Breakfast with giraffes, Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Breakfast with giraffes, Giraffe Manor
Karen Blixen Room, Giraffe Manor
Lynn Bathroom, Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor


FREEDOM rating: ★★★★★

Live like you are ‘to the manor born’ amongst the elegance of this boutique hotel and experience breakfast and afternoon tea with inquisitive giraffes popping by!

  • Unique experience of breakfast with giraffes
  • Afternoon tea on the terrace with the giraffes
  • Manor house living with period features
  • Free access to neighbouring AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Relaxing retreat and convenient base for other sightseeing

About Your Hotel

One of the world’s most iconic hotels and wildlife experiences, Giraffe Manor sits proud in private grounds within a 140 acre forest reserve where giraffes roam free. Located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Langata, the hotel provides a restful place to stay before or after a safari and fulfils that bucket list experience.

With a history dating back to the 1930’s, the building is the picture-perfect manor house with a stately façade, an elegant interior retaining many period features and extensive grounds.

The Manor and reserve have played an important part in the conservation efforts of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Back in the late 1970’s, the previous owners Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) and adopted a number of orphaned giraffes including Daisy whose offspring can be seen today.

Whilst staying at Giraffe Manor, guests enjoy a number of unique activities:

  • Breakfast with Giraffes – One of travel’s most Instagrammable wildlife moments is enjoying your hearty breakfast whilst these curious creatures pop their long necks through the windows looking for a tasty grass pellet. Guests can enjoy this famous activity in the breakfast room between 0600 to 0900.
  • Afternoon Tea with Giraffes – Another opportunity for overnight guests to interact with these fascinating creatures. As the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills, relax on the terrace with delicious homemade cookies, cakes and sandwiches whilst your inquisitive friends lean over to say ‘hello’.
  • Visit the AFEW Giraffe Centre – A short stroll across the hotel lawn, a private gate provides hotel guests with free access into the Giraffe Centre. Here you will find informative exhibits and an elevated feeding platform where you can get face to face with the giraffe.


There are 6 rooms located in the original manor house, all furnished with period style and featuring en suite bathrooms, a safe and free WiFi.

  • Betty’s Room is named after the original owner and has a private balcony from which it is possible to feed the giraffes. There is a king size bed making this ideal for couples as well as a cosy fireplace.
  • Daisy’s Room is named after the very first giraffe here and comes with beautiful views of the Ngong Hills and double or twin beds. From its private balcony it is possible to feed the giraffes.
  • Jock’s Room is named after the original owner and features double or twin beds and a fireplace. From the window it is possible to feed the giraffes.
  • Marlon’s Room is named after one of the first giraffes who resided with Daisy. There are double or twin beds and an adjoining lounge area with sofa bed and an additional shower room. From the balcony it is possible to feed the giraffes as they pass by.
  • Lynn’s Room is named after the guardian of the herd who raised five calves in her time here. This ground floor room comes with double or twin beds and a small veranda which provides access to a larger seating area from where guests can feed the giraffes.
  • Karen Blixen Suite is named after the famous Out of Africa author. This two bedroom, two bathroom suite has an adjoining lounge with fireplace and is ideal for friends or a family travelling together. The balcony provides giraffe feeding opportunities.


Living room, dining room, breakfast room, spa room.

Room Type Occupancy Meals
Betty, Daisy, Jock, Marlon, Lynn

Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

FREEDOM rates this hotel ★★★★★

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Please note that the giraffes are wild animals and their visits cannot be guaranteed.

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Local Attractions

  • Nairobi National Park
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Giraffe Centre
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Nairobi National Museum
  • Masai markets

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