Giraffe Manor is perfect for a 1 or 2 night stay as part of a longer safari itinerary to visit Kenya's game reserves.
At a Glance
Have breakfast as the resident giraffe pop their head in the window
Meet the resident warthog
Visit the Giraffe Sanctuary nearby
Built in 1932 Giraffe Manor modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge
Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage near by and adopt a baby elephant
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Giraffe Manor is closed annually in May for maintenance.
Although Nairobi is situated in the middle of East Africa, its high altitude—about a mile above sea level—means that the city's climate is mild year-round. Summer months in Nairobi are December through March, Winter months, June through to September. The wettest months are in the Autumn, from March through June. April sees upwards of 8 inches of rain on average. Cloudy, rainy days are common in the Autumn. October through December is the region's second rainy season, where "short rains" bring about 5 inches of rain to the area in November. Otherwise rainfall is pretty scarce, about two inches a month. February sees the most sunshine in Nairobi, with about ten hours of daylight.
To start planning your holiday to Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor is a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Nairobi, famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffe. The manor house was originally built as a private home in the 1930s and has twelve bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of pristine indigenous forest in Nairobi. An elegant, personally-hosted, small and exclusive hotel, it is famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffe. As it was originally built in the 1930s as a private home, the manor has a personality of its own with all the rooms being individually decorated and differently proportioned.
Giraffe Manor was modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge and now has twelve bedrooms split between the main Manor house and Garden House, all with en-suite bathrooms and some with a shower only or bath only. One of these rooms, the Karen Blixen Suite, is suitable for families as it has a mezzanine floor with twin beds.
Guests gather in the drawing room before dinner for drinks. However, breakfast is the highlight of any stay here when the giraffe pop their heads through the dining room window to see what is on offer. Guests will also find a pot of giraffe nuts in their bedroom in case they wish to entertain any very tall visitors through their window.
Giraffe Manor is also home to many characters including warthogs, bushbuck, dik dik and more than 180 species of birds and has a striking view of the Ngong hills.
There are fantastic local excursions from Giraffe Manor, visiting either the Karen Blixen Museum or the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Inspired by the manor’s original 1930’s decor, the twelve bedrooms have large four poster beds, antique furnishing, striking art decor and spacious bathrooms. The Karen Blixen suite is ideal for families as it opens directly into the courtyard. There are two family suites in total with mezzanine floors.
Daisy's room is one of the superior rooms in the main manor. It has a roof terrace looking out over the back gardens of Giraffe Manor. It has two large single beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The giraffes are able to come to the terrace of this room from 6:30am onwards before breakfast commences, however you will need to stoop down to reach the giraffes.
Jock's room is one of the superior rooms in the main manor. This front facing room has twin queen size beds, an in room fire place and en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath. The giraffes are able to come to the windows of this room from 6:30am onwards before breakfast commences.
Marlon's room is one of the standard rooms in the main manor. This is a small compact room with a small double bed and en-suite with a shower.
Bettys's room is one of the superior rooms in the main manor. This room has a double bed, in room fireplace and en-suite bathroom with shower and bath. This front facing room also has a roof terrace. The giraffes are able to come to the windows of this room from 6:30am onwards before breakfast commences.
Lynns room is one of the standard rooms in the main manor. Based at the back of the manor, this room is a small double room with an en-suite.
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The Karen Blixen Suite is a superior suite based in the main manor. The suite is accessed from the courtyard garden and is large and spacious with a double bed and a mezzanine with twin beds that are ideal for children under 12 years old. This room has an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and bath and is accessable for wheelchair users.
Edd's room is a superior room based in the garden manor. This double room is on the ground floor with its own veranda. The room has a day bed that could fit a child under 12 years old and an en-suite with shower and bath.
Salma's room is a superior room based in the garden manor. This is a twin room with a balcony looking out over the famous Giraffe Manor breakfast room.
Helen's room is a superior room based in the garden manor. This room can be either a twin or double and has an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and bath. This is set back from the main lawns but you can sometimes feed the giraffes from your window from 6:30am onwards before breakfast commences.
Kelly's room is a superior room based in the garden manor. This is a triple room and can have either three single beds or one double and one single. This room has an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and bath. This is set back from the main lawns but you can sometimes feed the giraffes from your window from 6:30am onwards before breakfast commences.
Arlene's room is a superior room based in the garden manor. This is a double room with an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath.
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The Finch Hatton suite is a superior suite based on the ground floor of the Garden Manor. This room has a double bed and a mezzanine with twin beds, an in room fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and bath.
Children of all ages are very welcome by prior arrangement and meals and activities can be tailored to suit their requirements. Although there are no specific childcare facilities, babysitting can be arranged for those that need it.
Breakfast is served in the sun room, with its enormous windows flung open in welcome of the giraffe that come and join you. You will have the opportunity to eat privately, or to join other guests of the house for dinner. There is wi-fi in the Manor, a TV lounge with open fires throughout the property.
The main activity at the Manor is feeding the giraffe and warthog. Other excursions can be arranged into Nairobi such as a visit to a Maasai Market, where you can shop for artistic Maasai beads, stock up on crafts and curios as well as enjoy a colourful display of ethnic materials, handmade bags and accessories. It is also possible to arrange trips to the Kenyan National Museum where you can learn more about the Kenyan history and heritage. The property has access onto the giraffe sanctuary, which is included in the rate.
Harriet Whitmarsh (Staff)
For children this must be one of the most magical experiences they could possibly imagine, because quite frankly as an adult I was spellbound. The manor in itself is beautiful, the rooms lovely and cosy, the food is delicious.and then you have the giraffes! What better way can you spend a stopover in Nairobi than at Giraffe Manor. I spent one night here very recently and we both woke up at the crack of dawn because we were over excited about breakfast with the giraffes, we were not disappointed
Sophie Levey (Staff)
A real contender for my favourite place on earth! If you love giraffes anywhere near as much as I do, it's well worth splashing out on a night or two at the Manor. The house itself is extremely cosy and full of character, along with a plethora of giraffe-themed photos and paintings adorning the walls. Breakfast was, of course, the highlight and, like a kid at Christmas, we set our alarms for 5.30am to be ready for any hairy visitors at our window the following morning. Getting that close to these incredible creatures was a real bucket-list treat for me and something that I will never forget ... and if somebody tells you that it's just as special to visit them in the adjacent sanctuary, don't believe them!
Olivia Hollowood (Staff)
I wish I had been able to stay at Giraffe Manor overnight but sadly my time in Nairobi was brief, so I was only able to squeeze in some time for afternoon tea and of course some very special close encounters feeding the giraffes!
Giraffe Manor really is a boutique hotel with a difference (although more like a friend's private mansion than a hotel!) - to be able to get so close and feed these magnificent animals is the most fantastic experience and a bucket-list place to stay!
Giraffe Manor doubles as a hotel for humans and a rescue centre for giraffes injured or orphaned in the wild. The grounds are also home to a large family of warthogs, who scamper around like naughty Jack Russells. The tallest guests poke their heads through the windows while you breakfast in the dining room. The idea is to pass them food pellets with one hand and stroke their head with the other.
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Location & directions
Giraffe Manor is located in the suburb of Langata, around 10km to the southwest of Nairobi city centre in central Kenya. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight from London to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Giraffe Manor is a 40-minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta airport (depending on traffic).
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