Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its six suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.
TOP 5THINGS TO DO
If you are not to busy feeding our resident herd of endangered Rothchild giraffes, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay. In addition to our top 5 things to do, you can choose to visit the acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry, Kazuri Beads which sells locally-made jewellery or the Marula Studios innovative crafts complex. Entrance fees to local attractions are additional.
SHARE BREAKFAST WITH A GIRAFFE
TAKE A GUIDED WALK IN THE SANCTUARY, OR STROLL ACROSS THE LAWN TO THE AFEW GIRAFFE CENTRE
MEET, FEED AND ADOPT A BABY ELEPHANT AT THE THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN SETTLERS AT THE KAREN BLIXEN AND NAIROBI MUSEUMS
ENJOY AFTERNOON TEA ON THE TERRACE AS THE SUN SETS BEHIND THE NGONG HILLS
WHEN TO GO
From $550 pp Full board including airport/local transfers
Feed the resident Rothschild giraffes from the breakfast table
Giraffe at Dusk
Roaming the Grounds
Attention to detail
Romantic dinner for two in the Orchid House at Giraffe Manor
Two Giraffe Entertwined
Feeding time at Giraffe Manor
Fresh herbs from the Giraffe Manor Orchid House
Giraffe breakfast tray the best way to start the day
Lynns Giraffe Tongue
Tea time at Giraffe Manor
'Dawas' in the drawing room of Giraffe Manor
AL LINED UP
EDDIE MWIYA HEAD WAITER
Hanging orchids at Giraffe Manor
Feed baby Elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Pellets for the giraffe
Meet, feed and adopt baby elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Feed giraffe at breakfast
Painting in the Orchid House at Giraffe Manor
Anyone for croquet
TONY LEVI, DUTY MANAGER
Blueberry pancakes for breakfast at Giraffe Manor
Morning tea in bed at Giraffe Manor
Breakfast with the Giraffes
Enjoy a massage in our potting shed at Giraffe Manor
Visit the innovative crafts complex, Marula Studios
Kazuri Beads, locally-made jewellery
Matbronze Art Gallery
LINET OKEMO, ASSISTANT GM
Boules at Giraffe Manor
The hotel’s 10 rooms each have their own distinct personality, elegant furnishings, art deco features and four-poster beds. There are three doubles: Betty, Lynn and Arlene; four double/twins: Daisy, Jock, Marlon and Helen; a twin/double/triple: Kelly; and two suites – the Finch Hatton Suite (double/twin/family) sleeping up to five (2 adults and 3 children), and the Karen Blixen Suite (also sleeping up to 5 – 2 adults and 3 children) which opens directly onto a courtyard and is perfect for families and wheelchair users.
FINCH HATTON SUITE
KAREN BLIXEN SUITE
MEET OUR TEAM
Linet OkemoAssistant General Manager, Giraffe Manor
Tony LeviDuty Manager, Giraffe Manor
Eddie MwiyaHead Waiter, Giraffe Manor
David KisevuHead Chef, Giraffe Manor
All guests enjoy full-board during their stay,which includes all meals and most drinks (house wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits). Complimentary chauffeured vehicles are available for sightseeing, however guests may need to share vehicles depending on demand and availability.
AT A GLANCE
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
GUEST SIGHTSEEING VEHICLE AVAILABLE
MASSAGE THERAPIST ON SITE
10 ROOMS / 25 GUESTS
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS KAREN BLIXEN SUITE
MOST DRINKS INCLUDED
WHEN TO GO
At 5,889ft above sea level, Nairobi is cool at night and warm in the day, with two rainy seasons March to May and mid-October to December. Situated close to the equator, seasonal differences are minimal, however in June, July and August, temperatures can be as low as 35˚F / 2˚C. As global weather patterns become less predictable, be prepared for all seasons. Giraffe Manor closes in May for maintenance.
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If you are thinking of staying at Giraffe Manor and want to explore further a-field, our recommended itineraries, which include Giraffe Manor, could be just what you are looking for. Or talk to us about creating a bespoke itinerary just for you.
VIRUNGA GORILLA EXPLORATION
WEEK OF WILD ADVENTURE
BEACH & BUSH
The Safari Collection owns and operates a portfolio of luxury boutique camps and lodges in Kenya’s finest locations. By choosing to stay at one or more of our properties, you can explore the diverse landscape and culture that Kenya has to offer.