For travelers who have a fascination with giraffe, the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi is one place that offers a boutique hotel experience like no other.
Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi.
As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European 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 six suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who 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.
The hotel’s 10 rooms each have their own distinct personality, elegant furnishings, art deco features and four-poster beds.
There are three doubles: Betty, Lynn and Arlene; four double/twins: Daisy, Jock, Marlon and Helen; a twin/double/triple: Kelly; and two suites – the Finch Hatton Suite (double/twin/family) sleeping up to five (2 adults and 3 children), and the Karen Blixen Suite (also sleeping up to 5 – 2 adults and 3 children) which opens directly onto a courtyard and is perfect for families and wheelchair users.
All guests enjoy full board during their stay,which includes all meals and most drinks (house wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits).
Complimentary chauffeured vehicles are available for sightseeing, however guests may need to share vehicles depending on demand and availability.
If you aren’t too busy feeding the resident herd of endangered Rothchild giraffes, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay. Nearby you can visit the acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry, Kazuri Beads which sells locally-made jewellery or the Marula Studios innovative crafts complex.
The Safari Collection is acutely aware of the delicate balance between tourism, community and conservation, and how its actions can affect each element of this triangle to facilitate positive change and development.
The communities living around its properties are key to the preservation of the wilderness area and the wildlife that lives there.
The Safari Collection is supporting conservation and community development through a few carefully chosen projects, all of which directly conserve wildlife, addressing the primary causes of their decline and meeting the most important needs of the surrounding communities.
Its hands-on conservation team is committed to protecting, maintaining and enhancing the incredible landscapes in which they work, in order to support the long-term vision of The Safari Collection and to preserve the wilderness for future generations.
The Safari Collection was founded out of a passion to share the magic of Africa. They uphold sustainable environmental practices and provide vital economic opportunities to the rural people of Kenya and recognise that we have an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations and facilitating the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry.
At 5,889 feet above sea level, Nairobi is cool at night and warm in the day, with two rainy seasons March to May and mid-October to December.
Situated close to the equator, seasonal differences are minimal, however in June, July and August, temperatures can be as low as 35˚F / 2˚C. As global weather patterns become less predictable, be prepared for all seasons. Giraffe Manor closes in May for maintenance.
For more information on Giraffe Manor, visit www.thesafaricollection.com/giraffe-manor.