Giraffe Manor, Nairobi Kenya.
Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel of the Safari Collection. There’s no greater Charm than what you can find at Giraffe Manor. It is often regarded as one of the most viewed properties in the world and is located on 12 hectares of private land in a 140-hectare native forest on the outskirts of Langata in Nairobi, Kenya. Giraffe Manor is one of the most famous buildings in Nairobi. The historic mansion has an exceptional appearance and dates from the 1930s when European visitors travelled to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its majestic facade, elegant interior, green gardens, sunny terraces and charming courtyards, customers often notice that it feels like entering the film Out of Africa.
One of the most fascinating things about the Giraffe Manor is the herd of Rothschild giraffes, who can slide their long necks in the windows in the morning and evening in the hope of a reward before retiring to their forest reserve. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night.
The ROTHSCHILD GIRAFFE is a subspecies of the Northern Giraffe and is also known as the Baringo or Ugandan giraffe. Rothschild is an endangered species in the world. They have disappeared (EXTINCT) in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and only found in Kenya and Uganda, where their numbers are fairly rare.
To address this problem, the African Species at Risk Fund founded the Giraffe Center in 1979 with the intention of breeding Rothschild giraffes on 140 hectares of land. Their attempt to increase the giraffe population and bring them back to national parks was a success. Since then, they have focused on educating young Kenyans about the importance of nature conservation.
The founders of the giraffe centre also needed an apartment, and it happened to be an ivy-clad brick mansion in the middle of the breeding area. After the founders had lived there for a few years, they had a brilliant idea: convert the manor house into a luxurious 10-room hotel called “Giraffe Manor“.
It couldn’t have been a better idea. Today Giraffe Manor is one of the most famous and unique hotels in the world. Every morning in the giraffe centre, giraffes go from their natural habitat to the windows of the giraffe house to have lunch with the guests. This gesture is usually exhilarating, sentimental and thrilling to the core.
They stretch their neck down to get to the lower rooms or reach the upstairs windows. They swallow everything on the plate, their faces right next to those of the hotel guests. Since they have unlimited roaming rights, this is purely voluntary. When they have finished eating, they stick their heads out of the huge windows of the giraffe house and continue their normal life. What an experience?
Who can Book this Magical Hotel Boutique?
Anybody is eligible to book this Giraffe Manor, however, please note you cannot just walk in and have an ala carte menu for lunch, they do not allow this. The Garden Manor is allocated specifically for guests that are booked overnight or using more than one of their properties on a booking. This will enable you to fully utilize their combination special Sala’s Camp Sasaab and Solio Lodge. (They are located at Masai Mara National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Laikipia, Respectively.)
The Garden Manor House (2011)
They have two Houses, the original one built 78 years ago and the current one built-in 2011. The Garden Manor is a replica of the original mansion, and although it was built many years apart, the difference would never be felt. The current owners, Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley, used a lot of the materials that come from houses that date back to a period similar to that of the original mansion. It also has six bedrooms: Salma, Edd, Arlene, Helen, Kelly and the Finch Hatton Suite. Each room offers a view of the sanctuary and the giraffe experience offered to customers is the same regardless of the area of the house they are in. The local giraffes use the opportunity well daily to visits the two buildings in search of goodies! The main difference is that the Garden Manor was created exclusively for clients of the Safari Collection real estate portfolio so that the main house remains as accessible as possible for everyone.
The Manor House (1932)
The original mansion was built in 1932 and has six rooms: Betty, Daisy, Jock, Lynn, Marlon and the Karen Blixen Suite. Since the acquisition of the Giraffe Manor in April 2009, Tanya and Mikey have turned this hotel into one of the most sought-after hotels in the world. They have lovingly redesigned the interiors to ensure that the manor house has retained its 1930s character and charming history. An original art deco bathroom, antique furniture and the names of the individual rooms show something of the manor’s colourful past.
This clicks the endangered Rothschild Giraffe or the Baringo/ Uganda Giraffe, you will be busy feeding them Rothchild, you can opt to relax in the manor house or explore the surrounding green suburbs, which offer several renowned local craft centres and fine shops. Admission to local attractions is extra.
Breakfast with the Giants (6:00 am – 9:00 am)
Giraffe manor is widely known for having breakfast with these huge beautiful giants, for the breakfast, this is one of the most incredible and unique experiences you can have. This activity is reserved for customers staying at the Giraffe Manor and should not be missed. Cross the lawn of the mansion and look through the large windows with their elegant necks. Watch out for their curious tongues, which can grow up to 20 inches long. Fortunately, they’re nutritious dried grass dumplings they are looking for, not your pancakes! PLEASE NOTE: Giraffes in the Giraffe Manor are wild and therefore you are not guaranteed interaction with them.
Regardless of which house you will be taking your breakfast from, do not worry, these pretty giants know exactly where to find you, just like Love, don’t chase it, it will locate you where you are, the same thing applies to these Rothschilds Giraffe Afterall you have more than 3hours to interact with the giraffes.
When feeding the giraffe, it is better to give them one pellet at a time. This helps with their digestion and ensures that the experience lasts longer.
Giraffe Centre (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Take a walk on the lawn of the house and you will be at the Giraffe AFEW centre (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife). The centre, founded in 1979, has set itself the task of educating Kenyan school children about the incredible wildlife and environment of their country and breeding the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Every guest of the Giraffe Manor donates to AFEW, which is used for its conservation projects across Kenya. In the giraffe centre, visitors can experience the largest species in the world up close! On the feeding platform, giraffes love to interact with visitors and grab their long, curious tongues in the hope of a treat. It is fascinating to see her mascara at a distance of a few centimetres, to feel the roughness of her dark tongue and to observe her different personalities.
Probably you have enough of the giraffe centre, you can know to walk back to this incredible. Afternoon tea on the terrace behind the Ngong Hills at sunset, accompanied by some leggy friends. Traditional afternoon tea in the manor house is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and is a delicious opportunity not to be missed. Relax in the quiet surroundings of the mansions with one or two giraffes insight. They are served with a delicious selection of cookies, cakes, sandwiches, scones and fruit trays. It’s also a great opportunity to crank up the air on their oversized garden swing and maybe even take a swing selfie while feeding a giraffe!
To wind up your well spend the day, you can decide to rest at the Orchid House.
You can visit this Visit us anytime during your stay or arrange a special private dinner. Perfumed and full of light, the orchid house was born from Tanja’s and Mikey’s shared passion for orchids and is a charming little hidden corner of the manor house where you can spend time. Reading, meditating, or drawing one of the 150 orchids growing there can be a soothing escape. If you’d like to enjoy a romantic candlelit dining experience in the foliage of their beautiful orchid collection, they’d love to see this – let them know. Please note that while this experience is at no additional cost, it is subject to availability.