The Giraffe Manor, is located in Langata, and is one of Kenya’s iconic boutique hotels with a 1930s historical charm, especially in the world of travel and wanderlust.
It is home to a very well known herd of Rothschild Giraffes. It is also the only hotel in the world where you can feed Giraffes from the windows of your room, or while you eat breakfast.
In December 2015, I finally ticked visiting the Giraffe Manor off my bucket list and enjoyed an amazing magical Afternoon Tea there with Amit and my mum.
It was truly an “Out of Africa” experience and definitely the best and most unique Afternoon Tea I have had.
Growing up in Kenya, I have been lucky enough to go on plenty of safaris but I have never been this close to Giraffes and Warthogs.
In close proximity to the Giraffe Centre, the Giraffes wander between both as well as on 12 acres of private land. They are an endangered species of Giraffe of which there are only around 100 in the wild. They are easily identified by the colouring of their coat which differs from other Giraffes.
The below is a photo of the very grand dining room. It is so romantic with a very cosy and incredible ambience. The details are so on point.
Our tea arrived on a massive tray which was also Giraffe themed and which I wish I could take with me. We had Earl Grey and took in our surroundings while the Warthogs just grazed in close proximity. It was just out of this world.
We had a colourful assortment of sweet and savoury treats to enjoy as part of the afternoon tea which included delicious chocolate cake slices, carrot cake, scones, cookies, biscuits, fruit tarts and sandwiches. We could see the Giraffes in the distance being fed at the Giraffe Centre.
All around us was just natural beauty and that rich Kenyan soil which is just so lush. It truly felt like a dream come true as the location, venue and food just made me want to don a safari hat and pretend I was in the middle of the game reserve. This was close enough to it and truly an Out of Africa feel and a memory I will treasure forever.
Just to give you an idea of how close the Warthogs were to us look at the photo below. Was just phenomenal. The little pumba on the right was just so adorable.
As we devoured our tea and delicious food, it soon got to just after 5:30pm and the giraffes started wandering over. A warning in advance. There are lots of Giraffe photos coming up.
We had Kelly and Jock visiting us, and as a special treat, Kelly’s one month baby Giraffe who was just so so so so cute, also joined them.
Here’s the baby again peeking from behind Kelly in the picture below. The Giraffes were so incredibly friendly and tame and it was just the most amazing experience being able to feed them and pet them.
I would really recommend visiting the Giraffe Manor for a stay or for afternoon tea as it seriously a phenomenal, superb and unique experience. We didn’t even want to leave!
A special thank you to Linet, and her fabulous team for looking after us so well and telling us all about the Giraffes and their personalities and showing us the grounds. It was truly magical thanks to the amazing service and food in such a beautiful venue.
For more information visit: http://www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor
An afternoon tea costs USD $50 per person and runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. It is recommended to book well in advance.
My blogger friend Angie from Silverspoon London recently visited Giraffe Manor for a stay and experienced the Afternoon Tea. You can read about her experience here.