First things first: What is Giraffe Manor, and is it worth the cost?
Modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge, Giraffe Manor is a brick-and-ivy-clad manor house in Langata, the extremely convenient and leafy suburb of Nairobi that’s close to the city’s international airport and bustling centre. The Manor features grand oversized fireplaces, giant oil paintings, and landscaped gardens. There are twelve bedrooms – two superior suites, eight superior rooms, and two standard rooms. Boasting four-poster beds amidst seriously sumptuous décor, these are found either in the Main Manor or in the annexed Garden Manor.
Check-in is from 11am, when you can arrive, relax and unpack. The first giraffe encounter happens when you head out to the terrace for afternoon tea, featuring sandwiches, scones, cakes, and of course a bowl of pellets… for the giraffes! After you’ve sampled the tasty fare, you can walk onto the Manor’s lawns and feed the Rothschild giraffes, either by hand or by placing a pellet between your lips, awaiting a ‘giraffe kiss’. Your next giraffe encounter will be the following morning, either observing members of the tower from your bedroom window when you wake up (depending on the room that you have chosen) or at breakfast, when the giraffes stretch their necks through the windows to get a better look at your poached eggs.
Without doubt, the Manor is beautiful, the staff are very friendly, the location is fabulous… but the main reason everyone wants to stay here is to meet the giraffes. And the question is, can you put a price tag on a once-in-a-lifetime experience?
Safari Collection, owners of Giraffe Manor and other superb properties including Sala’s Camp and Sasaab Lodge, have priced the experience at a minimum of US$565 per person per night*, a rate that’s all inclusive. Although this might well be more than some travellers would usually pay for a single night in a hotel room, guests will come away with outstanding photographs, unforgettable memories of a very special wildlife encounter, and the knowledge that they’ve helped contribute to the conversation of an endangered species. Giraffe Manor came about when the Rothschild giraffe was on the brink of extinction. Today, thanks to a successful breeding programme and the establishment of the Giraffe Centre nearby, there are more than 300 Rothschild giraffes safe and thriving in various Kenyan national parks – and to our minds, that is priceless!
*Fully inclusive 2018 rates: a standard room per night is US$565 per person sharing, a superior room is US$695 per person sharing, and a suite is US$2400 based on up to 2 adults and 2 children sharing.