Luxury Africa Collection

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has an 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. One of the 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 can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

Classic Perspective Certified
Sustainable Resort
Conservation Efforts
Check in: 12pm - Check Out: 10pm
Family Friendly
Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020.
2 Suites / 10 Rooms
1 Breakfast Lounge
Wheelchair Accessible

Accommodation

Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. 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. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.

Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.

Manor House Rooms - Marlon's Superior 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. 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.

Manor House Rooms - 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, she was blessed with five calves whilst here at the sanctuary. The space (Which was once the Manors House kitchen) was cleverly converted into a beautiful 47 square-metre room in 2019 with a decadent en-suite bathroom including bathtub, shower and twin sinks. 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.

Garden Manor Rooms - Finch Hatton Suite

In 1911, Denys Finch Hatton travelled to East Africa and bought some land where he met Karen Blixen at the Muthaiga Club in 1918. Denys moved into her house where he lived until a few weeks before his final flight in May 1931 when he crashed his beloved Gypsy Moth in Tsavo National Park. 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. Giraffes can also be fed from this suite.

Garden Manor Rooms - Helen's Superior 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.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 is large enough to accommodate a small extra bed for a child or baby cot if required upon request. The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks, a bathtub and shower.

Garden Manor Rooms - Kelly's Superior Room

Kelly-the-giraffe was born in Nakuru National Park and was brought to the Giraffe Center in 2002. She is nicknamed Grace Kelly due to her aloof and graceful nature. She is easily recognisable due to her light coat and the large ossicone on her forehead. Often the first to arrive for treats and the last to leave, she has become infamous as the resident ‘head-butter’ so be careful to always stay in front of her. 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. Guests can feed giraffes from Kelly’s window as they often come to visit this room in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Garden Manor Rooms - Arlene Superior Room

The giraffe named Arlene was born in June 1994 and lived a peaceful life roaming the sanctuary before she passed away due to natural causes in April 2012. She was petite in size, but that did not deter her from sharing her affection with visitors. 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. Our 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.

Garden Manor Rooms - Salma Superior Room

Salma the giraffe was born here at Giraffe Manor in November 2011. She is Betty’s daughter and although she is friendly, she is also a bit shy and we attribute this to the fact that she was attacked by a lion that had wandered away from Nairobi National Park when she was only a year old. 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.

Dining

The most amazing breakfast

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.

6:00 am – 9:00 am
Afternoon Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace as the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills, accompanied by a few long-legged friends. Reserved exclusively for in-house guests, an afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed. Relaxing in the tranquil setting of the manor gardens with a giraffe or two in view, you will be served with a tasty assortment of homemade cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones and fruit platters. It is also a great chance to kick your legs into the air on our over-sized garden swing and perhaps even snap a swing selfie as you feed a giraffe!

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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. If a romantic, candlelit dining experience amongst the foliage of our beautiful orchid collection appeals to you, then we would love to make it happen – just let us know when contacting Classic Perspective. Please note that although this experience is at no extra cost it is subject to availability.

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Spa & Wellness

Facilities

Spa treatments are available in the garden treatment room

Each room has mosquito nets over the bed

In-room safe

Hair dryers in each room

Handmade Kenyan toiletries, dressing gowns provided

Inclusions

Entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre

Mostly all drinks (house wines, house beers, and house spirits)

Complimentary meals during your stay

Arrival / departure transfers

Laundry service is included

Wifi is available throughout the Manon

Location
Giraffe Manor is located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata in Kenya.
Distance from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

27 km / approx 45 min drive to Giraffe Manor

Distance from Wilson Airport

13 km / approx. 25 min drive to Giraffe Manor

Luxury Africa Collection

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has an 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. One of the 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 can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

Sustainable Resort
Classic Perspective Certified
Check in: 12pm - Check Out: 10pm
Family Friendly
Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020.
2 Suites / 10 Rooms
1 Breakfast Lounge
Wheelchair Accessible
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Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. 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. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.

Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.

Manor House Rooms - Marlon's Superior 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. 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.

Manor House Rooms - 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, she was blessed with five calves whilst here at the sanctuary. The space (Which was once the Manors House kitchen) was cleverly converted into a beautiful 47 square-metre room in 2019 with a decadent en-suite bathroom including bathtub, shower and twin sinks. 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.

