Where to? Nairobi, Kenya
Why you’ll love it: A real Out of Africa experience, Giraffe Manor is a gorgeous 1930s-style property with golden-age-inspired rooms and a herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. Yes, that’s correct: giraffes roam the property IRL.
You’ll breakfast or sundowners with the friendly resident giraffes as they poke their inquisitive heads through the windows of the dining room hoping to snag some treats. The iconic spot is out the outskirts of Nairobi, tucked away on a 12-acre plot of land inside a 140-acre forest which you can explore on foot or with a tour.
If you haven’t had your fill of wildlife, take off on safari at the nearby Nairobi National Park, explore the AFEW Giraffe Centre, meet baby elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and pick up souvenirs at the Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry.
The best time of year to visit is during the dry seasons, from January to March and again from July to October. Of course if you’re apring the trip with a wider Kenya safari, then you might want to consider going between July and October, which is when the annual migration of zebra, gnus and wildebeest typically takes place.
Fun fact: With nine giraffes on site, the hotel is home to about 1 percent of the entire Rothschild giraffe species — there are only about 1,100 left in the world. The Giraffe Centre, a conservation and education nonprofit that runs a breeding program, is attached to the hotel if you want to learn more.
Get there: Fly to Nairobi with Kenya Airways via Bangkok, Qatar via Doha, or Emirates via Dubai.
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