Giraffe Manor, Nairobi: The Lowdown

Giraffe Manor is a classic of the Kenyan safari scene. Loved by families and grown up travellers alike, it brings its own special blend of magic to Nairobi.

What’s Giraffe Manor really like?

At a first glance a colonial manor house in downtown Nairobi seems a touch incongruous, but then, you’re going somewhere that giraffes pop their heads into the windows at breakfast time, so this is a place to be prepared for the unexpected. The overall feel here is incredibly peaceful. Although all of the hustle and bustle of Nairobi’s just a stone’s throw away, when you’re walking up the wide wooden staircase, or having tea out on the lawn, you really could be in an English country house. As long as you ignore the warthogs and the giraffes on the lawn… There are now around 10 bedrooms, split amongst the main house and a few cottages outside. If you just have an overnight stop here, we’d recommend arriving early on the day to make the most of your time.

Giving back at Giraffe Manor… To be honest, Giraffe Manor could fill itself many times over, so it’s commitment to responsible tourism is no marketing fluff- it’s born of a genuine desire to protect the Rothschild giraffe. Giraffe Manor is a safe haven for these highly endangered animals, and the babies from the giraffe centre have gone on to repopulate many other parts of Kenya.

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