Dating back to the 1930s, Giraffe Manor is located on 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi’s Langata suburb, reminiscent of a golden era and the early days of European settlement in East Africa.
Since 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville who shared a lifelong dream to preserve the beautiful and threatened Rothschild Giraffe. Nowadays, there is a herd of 9 resident Rothschild giraffes who visit the house in the mornings and evenings to welcome guests and to sniff out some snacks.
Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel with just 6 guest rooms, providing discerning guests with an absolutely unique experience in a serene and stunning environment. The interior design is elegant and stylish reflecting the influence of the early settlers.
Every day’s activities are tailored around the guests’ needs and interests and various different excursions within Nairobi with chauffeured transport are included in the price.
What started as a large, thickly-lashed, unblinking eye in my peripheral, became a long, elegant neck prying through a tall window next to me.
Kanoo World Traveller
There are now slicker hotels in Nairobi, but there’s nowhere your children will enjoy more – as a fantastically colonial, utterly nuts way to start or end a safari – than the recently refurbished Giraffe Manor: a Scottish influenced, Thirties stone mansion plonked into the dusty African bush.
All the accolades are justified. This place is absolutely amazing. The staff are fantastic, the food is excellent, the rooms are lovely and then there are the giraffes. It was seriously cool to feed and pat these gorgeous animals. If you are contemplating staying at this unique ‘manor’, do it. You’ll love it.
Apart from 1 trip into Nairobi we didn’t leave the property; we just sat on the lawn reading & drinking, a perfect way to start a holiday in my book. The staff are very attentive & knowledgeable about the stars of the show, the Giraffes, breakfast has to be experienced to be believed.