Where in this wonderful world do you get to eat breakfast with giraffes? Your breakfast that is, not theirs. At Giraffe Manor of course. Set amongst 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest, this exquisite 1932 original Scottish hunting lodge is an elegant and immaculately furnished building hailing a bygone era in the midst of an African dream.
Rooms are a very classy mix of traditional and modern, all ten luxury double ensuite rooms with four poster beds and just the right amount of antiques for flavour and atmosphere. Families can enjoy direct access to the sunny courtyard from the Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen (author of ‘Out of Africa’) suites, appropriately named after two famed African expatriates.
Stunning views surround you at every turn and the shared graceful sitting room offers great views of the Ngong Hills and of course the majestic giraffes strolling in their sanctuary. Fine dining is almost as attractive as the giraffes with local delights such as Mount Kenya Smoked Trout pate, fillet of beef or watamu red snapper. Breakfast is a treat served in the sun room where the huge windows are opened to welcome the friendly giraffe who inquisitively stick their long necks into the room to say hi.
Nearby the Giraffe Centre is a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and promotes conservation and educational programmes for Kenyan school children. You can stroll the nature trail and perhaps catch sight of a wandering hyena, even a leopard.
The David Sheldrick elephant orphanage spends its time rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants and rhinos and visitors are welcome to watch morning bath times. The young animals are playful and enjoy chasing a football around as well as each other in delightful displays of fun.
The Manor is not far from the city of Nairobi and tours can be arranged to shop at Maasai Markets, or discover Kenya’s rich history at the Kenyan National Museum. If more encounters of the wildlife kind is on your list then you couldn’t be more pleased with the location of the Nairobi National Park, almost next door to Giraffe Manor in Langata.
Giraffe Manor is easily accessible from both Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. Wego has a deal for stays at Giraffe Manor, find out more here.
Images courtesy of www.tamimiea.com and www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org