You can easily see giraffes on a safari, but we bet you’d also enjoy watching these long-legged animals from the comfort of a luxurious hotel. If you want to get as close as possible to giraffes but don’t want to rough it, Giraffe Manor — where the animals literally crane their necks over your breakfast — is the perfect wildlife experience without actually venturing into the wild.
A small hotel in Kenya’s Lang’ata suburb, just outside Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is home to several endangered Rothschild giraffes. The hotel operates a breeding program to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to ensure the species’ survival. The hotel is set on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forests and dates back to the 1930s.
According to the hotel, “With [our] stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa.”
However, the main draw is the giraffes themselves, which often poke their necks through the windows every morning and evening, hoping to score a treat for breakfast or dinner. In addition to interacting with giraffes at the hotel, guests can also book a customized safari tour as part of their stay.