Massive animal sticks his neck out to join family for breakfast at manor house


In many ways, the setting is just a typical family breakfast.

Young children and their mother enjoy croissants and orange juice while sitting around a table together.

But things become a little different when you notice a giraffe poking its head through the window to join them for a drink and a bite to eat.


One of the more peculiar hotels in the world features giraffes joining you for breakfast or dinner by poking their heads through open windows. At Giraffe Manor on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, a reference to a long neck doesn’t necessarily mean beer.

Giraffe Manor is said to be one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings dating to the 1930s and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa.


Since 1974, Giraffe Manor has been the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville. Why giraffes? Their lifelong goal is the preservation of this treasured Rothschild giraffe.

The one-of-a-kind hotel is actually a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Roaming the 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest are eight Rothschild giraffes, some of which routinely show up in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sneak a snack.

The goal of guests, meanwhile, is the preservation of their morning toast.


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