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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor Hotel,Nairobi Kenya

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel and one of the most unique places to stay in the world, Giraffe Manor blends extraordinary wildlife encounters with exquisite hospitality and a long-term commitment to giraffe conservation.

One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may 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 Activities-Breakfast with the giraffes

The Rothschild’s species of giraffe was once highly endangered, but Giraffe Manor has long been part of a breeding programme which has successfully grown their numbers in the wild.

The historic manor house is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi and is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. It has extraordinary appeal that harks back to the 1930s when 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

Discover Giraffe Manor-Accoommodation

The original manor house was built in 1932 and has six rooms: Betty, Daisy, Jock, Lynn, Marlon and the Karen Blixen Suite. Since the acquisition of the Giraffe Manor in April 2009, Tanya and Mikey have turned this property into one of the most sought-after hotels in the world.

Rooms Details

Karen Blixen Suite

Karen Blixen

This 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the Historic Manor. Its spacious balcony enjoys lovely south-facing views and provides guests with the opportunity to feed the giraffes in the early morning hours. This two-bedroomed suite – the largest of all the rooms at the manor – was rebuilt and moved to its new location in 2019. Each bedroom has its own en-suite facilities with bathtub, shower and twin sinks. The master bedroom has a king-sized four poster bed, whilst the second bedroom has two single four poster beds and a small daybed which can accommodate a young child.

Karen Blixen Suite

The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk. This delightful suite is adorned with a little piece of history; a dressing table and wardrobe that were both from Karen Blixen’s original guest bedroom. The mother of Jock Leslie-Melville (who bought the manor in the 1970s) was a friend of Karen’s and the furniture was given to her as a parting gift when Karen returned to Denmark in 1931.

Price US$ 3630 per room based on occupancy of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 yrs

Betty’s room

Betty’s room

Betty’s room ia a lovely 32 square-metre south-facing room in the original manor house which was built in 1932. It has a king-sized bed, fireplace and adjoining balcony from which the giraffes can be fed. The en-suite bathroom remains to this day in its original, quirky Art Deco style with a bathtub and shower. We have opted not to modernise it as we prefer to embrace the period feel and protect the heritage of the building, especially since so few tributes to Kenya’s past architecture remain.

This room cannot be made into a twin and is therefore ideal for couples.

Room

Nightly price from Price US$ 1062 per person sharing

Daisy’s Room

Nightly price from Price US$ 1062 per person sharing

Daisy’s Room

Name after the original Daisy Rothschild, who was hand-raised by Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville many years ago, Daisy’s room is approximately 24 square-metres in size and boasts wonderful westward views toward the Ngong Hills. It is one of the rooms at Giraffe Manor with a balcony from which you can feed the giraffes when they visit in the early morning looking for treats. The room can accommodate either a couple or two singles (it can be a double or a twin). The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks and a spacious shower.

DAISY’S ROOM
Jock’s room

Nightly price from Price US$ 1062 per person sharing

Jock’s room

This lovely south-facing room is still frequented by giraffes looking for treats in the early morning hours. There are pellets in the room from which the giraffes can be fed, just like the Leslie-Melville’s once did with the very first giraffes they raised at the manor. From Jock’s room, you can also see the Giraffe Center, headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). Jock founded AFEW shortly after moving to the manor and learning about the perilous plight of Rothschild’s giraffes.

DAISY’S ROOM

Jock’s room is approximately 28 square-metres in size and can accommodate either a couple or two singles (as a double or a twin). It has a fireplace for cosy Nairobi nights and both a bathtub and shower, as well as twin sinks, in the adjoining en-suite

Marlon’s Room

Nightly price from Price US$ 1062 per person sharing

Marlon’s Room

This 36 square-metre bedroom has twin beds that can be converted into a large double bed. There is also an adjoining sitting room with a sofa that can convert into a bed for a child. An east-facing balcony at the foot of the master bed offers guests the opportunity to feed our elegant, long-necked friends as they pass by. It’s the perfect giraffe friendly height! The spacious master bathroom has a shower and there is another compact shower and toilet at the opposite end of the room, ideal for an accompanying child.

