Giraffe Manor is a joyous choice of accommodation in Nairobi; it is fun. This gorgeous old manor house has history and an uplifting atmosphere. The excitement of wonderful, long noses pushing through the windows of the breakfast room is shared by guests and staff alike, despite the fact that many of the latter have been here for decades.
Giraffe Manor: The DetailsAn old, historic ‘English country’ house dating back to the 1930s, the heyday of the colonial era in Kenya. The history of elegant-legged giraffes on its lawns dates back to the 1970s, when Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville first adopted an orphaned Rothschild giraffe, and then another. Their lives then became entirely focused on rehabilitating and preserving this threatened species, and they developed the giraffe sanctuary on the grounds.
The giraffes are nurtured within the 140 acres of the estate, until they are ready to be reintroduced into the wilds of safer National Parks and game reserves wherever possible. Some, such as Lynne, the wonderful old mama who has recently had a calf, prefer to stay and eat giraffe nuts from the hands, and occasionally mouths, of thrilled guests and staff.
Beneath the ranging long legs are a number of shorter ones, on less beautiful but very endearing warthogs, and peacocks can be spotted stalking the grass. The house is run as a house party, with dinner served at a long table in the dining room, after drinks by the fire on the terrace overlooking the rolling lawns. The mood is old school elegance, awash with the colonial history that made this a family home just a generation ago. There were originally five rooms in the main house, now there are 10 as a very sympathetic extension has been added. The old rooms are a little dusty and basic these days, but they retain the character of the bygone days, and the new extension has been brilliantly designed in keeping with the style of the rest of the house. It's a brilliant start or end to a safari holiday.
This is the most popular Hotel in Nairobi and therefore availabilty is often an issue, please call through to check availabilty.