A Magical Manor Where You Can Experience the Glory of Giraffes

by Brenna Kehew Sculley

by Amber Edwards
What is better than when an experience actually exceeds expectations, and the Instagram-worthy moment is even better experienced than captured on film? Those moments are rare but are around every corner at one of the most charming hotels in the world, Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya.
Giraffe Manor, an exclusive boutique hotel under the esteemed Safari Collection, stands as a beacon of elegance and adventure. Known as one of the most unique accommodations globally, it masterfully combines unparalleled wildlife experiences with luxurious hospitality and a steadfast dedication to giraffe conservation. Nestled on 12 acres of private land within a sprawling 140-acre indigenous forest in Nairobi’s Langata suburb, this historic manor is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Its charm harks back to the 1930s, a time when East Africa’s allure for safari enthusiasts first began to bloom. With its stately façade, refined interiors, lush gardens, sun-drenched terraces, and charming courtyards, Giraffe Manor transports guests into a scene reminiscent of Out of Africa. Appropriately, one of its twelve rooms honors the famous author, Karen Blixen.
Around every corner is the unexpected treat of being nestled among these gorgeous gentle giants. For the CoGlo Amigos Annabelle the Giraffe fans among us, the magic is indescribable. If you are looking for an incredible adventure, and a truly transformative journey, head to Nairobi and visit this magical place.
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A highlight of Giraffe Manor is the enchanting presence of its resident Rothschild’s giraffes. These gentle giants often visit in the morning and evening, extending their elegant necks through the windows in search of a treat, before retreating to their forest haven. Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the Rothschild’s giraffe has seen its numbers flourish, thanks in part to Giraffe Manor’s dedicated breeding program. Guests can book a stay at this extraordinary manor or include it as a highlight in a bespoke Kenya safari curated by The Safari Collection.
Traveling to Nairobi, a vibrant metropolis pulsating with culture and history offers you the opportunity to see so much more than beautiful giraffes. The city is blossoming into one of Africa’s most stylish and sought-after destinations. Just a short distance from its modern hustle lies an oasis of breathtaking nature and unparalleled wildlife experiences, seamlessly blending urban chic with untamed beauty. Nairobi is where contemporary cool meets timeless adventure, making it a must-visit on the global travel radar.
Giraffe Manor is renowned for delicious food, though their specialty is breakfast and tea, the meals shared with the majestic giraffes. Enjoy continental breakfast fare served as if you’re having just a casual brunch with friends, only your friends happen to be very long-legged. Tea is served as the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills, and is reserved exclusively for in-house guests. Relaxing in the tranquil setting of the manor gardens with a giraffe or two in view, you will be served a tasty assortment of homemade cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones, and fruit platters.
Daisy’s Café is located at The Retreat, the wellness center right next door to Giraffe Manor. Here you’ll find a vibrant menu of freshly prepared snacks and meals as well as a fully stocked bar. Our expert chef loves to use nutritious, locally sourced ingredients to create nourishing farm-to-fork style dishes. Dine al fresco in the leafy surroundings of our garden terrace, or under the vaulted ceilings of the café.
While you don’t need to leave the property to experience excellent dining while in Kenya, Nairobi’s vibrant restaurant scene is drawing in globe-trotting culinary talent. While Kenya’s bustling capital is famous for its innovative fashion designers, stunning landscapes, and thriving tea and coffee trade, it is also becoming known for its rapidly growing foodie culture. From slow-cooked Indian BBQ to sushi with a view, here are the ten best places to eat in Nairobi. There are so many good restaurants to try like Tamarind, nestled amongst the leafy suburbs of Karen and known for serving the finest Kenyan seafood. There are also cozy local favorites and fine dining.

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