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GIRAFFE MANOR

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 twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.

However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes 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.

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO

 If you are not too busy feeding our resident herd of endangered Rothchild’s giraffes, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay. In addition to our top five 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 DURING YOUR STAY AT GIRAFFE MANOR*
TAKE A GUIDED WALK IN THE SANCTUARY, OR STROLL ACROSS THE LAWN TO THE AFEW GIRAFFE CENTRE
ADOPT AND MEET 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
*The giraffe at Giraffe Manor are wild and therefore we cannot guarantee interaction with them at any given time.
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DISCOVER OUR ROOMS

KAREN BLIXEN SUITE*
BETTY SUPERIOR ROOM*
DAISY SUPERIOR ROOM*
JOCK SUPERIOR ROOM*
MARLON STANDARD ROOM*
LYNN STANDARD ROOM*
FINCH HATTON SUITE**
HELEN SUPERIOR ROOM**
KELLY SUPERIOR ROOM**
ARLENE SUPERIOR ROOM**
SALMA SUPERIOR ROOM**
EDD SUPERIOR ROOM**

* Room in main Manor House    ** Room in adjacent Garden Manor

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MEET OUR TEAM

Linet Okemo
Linet OkemoAssistant General Manager, Giraffe Manor
Tony Levi
Tony LeviDuty Manager, Giraffe Manor
Eddie Mwiya
Eddie MwiyaHead Waiter, Giraffe Manor
David Kisevu
David KisevuHead Chef, Giraffe Manor

OUR SERVICES

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.

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AT A GLANCE

  • CHILDREN ARE WELCOME

  • GUEST SIGHTSEEING VEHICLE AVAILABLE

  • FREE WIFI

  • MASSAGE THERAPIST ON SITE

  • 12 ROOMS / 29 GUESTS

  • WHEELCHAIR ACCESS KAREN BLIXEN SUITE
  • MOST DRINKS INCLUDED
  • FULL BOARD

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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GIRAFFE MANOR HISTORY

When: The oldest of The Safari Collection’s properties, Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 and was modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge. The history of elegant-legged giraffes on its lawns dates back to the 1970s when Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville first adopted an orphaned Rothschild’s giraffe, Daisy. Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley bought the manor in April 2009, and since then it has become a globally recognised, iconic hotel.

Why: Having grown up in the neighbourhood, Giraffe Manor has always played a significant role in Tanya Carr-Hartley’s life. As a child, she used to ride through the grounds on horseback and would occasionally have a cup of tea with Betty before returning home. Tanya recalls that the horses did not like the smell of giraffe, so it was always a quick one! To own Giraffe Manor was something of a childhood dream and in April 2009, this dream came true when The Safari Collection’s flagship property was added to their portfolio.

The inspiration behind the design: With an injection of love and passion into this historic manor, Tanya and Mikey have turned this property into one of the most sought-after hotels in the world. While the interiors have been enhanced and rejuvenated, it was essential to the Carr-Hartley’s that the manor retained the original 1930s character and preserved its colourful and charming history.

EXPLORE GIRAFFE MANOR

Take a virtual tour. Feed the Giraffe. Tick it off your bucket list. Exceed your expectations. Interact. Talk. Share. We like your conversation. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. Follow us. Explore #GiraffeManor.

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EXPERIENCE EAST AFRICA

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

MIGRATION EXTRAVAGANZA

BEACH & BUSH

EXPLORE OUR LODGES

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.

GIRAFFE MANOR

NAIROBI

SOLIO LODGE

LAIKIPIA

SASAAB

SAMBURU

SALA'S CAMP

MAASAI MARA

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