Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya
Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya:11 OF THE WORLD’S MOST INCREDIBLE HOTELS
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 façade, 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 six suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who visit morning and evening, 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.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast then you probably don’t need anyone to twist your arm to head to Nairobi. While Africa is far from a popular tourist destination the city of Nairobi in Kenya offers some of the most magical wildlife views the world has ever seen and they are highlighted by the Giraffe Manor. Kenya is well known for their leopards, elephants, and rhinos but you’ll be getting up close and personal with their population of giraffes! This brick mansion resort was constructed in 1932 but in 1974 it turned into a preservation reserve. There are 10 luxurious suites that look out onto the countryside. At breakfast and dinner the windows are opened and giraffe will come up to eat a meal with you, sticking their gentle and long necks through the window. At $1,000 a night this is the sort of trip that seems beyond money.