Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings - characterful, picturesque and enveloped in history like the foliage creeping over its brickwork. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi and with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris.
With its stately facade and elegant interior, Giraffe Manor has an extraordinary appeal. Guests remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa - indeed, one of its suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor however is the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
The luxury suites have either large 4-poster beds or twin beds, antique furnishing, striking art decor and spacious bathrooms.The Karen Blixen suite has 2 bedrooms with an adjoining lounge area and a large balcony, making this ideal for families.
During your stay you can stroll across the lawn to the AFEW Giraffe Centre to learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe or take a guided walk around the sanctuary. From Giraffe Manor, sightseeing vehicles can also take you around the Langata area.
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Airport transfers; transportation around the Karen and Langata area (within the check-in and check-out times); all meals; house wines, house soft drinks, house beers and house spirits; a laundry service; Wi-Fi internet access; entrance to the Giraffe Centre; Orchid House dining; boules and croquet are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have a safe, a fireplace, complimentary internet access, an en-suite bathroom with shower, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, mosquito nets, and dressing gowns.
The main manor has complimentary internet access, a library, 24 hour security, and a library.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful facade or elegant interiors - it's the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
Waking up to breakfast with a giraffe is a unique and unforgettable experience. Depending on where you are staying, you will have breakfast either in the main manor or in the Garden Manor breakfast room, but the giraffes know exactly where to find you! Watch out for their long inquisitive tongues as they investigate what’s on offer; luckily, it’s nutritious dried pellets of grass, molasses and corn that they’re after, and not pancakes and bacon!
A traditional afternoon tea at the manor is a delightful occasion not to be missed. Relax in the tranquil gardens with a giraffe or two in view, as you enjoy a tasty assortment of cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones and fruit platters.
During your stay you can stroll across the lawn to the AFEW Giraffe Centre to learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe or take a guided walk around the sanctuary.
From Giraffe Manor, sightseeing vehicles can take you around the Langata area.Local excursions include the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where guests can meet, feed and even adopt baby elephants. The nearby Karen Blixen Museum is dedicated to the Danish explorer and writer; Kazuri Beads sells locally-made jewellery. Visit the acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry and the innovative crafts complex, Marula Studios. The cost of driver and vehicle are included in the rate. Guests may need to share vehicles depending on demand and availability, and entrance fees to local attractions are additional.
Credit cards are accepted.