Giraffe Manor Nairobi Kenya

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Unrivalled luxury at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Stay at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience – feeding the endangered Rothschild giraffe from your window in a Kenyan city! Voyage2Africa knows plenty of Nairobi hotels for holiday satisfaction but this particular hotel retains a certain charm and eccentricity that makes guests forget that they are staying in the enormous metropolis of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is an unusual city hotel that still holds onto its old world sophistication with elegant retro touches that are evocative of the 1930s era. 

Booked on a full-board basis, visitors to Nairobi, Kenya, only pay extra on champagne and specially imported wines and spirits. Hop on board one of the sightseeing vehicles and explore the many attractions nearby if you like a bit of wining and dining, culture and history thrown in too before you head off on safari tour to one of the many game reserves and national parks in Kenya.

Find Giraffe Manor in the shady suburb of Langata, lined with huge old trees on a verdant expanse of 12 acres, once a colonial hunting lodge in the 1930s. Feel as if you are in the movie, Out of Africa, when you stay here in a luxury suite and hear how the founders of this upmarket Nairobi hotel started the Endangered Wildlife Africa Fund, bringing two endangered Rothschild Giraffes to their home and naming them Daisy and Marlon!

Tasteful accommodation suits all tastes and is the epitome of refined colonial style, grace and serenity – several stories up the walls are covered in green creeping plants and the white window frames look out over the pretty gardens where the giraffes stroll.



Choose to stay in the delightful and slightly eccentric Giraffe Manor situated south-west of Nairobi within 140 acres of gardens and – home to a resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffe. Find the affluent lodge an easy 13 km from Nairobi’s city centre, close to the airport and a great first stop before you hit the game reserves of the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu and Mount Kenya. 

The Giraffe Manor offers an experience unsurpassed by any other hotel in Nairobi Kenya. Initially built as a residence in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, the property was then bought in 1974 by the US conservationist Betty Leslie-Melville and her husband Jock who have made it into what it is today. A Nairobi boutique hotel where you can feed and photograph the giraffe over your breakfast table, at the front door, and even from your bedroom window!  

Make yourself at home in one of 10 beautifully appointed rooms encompassed in two buildings. Choose one of 8 larger Superior suites with gorgeous views of the property or two Standard rooms.  The original manor house has 4 bedrooms while the Garden Manor houses the other 6 rooms, all individually designed with their own personality and style. Find a bag of giraffe pellets in your room for those times when these friendly animals peep through your window. Superior rooms offer bathtubs while 4 of the rooms feature fireplaces. 

The main shared areas of Giraffe Manor are housed in the original manor house complete with a chic yet inviting living room, comfortably furnished with comfy armchairs and couches as well as artworks and occasional tables. The breakfast room is a delightful place to enjoy breakfast in the company of the resident giraffes who may even lick your plate clean. Later, enjoy luscious meals in the formal wood-panelled dining room, or munch lunch outside in the wonderful private sunny courtyard area. 

The lodge also has a curio shop and treatment room for massages while the Garden Manor features its own hallway and staircase, elegant lounge and formal dining room. Check out our package deals to Nairobi and beyond, on tours and safaris to see wildlife and extensive magical landscapes of the Africa we all read about!

What do past clients say about this destination?


This place is special, and a great way to start or end a safari trip from Nairobi. Remember to bring cash so you can leave staff tips, and remember to chat to the owner, Tanya who is so accommodating and kind. You only really need one night here but we stayed another night as the giraffes are so amazing and we wanted more pics. The rooms are ultra cool so we will be back so thanks!

Dora Grieg

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  • Feeding and photographing giraffe
  • Guided walks around the sanctuary
  • Excursions to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Shopping and market tours in Nairobi
  • Golf at the Karen Country Club
  • Game viewing in the Nairobi National Park


  • 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
  • Access to The Retreat during check in and check out times
  • Boules, croquet.

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  • 10 individually designed en-suite rooms, including 2 voluminous suites
  • Room amenities: hairdryers, torches, safes, designer toiletries & giraffe pellets
  • Formal wood-panelled dining room
  • Breakfast room
  • Cozy lounge
  • Courtyard
  • Massage room
  • Curio shop
  • Sight-seeing vehicles


  • Stunning location within 140 acres of indigenous forest where several giraffes are comfortably at home in the suburbs of a busy city setting 
  • One of the only hotels in the world where you can feed giraffe from your window, and where giraffe come to feed from your breakfast plate too – and it’s an endangered species at that!
  • Small and intimate, with disabled access and offering personal and friendly service in a boutique hotel atmosphere brimming with Baroque furniture, antiques and a friendly vibe
  • Wonderful choice for families – embracing children of all ages who will love the Giraffe Centre where they can get really close to these tall animals on the feeding platform and learn about their breeding programme

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