Marlon’s Room

Guests who stay in Marlon enjoy the privilege of staying in the room named after one of the manor’s original giraffes. Her namesake was everyone’s favourite godfather, Marlon Brando, a friend of the previous Giraffe Manor owners.

Lynn’s Room

Nightly price from Price US$ 1062 per person sharing

Lynn’s Room

Lynn’s room is named after a giraffe who was, for many years, the guardian of our herd of Rothschild’s giraffes. Born in 1996. The room of the same name is located on the ground floor of the Historic Manor and, though one finds it hard to imagine now, it was once the original manor house kitchen. The space was cleverly converted into a beautiful 47 square-metre room in 2019 with a decadent en-suite bathroom including bathtub, shower and twin sinks.

Lynn’S Superior Room

The bed can convert between a double or two singles and the room can be accessed via the old service staircase or from the ground level for guests who may have mobility issues. There is a small veranda with access to a larger, covered outdoor seating area where guests can enjoy feeding the giraffes who amble past.Guests who stay in Marlon enjoy the privilege of staying in the room named after one of the manor’s original giraffes. Her namesake was everyone’s favourite godfather, Marlon Brando, a friend of the previous Giraffe Manor owners.

Finch Hatton Suite

Finch Hatton Suite

The room named after Denys Finch Hatton who travelled to East Africa in 1911 with money left to him by his deceased uncle  is on the ground floor of the Garden Manor from where you’ll often see the legs of our patterned residents when you open the curtains in the early morning as they come looking for treats from the rooms above and the adjoining dining room. It is possible to feed the giraffes directly from your open doorway, should they choose to say hello.

Finch Hatton Suite at Giraffe Manor

This ground floor room of 74 square-metres has a king-sized bed as well as two single beds in a loft area accessed by a small spiral staircase. There is also a small sofa bed which can accommodate a third child if needed. The en-suite facilities have a uniquely large double-headed shower, twin sinks and a bathtub. There is also a small seating area with a fireplace which keeps the space wonderfully warm on the chillier Nairobi nights.

Price US$ 3,267 per room based on occupancy of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 yrs

Edd’s Room

Edd’s Room

Edd’s room was built in April 2017 as an addition to the Garden Manor section of the property. It is a ground floor room of 39 square-metres with striking stained-glass windows and an enormous super king-sized bed. There is also a sofa in the room which can pull out into a bed for a child if needed. The en-suite facilities consist of a corner bathtub, a large double shower and twin sinks.

EDD’S ROOM

Although the giraffes do not have access to Edd’s room, guests can enjoy the room’s outdoor veranda area furnished with a private bar upon request.

Price US$ 1,062 per person sharing

Kelly Superior Room

Kelly Superior Room

Kelly’s room is located upstairs in the Garden Manor, is approximately 45 square-metres in size and is beautifully appointed with traditional cane furnishings and a striking stained-glass wall in the bathroom. The room has three single beds, two of which can be put together to accommodate a couple if preferred. It also has a fireplace and views towards the south over the sanctuary forest. The en-suite facilities consist of a bathtub, shower and twin sinks.

Kelly-the-giraffe was born in Nakuru National Park and was brought to the Giraffe Center in 2002.

Guests can feed giraffes from Kelly’s window as they often come to visit this room in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Price US$ 1,062 per person sharing

Arlene’s room

Arlene’s room

Arlene’s room is approximately 28 square-metres in size and is located on the upper floor of the Garden Manor. Its quirky-shaped bathroom with bathtub, shower and vintage toilet, along with its cosy feel, make it a favourite of the Giraffe Manor staff. The room has a king-sized four-poster bed, so it is ideal for couples. It enjoys a lovely outlook over the courtyard between the main house and the Garden Manor with views beyond to the sanctuary forest.

