Here’s one place you might not have known about: Giraffe Manor. It’s basically a small hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya which, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes. Continue reading to see how visitors share breakfast with the majestic animals.

n 1983 Rick Anderson, Betty’s son from her first marriage, and his wife Bryony, moved into the Manor, and a year later opened the Manor as a small, privately hosted hotel where guests could feed the giraffes from their breakfast table, through the front door, and out of their bedroom window. The Manor has six bedrooms, one of which is furnished with the belongings of Karen Blixen, and all profits from the hotel go to furthering the charitable objectives of AFEW.

Over the years the Manor has welcomed guests such as Mick Jagger, Walter Cronkite (after whom one of the Manor’s resident warthogs was named), Johnny Carson, Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, as well as hosting Richard Branson, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman on the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s London-Nairobi service in 2007. In March 2009 the Manor was purchased by Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley and now forms part of the Tamimi group of lodges and hotels.