Afternoon Tea with Warthogs and Giraffes at The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Imagine having your Afternoon Tea, or High Tea as it is popularly known in Kenya, a quintessentially British pastime brought over during Colonial times, al fresco with a gorgeous view of pure African scenery. It certainly beats being inside a lounge or dining room and has that special feeling of rusticness to it.

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

On this particular day, I was having Afternoon Tea on the lawn of the world famous Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya, a luxury boutique hotel well known for it’s gorgeous Rothschild Giraffes, who frequently peek through the large windows and let the guests feed them whilst having breakfast.   It is home to a very well known herd of  Rothschild Giraffes. It is also the only hotel in the world where you can feed Giraffes from the windows of your room, or while you eat breakfast.

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

The Giraffe Manor, is located in Langata, and is one of Kenya’s iconic boutique hotels with a 1930s historical charm, especially in the world of travel and wanderlust.

For the Afternoon Tea, you are given a generous selection of scones, cakes, cookies, fruit tarts and finger sandwiches to tuck into while sipping on delicious pots of Kenyan tea served on a Giraffe themed tray whilst you catch up with your friends or family to the sound of birds chirping in the trees, the vivid blue skies and comfortably perched on safari chairs.

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

However, it’s not just your friends or family you have for company, as I found out whilst enjoying the Afternoon Tea with my mum and my other half. The resident Warthogs suddenly appeared, inquisitive and after some of our cake. They are totally harmless just rather cheeky and very cute!

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

This is a surreal ‘Out of Africa’ experience and if you think this is amazing, wait until you’ve finished your tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches, as the real treat begins just before dusk, at around 5:30pm, when the Rothschild Giraffes arrive one by one.

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

You can actually see them in the distance beforehand, being fed at the Giraffe Centre adjacent to the Giraffe Manor. The Giraffes wander between both throughout the day, as well as on 12 acres of private land. They are an endangered species of Giraffe of which there are only around 100 in the wild. They are easily identified by the colouring of their coat which differs from other Giraffes.

Giraffe Manor in Kenya

You have the opportunity to feed them and if you are brave enough, you can even go in for a Giraffe Kiss. They are so friendly and gentle, majestic animals.

It is definitely a once in a lifetime unique opportunity and a memorable experience. The afternoon tea costs USD $50 per person and runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, which considering how niche of an experience it is, I think that is such good value for money. It is recommended to book well in advance as the spaces are limited due to the uniqueness of it.


If you are planning a trip to Kenya, I highly recommend booking an Afternoon Tea at the Giraffe Manor. A really good alternative if you want to get up close and personal with the Giraffes, is visiting the Giraffe Centre as you are able to learn more about them here as well as have the opportunity to feed and kiss them.

Have you had a unique Afternoon Tea experience? Let us know in the comments section below.



Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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  1. January 3, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    you pet and feed a Giraffe!! i’m so jealous

    • Binny
      January 3, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      You must go one day! Its amazing xx

      • January 3, 2016 / 12:05 pm

        never thought of going to Kenya! thanks for opening my eyes!

    • Binny
      January 3, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      It was amazing!! You must go one day 🙂

  2. Farah Kanji
    January 3, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Love reading your write ups 🙂

    • Binny
      January 3, 2016 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks hun xxxx

    • Binny
      January 13, 2016 / 11:40 pm

      Yay hope you can tick it off soon xxx

  3. Melissa
    February 20, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Great post/photos! Looks amazing.


    • Binny
      February 20, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you xxxx

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