Giraffe Manor

Fancy sharing breakfast with giraffe whilst staying at an iconic, colonial-era Nairobi manor house? The picture of cheeky giraffe poking their heads through the windows of stately Giraffe Manor at breakfast has featured on many a celebrity Insta feed and TV documentary. Not surprisingly, the popularity of this luxury boutique hotel ensures that it is fully booked many months in advance.

With its traditional façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, the Manor epitomises 1930s colonial-era chic. Positioned on 12 acres of private land, inside a sanctuary for rare and endangered Rothschild giraffes who roam free in the gardens, there are just 12 luxury bedrooms, each named after either resident giraffe or early pioneers. Rooms feature private balconies, terraces and open fireplaces.

Facilities & Activities

Unsurprisingly, activities at Giraffe Manor are focused on guest interaction with the 4 legged residents as well as other wildlife, with highlights being afternoon tea served on the terrace and breakfast with giraffe joining you as invited guests! Manor residents can take a guided walk in the sanctuary or stroll across to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre to find out more about the tallest mammal on earth. Drive 25 minutes to the nearby Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to watched orphaned, baby elephants, and sometimes baby rhino, being bottle being fed by their keepers. If you choose to ‘adopt’ an orphaned elephant then there could be an opportunity to book a quieter visit after 4pm.  Visit Karen Blixen’s original home, now run by the National Museums of Kenya, or book in advance to take a longer excursion to the Nairobi National Park, the world’s only national park within a city.
Guests can also indulge in local shopping trips – the perfect opportunity to pick up quality leather goods, art work and more. Complimentary chauffeured vehicles are available for local sightseeing depending on demand. There is a spa offering massage treatments and a pretty orchid house that is the ideal spot for sketching and private meals.

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Guests enjoy a full breakfast, three-course lunch and dinner along with an English style ‘high tea’ served on the terrace with sandwiches and cakes at 5pm. Most drinks (including house wines, house beers and house spirits) are included. Breakfast starts early from 6.30am, which is optimum giraffe feeding time and perfect for the all-important photo opportunity.


6 bedrooms are located inside the original 1930s Giraffe Manor house with a further 6 rooms in the adjacent Garden Manor. The size of rooms in the original house vary but all feature en-suite bathrooms. It’s worth noting that some rooms have direct ‘giraffe access’, i.e. they can feed through your window, while others do not. However, all guests have the chance to feed giraffe during the afternoon tea and breakfast experiences to get that all important photograph.

The Garden Manor was built in 2011 in a style sympathetic to the original house and features larger ensuite bedrooms.

Please note that the hotel is closed on some dates – usually during April and May for annual refurbishment.

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There is a child sharing rate for children aged 3-11 years and infants, 2 years and under stay free.

The Karen Blixen Suite in the main Giraffe Manor and the Finch Hatton Suite in the Garden Manor are large family rooms that comprise of a double room with an open-plan, upper level mezzanine featuring twin beds above, accessed by a spiral staircase. An additional proper bed can be added on the lower level to accommodate three children. Alternatively, two smaller rooms upstairs in the main house, Marlon and Lynn, a double and a twin, are side-by-side and often booked by families.

Finally, larger double rooms, such as Edd’s or Salma’s room in the Garden Manor have a sofa that converts to a proper single bed and Kelly’s Room in the same building features three single beds (or one single and a double). Check access to each room when booking for toddlers and smaller children, as there can be steep staircases to upper floors.

Set in pretty gardens, there’s a dedicated children’s play area with a swing and outdoor games, with a member of staff permanently posted to ensure children stay safe.

The very substantial English style ‘high tea’ served at 5pm works well to keep hunger pangs at bay and dinner is served at 7pm, though an early supper can be arranged on request.


Located right next door to Giraffe Manor is the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, here they support conservation projects and teach Kenyan children about the importance of protecting local wildlife.

Giraffe Sponsorship – anyone can sponsor one of the ten Rothschild’s giraffes to create a more sustainable future for these gentle animals.

Mara Predator Conservation – this scheme uses science based equipment to monitor big cat populations and protect them from threats.

The manor is part of three other conservation efforts that aim to protect: rhinos, Grevy zebras and pangolins.


Giraffe Manor is located in the surprisingly rural Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest. Just 45 minutes from Nairobi’s main Jomo Kenyatta Airport and 25 minutes from Wilson Airport (depending on traffic), Giraffe Manor is the perfect beginning or end to your Kenya holiday. Most guests stay 1-2 nights.

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