Amy Risley

Giraffe Manor

  • Where:
  • Why:Part two of an African adventure
  • When:May 2014
  • Who:Me, some East and West Coast buddies and lots of long necked friends.
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Giraffe Manor Turn down for what? The adorable hot water bottles they place under the sheets before you turn in!

Turn down for what? The adorable hot water bottles they place under the sheets before you turn in!

Giraffe Manor Are you on the list?

Are you on the list?

Giraffe Manor Understated and welcoming entrance.

Understated and welcoming entrance.

Giraffe Manor View of the four post bed with steps up to the balcony where you'll awake for a  face to face early morning visit with the giraffes.

View of the four post bed with steps up to the balcony where you'll awake for a face to face early morning visit with the giraffes.

Giraffe Manor This is why I give sleep a 4 out of 5 below. You can't resist hopping out of bed at the crack of dawn for this!

This is why I give sleep a 4 out of 5 below. You can't resist hopping out of bed at the crack of dawn for this!

Giraffe Manor Oh, hello friends.

Oh, hello friends.

Giraffe Manor This plush, eclectic gathering space fills with guests and visitors each day for tea time, cocktails and story sharing.

This plush, eclectic gathering space fills with guests and visitors each day for tea time, cocktails and story sharing.

Giraffe Manor Classically elegant dining room where you can choose to dine with the other guests staying on property. A fun, intimate way to get to know each other. And the food was delish.

Classically elegant dining room where you can choose to dine with the other guests staying on property. A fun, intimate way to get to know each other. And the food was delish.

Giraffe Manor Even the plates have gilded nods to the stars of the show.

Even the plates have gilded nods to the stars of the show.

Giraffe Manor Trying to teach her knock knock jokes but she's only interested in a snack.

Trying to teach her knock knock jokes but she's only interested in a snack.

Giraffe Manor Will my gel mani survive this? (Fun Fact 1: the giraffe's saliva is antiseptic. Fun Fact 2: I didn't actually get a gel mani to go to Africa, guys...)

Will my gel mani survive this? (Fun Fact 1: the giraffe's saliva is antiseptic. Fun Fact 2: I didn't actually get a gel mani to go to Africa, guys...)

Giraffe Manor A pedicure? Yes, c'mon. Here I am kicking back trying to read a book and getting beautiful distractions.

A pedicure? Yes, c'mon. Here I am kicking back trying to read a book and getting beautiful distractions.

Giraffe Manor The quiet wood paneled study. Where you will spend no time. Because, giraffes.

The quiet wood paneled study. Where you will spend no time. Because, giraffes.

Giraffe Manor A classic you can't sit with us moment.

A classic you can't sit with us moment.

Giraffe Manor Many an afternoon G&T was prepared with the goods from this liquor cabinet.  Did I mention it's all complimentary?

Many an afternoon G&T was prepared with the goods from this liquor cabinet. Did I mention it's all complimentary?

Giraffe Manor After an exhausting day pretending to pose for Peter Beard, collapse into the sofa and be served tea and snacks by the fire.

After an exhausting day pretending to pose for Peter Beard, collapse into the sofa and be served tea and snacks by the fire.

Giraffe Manor When the giraffes have retreated for a while it's nice to wander about the beautifully manicured gardens and take a peek into the orchid greenhouse.

When the giraffes have retreated for a while it's nice to wander about the beautifully manicured gardens and take a peek into the orchid greenhouse.

Giraffe Manor Queen of the castle ELD strikes a pose outside the ivy covered manor.

Queen of the castle ELD strikes a pose outside the ivy covered manor.

Highs & Lows

  • There's nowhere else in the world where you can get this close and intimate (we're talking kisses) with stunning giraffe. The resident Rothschild giraffe visit the manor morning, afternoon and evening in search of treats and new friends. You'll feel like a giddy kid from dawn to dusk.

  • The service is astounding, and incredibly personal. From the moment you arrive, you're treated as a guest in a private home, and the staff never tires of helping you attain the perfect giraffe selfie.

  • Even without its namesake draw, the property is beautiful and peaceful inside and out.

  • The Manor is closed each year during the month of May for maintenance (although I like to think it's the giraffe's pre-summer slim down).

  • Don't run out of food in your palm and try to just like, hang with them. Erica learned the hard way that a gentle nudge by a 2,000lb creature can definitely leave a mark.

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Manor

  • Vibe

    Regal explorer's den meets storybook come to life.

  • Location

    Karen, a southwest suburb of Nairobi.

  • Rooms

    10

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    Developed over decades by the Leslie Melville Family, it was officially taken on and opened by Rick Anderson in the late 1980s.

  • Designed By

    Mikey and Tanya Carr Hartley designed the Garden manor, furnishing locally with all Kenyan artisans and products. The original Manor house was built by a family in the 1930s, modeled after a Scottish hunting home.

  • Health & Wellness

    No.

  • Restaurant

    Stays are full-board including meals and drinks. Dinner is served in an elegant, formal dining room. Breakfast in the sunlit parlor is the main attraction...where you'll be feeding your long-necked friends far more than yourself!

  • Bar

    The communal living room has a classy and well-stocked spirits cabinet from which you can request a cocktail at any time of day, or make your own.

  • Minibar

    Delicious complimentary snacks.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Costly, but well worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Website

    http://www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor

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