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.
An 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.
Giraffe Manor: What to expect
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 Kenya Safari or even any other African Safari
Giraffe Manor, Kenya Cost
Although Giraffe Manor offers a really unique experience but because of its fame, prices have rocketed and it is almost certainly not available unless you are booking at least a year in advance. As such, if you would like to begin your trip with close interactions with the giraffes, but the manor is either full or a bit too pricey for your liking, then we would recommend basing yourself next door, and actually just visiting the giraffe feeding point. A far less expensive option and offering the same interactions. Then you can save your money for more nights on safari!
A Video of the Giraffe Hotel
For a little insight into what the giraffe interactions are actually like in this unique hotel, please see our youtube video