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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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