Giraffe Manor is the only place in the world where you can feed a giraffe from your breakfast table or even from your bedroom window.
Giraffe Manor was built in the 1930s, modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge. It was converted into a hotel in 1984 and today this fine building has 12 ensuite guest rooms and is an excellent base from which to explore the city and surrounding areas.
The manor is set in 12 acres of private grounds within 140 acres of indigenous forest, home to a variety of animal life including bushbuck, dik diks and warthogs plus some 180 species of birds. There are forest trails that guests can explore at their leisure. Guided walks are also available. The manor is well known for its herd of Rothschild Giraffe, who patrol the gardens and greet the guests. The herd are the offspring of two young giraffes, rescued by the manor's owners in the 1970s, who created AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) and the hotel still supports this organisation.
From the moment you enter the 2-storey entrance hall with its immaculate furnishings, you sense the elegance and grandeur of the manor. The 10 double bedrooms have antique furniture and are decorated with works of art. They also have internet access. Bathrooms are spacious and well equipped. The Karen Blixen suite is ideal for families and has direct access to the courtyard.
Delicious breakfasts comprising homemade muesli, fresh tea and coffee and baked muffins prepare guests for their bus day sightseeing or simply relaxing in the gardens. Giraffe Manor serves 3 course lunches and dinners. There is a sightseeting vehicle and driver at guests' disposal for local excursions to places such as the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum.
Open: Giraffe Manor is open from 1st June till 30th April.
Location: Giraffe Manor is about 20kms from Nairobi in a large estate. It is a 40 to 90 minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta airport (depending on traffic) and 20 minutes from Wilson airport.
Rooms: There are 12 rooms, all en-suite, including 2 family suites. The 3 doubles are called Betty, Lynn and Arlene, the 4 double/twins are Daisy, Jack, Marlon and Helen, the triple is called Kelly. 2 new rooms were added in 2017, each named after a resident giraffe: Edd and Salma. The 2 suites are named Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, with both sleeping up to 2 adults and 3 children. Room facilities include mosquito nets, a hair dryer, torch, safe, phone and Wi-Fi internet access. Extra beds can be added for family accommodation. Most rooms are suites are located in the main manor house with others in the garden. The latter are air conditioned.
Activities: The Giraffe Centre is a short walk from the hotel and entry is free to hotel guests. It has a 1.5km nature trail and is good for bird watching as well as learning about the endangered Rothschild Giraffes. The hotel can arrange private sightseeing trips and excursions to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, the Kenyan National Museum, Matt Bronze and Marula Studios.
Facilities: The manor was built in the 1930s and includes a two-storey entrance hall, imposing staircase, an elegant sitting room, library with TV and board games and a wood-panelled dining room. Outside there are terraces where you can enjoy al fresco meals and a veranda. The on-site beautician is available for treatments. There is a gift shop and a free laundry service. The manor is set in 12 acres of private grounds.
Dining: Meals can be taken together or at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The manor is fenced and there is 24-hour security. There are 2 family suites.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms.
"We were in the Karen Blixen family suite which was both spacious and beautifully furnished. This place really comes up to scratch, and it is nice to be out of the noisy town centre. The staff were very friendly and helpful, walking us to the giraffe centre and driving us to the elephant orphanage at no additional cost."