Giraffe Manor

This boutique hotel is a Nairobi icon and offers one of the city’s most unique experiences: the opportunity to feed and walk with rare Rothschild’s giraffe.

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.

Location

How to get to Giraffe Manor

Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is around 40 minutes (29km) from Giraffe Manor in moderate traffic, while the drive to Wilson Airport (13km) takes approximately half this time.

Activities at Giraffe Manor

  • Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre visit
  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park day trip
  • Kibera Slum School or Ngong Hills Women’s Centre volunteer activity tour

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Giraffe Manor Highlights

  • One of the most unique boutique hotels in Kenya
  • Set in a former colonial hunting lodge
  • A nostalgic “Out of Africa” atmosphere
  • Opportunity to feed and walk with rare Rothschild’s giraffes
  • Only 12 romantic rooms decorated with antiques

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