Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic hotels, namely because it’s one of the only hotels in the world where you can feed giraffes from your window. Picturesque, and encased in history, you probably haven’t stayed anywhere quite like Giraffe Manor. So here is why you need to visit Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors, but its herd of domestic Rothschild giraffe which stroll freely on the property. These beautiful creatures often visit both morning and evening, poking their long necks through the windows in the hope of receiving a tasty treats, before venturing into their forest sanctuary.
The boutique hotel is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, teeming with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards.
Reminiscent of 1930s grandeur, boasting art deco features and four-poster beds, this is a boutique hotel with finesse. All guests enjoy full-board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks. Naturally, this comes at a price. Expect to pay from $440 USD per person.
There is plenty to do while staying at Giraffe Manor. Stroll across the lawn to the Giraffe Centre to learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, or take a guided walk around the sanctuary. Sightseeing vehicles can take you around the Langata area, and local excursions include the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where guests can meet, feed, and even adopt baby elephants.
When is the best time to visit Giraffe Manor?
Nairobi is at 5,889ft above sea level, making it cool at night and warm in the day. Because it’s situated close to the equator, the differences between the seasons are minimal, so any time is a good time to visit. However, the rainy seasons are from March to May and mid-October to mid-December. Giraffe Manor is closed annually in May for maintenance.
The Safari Collection
Originally founded 2009, The Safari Collection manages four luxury boutique camps and lodges in Africa. Eco tourism is the backbone of The Safari Collection ethos, where conservation, community and tourism stand side by side.
Each of the properties has an individually designed sustainability programme where they support and channel funds back into the local community for education, conservation and healthcare. They also source produce and materials locally wherever possible.
The Safari Collection can create a personalised itinerary for guests and recommend a private safari guide. See local traditions, get up close and intimate with nature, and move from camp to camp and region to region, on foot, by road, or air. You have the option to mix comfort and luxury with authentic bush living – whichever way you want it.
Visit the Safari Collection to find out more.