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Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya | The only hotel in the world where you can eat breakfast with giraffe.
Wow Factor

Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. Whilst the building itself resonates with the past, very much present is the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who tend to visit the Manor in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing out into their sanctuary of 140 acres. From 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species of giraffe. 




Quick Facts
  • Rooms: there are 10 luxury rooms which are all en-suite, one of which is the Karen Blixen Room; suitable for wheelchair users and families.
  • Accommodates: 25 people, with the option of extra beds in rooms.
  • Children: children of all ages are welcome at Giraffe Manor.
  • In room facilities & amenities: hair dryer, torch, sewing and nail kit, wireless internet.
  • Beautician - we have an onsite beautician available for treatments.
  • Private vehicles: sightseeing vehicles can be arranged for tourist attractions in the local area. The cost of the driver and vehicle is included in our rate.
  • Local excursions: include: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Beads, Matt Bronze and Marula Studios. The Giraffe Centre is just a short walk away and is included in our rate.
  • Weddings: these can be arranged and require booking out the whole Manor for a minimum of 3 nights
  • Other information: Giraffe Manor is closed in May.
  • Rates: from US$505 per person per night.We only offer full board accommodation. 


Top Five

Things to do at Giraffe Manor:

  1. Share your breakfast with the giraffe popping their heads through the window
  2. Stroll across the lawn to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, learn more about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and take a guided walk in the sanctuary
  3. Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and adopt a baby elephant
  4. Get a taste of the history of some of the early settlers at the Karen Blixen and Nairobi Museums
  5. Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace and enjoy the last few rays of sunshine as it sets behind the Ngong Hills



By car: Giraffe Manor is a 40 minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta airport and a 20 minute drive from Wilson Airport.

Directions: Take the 1st left onto Airport North Road and go through 1 roundabout, take a slight right at Mombasa Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Langata Road and go through 2 roundabouts. Turn left at Langata South Road and continue onto Ushirika Road. Turn left at Koitobos Road and continue following the signs to The Giraffe Centre. The gates to Giraffe Manor will appear on your right before you reach The Giraffe Centre.


Giving Back

Initially built as a family home, Giraffe Manor was acquired by Jock and Betty Leslie Melville, whose work with the endangered Rothschild Giraffe has become renowned worldwide. Their efforts of rearing and re-introducing giraffe to the wild have had a considerable impact on the increasing number of the species. The Rothschild giraffe are still an endangered species, as they number under 700 globally. However, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (set up by the Leslie-Melvilles) continues to protect and nurture the Rothschild Giraffe.


Click to view more photos of Giraffe Manor and download high-resolution versions of photos on our Flickr site.