Giraffe Manor is a beautiful, small hotel located in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, which in collaboration with Giraffe Centre serves as a home for some endangered Rothschild giraffes and operates a programme through which they intend to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to ensure the future of the subspecies.
The Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s, which means that is strongly connected with the past and still preserves elements reminiscent of that period.
The most amazing thing here is that a herd of eight resident Rothschild giraffes is visiting the Manor in the mornings and in the evenings to greet the guests and to receive some snacks before venturing out into their 140 acres natural sanctuary.
Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville are the owners of the Giraffe Manor since 1974 and the ones who made real their lifelong ambition consisting in preserving this beautiful and threatened species of giraffes.
Giraffe Manor is located 40 minutes away from Jomo Kenyatta airport and 20 minutes from Wilson Airport.
The Manor includes 10 luxury rooms, all en-suite, one being the Karen Blixen Room, which is useful for wheelchair users and families. It can accommodate up to 25 people, with the option of extra beds and rooms. Children of all ages are welcome at the Giraffe Manor because they are guaranteed meetings with the giraffes and the joy of having new wild friends.
Picture: Giraffe Manor Credit: IOL
If guests want to go sightseeing, they can take one of the vehicles from the hotel in order to visit all the main tourist attractions in the local area. They can visit Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Beads, Matt Bronze, Marula Studios and the Giraffe Centre.
The breakfast table. Picture: Giraffe Manor. Credit: IOL
There are only 700 Rothschild giraffes in the world, which means that the species is still endangered.