Each of the hotel's 10 rooms boast art-deco features (a lion's mouth bath tub faucet) and four-poster beds. All meals and most drinks are included in the room price.
While Giraffe Manor serves guests an elegant dinner, it is breakfast that absolutely cannot be missed.
"What time should I come down?"
7 a.m., the hotel manager told me. "Sharp."
"The giraffes are early risers."
Just before 7 a.m. I peeked through the shutters and on the front lawn. I saw no giraffes.
It was one of those breezy Nairobi mornings, neither too hot nor too cold, the air still faintly smelling of fires lit for barbecues the night before Perhaps the giraffes had also decided they needed to sleep in. Still, rather than returning to my plush bed, I decided to pad down the winding staircase to the breakfast nook.
There are really no words to describe what I saw next, but I will try to do my best. As someone on my Instagram feed commented, the scene is like "something out of Alice in Wonderland."