Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

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984 Reviews
Guide Price £1,019 per person
Based on 10 December 19, staying for 2 nights full board in a Standard Room (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Eat breakfast with giraffes

Giraffe Manor must be one of Kenya's best-known hotels, due to the amazing opportunity to share your breakfast with the beautiful free-roaming Rothschild's giraffe. As you dine on your freshly prepared breakfast it is common for the giraffe to pop their heads through an open window to see what's going on, making this a truly unique experience.

The iconic property was built in the 1930s when the desire to experience a safari was just beginning. Situated on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of forest, this stately home is set on the edge of Nairobi National Park, just outside Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, so it is an excellent place to start or finish your safari holiday.

Manicured grounds and 5-star service make a stay at Giraffe Manor a highlight of any Kenyan holiday. Giraffe Manor has been the subject of several TV shows including BBC2's Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, hosted by restaurant critic Giles Coren and MasterChef judge Monica Galetti.

While the stars of this hotel are undoubtedly the giraffe, as with all wild animal experiences we cannot guarantee their appearance, though they are likely to appear in the early morning and late afternoon/evening before returning to the forest for the night. This is an exceptional hotel that should be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime.

  • Eating breakfast with the giraffes
  • Walking through the grounds with giraffes
  • Visiting the David Sheldrick Baby Elephant Sanctuary

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"Giraffe Manor is very popular and therefore can fill up fast as it has just 12 bedrooms. We recommend planning as far ahead as you can to avoid disappointment."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Spa facilities
  • Weddings
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique
  • H&J Recommended
  • Iconic

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
Location Highlights

Giraffe Manor

  • Away from it all
  • 60-90 minutes depending on traffic from the international airport
984 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 889
  • Very Good 64
  • Average 19
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 5

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jun 19, 2018

An Amazing experience !

Henfield, United Kingdom

Tea and breakfast with the Rothschild giraffes in a superb manor house hotel support by excellent staff and facilities. Its expensive but a real once in a life time experience which doesn't disappoint.
Jun 19, 2018

Honeymoon in Giraffe Manor

Tampa, Florida

The pictures online don't do this place justice! The manor itself is beautiful and customer care could not be any better. We loved our room (get room Betty if you can!), the unique homey feeling (self-service at the bar, group dinners, and small groups of guests that never felt overwhelming). Francis was wonderful and knew exactly the best photo shoots with the Giraffe residents. If you are traveling to Africa, we can't recommend enough making time to visit Giraffe Manor!
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Room Types

There are two room types at Giraffe Manor, Main Manor rooms and Garden Manor rooms with 6 rooms to each type. Each bedroom has its personality, character and design, though all rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, large four-poster beds and antique furnishings. There are also 2 family suites.

Main Manor Rooms

The Main Manor rooms are called:
- Betty = This front facing room has a roof terrace. The giraffes can come to the rooms windows
- Daisy = This room has a roof terrace looking out over the rear gardens and giraffes come up to just below the terrace. There are 2 large single beds in the room
- Jock = The giraffes are able to come to the windows of this room
- Lynn = Situated at the back of the manor, this room is a small double bedroom
- Marlon = This is a small room with a small double bed
- Karen Blixen suite = The suite is accessed from the courtyard garden and is large and spacious with a double bed and a mezzanine with 2 single beds perfect for children under 12. The room is also accessable for wheelchair users

  • Bath
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Towels included

Garden Manor rooms

The Garden Manor rooms are allocated specifically to guests that are staying at one of Giraffe Manor's sister properties which are Sala's Camp in the Masai Mara, Sasaab in the Samburu and Solio Lodge in Laikipia.

The Main Manor rooms are called:
- Arlene = This is a standard double bedroom
- Edd = This double room is on the ground floor with its own veranda. There is a day bed that is great for children under 12
- Helen = Can be setup as twin or a double bed. Located at the back of the main lawns you can sometimes feed giraffes from your window
- Kelly = This is a triple room, you have either have 3 single beds or 1 double bed and a single bed. You can sometimes feed the giraffes from your window
- Salma = This is a twin room with a balcony looking out to the breakfast room where the giraffes often stand
- Finch Hatton suite =  Located on the ground floor, the room has a double bed and a mezzanine with 2 single beds

  • Bath
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

Breakfast is served in the sun room, this is where the giraffes lean through the windows to dine with you. For dinner you can choose to eat in the dining room or dine privately.

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Family Friendly Facilities

All children are welcomed to Giraffe Manor with meals and activities tailored to suit their requirements. Babysitting can be arranged with prior notice.