Manor House Rooms - Lynn's Room

In 1911, Denys Finch Hatton travelled to East Africa and bought some land where he met Karen Blixen at the Muthaiga Club in 1918. Denys moved into her house where he lived until a few weeks before his final flight in May 1931 when he crashed his beloved Gypsy Moth in Tsavo National Park. 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. Giraffes can also be fed from this suite.

Garden Manor Rooms - Helen's Superior 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.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 is large enough to accommodate a small extra bed for a child or baby cot if required upon request. The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks, a bathtub and shower.

Garden Manor Rooms - Kelly's Superior Room

Kelly-the-giraffe was born in Nakuru National Park and was brought to the Giraffe Center in 2002. She is nicknamed Grace Kelly due to her aloof and graceful nature. She is easily recognisable due to her light coat and the large ossicone on her forehead. Often the first to arrive for treats and the last to leave, she has become infamous as the resident ‘head-butter’ so be careful to always stay in front of her. 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. Guests can feed giraffes from Kelly’s window as they often come to visit this room in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Garden Manor Rooms - Arlene Superior Room

The giraffe named Arlene was born in June 1994 and lived a peaceful life roaming the sanctuary before she passed away due to natural causes in April 2012. She was petite in size, but that did not deter her from sharing her affection with visitors. 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. Our 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.

Garden Manor Rooms - Salma Superior Room

Salma the giraffe was born here at Giraffe Manor in November 2011. She is Betty’s daughter and although she is friendly, she is also a bit shy and we attribute this to the fact that she was attacked by a lion that had wandered away from Nairobi National Park when she was only a year old. 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.

Accommodation

Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. 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. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.

Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.

The original manor was built in 1932 and has six rooms: Betty, Daisy, Jock, Lynn, Marlon, and the Karen Blixen Suite. The latter three rooms were renovated in May 2019. In 2011, the current owners, Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley, built the Garden Manor, a replica of the original manor, and has six rooms: Salma, Edd, Arlene, Helen, Kelly, and the Finch Hatton Suite. Although the two buildings were built 78 years apart, you would never know the difference as much of the Garden Manor was constructed out of reclaimed materials from houses of a similar era to the original manor.

The giraffe experience offered to guests is the same regardless of which section of the house they are staying in. The resident giraffes regularly enjoy visiting both buildings in search of treats. The primary difference is that the Garden Manor was created to provide accommodation exclusively for guests of The Safari Collection's portfolio of properties so that the main house can be kept as open and accessible as possible to all. If the manor's open part is fully booked for the dates you've requested, you might like to consider a room in the Garden Manor.

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Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. 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. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.
Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room
Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.
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The most amazing breakfast

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Afternoon Tea

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The most amazing breakfast

Orchid House

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Spa & Wellness

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Hotel facilities with your booking:

Spa treatments are available in the garden treatment room

Each room has mosquito nets over the bed

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Inclusions

Inclusions with your booking:

Entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre

Mostly all drinks (house wines, house beers, and house spirits)

Complimentary meals during your stay

Arrival / departure transfers

Laundry service is included

Wifi is available throughout the Manon

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m in Nairobi, can I just pop by to have a look at the Manor?

Unfortunately, the hotel is unable to welcome non-staying guests for day visits at Giraffe Manor. All visits to the Manor must be pre-booked by in-house guests who will be asked to produce their reservation details upon arrival. Due to the popularity of the property and the giraffe experience, the hotel does receive high volumes of day-visit enquiries but must strictly control visitation in order to ensure the privacy, peace, safety and enjoyment of the overnight guests as well as the wellbeing of the animals themselves. If you are unable to stay overnight at Giraffe Manor but would still like to experience some interaction with the giraffes, we can recommend a visit to the nearby Giraffe Centre where you can feed and photograph the same animals and learn about efforts to save the endangered Rothschild’s species.

If I am staying at Giraffe Manor, can I invite friends or family who are not staying there to join me for a drink or meal?

As per above, all services at Giraffe Manor are reserved exclusively for our overnight guests and unfortunately non-staying guests are unable to visit the property. Guests are most welcome to meet non-staying visitors at the neighbouring Giraffe Centre.

How does the feeding work at Giraffe Manor?

Giraffe Manor is located within a sanctuary for the rare and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. AFEW owns the sanctuary, and Giraffe Manor is located at one end of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is approximately 150 acres split by a residential road, which the giraffe cross twice a day to move from one side to the other. The giraffes are wild animals, and the hotel cannot guarantee what sort of interaction you will have with them, if any at all. The minor is a lovely old home full of old-world charm and history; the giraffes are the icing on the cake of what is already a very special experience. Although the hotel cannot guarantee how the giraffes will behave, it is highly unusual for guests not to experience some degree of interaction with them. The giraffes can be fed from some of the bedroom windows, and they have become accustomed to feeding through the dining room windows at breakfast, which they do more often than not.

