Hello there! It’s Sharalee from A Life More Fabulous, very excited to be visiting here while Alek is busy with her big move. When Alek announced she’d be away for a while, I knew one of the posts I’d miss the most were her Travelling Thursdays trips around the world, so I thought it’d be fun to share one of my favourite destinations.


The Giraffe Manor is a magical place – an old Scottish style manor set on the Kenyan savannah, where giraffes gracefully stroll on the front lawn and peak in your windows, little warthogs trot around and off in the distance the majestic Mt Kilamanjaro rises ahead. Built in the 1930s by the MacIntosh family (of MacIntaosh toffee fame), it was later bought by the Leslie-Melvilles. Around the time of their purchase, they learned of the endangerment of the Rothschild Giraffe and decided to turn the property into a sanctuary for them. Today it is a small, privately hosted hotel where guests can get to know the giraffes intimately – feeding them breakfast as they sit at the dining room table, or peak into your bedroom window.


The decor in the manor has largely kept within traditional British colonial style – rich wood paneling, huge stone fireplaces, officious looking portraiture and plush upholstery with touches of African art throughout the spaces.

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In case you had a moment to forget your your surroundings, no doubt a giraffe poking its head through the window will quickly remind you! It’s interesting to see the giraffes set in context of a house rather than out in the savannah – you really get a sense of scale and quickly realise how big they really are.


What a wonderful way to experience these beautiful, graceful creatures, and perhaps the most delightful way to start your morning – a great big kiss from a giraffe! (PS – If you don’t know already, they have long black tongues!)


Thanks for taking the time to read this post, hope you’re having a wonderful week. Best of luck to Alek on her big move down South!

{All photos taken from giraffemanor.com and the GiraffeManor facebook page}




This place is positively magical. Fairytale-like even. Wow! I would love to take my children there someday. This one is going to the top of the list. Thanks for sharing!
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This is beyond my wildest dreams!

If ever, I make it to Africa…i'm gonna try to get on that list!

Thanks for the inspiration:)

Marsi @ The Cottage

This is one of my top-10 dream destinations! I can't ever read enough about it. Giraffes have been my favorite "wild" animal since I was a small child, and I got to feed one in a Safari Park/wildlife preserve in Texas a few years ago. Their little mouths are so soft, and the gently nuzzle your hand as they eat. And those eyelashes, oh my, they are so long and gorgeous!
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