Giraffe Manor Nairobi
The Giraffe Manor is a preferential boutique hotel set on 12 acres of private land which is within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the suburbs of Nairobi. It is conveniently located 12 miles from the city center and 18 miles from JKI airport. The hotel maintains much of its original 1932 design and is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It has an extraordinary appeal of the 1930s; when Europeans first flocked the East Coast of Africa to enjoy safaris.
What sets the hotel apart, however, is the resident Rothschild giraffes that roam freely on the property regularly sticking their long necks through open windows and balconies in the hope of collecting feed pellets from amused guests.
Its stately façade, stylish interiors, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces, and delightful courtyards have led to many a guest asserting that it’s like walking into the film “Out of Africa” and indeed one of its 12 suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
When you are not feeding the giraffes or marveling at the spectacular views of the Ngong Hills from the comfort of your room, you can pursue palatable delicacies to your satisfaction. Every morning you can join other guests for breakfast in the sunroom (where once again you can delight in the presence of the giraffes). The weather allows for lunch to be served outdoors. Cocktails are served around a pleasant fire at dusk. Dinner is a splendid affair at the Manor with cuisines representing a blend of traditional and international ingredients suitable for your appetite.
You can also take a stroll to the nearby Giraffe Center; meet and even adopt a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Discover the history of white settlers at the Karen Blixen and Nairobi Museums and tour Nairobi National Park as well. A visit to the Giraffe Manor should definitely be on your bucket list. Feed and interact with the giraffes. The experience will exceed your expectations.