Where is Giraffe Manor and how far is it from the airports?

Giraffe Manor is located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata in Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is 27 km from the Manor. Nairobi traffic can be congested, so it usually takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour from the airport to the Manor. Internal/domestic flights operate out of Wilson Airport, which is 13 kms from the Manor(approximately a 25-minute drive). Due to the unpredictable nature of Nairobi traffic, we usually recommend you allow more time for this transfer.

What is included within the price at Giraffe Manor?

Giraffe Manor operates as a family home, and, as such, they have a fully-inclusive rate. This means that guests can truly relax and enjoy the casual elegance of the experience, just as one would when visiting friends. All meals, most drinks (including house wines, house beers, and house spirits), laundry, Wi-Fi access and entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre are included within the rates. Giraffe Manor also includes arrival/departure transfers, if the collection time is after 11:30 am on the day of arrival, and before check out at 10:00 am on the day of departure. A car for excursions in and around the Karen and Langata area where Giraffe Manor is located is provided within the check-in and check-out times. The Manor also has a boules pitch on site for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The only extra costs a guest might incur are for gift shop purchases, spa treatments, luxury spirits, and champagnes or additional excursions or gratuities

Does Giraffe manor offer to host weddings?

It is possible to celebrate a marriage wedding at Giraffe Manor if you are staying at the property, but the hotel does recommend a civil wedding in the home country prior to the ceremony.

Location
Giraffe Manor is located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata in Kenya.
Distance from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

27 km / approx 45 min drive to Giraffe Manor

Distance from Wilson Airport

13 km / approx. 25 min drive to Giraffe Manor

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Nairobi / Kenya

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has an 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. One of the 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 can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

Check in: 12pm - Check Out: 10pm
1 Breakfast Lounge
2 Suites / 10 Rooms
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Inclusions:

Entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre

Mostly all drinks (house wines, house beers, and house spirits)

Complimentary meals during your stay

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Facilities:

Spa treatments are available in the garden treatment room

Each room has mosquito nets over the bed

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Location

Giraffe Manor is located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata in Kenya.

Distance from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

27 km / approx 45 min drive to Giraffe Manor

Distance from Wilson Airport

13 km / approx. 25 min drive to Giraffe Manor

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m in Nairobi, can I just pop by to have a look at the Manor?

Unfortunately, the hotel is unable to welcome non-staying guests for day visits at Giraffe Manor. All visits to the Manor must be pre-booked by in-house guests who will be asked to produce their reservation details upon arrival. Due to the popularity of the property and the giraffe experience, the hotel does receive high volumes of day-visit enquiries but must strictly control visitation in order to ensure the privacy, peace, safety and enjoyment of the overnight guests as well as the wellbeing of the animals themselves. If you are unable to stay overnight at Giraffe Manor but would still like to experience some interaction with the giraffes, we can recommend a visit to the nearby Giraffe Centre where you can feed and photograph the same animals and learn about efforts to save the endangered Rothschild’s species.

If I am staying at Giraffe Manor, can I invite friends or family who are not staying there to join me for a drink or meal?

As per above, all services at Giraffe Manor are reserved exclusively for our overnight guests and unfortunately non-staying guests are unable to visit the property. Guests are most welcome to meet non-staying visitors at the neighbouring Giraffe Centre.

How does the feeding work at Giraffe Manor?

Giraffe Manor is located within a sanctuary for the rare and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. AFEW owns the sanctuary, and Giraffe Manor is located at one end of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is approximately 150 acres split by a residential road, which the giraffe cross twice a day to move from one side to the other. The giraffes are wild animals, and the hotel cannot guarantee what sort of interaction you will have with them, if any at all. The minor is a lovely old home full of old-world charm and history; the giraffes are the icing on the cake of what is already a very special experience. Although the hotel cannot guarantee how the giraffes will behave, it is highly unusual for guests not to experience some degree of interaction with them. The giraffes can be fed from some of the bedroom windows, and they have become accustomed to feeding through the dining room windows at breakfast, which they do more often than not.

Where is Giraffe Manor and how far is it from the airports?

