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The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay

A foot-long purple giraffe tongue is probably the most unlikely addition to a breakfast spread but if you're visiting Giraffe Manor, which is situated in a leafy neighbourhood of Nairobi, it's just as common as butter on your toast. A number of friendly and habituated Rothschild's giraffes regularly interact with guests during meal times by sticking their long necks through the windows hoping for a treat (or two).

Go2African Carlien Parsons recently visited Kenya and said her experience at Giraffe Manor was truly the highlight of her trip: 'It's like nothing I've experienced before! Waking up at 6am to be in time for a 7am breakfast is not unusual for safari goers but the fact that you get to share your breakfast with curious giraffes is something very special. It's no wonder it's on a lot of bucket lists!'

The 1930's manor house distinctly echoes a bygone era of traditional Kenyan safaris, where high tea and G&Ts on the veranda were commonplace. Carlien smiled as she told me about unwinding on a couch in the lounge. She was paging through beautiful coffee table books on the history of colonial Kenya, sipping a drink from the honesty bar and felt so at home that she kicked off her safari boots! Feeling completely at home in the gorgeous surroundings of Giraffe Manor created one of those unforgettable moments.

The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
Carlien feeding a Rothschild's giraffe in the Manor gardens.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
The soft muzzle and purple tongue of a gentle giraffe.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
The giraffes are completely at ease, allowing visitors to snap great photos.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
A giraffe's tongue is literally a foot long!
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
Getting a 'giraffe kiss'...
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
The Manor feels like home... with extra special visitors!
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
Appropriate giraffe snacks are provided.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
Carlien & her husband loved their time at Giraffe Manor.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
All giraffes have horns but only males have these comical tufts (ossicones).
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
These close encounters make for unforgettable moments.
The Giraffe Manor Experience: A Photo Essay
The Manor's landscaped gardens and star attractions.

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If your Kenya safari includes a Nairobi stopover, we highly recommend booking Giraffe Manor. This sample tour 10-day Experiential Mount Kenya, Samburu and Masai Mara is fantastic for active families looking for an out-of-this-world Kenyan adventure, while the 14-day East Africa Family Safari combines the best of both Kenya and Tanzania - rich in experiences, activities and wildlife encounters.

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Written by Kimberley O'Sullivan. 

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