The hotel is set on 12 private acres in the affluent, leafy suburb of Langata. Built in 1932 as a colonial hunting lodge, today Giraffe Manor is a Nairobi icon and offers one of the city’s most special experiences.
Visitors often remark that stepping onto the property is akin to entering a scene from the film “Out of Africa”. The 10 guestrooms at the property certainly bring to mind an earlier era, with their charming antiques, canopied beds and classic Baroque furniture.
However, the thing that sets Giraffe Manor truly apart is its herd of endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, who are known to join guests for breakfast or for a cheeky snack through open windows or doors. When you aren’t busy feeding and walking with these long-legged residents, there’s plenty to do. Go visit the baby elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see author Karen Blixen’s former home (now a museum) and come back to Giraffe Manor in time for traditional afternoon tea on the terrace.