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Just as the Great House on Necker Island is open again for business, is Richard Branson expanding his exclusive Virgin Limited Edition collection of billionaire-worthy escapes and toys (Necker Nymph anyone?). The place is called Mahala Mzuri, in the Maasai Mara region of southern Kenya, a name that means ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili.
The traditional Maasai ceremony to celebrate the opening took place at the end of last month, and Branson participated as recognised Maasai Elder, which he became six years ago. Who knew?
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It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.
Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.