Arlene’s room

The resident Rothschild’s herd does not have access to Arlene, but the room offers wonderful views of the giraffes when they lope across the manor lawns to pay their daily breakfast visit.

Price US$ 1,062 per person sharing

Salma Room

Salma Room

The Salma superior room is amongst the newest rooms at the manor having been recently built and added to the Garden Manor section of the property in April 2017. It is located on the top floor of the Garden Manor section of the property and enjoys south-facing views over the lunch courtyard and sanctuary forest beyond. The room is 35 square-metres and can be either a double or a twin. It also has a sofa which converts to a bed that is suitable for a child if needed. The en-suite facilities consist of a bathtub, shower and single sink. Salma has a private balcony with chairs and table from where guests can enjoy wonderful views of the giraffes approaching the manor in the early morning.

Salma room

Although the giraffes do not have access to the Salma superior room, it is a quiet room offering privacy and understated comfort to guests who also need to catch up on some rest after a long flight or busy safari. It is worth noting that the stairway up to Salma is a little bit steep and thus not ideal for guests with mobility issues.

Price US$ 1,062 per person sharing

Helen Room

Helen Room

Helen-the-giraffe was born in front of the manor on 1st August 2009 but sadly passed away in May 2015. The daughter of Daisy II, she was a natural leader, but could also be extremely naughty! Helen was named after a Catholic sister who was a friend of Betty Leslie-Melville – the lady who bought the manor with her husband Jock in the 1970s and began the giraffe breeding programme. Sister Helen was based in Tanzania and was responsible for bringing Betty to Africa for the first time.

At 43 square-metres, this large corner room in the Garden Manor is one of the most spacious and is often visited by hungry giraffes looking for treats in the morning. Guests who stay here are most welcome to feed them from Helen’s windows before breakfast.

The room has two four-poster beds which can be put together to make a large double bed or separated for two singles. The room can accommodate a baby cot if required upon request. The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks, a bathtub and showe

Salma room

Helen’s room has west-facing views towards the Ngong Hills as well as southward views over the giraffe sanctuary and forest. On a very clear day, guests might even glimpse Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowy peak in the distance from this room.

Price US$ 1,062 per person sharing

Breakfast with the Giraffes

Breakfast with the Giraffes

Waking up to breakfast with a giraffe must be one of the most incredible and unique experiences anyone can have. This activity is reserved exclusively for overnight guests of Giraffe Manor and is one not to be missed. Loping across the manor lawns and peering in through the large windows with their elegant necks, encountering our endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at such close quarters gives a real appreciation of just how beautiful and soulful these creatures are.

Giraffe manor Activities-Breakfast with the giraffes

Depending on where you are staying, you will have breakfast either in the Main Manor or in the Garden Manor breakfast room, but don’t worry, the giraffes know exactly where to find you.

Watch out for their inquisitive tongues, which can grow up to twenty inches long, as they investigate what’s on offer; luckily, it’s nutritious dried grass pellets that they’re after, not your pancakes!

PLEASE NOTE: The giraffe at Giraffe Manor are wild and therefore we cannot guarantee interaction with them at any given time.

Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre

Stroll across the front lawn of the house and you will reach the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre. Founded in 1979, the centre’s mission is to educate school children about their country’s incredible wildlife and environment, alongside their breeding programme of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Each guest of Giraffe Manor pays a donation to AFEW which goes towards their wildlife conservation projects across Kenya. At the Giraffe Centre, visitors can get extremely up close and personal to the world’s tallest species!

Giraffe Cenre visit

Up on the feeding platform the giraffes love to interact with visitors, reaching out with their long, inquisitive tongues in hope of a treat. Seeing their mascara-like eyelashes from just inches away, feeling the roughness of their dark tongues and witnessing their different personalities is fascinating.

The centre has some interesting background information about the Rothschild’s giraffe and a small nature trail through the sanctuary that’s great for stretching your legs.

