This elegant country manor in the Nairobi suburb of Karen feels as though it belongs in the heart of the Scottish countryside, replete with climbing ivy and elegant décor. The only real difference? Your hosts.
Giraffe Manor is named after its most important residents – as you sit down to breakfast, a giraffe may stick its head through the window to greet you. Pellets sit in buckets in each room, allowing you to feed a giraffe from your second story window if the opportunity arises!
Of course the giraffes are the highlight, but we love that this elegant property feels more like a home than a hotel. You are encouraged to settle down and read a book, admire the view, help yourself to a drink. The food is excellent and the shop is worth a visit.
There are two buildings on the property. The bathrooms in the original manor house need an upgrade and rooms are small, but that doesn’t do much to dampen the uniqueness and charm. The newer building is brilliantly constructed to blend in perfectly with the older and has several family units.
Staying at Giraffe Manor contributes towards saving endangered species and educating local school children about conservation, as a portion of your fee is donated to these causes.
You can add a stay at the Manor to the beginning or the end of a safari and you can easily spend two nights here. If you only have one night make sure you can arrive in the early afternoon and stay through breakfast with the giraffes the next morning (which starts at 7am) to get the most out of the experience.
Unsurprisingly, the Manor is often fully booked, so if you have your heart set on staying here, booking far in advance or having flexibility on your dates is important.