Breakfast With Giraffes? If Ellen DeGeneres And Portia de Rossi Can Do It, So Kenya!
So, Ellen DeGeneres’s video "flirting with a giraffe" totally got us green with envy. And we’ve been hunting good travel deals to Kenya since we saw it.
The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi just trounced every zoo experience in the world with its one-of-a-kind offering: the opportunity to interact with the tallest terrestrial animal on earth. The safari lodge is open to every kind of visitor, and that includes their gentle giant neighbors who are slightly (yet adorably!) intrusive. They tend to stick their necks inside the inn’s windows, looking for something to eat. It reminds us of Alice in Wonderland, and is too cute for words—just look at Ellen's wife, Portia de Rossi, feeding them!
If dogs have puppy eyes to win your last piece of chicken nuggets over, giraffes have that endearing way of asking for a nibble. The next thing you know, you’re letting them have whatever’s on your plate.
Owned by the Safari Collection, the Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel located in a 140-acre indigenous forest at the Langata suburb. Since the 1930s, this iconic African lodging has been luring tourists from around the world with its elegant interiors, a captivating rustic façade and its tall, dark and handsome welcoming committee a.k.a. Rothschild giraffes that are distinctly known for their darker coat.
The hotel has a total of 12 rooms and can only accommodate up to 29 guests. The superior rooms are named after the giraffes that have visited the hotel: Daisy, Jock, Salma, and Helen, to name a few.
Jock Superior Room, named after Jock the Giraffe who lived to be 22 years old and 19 feet-tall
The Karen Blixen Suite
You can spend the night at one of the suites for $565 to $2400, and that includes airport transfers, transportation around the area, full board meals, house drinks, entrance to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) Giraffe Centre and wireless internet connection. A sightseeing tour of the entire sanctuary, which includes a meet-and-greet opportunity (get to be formally introduced to Virunga Gorillas, impalas, gerenuks, and even the extremely endangered white Rhinos), is just one of the many activities you can try during your stay.
The Giraffe Manor is not far from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but since the roads in Nairobi can get highly congested, the ride from the airport to the hotel usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. The nearest airport, Wilson Airport, which serves international and domestic flights, is just a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
We bet you’ll be sticking your neck out for the best Kenya travel deals ASAP.
Photos from The Safari Collection