Giraffe Manor is located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata in Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is 27 km from the Manor. Nairobi traffic can be congested, so it usually takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour from the airport to the Manor. Internal/domestic flights operate out of Wilson Airport, which is 13 kms from the Manor(approximately a 25-minute drive). Due to the unpredictable nature of Nairobi traffic, we usually recommend you allow more time for this transfer.

What is included within the price at Giraffe Manor?

Giraffe Manor operates as a family home, and, as such, they have a fully-inclusive rate. This means that guests can truly relax and enjoy the casual elegance of the experience, just as one would when visiting friends. All meals, most drinks (including house wines, house beers, and house spirits), laundry, Wi-Fi access and entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre are included within the rates. Giraffe Manor also includes arrival/departure transfers, if the collection time is after 11:30 am on the day of arrival, and before check out at 10:00 am on the day of departure. A car for excursions in and around the Karen and Langata area where Giraffe Manor is located is provided within the check-in and check-out times. The Manor also has a boules pitch on site for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The only extra costs a guest might incur are for gift shop purchases, spa treatments, luxury spirits, and champagnes or additional excursions or gratuities

Does Giraffe manor offer to host weddings?

It is possible to celebrate a marriage wedding at Giraffe Manor if you are staying at the property, but the hotel does recommend a civil wedding in the home country prior to the ceremony.

Giraffe Manor

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.
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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has an 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. One of the 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 can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

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Accommodation

Manor House Rooms - Karen Blixen Suite

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. 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. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

Manor House Rooms - Betty's Room

This 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.

Manor House Rooms - Daisy's Room

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.

Manor House Rooms - Jock's Room

Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009. 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.

Manor House Rooms - Marlon's Superior 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. 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.

Manor House Rooms - 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, she was blessed with five calves whilst here at the sanctuary. The space (Which was once the Manors House kitchen) was cleverly converted into a beautiful 47 square-metre room in 2019 with a decadent en-suite bathroom including bathtub, shower and twin sinks. 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.

Manor House Rooms - Lynn's Room

In 1911, Denys Finch Hatton travelled to East Africa and bought some land where he met Karen Blixen at the Muthaiga Club in 1918. Denys moved into her house where he lived until a few weeks before his final flight in May 1931 when he crashed his beloved Gypsy Moth in Tsavo National Park. 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. Giraffes can also be fed from this suite.

Garden Manor Rooms - Helen's Superior 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.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 is large enough to accommodate a small extra bed for a child or baby cot if required upon request. The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks, a bathtub and shower.

Garden Manor Rooms - Kelly's Superior Room

Kelly-the-giraffe was born in Nakuru National Park and was brought to the Giraffe Center in 2002. She is nicknamed Grace Kelly due to her aloof and graceful nature. She is easily recognisable due to her light coat and the large ossicone on her forehead. Often the first to arrive for treats and the last to leave, she has become infamous as the resident ‘head-butter’ so be careful to always stay in front of her. 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. Guests can feed giraffes from Kelly’s window as they often come to visit this room in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Garden Manor Rooms - Arlene Superior Room

The giraffe named Arlene was born in June 1994 and lived a peaceful life roaming the sanctuary before she passed away due to natural causes in April 2012. She was petite in size, but that did not deter her from sharing her affection with visitors. 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. Our 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.

Garden Manor Rooms - Salma Superior Room

Salma the giraffe was born here at Giraffe Manor in November 2011. She is Betty’s daughter and although she is friendly, she is also a bit shy and we attribute this to the fact that she was attacked by a lion that had wandered away from Nairobi National Park when she was only a year old. 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.

Sustainable Hotel
Family Friendly
1 Breakfast Lounge
Check in: 12pm - Check Out: 10pm
2 Suites / 10 Rooms
Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020.
Classic Certified

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Dining

The most amazing breakfast

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.

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace as the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills, accompanied by a few long-legged friends. Reserved exclusively for in-house guests, an afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed. Relaxing in the tranquil setting of the manor gardens with a giraffe or two in view, you will be served with a tasty assortment of homemade cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones and fruit platters. It is also a great chance to kick your legs into the air on our over-sized garden swing and perhaps even snap a swing selfie as you feed a giraffe!

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. If a romantic, candlelit dining experience amongst the foliage of our beautiful orchid collection appeals to you, then we would love to make it happen – just let us know when contacting Classic Perspective. Please note that although this experience is at no extra cost it is subject to availability.

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