Amazing Places

This Kenyan Hotel Lets You Eat With Giraffes

Imagine waking up in Nairobi, Kenya. You stroll down the stairs of a boutique 1930s hotel, modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge, to have breakfast — with giraffes. Yes, the giraffes actually stick their heads through the windows hoping for a few bites of cereal. Giraffe Manor is an iconic African hotel set on 12 acres of private land, as well as a free-roaming sanctuary for endangered Rothschild giraffes with 140 acres of indigenous forest.

Straight Out of the Movies

The history of Giraffe Manor dates back to 1932 when African safaris were first in vogue with European tourists. The Safari Collection has owned this boutique hotel since 2009, and gives it this description: "With its 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." One of its six suites is even named after the book's author, Karen Blixen.

But also, there are giraffes — everywhere. In the early 1970s, the manor became involved in giraffe conservation by establishing the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, a charitable organization to help support the wild Rothschild giraffes. The sanctuary is still active today, and the proceeds of the hotel go towards helping this endangered giraffe species.

Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, giraffe conservationists and long-time owners of Giraffe Manor.

Breakfast for a Cause

So while you're tearing through your bucket list and enjoying a one-of-a-kind breakfast with giraffes, you're actually aiding the conservation of an endangered species. Not a bad deal, eh? Celebrity guests have included Mick Jagger, Brooke Shields, Marlon Brando, Johnny Carson, and Walter Cronkite. One of the warthogs on the estate was even named Cronkite in his honor.

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Written by Curiosity Staff February 21, 2017

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