CULTURE: Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Have you ever dreamed of staying somewhere with animals surrounding you? A hotel in Kenya gives tourists a chance to live with a herd of giraffes. For every suite in the manor you will get front row access to the sanctuary in which the giraffes live in. They’ll even pop their head in every once in a while for a tasty treat and to join you for lunch. Giraffe Manor sits on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. The manor includes beautiful lush green gardens, sunny terraces, and delightful courtyards.

What’s the story behind giraffe manor?

According to their biography, Giraffe Manor started back in 1930s when European visitors first came to East Africa in order to enjoy the lush wildlife and animal safaris. Due to this influx of visitors, Giraffe Manor was constructed to accommodate the tourists and give them the most comfortable living situation they could possibly have. In fact, guests that have stayed at the remarkable Giraffe Manor have actually said that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. One of the six suites that Giraffe Manor offers is also named after the author of the story, Karen Blixen.

What accommodations does Giraffe Manor offer?

Betty’s Room: A front facing room in the main manor. It has a double bed and is laden with 1930s decor, a roof terrace, in-room fireplace, and en-suite art deco bathroom with a bath and a shower. If you plan on bringing your kid, there’s even space for an extra bed or a cot.

Betty's Room in the esteemed Giraffe Manor. Named after famous author Betty Blixen.

Betty’s Room in the esteemed Giraffe Manor. .

Daisy’s Room: This room holds two large single beds that have overhead canopies. There’s also an en-suite shower room and access to the beautiful roof top terrace that overlooks the back gardens from the main manor.

Daisy's room in the esteemed Giraffe Manor.

Daisy’s room in the esteemed Giraffe Manor.

Finch  Hatton Suite: This is a suite located in the garden manor accessible from the ground floor. It features a double bed, a mezzanine with twin beds, a chill out area below the deck, an in-room fireplace, en-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath, and a day bed that can accommodate a third child if needed.

The Finch Hatton suite in the Giraffe Manor.

The Finch Hatton suite in the Giraffe Manor.

Karen Blixen Suite: This is one of the best suites that the manor has to offer. It is accessible from the formal garden. It has a double bed and a mezzanine with twin beds for children, the suite features a fireplace, en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath. For children, there is a chill out area below the deck which you can watch DVDs and is accessible for wheelchair users.

This is the Karen Blixen suite in Giraffe manor. This suite is named after renowned author Karen Blixen.

This is the Karen Blixen suite in Giraffe manor. This suite is named after renowned author Karen Blixen.

What activities does Giraffe Manor offer?

If you’re worried about not finding fun activities to partake in, you don’t have to worry. At Giraffe Manor you can actually feed the giraffes from your window. You can also stroll across the lawn to AFEW Giraffe Center and learn more about the type of giraffes that frequent Giraffe Manor. Then, sightseeing vehicles will take you around the Langata area. The excursions include the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can meet other guests of the hotel and even adopt a baby elephant. Then, there’s the Karen Blixen Museum dedicated to the Danish explorer and writer. There are also local stands that sell Kazuri Beads. These are only a few of the activities that Giraffe Manor offers.

If you’re interested in learning more about the manor, take a look at their website here. 

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