Kenya

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

Imagine waking up in the morning to find a giraffe poking its head through your bedroom window. Sounds like something out of a dream rather than real life, doesn’t it? But Giraffe Manor can turn that dream into a reality. A stunningly beautiful 1930s manor house turned boutique hotel just outside of Nairobi, it is set within an indigenous forest where endangered Rothschild’s giraffes roam free. Whilst all hotels have something special about them, staying at Giraffe Manor is an entirely unique experience as you share breakfast with the friendly creatures who lean their long necks through the windows, hoping for a treat or two. Every day here is a delightful adventure.

Location

Giraffe Manor is an hour’s drive from Nairobi airport and ideal as a first stop on a Kenyan safari trip. It is set in private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. During your time here you’ll no doubt be fixated on the giraffes and as well as interacting with them at the hotel itself you can wander over to the Afew Giraffe Centre and visit and adopt orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust nearby.

Your room

Originally built as a family home for Sir David Duncan in 1932, the 12 rooms are all of different shapes and sizes and each has unique features, so all you have to do is pick your favourite. With perks ranging from in-room fireplaces and winding staircases to private rooftop terraces, balconies and verandas; there is something to suit everyone’s taste. They are all decorated in a 1930s style, with a particular focus on giraffe-themed art, and boast floor to ceiling windows all the better for catching up with your new long-legged friends. We recommend staying in the rooms that have giraffe access, with little bowls of pellets left on the windowsills to feed them with.

Why we like it

It is pretty clear what sets Giraffe Manor apart from any other hotel we’ve been to and staying here is an experience we can’t recommend enough. All of the giraffe interaction activities are unforgettable and will be loved by people of all ages, from sharing your breakfast with them in the morning to having a guided walking tour through their sanctuary to indulging in an afternoon tea on the terrace with them roaming in the distance. It is perfect for both a family holiday with children or a couple’s retreat, with romantic private dinners in the Orchid House a real highlight.

Other Hotels in Kenya

Lengishu, Kenya

Lengishu gifts its guests a slice of the Kenyan highlands, all to themselves. A glorious exclusive-use home – perfect for families or groups travelling together…
View hotel

Eden Nairobi

The moment you step through Eden Nairobi’s doors, it feels much more like a home than a hotel; perhaps because it once was. Originally designed…
View hotel

Borana Lodge, Laikipia

Capture the magic of Africa from the enigmatic setting of Borana Lodge. On a rolling hillside in the heart of Laikipia, safari in all its…
View hotel

Mahali Mzuri, Maasai Mara

Translating as 'beautiful place' in Swahili, Mahali Mzuri certainly lives up to its name. Commanding sweeping views across the bush, you'll have front row seats…
View hotel

Ol Lentille, Laikipia

Located at the highest point of Laikipia in northern Kenya, perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje in the heart of a private…
View hotel

“Many companies brag about offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But with Black Tomato it’s not hyperbole”

“Black Tomato are one of the coolest things in the world. Don’t even try and live without them”

“Black Tomato is a super innovative company where the sky is the limit for their clients”

“Black Tomato prides itself on meeting customers every minor need or desires”

“Black Tomato is the choice provider of mind-expanding holidays”

“Black Tomato has made it a mission to keep the world of travel fresh, responsible, and exciting”

“Tailor-made travel experiences that truly get under the skin of a country and its people”

“Black Tomato is a leading luxury travel company that provides innovative and inspiring experiences”