreat for a luxury African holiday.
The main attraction of magical Giraffe Manor is, undeniably, the resident Rothschild Giraffes stalking around the 12-acre private grounds. There’s nothing like awaking to the sight of one of these beasts staring in at your through the window, or watching you with interest as you eat your dinner by candlelight. Other animals, such as exotic birds and warthogs, also wander the grounds and many are very friendly!
But you don’t have to be crazy about animals to enjoy a stay here. The hotel isn’t a gimmick; it’s a gorgeous colonial-era mansion just 20 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi. From here, you’ll easily be able to access the sights of the capital such as the Kenyan National Museum, The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen’s House – the author famous for writing the seminal novel ‘Out of Africa’.
The house itself boasts six beautiful double bedrooms and one family suite. Each have four poster beds with glamorous white drapes, wooden floors and extra touches such as antique rugs and art on the walls.
While the 1930s feel still pervades the building, helped along by the wood paneling, antique furniture and open fires, recent refurbishments mean that Giraffe Manor is luxurious, with all the assets of a modern hotel such as modern en-suite bathrooms and fine soft furnishings. However, despite its refined elegance, the atmosphere here is friendly and familial: the public sitting room is cozy and guests eat around one big table and often chat over drinks on the terrace or in the drawing room before dinner.
Dining here is fantastic. Expect huge breakfast platters including freshly picked fruits from the grounds, delicious Kenyan coffee and home-baked muffins. Evening meals are three-course affairs featuring locally-caught fish and mouthwatering steaks. Most guests love feeding the giraffes from the breakfast room in the morning, as they lower their necks to poke their heads inside!
Whether you stop here for just one night before a safari or stay for longer, Giraffe Manor is more than a gorgeous hotel; it’s an unforgettable experience.