Kenya is home to many iconic animals, but one of the most fun species to see on safari is none other than the giraffe! With their long necks, fun spots, and graceful movements, the giraffe is always a treat to witness in person. But there is more to this exciting animal that meets the eye. Did you know, for example, giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24 hour period! They always achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time. If you want to see the tallest animal in the land, Giraffe Centre and Giraffe Manor in Nairobi gives one a thrilling experience.
Built in 1932, Giraffe Manor was modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge. This is the oldest of the 'Safari Collection Property'. The endangered Rothschild giraffe have been roaming these loans since the 1970s, when an orphaned Rothschild giraffe was adopted. The giraffe's population in the center wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself. Some of the peculiar experiences while here includes the giraffes pushing their heads through the French windows to inspect the breakfast tables. Such a close encounter with the Rothschild giraffe gives a chance to appreciate of just how beautiful these creatures are.
Often referred to as the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is also an exclusive boutique hotel. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor remains one of the most iconic buildings in Nairobi.
The historic manor house has an extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately facade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark it's like walking into the film 'out b Africa'.
The manor treats one to a spectacular view. Here one can expect beautifully furnished, elegant rooms that include romantic four-poster beds, and well appointed ensuite bathrooms. At giraffe Manor breakfasts are a fun filled affair. Not only can you tuck into a mouth watering menu, you are likely to be interrupted by one of the friendly giraffes picking its head through the window in search of a treat.
Lunch on light meals and kick-start an evening with refreshing cocktails served around a crackling fire, followed by a superb gourmet dinners in the inviting dinner room. Those in need of pampering can soothe wearing limbs with a massage, whilst the energetically-inclined can enjoy invigorating workouts at the gym. Enjoy guided walks though the surrounding forests and learn about the traditional uses the of the varied flora, view some of the 180 bird species and perhaps meet a warthog or Bushbuck.
Did you know that giraffes spend most of their life standing up? They even sleep and give birth while standing up! These are some of the facts one can get to learn in Giraffe Centre.
The Giraffe Centre is a nature sanctuary for visiting and including wildlife conservation education for urban school children. The main attraction for both school children and visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The center is also home to several warthogs which roam the area along with the giraffes.
Located in Lang'ata approximately 20 kilometers from the center of Nairobi, Kenya, Giraffe Centre is a learning experience blended with great fun as it suits any age. The center was set purposely for the endangered Rothschild's giraffe, a subspecies only found in the grassland of East Africa. There is good information on giraffes available here. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove prickly acacia branches.
The center is also home to Giraffe Manor. For those with personal cars it's less than Half an hour to the place. From Railway bus station in Nairobi, look for a matatu 124/125 ,you will arrive at Galleria Mall, and from there you can take another matatu to Giraffe center. The total fare can cost an average of USD 2, on the outside. A room in Giraffe Manor cost an average of USD 620 to USD 2700 depending on how many people are sharing a suite. Entrance fee in Giraffe Centre is USD 5 for children and USD 10 for adults who are non-residential. Residents can pay an average of USD 2. The center is opened from 9 am to 5 pm.
Giraffe center and Giraffe manor are places where you will get more knowledge at the same time have fun. These places offer an experience worth remembering. If You are looking for a romantic place to take your loved one, these two places have the kind of atmosphere and taste you can always wish for. They give a paradise experience that will stick in your memory, fresh for as long as you may live.