Fodor's Expert Review Giraffe Manor

Gogo Falls Rd., Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya

One of the world's most Instagrammed hotels, yes, giraffes really do pop their heads through the windows and bat their eyelashes at you at this stately old look-alike gabled Scottish hunting lodge. Built of honey-color sandstone and set in a forest in the Nairobi suburb of Langata, it's 30 minutes by road from the city center. It's a haven of peace and tranquility, unless you reckon curious giraffes and snuffling warthogs as stressful. Rare, endangered Rothschild's giraffes roam freely through the estate, and you can find out more about the species at the adjacent Giraffe Centre. If possible, choose a honeymoon master bedroom with an art-deco bathroom. There's also a family suite with two rooms that can sleep two adults and up to three children, and the Karen Blixen suite that's got a courtyard garden.

PROS

  • rates are full board and include most drinks
  • nonguests can book a table for lunch, subject to availability
  • there's a vehicle available for local sightseeing tours

CONS

  • you need to book ahead as it's often fully booked
  • no pool
  • children need to be supervised in the garden because of the giraffes

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0725-675–830-reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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