by: Nada S. Al-Muzaini
Have you ever wondered how giraffes live, how long they sleep or what they eat? If you have a once in a life time opportunity to live with them, then Giraffe Manor is the place for you!
Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel where it’s all about the long necked, squared designed animal. It’s located South of Nairobi, Kenya, with a spooling 150 acres. Giraffe Manor is a free roaming sanctuary for several endangered Rothschild giraffes. It was built in 1932 by a Scottish hunter and was kept only as a giraffe conservation until the 1970s. However, in 1984, the lodge was opened to the public as a sanctuary and the hotel helped to raise awareness of the endangered species.
Experience (Service & Facilities):
The hotel provides a unique experience for guests. They ensure all staff know the guest’s names from the time they escort them from the airport until their departure. In addition, they make sure you feel welcome and safe. Guests are also provided with a questionnaire so the hotel is aware of their preferences. Once settled in at the hotel, they can freely roam around and explore the facilities until it is time to start feeding the giraffes. This great experience occurs during breakfast and afternoon tea. First, from 6am till 9am, you have the opportunity to have breakfast with the giraffes. This is a great chance to meet and be up close and personal with them – so close you can see their beautiful eyes! Later, from 3pm till 5pm, you can have afternoon tea with the giraffes and feed them. This really is the time to treasure those precious moments with these great animals, to take pictures and create memories that will last a lifetime. At the end of the day, dinner is served and then you can sleep under the stars with no noise pollution, just the sound of small creatures in their natural habitat.
The design of the hotel
At Giraffe Manor the details are very important. From the interior to the exterior, it makes you feel as if you are living in the 1930s. Each room is named after a giraffe; a nice touch which adds character. The hotel rooms vary from a suite to a twin. The colours of the furniture and furnishings are influenced by the life of the giraffe itself.
Tasting the food in Giraffe Manor is an exquisite and exciting experience for the guests, thanks to the hotel’s well trained chefs. The amazing food is all home-made and the menu for lunch and dinner is based on modern European cuisine with a twist from the Middle East. Of course, breakfast with the giraffes makes it extra special!
The best thing about Giraffe Manor is to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience that all guests will treasure for life.