Anyiko Owoko slams Giraffe Manor over alleged policy locking out Kenyan visitors

Popular music publicist Anyiko Owoko has come out to speak against the Giraffe Manor accusing the establishment of putting in place policies that block out Kenyans.

Anyiko blasted the management of the exclusive hotel in a long rant posted on Instagram after the Safari Collection – which owns the establishment – seemingly said they were opening “just for Kenyans.”

However, according to Anyiko, the Giraffe Manor only now needs Kenyans “because all your white rich guests can’t travel into your establishment because of the corona.”

The publicist went on to narrate an incident featuring a friend of hers with whom she had tried to book a stay at the hotel but was slapped with exorbitant rates.

“…we called your establishment to inquire if we could stay a night – there was no space available because you were booked out, completely understandable,” she wrote.

“But when we requested to come have breakfast and just see the giraffes we were slapped with an exorbitant rate [over 600 USD] which included a driver, chauffeur, airport transfer and a vehicle BUT when we requested to pay only for the breakfast and to see giraffes and not have to pay for the car and airport transfer because we are Kenyans and commuting from the city, your bookings department refused and said that we had to pay the full amount because it is your policy.”

She further urged fellow Kenyans to boycott the Giraffe Manor telling them they would not have been welcome there if it weren’t for the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyiko told her fellow countrymen and women to instead visit the Nairobi National Park or the Maasai Mara which she commended for upholding the country’s heritage besides being relatively fair in their rates.

“For the longest time, your policy has been to have these type of pricing that only benefit non-Kenyans and tourists coming from outside Kenya. I wonder why all over sudden you are welcoming Kenyans into your establishment,” she added.

“Is it because you now need us for your business to survive? You would not have invited us had it not been for the fact that your business, just like all others, is suffering because of the Covid restrictions.”

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Dear Giraffe Manor Management @thesafaricollection You are cancelled & we don’t need to be welcomed into Giraffe Manor, only now that you need KENYANS because all your white rich guests can’t travel into your establishment because of the Corona. My friend @smilesbeckwith [a travel consultant and owner of a travel company] tried to book a stay with you, last year between Sept and Oct, we called your establishment to inquire if we could stay a night – there was no space available because you were booked out, completely understandable. But when we requested to come have breakfast and just see the giraffes we were slapped with an exorbitant rate [over 600 USD] which included a driver, chauffeur, airport transfer and a vehicle BUT when we requested to pay only for the breakfast and to see giraffes and not have to pay for the car and airport transfer because we are Kenyans and commuting from the city, your bookings department refused and said that we had to pay the full amount because it is your policy. . For the longest time, your policy has been to have these type of pricing that only benefit non-Kenyans and tourists coming from outside Kenya. I wonder why all over sudden you are welcoming Kenyans into your establishment. Is it because you now need us for your business to survive? You would not have invited us had it not been for the fact that your business, just like all others, is suffering because of the Covid restrictions. No thanks, I don’t want to come to your establishment and urge all Kenyans to cancel and boycott your establishment that has made it terribly difficult for Kenyans to access. You obviously have the right to run your property the way you deem fit and even have policies that benefit your business structure, just don’t include Kenyans now only because you need us and you wouldn’t have had it that way earlier. YOUR OWN POST SHOWS THAT YOU WERE NOT OPEN TO ALL KENYANS BEFORE! WHY “NOW OPEN TO KENYANS.” . #BoycottgiraffeManor Instead Go to Nairobi National Park, Maasai Mara and especially Samburu national reserve and all conservancies/parks in Kenya to see Giraffes and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it. After all, this is our heritage.

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Anyiko’s story has since evoked mixed reactions from Kenyans on social networking site Twitter:

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