Originally built in 1932 in the southern part of Nairobi’s suburb of Karen, in the style of a Scottish hunting lodge, Giraffe Manor has been a country house hotel since 1984. Most of the property’s roughly 700m by 800m (0.6km2) patch of land comprises the Giraffe Centre, run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife to conserve rare Rothschild giraffes. A group of giraffes live permanently in the grounds and neighbouring bush and regularly visit the house and gardens to be fed through the windows.
Our view of Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor is a uniquely eccentric country-house hotel that has enduring appeal. When it first opened, it was neck and shoulders above Nairobi’s other places to stay. Although we haven’t spent the night here, we can’t wait to do so. Our visits have convinced us that it’s still one of the best places around the city and, having long outgrown its early novelty appeal, is somewhere to which people can happily return over and over again. The difficulty of getting a room here, even sometimes a year in advance, is testament to its allure.
Giraffe Manor: Traveller ratings
Giraffe Manor is a unique and delightful place to stay in Nairobi.