Adopt & Meet a baby elephant

Adopt & Meet a baby elephant

Visit the orphaned elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) and watch their keepers feed and interact with them. This is an incredibly inspiring and moving experience and is highly recommended for anyone that has the time. SWT is the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme and the life-saving conservation work they carry out is incredible. At the 11:00 am viewing visitors can watch the babies enjoy their midday mud bath and milk feed, tumbling over each other in the red earth or playing football with their friends!

adopt an baby elephant

Afternoon Tea With Giraffes

Afternoon Tea With Giraffes

Reserved exclusively for in-house guests, a traditional afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed.


Afternoon Tea With Giraffes

Reserved exclusively for in-house guests, a traditional afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed.

Up on the feeding platform the giraffes love to interact with visitors, reaching out with their long, inquisitive tongues in hope of a treat. Seeing their mascara-like eyelashes from just inches away, feeling the roughness of their dark tongues and witnessing their different personalities is fascinating.

The centre has some interesting background information about the Rothschild’s giraffe and a small nature trail through the sanctuary that’s great for stretching your legs.

Orchid House

Orchid House

Visit any time during your stay or arrange a special private dinner. Fragrant and filled with light, the orchid house grew out of Tanya and Mikey’s shared passion for orchids and is a delightful little hidden corner of the manor in which to spend time. Reading, meditating or sketching one of the 150 orchids that grow there can be a soothing escape

Orchard House Karen Nairobi

Manor Games

Manor Games

Croquet and boules are an ideal way to while away the hours between breakfast and afternoon tea when the giraffes are browsing out in the sanctuary and will not get in the way. Our luscious lawns are perfectly suited to a leisurely game of croquet and you will find a purpose-built boules pit next to the Orchid House. Ask any of our friendly team and they will be happy to assist you in setting up either game.

Giraffe Manor games

Spa Treatments

Wellness & Spa

Wander over to our beautiful new wellness centre, The Retreat, just a short stroll away in the same forested sanctuary as Giraffe Manor. Here you’ll find yourself entering a haven of relaxation. Take a dip in the infinity pool, relax in the steam room, sauna and hot tub or re-energise with a workout in the fully equipped gym. Two spacious treatment rooms offer a range of massage and beauty treatments designed to restore your body’s natural balance and soothe away any stress.

WELLNESS AND SPA

Daisy’s Café

Daisy’s Café

Daisy’s Café is located at The Retreat, our wellness centre right next door to Giraffe Manor. Here you’ll find a vibrant menu of freshly prepared snacks and meals as well as a fully stocked bar. Our expert chef loves to use nutritious, locally sourced ingredients to create nourishing farm to fork style dishes. Dine al fresco in the leafy surroundings of our garden terrace, or under the vaulted ceilings of the café. All food and drinks consumed at Daisy’s are charged as extras to Giraffe Manor guests and are payable direct or can be added to your room bill.

Seasonal, local and delicious homemade cuisine to nourish body and soul.

History

Nairobi Local Culture & History

Delve into Kenya’s cultural and natural history with a visit to one of Nairobi’s informative museums.

History of Kenya

Galleries

NAIROBI ART GALLERIES

Explore the local talent with a visit to some of Nairobi’s acclaimed art galleries. Kenya’s capital is a hub for artisanal creativity, from traditional crafts to cutting edge technological innovations.

MATBRONZE ART GALLERY & FOUNDRY

Shopping

SHOPPING IN NAIROBI

Indulge in a little retail therapy and discover some of our talented local artisans. Shopping in Nairobi is fun and we know exactly where to find all manner of locally crafted goodies right on our doorstep. From beaded leather belts and sandals to beautifully carved wooden bowls, jewellery, traditional masks, woven baskets, Maasai blankets and more. Here’s our pick of the best local shops for finding unique gifts and goodies to take home:

shopping in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP

This iconic park is the only national park within the limits of a capital city. It is home to a diverse array of wildlife including lions, leopards, buffalos, zebra, antelopes, giraffe and over 400 species of birds. Once inside the park, it really does feel like you have left the city far behind. Sunset over the Ngong Hills and vast vistas stretching down over acacia-dotted plains are evocative of the true spirit of Africa. Although fenced on three sides, the 117 square kilometre park is open to the south and teeming with wildlife. Game drives into the park can be arranged with a private vehicle and guide. There is also a short safari walk near the entrance which is great for stretching your legs before or after game drives.

