Giraffe Manor hotel in Nairobi, Kenya

Can you guess how this small hotel in Nairobi, Kenya got its name and is so popular? Well, it is unique in its own way and only one of its kind in the whole world, I think.

Giraffe Manor is about 20 km from the city centre. It is located in 12 acres of private land. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. Whilst the building itself resonates with the past, very much present is the herd of eight resident Rothschild giraffe who tend to visit the Manor in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing out into their sanctuary of 140 acres. From 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species of giraffe. Giraffe Manor, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes.

Visitors share your breakfast with the giraffe popping their heads through the window. the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (set up by the Leslie-Melvilles) continues to protect and nurture the Rothschild Giraffe

Travelers from all over the world now make The Giraffe Manor part of their East African safari, the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table and at the front door.

Personally hosted, The Giraffe Manor is an elegant and exclusive small hotel with a rich blend of welcoming accommodation, highly trained staff and one of Nairobi's finest kitchens.

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