This very special property is a must-stay either before or after safari in East Africa.  Its country estate atmosphere is a purely delightful place to relax and unwind after a long journey either to Africa, or post-safari.  You’ll feel as though you’ve joined a private house party as your dinner is served by candlelight with fellow guests around one large table in the dining room or beautifully set just for you under the stars on the terrace.  Mingling with other guests from around the world at cocktail hour (whenever you would like that to be) is great fun as you share travel and safari stories.

The rooms are quite charming and comfortable; those accustomed to 5-star resort resorts may miss one or two modern conveniences, but you’ll love the place so much that you’ll not miss them for long.  The staff are eager to please, and no matter what the hour, there is someone awake and ready to meet whatever need you may have.  Put your laundry in the basket in the morning and it will be on your bed cleaned, folded and wrapped in a ribbon by the afternoon.  This service is included in the rates, as is all food and beverages and transportation to sights in the area such as the Kazuri Bead center and the Karen Blixen Museum (Out of Africa filming sight).

Sounds pretty terrific, and I haven’t even shared the very best feature of the property:  breakfast!  Adjacent to Giraffe Manor is the conservation-focused Giraffe Center. Through a neighborly agreement, the gates are opened each morning, and the giraffe lumber cross the Manor’s large front lawn, arriving to the large, open dining room windows where they have come to expect a very warm welcome, tasty treats, squeals of delight, and human “kisses.”  They are silent and gentle creatures, and to engage with them so intimately in this setting is quite moving.  Your coffee goes cold as you take photos, rub their necks, and work up your courage to hold the snack pellet between your lips and receive a giraffe kiss.

 

 

You most certainly will want to include a stay here in your family’s trip to East Africa.

 

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