Giraffe Manor, Nairobi Boutique Hotel
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s best-known lodges: full of character and steeped in history. Its ivy-clad buildings are set in 12 acres of private land, surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest. Reminiscent of its 1930s ‘Out of Africa’ heydays, it is named for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe that often ‘pop in’ for a visit.
* Giraffe Manor Highlights
- ∞Easy access to both Nairobi’s international and domestic airports
- ∞10 luxury, historical rooms
- ∞Built in the 1930s, it retains its traditional grandeur and character
- ∞Lush green gardens, sunny terraces and charming courtyards
- ∞Famous for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe
- ∞Part of the AFEW sanctuary to protect these endangered animals
More about this accommodation
Giraffe Manor provides easy access to both Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and its domestic Wilson Airport (WIL) which connects to all safari destinations. Besides its grand exterior and elegant interiors, it’s famous for its lively residents – a herd of inquisitive Rothschild giraffe.
Luxury, characterful rooms
An exclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor echoes 1930s grandeur, right down to its art deco furnishings and four-poster beds. It has eight superior rooms and two standard rooms, each individually styled and named for some historical personality – such as Karen Blixen and Finch Hatton. All the rooms are en-suite, some are larger suites that are suitable for families and wheelchair users. Children are welcome at the Manor.
A short stroll across the lawns take you to the AFEW Giraffe Centre where you can learn about these beautiful endangered creatures and take a guided walk around the sanctuary. The Manor can arrange a variety of optional local excursions for you:
- Sight-seeing around the Langata area
- Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can meet, feed and even adopt baby elephants
- Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to this famous Danish explorer and writer
- Kazuri Beads which sells locally-made jewellery
- The acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry
- The innovative crafts complex, Marula Studios
Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan and modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge. It became the property of Jock & Betty Leslie-Melville in 1974, a few years after Kenya’s Independence. Seeing that the Rothschild Giraffe were under serious threat, Jock & Betty made it their lives’ work to provide a sanctuary for these beautiful creatures. AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) was born at Giraffe Manor, which was initially their family home, later becoming a boutique hotel and sanctuary in 1984.
Giraffe Manor is 20 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International, and 18 minutes from Wilson domestic airport. Airport shuttles can be arranged.
Our Take on Giraffe Manor
Where else in the world are you able to share your breakfast with a giraffe? Or feed a giraffe from your window? Giraffe Manor certainly provides these and many interesting interactions with these beautiful creatures. It’s a great place from which to start or end to any Kenyan safari. It’s a unique experience with superb hospitality and loads of historical and conservational interest.
Giraffe Manor closes during the month of May
- ∞Airport transfers
- ∞Transportation around the Karen & Langata area (within the check-in and check-out times)
- ∞All accommodation and meals
- ∞House wines, soft drinks, beers and spirits
- ∞Entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre
- xChampagne, luxury spirits, selected wines
- xHealth insurance
- xMassage treatments
- xPersonal effects
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Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
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