a day trip to Nairobi national Park

Horse Riding

HORSE RIDING IN NAIROBI

Malo stables offer fantastic forest rides with views of the Ngong Hills. The horses are highly trained and the hosts extremely professional. There are a variety of riding options available that could include an alfresco lunch after a lovely ride through the forest at an extra cost. We recommend you book in advance and note that a 50% deposit is required to secure the booking.

HORSE RIDING IN NAIROBI

Giraffe Manor Rates

Valid: 01 Jnaury-31-December 2023
Rates

Fully Inclusive / Day room

Superior Family Suite-Karen Blixen SuiteRate
Minimum Room Rate((based on up to 2 adults & 2 children sharing)US$ 3,530
3rd Child Rate (3yrs to 11yrs inclusive)US$ 403
Family Suite-Finch Hatton Suite
Minimum Room Rate(based on up to 2 adults & 2 children sharing)US$ 2,160
3rd Child Rate (3yrs to 11yrs inclusive)US$ 390
Superior Rooms-Jock, Betty, Daisy, Marlon, Lynn, Arlene, Kelly, Helen, Edd & Salma
Per Adult SharingUS$ 1,010
Per Child SharingUS$ 695
Single RoomUS$ 1,550
Additional Rates
Professional Guide Room Per Person Per NightUS$ 150
Christmas Supplement Per Person Per Night 23 De 2022 – 01 Jan 2024 InclusiveUS$ 85
Children

Children are ages 3 to 11 years inclusive. 12 years and over is an adult. 2 years and under is an infant. Infants stay FOC. There is only a child sharing rate for the Superior Rooms at Giraffe Manor – this rate is the same whether they share the room in one of the beds or whether they are in an extra bed. Extra beds do not always fit, please see notes below and check with the office before booking. If a child is to be allocated to a single room, the rate charged is the FULL single room rate.

Rates Includes/Excludes

Rates Includes:  Arrival/departure transfers and transportation around the Karen & Langata area (included in the rate if the collection time is after 11:30 am on the day of arrival and prior to check out at 10:00 am on the day of departure), all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, wireless internet access, entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, Orchid House dining, boules, croquet and VAT. 

Rates Excludes:  Champagne, luxury spirits, selected wines, tips, health insurance, massage treatments and personal effects. 

Giraffe Manor-The Retreat

Located on the same sanctuary as Giraffe Manor, The Retreat provides a wellness experience for our Manor House guests, as well as a day room facility for guests of The Safari Collection portfolio who require a stopover in Nairobi (see more information below). Giraffe Manor guests are welcome to use The Retreat facilities (pool, gym, steam room, sauna, hot tub)during their stay at Giraffe Manor. They can also visit The Retreat’s Restaurant (Daisy’s) and book a spa treatment at The Retreat (all treatments and food and drink are excluded from the Giraffe Manor rates). Use of The Retreat facilities, restaurant and spa are only accessible to Giraffe Manor guests within the check-in and check-out hours.

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor rates 2023
Large Day Room-Lily’s RoomRate
(based on up to 4 guests sharing)1,550
Extra Guest (capacity for 2 extra guests)US$ 350
Medium Day Room-Waridi’s Room & Nandi’s Room
Minimum Room RateUS$ 1,200
(based on up to 3 guests sharing)
Extra Guest (capacity for 1 extra guest)US$ 350
Small Day Room-Alizeti’s Room
Minimum Room RateUS$ 800
(based on up to 2 guests sharing)
Extra Guest (capacity for 1 extra guest)US$ 350

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