Giraffe Manor is a luxurious hotel owned and run by The Safari Collection and is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the experience of feeding and photographing giraffes from your window. You can book nights at this property or package it with a full safari through The Safari Collection.
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings: characterful, picturesque, and enveloped in history like the foliage creeping over its brickwork. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi and with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade and elegant interior, Giraffe Manor has an extraordinary appeal. Guests remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its six suites is named after the author Karen Blixen.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors: it’s the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
Giraffe Manor can be booked directly with The Safari Collection, as part of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you or through your local agent our tour operator.
Activities at Giraffe Manor in Kenya
Giraffe feeding: Giraffe Manor is one of the only hotels in the world where you can feed giraffe from your window.
Guided walks: A walk through its primeval forest enable you to learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, learn traditional uses of the varied flora, view some of the 180 bird species and perhaps meet a warthog or bushbuck.
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Visit the acclaimed Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry and the innovative crafts complex, Marula Studios. The cost of driver and vehicle are included in the rate. Guests may need to share vehicles depending on demand and availability, and entrance fees to local attractions are additional.
Giraffe Manor Accommodation And Facilities
Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of 1930s grandeur, boasting art deco features and four-poster beds. With eight superior rooms and two standard rooms, each has their own distinct personality, as well as spacious bathrooms and elegant furnishings.
There is a wifi connection throughout. All guests enjoy full-board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks (house wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks), excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits.
Giraffe Manor Room Types
Giraffe Manor Betty’s Room
Giraffe Manor Lynn’s Room
Giraffe Manor Daisy’s Room
Giraffe Manor Helen’s Room
Giraffe Manor Jock’s Room
Giraffe Manor Marlon’s Room
Giraffe Manor Karen Blixen Suite
Giraffe Manor Finch Hatton Suite
Giraffe Manor Arlene’s Room
Giraffe Manor Kelly’s Room
When to go to Giraffe Manor in Kenya
Nairobi is at 5,889ft above sea level, making it cool at night and warm in the day. As it is situated close to the equator, the differences between the seasons are minimal. During the months of June, July and August it can be colder, with temperatures as low as 35˚F. There are two rainy seasons, March to May and mid-October to mid-December. Global weather patterns are nowadays less predictable, so be prepared for all eventualities. Giraffe Manor is closed annually in May for maintenance.
How to get to Giraffe Manor
By road: Giraffe Manor is located in Nairobi suburb of Karen approximately 20 km a 30 Minutes drive from the City Center and about 35 Kilometers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport approximately 45 minutes to one hour drive.
A Map to Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor Contacts
Category: Vacation or Resort Hotel
Price Range: Premium (Above 300 USD)
City / Town: Nairobi
Road / Street: Nyumbi Road, Langata
254 20 5020888
Why do giraffes have long necks?
It’s a good question.
Indeed, the debate as to why giraffes have such long necks has raged for many years, even Charles Darwin touched upon it in On the Origin of Species. He explained that the species had obtained its very long neck by small, successive stages, each individual with a slightly longer neck being able to survive on average a little better than their shorternecked relatives.
Subsequent research into fossil evidence, however, has suggested that the giraffe grew its neck in response to changing climatic conditions. Giraffes, it seems, acquired their necks between 14 and 12 million years ago, a period during which Africa became significantly more arid and its forests gave way to savannah. Consequently, as the number of trees diminished, so competition for each tree increased, thus favouring the evolutionary selection of a long neck.
In the mid-1990s, however, some biologists began to raise objections to both these theories, claiming that observation had proved that giraffes did not actually use their long necks much at all to browse at height. In fact, at times when competition for food was fiercest, the females could spend up to half their time with their necks held horizontally rather than exploiting their height advantage. It was then argued that the giraffe had a long neck so that it might use it as a weapon in fights between
Male giraffes, it seems, indulge in bouts of ‘neck fighting’ to gain access to the females, swinging their necks at each other violently and using their heavy heads as coshes. Clearly then, a giraffe with a thicker and longer neck than its rival will reproduce most successfully.
Finally, in 2007, further research revealed that giraffes do indeed use their height to access food. It was then revealed that hourglass-shaped ‘browse lines’ can be seen on the underside of the woodland canopy, which are formed by the ‘hedge-clipping’ activities of the giraffes. Giraffes, we are told, browse on all the suitable trees in an area taking just a few small sprigs from the surface of each. The trees then respond with a thickening of the surface and this, in turn, provides a greater leaf table area for the giraffe.
So what’s the answer to the question? Well, debate continues to rage, but the current view is that all the above theories are correct.