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The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

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.

Location: Nairobi - Kenya 
Nearest Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International  
Prices:From $550.00 per night per person



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.

Superior Suite

The Superior Suite provides the ultimate in luxury and comfort for guests. The Suite is spacious and well appointed with exclusive furnishings to make for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.

Superior Suite features:

  • En-suite bathrooms

  • Hairdryers

  • Torches

  • Wireless internet

  • Sewing and nail kits.

Superior Rooms

The superior rooms include the Jock, Betty, Karen Blixen, Kelly, Arlene, Helen and Finch Hatton Suites. The Karen Blixen and Finch Hatton suites are suitable for families. The Karen Blixen suite is suitable for wheelchair users. These two suites have direct access to the courtyard.

Superior rooms feature:

  • En-suite bathrooms

  • Hairdryers

  • Torches

  • Wireless internet

  • Sewing and nail kits

Accommodation Insight

The main activity at the Manor is feeding the giraffe and warthog. Other excursions can be arranged into Nairobi such as a visit to a Maasai Market, where you can shop for artistic Maasai beads, stock up on crafts and curios as well as enjoy a colourful display of ethnic materials, handmade bags and accessories.


It is also possible to arrange trips to the Kenyan National Museum where you can learn more about the Kenyan history and heritage. The property has access onto the giraffe sanctuary, which is included in the rate.

Breakfast is served in the sun room, with its enormous windows flung open in welcome of the giraffe that come and join you. You will have the opportunity to eat privately, or to join other guests of the house for dinner. There is wi-fi in the Manor, a TV lounge with open fires throughout the property.

Top Things to Do:

  • Share Breakfast with a giraffe 

  • Take a guided walk into the sanctuary, or stroll across the lawn and visit the AFEW giraffe centre

  • Meet, feed and adopt a baby elephant as an additional excursion

  • Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace as the sun sets behind the NGONG Hills

  • Discover the history of European settlers at the Karen Blixen & Nairobi museums

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