Elegant African Manor Where Guests Include Stars & the Rothschild Giraffe

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If you have ever wanted to experience Africa then Giraffe Manor, near Nairobi, Kenya, belongs on your “bucket list.”

An elegant and graceful home, turned boutique accommodations, Giraffe Manor cares four its four-legged guests as much as human travelers that stay at this magnificent place.

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Giraffe Manor,  one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings, was constructed in 1932 by Sir David Duncan and is reminiscent of the early days when Europeans ventured into East Africa.  In 1974 the Manor was purchased by Betty Leslie-Melville and her husband Jock.   Shortly after the purchase Leslie-Melvilles learned that the only remaining Rothschild giraffes in Kenya were in danger due to a compulsory purchase by the Kenyan government of an 18,000-acre privately owned ranch at Soy, near Eldoret, which was their sole habitat.

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The Manor was already home to three wild bull giraffes, nicknamed Tom, Dick and Harry,  Leslie-Melvilles decided to re-home one of the giraffes, an 8-foot-tall,  450-pound baby whom they named Daisy, and about whom Betty subsequently wrote the book “Raising Daisy Rothschild”, that was later turned into the move The Last Giraffe.

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Daisy was soon joined by another baby giraffe, Marlon, named after Marlon Brando, and since then the Manor, in conjunction with locations such as Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, England, has run a breeding program to reintroduce the Rothschild giraffe into the wild to expand the gene pool.

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Fortunately for travelers wanting to experience the “real” Africa, it was in 1983 that Rick Anderson, Betty’s sonand his wife Bryony, moved into the Manor, and opened Giraffe Manor, a place 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, author of novel and 1985 movie “Out of Africa.”  All profits from the hotel go to furthering the charitable objectives of African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.

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The Manor has been home to other famed guests, aside from the Rothschild Giraffes, including  Mick Jagger, Walter Cronkite  Johnny Carson, Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, as well as being the host to Richard Branson, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman on the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s London–Nairobi service in 2007. 

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The buildings here resonate of the past,  yet while here you will be much in the now, when the herd of  Rothschild giraffe come by the mornings and evenings,  to mingle with guests before venturing back into the 140 acre sanctuary.

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Giraffe Manor offers guests many ways to interact with these magnificent animals – from comfortably relaxing in the the Manor’s sitting room while gazing out its large windows at the herd, to siting outside in the lawns, where you’ll have the opportunity to hand feed these friendly four-legged guests.

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Six Exclusive African Safaris

South Luangwa National Park, in Zambia, offers six unusual and very exclusive bushcamps in perfect out-of-the-way south of the park.  One of them “Mfuwe Lodge” is an award winning lodge just 5 minutes inside its gates.  These private and intimate camps will satisfy the safari adventure you created and dreamed about as a kid. Right beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany with two lagoons and it’s natural surroundings around you. The lodge was refurbish in 2010 and is exquisite with its un-spoilt wilderness regions of Africa.
Each camp accommodate up to eight guests guaranteeing a most memorable stay.

The Mfuwe Lodge offers personalized service making sure every guest that come’s their way is most welcome including their rather large four legged friends.

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“Wonky Tusk”, and her family have become well known by the locals and their guest as they strolled right through the lodge visiting mostly in October and November as its the right time of the season for “wild Mangos” that grow right outside the lodge.

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A new addition to the family arrived October 2009.  “Lord Wellington” joined his family strolling through the lodge just 2 days after he was born. The Wonky Tusk’s family’s has become famous as many photographs, videos, newsworthy articles, and even a children’s book has been the focused of this family.

It’s really rather an amazing sight to see especially since it’s not everyday an elephant happens to walk right by you making himself at home.

The Elephants that came to Lunch (One) from The Bushcamp Company on Vimeo.

Every year from late October until mid December Zambia’s Mfuwe Lodge is regularly visited by some rather large, grey guests who are partial to a dish of wild mangoes…

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For more info on these safari adventure getaways visit The Bushcamp Company.

Your African Escape : Into the Wild

The Great Rift Valley, that cuts through Northern Kenya, in a series of mazy peaks and depressions, is home to some of the most magical scenery found the world over.   It’s also home to Kamogi  – a low key, and really laid back private ranch,  that is an ideal spot for travelers who are looking to truly experience the African wild.

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A ramshackle and enchanting property,  it’s a very much loved family home, whose owners have opened their doors for guests to experience a “slice of life” on a private ranch in Africa.

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The feel here is beautiful, totally wild and very much “at home.”  You’re yards away from the Il Pinguan lugga – seasonal river bed –  that traverses the Laikipia plateau, for 100 miles, before feeding into the Ewaso Ngiro River. The Il Pinguan acts as a water access point for the ecosystem that includes 200 year old acacia forests, herds of buffalo, elephant, gazelles as well as their predators the lions, leopards and cheetahs.  This makes it it one of the best places in Africa to experience the wild, magic of this exceptional land.

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This isn’t your resort stay, with fences around the pool and property.   Though you have a pool and a tennis court, this is Africa for real.  Here you’re in the WILD.  It’s open and fenceless and the wildlife you see is conducting its everyday life  – and there’s no lack of it!  Every minute is exciting,  as you have no clue what you’ll see next.

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This is the African wild.  It’s a place that will rejuvenate your senses and emotions.   For the faint hearted,  its worth knowing that there is 24-7 security in case of wayward lions.

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So if you’re ready for a trip of a lifetime visit Pinguan House.

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