Photo courtesy of Giraffe Manor
Out in the leafy suburb of Karen, about 30 minutes' drive from central Nairobi, lies the Giraffe Manor. Famously home to the friendly, constantly hungry population of endangered Rothschild's giraffes, this is one hell of a place to spend a night or two. Built in 1932, it originally served as a family home for David Duncan of the Mackintosh Toffee family and was modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge. The interior is grand and elegant, with a wood-paneled dining room, library snug, wide staircase leading off in different directions, and a long, light breakfast room. Daisy Rothschild, the first giraffe rescued and brought to the manor, was hand-raised by American conservationists Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville once they bought the place. It soon became the norm for Daisy to put her head through the windows and doors, looking for a small snack. Since then all the giraffe brought to or born at the manor have copied this behavior. Breakfast has never been more thrilling! Nearby there are lots of lovely restaurants to choose from, including Talisman gastropub and the brand-new Boho Eatery. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is also a 10-minute drive, where at 11 a.m. every day guests can visit to see the orphaned baby elephants being fed.
By Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
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I had wanted to stay at Giraffe Manor for years. It didn't disappoint! Highlights included feeding giraffes outside while enjoying wine and afternoon snacks, a dinner in a candlelit wood-paneled room with only one table for all 12 guests, and of course breakfast, where giraffes poke their heads in for treats while you're dining. The look on my daughter's face perfectly captures the experience!
By Eric Stoen, AFAR Ambassador
Giraffe Manor is one of the most unique and iconic hotels in Africa. The Manor is home to a herd of resident giraffe and the beautiful animals visit the Manor twice a day in hope of receiving treats. The giraffes poke their long necks into the windows both early in the morning, joining guests for breakfast, as well as in the early evening at cocktail time.
By Katie Cadar, AFAR Travel Advisor
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Located just outside of Nairobi is one of the most unique accommodations...Giraffe Manor. A traditional English Manor settled on the grounds of conservation and breeding ground for wild Rothschild Giraffes combine together to give the guest an unbelievable experience. As a child my travel mate saw a special on Giraffe Manor and this extravagant splurge was one of the highlights of our East Africa trip. The service is exquisite but its the proximity with these amazing animals steals the show. Within a few days we could consider giraffes Lynn and Arlene as close friends of ours...
Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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