Overview

Renowned the world over, Giraffe Manor, offers a truly unique blend of unparalleled wildlife interactions, refined hospitality, and a deep-rooted commitment to giraffe conservation. As its name suggests, the hotel’s most captivating feature is the herd of Rothschild giraffes that gracefully crane their necks through the windows, seeking treats from delighted guests. Set against the backdrop of a beautifully preserved manor house, guests can indulge in close encounters with these splendid creatures.

Nestled in Nairobi’s Langata suburb, the historic manor spans 12 private acres, part of a larger 140-acre indigenous forest. As one of Nairobi’s architectural gems, Giraffe Manor exudes an old-world charm reminiscent of the 1930s, an era when East Africa first became the go-to destination for safari enthusiasts.

Exterior view of Giraffe Manor with the sun shining through and a trio of giraffes nearby

Rooms

The original manor house boasts six distinct rooms named Betty, Daisy, Jock, Lynn, Marlon, and the Karen Blixen Suite. The interiors have been meticulously revamped, whilst carefully preserving its 1930s essence and rich heritage. Notable features such as art deco bathrooms, vintage furniture, and the namesake rooms speak volumes of the manor’s intriguing history.

In a bid to expand, 2011 saw the creation of The Garden Manor, located next to the original. Despite being erected nearly eight decades later, it successfully mirrors the aesthetics of the main house, utilizing reclaimed materials from the original era. The Garden Manor houses six charming guest rooms: Salma, Edd, Arlene, Helen, Kelly, and the Finch Hatton Suite.

Amenities

While Giraffe Manor may lack the pools and fitness facilities typical of other upscale Nairobi hotels, it more than compensates with its unique giraffe encounters. Waking up to these majestic creatures leisurely munching on greenery just outside your window is a truly unique experience, whilst breakfast becomes a delightful spectacle as giraffes curiously stretch their necks into the dining area. The devoted staff not only cherishes the building’s history but also has a profound bond with the giraffes, ensuring an accommodating experience for guests.

After the exhilaration of a safari, Hemingways Nairobi invites you to a realm of tranquil relaxation. Dive into the expansive outdoor pool, bask under the sun on the plush loungers, or find serenity within the spa, steam room, and sauna. Fitness enthusiasts can benefit from the well-equipped gym, while those keen on exploring the city can avail the hotel’s curated half-day tour of notable local attractions. Throughout your stay, the warm and affable staff ensure a memorable experience.

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Safari

Giraffe Manor is situated close to the Nairobi National Park, and day trips for safari can be easily arranged. The park stands as a unique testament to the wonders of nature, being the only national park located within a city’s boundaries. It shelters a vast variety of wildlife, from lions, leopards, and buffalos to zebras, antelopes, and giraffes, not to mention a diverse collection of over 400 bird species.

Stepping into the park, the city’s hustle and bustle feel worlds away, replaced by the tranquil backdrop of the Ngong Hills and expansive acacia-dotted plains that capture the true essence of Africa. Although the 117 square kilometer park is fenced on three of its sides, its southern boundary remains open, letting wildlife roam freely. Visitors can indulge in game drives with a private vehicle and guide, or opt for a brief safari walk near the entrance, perfect for a refreshing break before or after their excursions.

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Experiences

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Big Cats

At Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, guests can venture to nearby wildlife sanctuaries like Nairobi National Park for exceptional opportunities to observe big cats.

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A guest listens attentively during a cultural tour

Cultural Tours

Cultural tours offer guests a chance to immerse themselves in Kenya’s rich heritage, exploring local museums, historical sites, and vibrant markets.

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A guest enjoys a relaxing massage whilst on safari

Spa

Spa treatments at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi provide a tranquil experience, with a range of relaxing and rejuvenating therapies set in the mano