Let Giraffe Manor Take You Back to Childhood
Can you image giraffes poking their long necks into your room when you open the window? If you would like to experience such fascinating scene, you must visit this one-of-a-kind Giraffe Manor.


TextBecky Tu

Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel owned by The Safari Collection. Set in the suburbs of Nairobi – the capital of Kenya in East Africa, this manor was built in 1930, the period when it was popular for Europeans to take safari tours in East Africa. This manor is still one of Nairobi’s most iconic building since its establishment.

The manor was initially built to shelter the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. Eventually, Giraffe Manor not only extends its initial commitment but also becomes the must-visit attraction for many people because visitors can watch Rothschild’s giraffes closely and share breakfast with them. Now, let’s view the beautiful photos of this fantasy place taken by the family photographer Chi Hao Wei and Ruo-Jia Kung, founder of the Yii Cultural Enterprise.

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Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Stately and elegant appeal and interior plus the verdant green gardens and courtyards, and sunny terraces, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. In fact, one of guest rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.

There are 12 guest rooms in the manor and six of them belong to the Main Manor while the other 6 belong to the Garden Manor built later. To reserve the time and room type you prefer needs to be booked at least one year in advance. Once you check in the manor, you may dine with the giraffes at the breakfast rooms in the Main Manor or Garden Manor between 6:00~9:00 in the morning. You can touch the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes closely. When the giraffe bends its neck down to face you, staring at its big eyes and long eyebrows will turn you back to childhood and make you so excited with pure joy. 

Every room in the manor is named after giraffes. The size and view for each room differs, and not all rooms allow you to feed giraffes. When you make a reservation, make sure the room comes with introduction to Giraffe Feeding Access. Meanwhile, the manor will appropriate certain amount from the accommodation fees paid by all guests and allocate to the giraffe conservation funds. Moreover, guests can consider the sponsorship program of Giraffe Conservation Foundation to make more efforts. 

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