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Kenya

Giraffe Manor

PLAN MY TRIP

Set in 12 lush woodland acres of private land, Giraffe Manor in Nairobi offers guests the feel of old world grandeur with the modern amenities of a boutique hotel.

This iconic hotel was once a colonial manor house built in 1932. Each of the 10 art deco rooms possesses such a distinct personality, it even has its own name. Charmingly light and airy, Betty, Lynn, and Arlene are elegant double rooms. Daisy, Jock, Marlon, and Helen have luxurious double/twin beds. For larger parties, Kelly provides a comfortable twin/double/triple setup. But the ultimate romance and magnificence comes from the two luxury suites. The Finch Hatton is a double/twin and can accommodate a family of five. While the Karen Blixen, named for the famous author of Out of Africa it has room for a family of up to five and opens directly onto a private courtyard. All the rooms have polished wood floors, antique furnishings, and an en suite bathroom with either a shower or bath.

The hotel is located within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata Suburb of Nairobi. The flagship property of the Safari Collection, this elegant hotel is most famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffes. The giraffes feel quite at home amid the colonial splendor and verdant grounds and make frequent morning and evening visits, sometimes even poking their heads through an open window for a tasty treat. It’s soon to be featured on the B.B.C. program, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.

There are a range of activities offered from the hotel. Enjoy having breakfast with a giraffe as the hotel offers giraffe feeding times. For more information and interaction with these adorable long-necked beauties a visit to the AFEW Giraffe Centre is included with each stay and also has a small nature trail for an idyllic walk to stretch the legs. Not to be ignored, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi let’s guests adopt a sweet baby elephant for $50 and watch them feed from a bottle in the morning and get tucked up for bed at 5 p.m. General admission to the orphanage is also available for a $7 donation. Once the farmhouse of Baroness Karen Blixen, the Karen Blixen Museum provides guided tours of the lovely grounds and house. A visit to the Nairobi National Museum offers an education in Kenya’s rich cultural history with the added bonus of tour of the lush botanical gardens.

Modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge by its original owner, the gorgeous manor house offers old-world luxury. Enjoy lunch on the terrace with amazing views of the Ngong Hills in perfect weather or afternoon tea on the front lawn. Gourmet dinner can be had either in the wood-paneled dining room or in the Orchid House in the company of a rare selection of sweet smelling orchids dappled in candlelight. All guests enjoy full-board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks (house wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits). There are also complimentary chauffeured vehicles available for sightseeing. The hotel also has a free Wi-Fi, a massage therapist on site, and babysitting services upon request.

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Kenya

Giraffe Manor

PLAN MY TRIP

Set in 12 lush woodland acres of private land, Giraffe Manor in Nairobi offers guests the feel of old world grandeur with the modern amenities of a boutique hotel.

This iconic hotel was once a colonial manor house built in 1932. Each of the 10 art deco rooms possesses such a distinct personality, it even has its own name. Charmingly light and airy, Betty, Lynn, and Arlene are elegant double rooms. Daisy, Jock, Marlon, and Helen have luxurious double/twin beds. For larger parties, Kelly provides a comfortable twin/double/triple setup. But the ultimate romance and magnificence comes from the two luxury suites. The Finch Hatton is a double/twin and can accommodate a family of five. While the Karen Blixen, named for the famous author of Out of Africa it has room for a family of up to five and opens directly onto a private courtyard. All the rooms have polished wood floors, antique furnishings, and an en suite bathroom with either a shower or bath.

The hotel is located within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata Suburb of Nairobi. The flagship property of the Safari Collection, this elegant hotel is most famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffes. The giraffes feel quite at home amid the colonial splendor and verdant grounds and make frequent morning and evening visits, sometimes even poking their heads through an open window for a tasty treat. It’s soon to be featured on the B.B.C. program, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.

There are a range of activities offered from the hotel. Enjoy having breakfast with a giraffe as the hotel offers giraffe feeding times. For more information and interaction with these adorable long-necked beauties a visit to the AFEW Giraffe Centre is included with each stay and also has a small nature trail for an idyllic walk to stretch the legs. Not to be ignored, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi let’s guests adopt a sweet baby elephant for $50 and watch them feed from a bottle in the morning and get tucked up for bed at 5 p.m. General admission to the orphanage is also available for a $7 donation. Once the farmhouse of Baroness Karen Blixen, the Karen Blixen Museum provides guided tours of the lovely grounds and house. A visit to the Nairobi National Museum offers an education in Kenya’s rich cultural history with the added bonus of tour of the lush botanical gardens.

Modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge by its original owner, the gorgeous manor house offers old-world luxury. Enjoy lunch on the terrace with amazing views of the Ngong Hills in perfect weather or afternoon tea on the front lawn. Gourmet dinner can be had either in the wood-paneled dining room or in the Orchid House in the company of a rare selection of sweet smelling orchids dappled in candlelight. All guests enjoy full-board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks (house wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits). There are also complimentary chauffeured vehicles available for sightseeing. The hotel also has a free Wi-Fi, a massage therapist on site, and babysitting services upon request.