Giraffe Manor is one of the most exclusive hotels in Africa, normally booked up a year or two in advance. A wonderfully exclusive boutique property, set in 12 acres of private land, in the suburbs of Nairobi, just 20km from the city centre. It was initially built in 1932. Then in the 1970s (under new ownership), some highly endangered Rothschild giraffes were taken in as part of a conservation project run by the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife). Since then the Rothschild giraffes have thrived, with 140 acres of indigenous jungle to make their home, alongside warthog, dik dik, waterbuck and over 180 species of bird. Giraffe Manor is the only place in the world where you can share your breakfast with one of these cheeky creatures. Photograph them up close as they are encouraged to feed from the window sills and interact with guests.
A unique family home opened up into a private retreat. The building is beautifully furnished in its original colonial style.
5,800ft above sea level, in close proximity to Nairobi centre with superb views of the Ngong Hills.
There are 6 double rooms inspired by 1930s décor, in keeping with the original style of the building. Each of the rooms has a large comfortable 4 poster bed, antique furnishings and spacious art-deco bathrooms. The Karen Blixen suite, which boasts her original furnishings and paintings by her famous cook, Kamante, is idea for families and opens up straight onto the giraffe sanctuary. There is a living room, sun room and beautifully wood panelled dining room all traditionally styled with elegant features.
The food is superb, brilliantly complimenting your stay and you are likely to be joined by hungry giraffes at meal times before they head off into the forest!
The Manor’s location means there are lots of activities available, all of which can be organised by the helpful and friendly staff. There is the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre – originally a breeding centre for endangered Rothschild giraffes, which is now driven towards helping Kenyan school children – and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – a small charity working to rehabilitate baby elephants and rhinos. It really is an accommodation where the wildlife is in close proximity! Other activities include visits to the Kenyan National Museum and the colourful Maasai Market.
Child Policy - Children of all ages are welcome.
Children of all ages are welcome.