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When you think of your favourite hotel, what springs to mind? A beautiful view, maybe, or perhaps amenities that made you feel pampered from the moment you stepped in? A delicious meal you had there many years ago, or even just the culmination of having a memorable holiday. Well how about meeting a very special guest?
On the outskirts of Nairobi is a hotel with a number of permanent residents on hand to welcome each guest. Giraffe Manor is one of the most unique hotels in the entire world. Where in the globe could you feed endangered giraffes from your room window? This intriguing hotel is a culmination of years of conservation work.
Guests share the grounds of the hotel with a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes – and they are not shy! They are not averse to knocking on room windows or even popping in to enjoy breakfast with fellow guests. It’s not just giraffes who roam free but there are also a number of friendly wild boars who love to chomp away on grass.
Giraffe Manor is of The Safari Collection, a portfolio of luxury boutique camps and lodges launched by founder Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley in 2009. The accommodation not only provides an once-in-a-lifetime holiday but also helps to protect the wildlife that calls this part of the world home.
It sits in the heart of 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest and the hotel is the converted home of Sir David Duncan, who purchased the reserve in 1932.
Thanks to the conservation projects aided by The Safari Collection has meant the Rothschild giraffes have been able to bounce back. Animals such as these had become favoured targets for hunters in Kenya, eastern Uganda, and southern Sudan putting them on the brink of extinction. While the majority of the remaining species of giraffe are kept in zoos, this initiative has allowed them a more natural environment.
There was cause for celebration in late-2015 as one of the female giraffes Kelly, named after actress Grace Kelly who was also a contributor to the charity African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, gave birth to a baby boy. Any guests that book into Giraffe Manor can say hello to the new arrival.
So if you want a holiday to provide memories that will last a lifetime then take a trip to Giraffe Manor and share your breakfast with Kelly or any other of the gang.