Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Imagine dining on a sumptuous breakfast of pancakes and coffee in an elegant dining room, the soft Kenyan breeze drifting through the large open windows. Suddenly an inquisitive, gentle giant appears through the window, looking to share your breakfast experience. Giraffe Manor has become iconic thanks to its incredible giraffe interactions.
Giraffe Manor is best known for its beautiful group of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, who love to poke their head through the window as you enjoy your breakfast. Each morning you’ll be given dried grass pellets for you to feed them as you feed yourself, their nosey tongues twisting in anticipation. You also have a delicious afternoon tea included in your stay, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sun setting over the Ngong Hills and more time with your new long-legged friends. The afternoon also brings the chance to feed giraffes out on the courtyard – you can even be given a kiss by them.
Located within 12 acres of land in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is a sophisticated stately house that boasts a picture-perfect scene of manicured courtyards, lush gardens and spacious terraces. We love that there are just 12 rooms and space for only 29 guests, giving you an intimate experience. Built in 1932, the Manor House has six rooms that have been endearingly remodelled by the owners Tanya and Mikey, whilst the Garden Manor built in 2011 using reclaimed material has another six. We find that all the rooms transport you back to the 1930’s with their sophisticated and romantic décor.
These gorgeous creatures have been roaming Giraffe Manor’s lawns since the 1970s, when Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville first adopted an orphaned Rothschild’s giraffe and named her Daisy. It was Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley who decided to buy the manor in 2009 and turn it into the globally-acclaimed hotel we see today. The pair have put so much time and effort to create a whimsical experience. Book yourself in for an idyllic private dinner in the fragrant Orchid House, relax in the Manor Room and play a game of chess with an artisan gin – the chess pieces depict beloved African animals – or ask one of the team to set up a game of boules or croquet on the lawn.
We ask that you remember the Rothschild’s giraffes are wild animals, so seeing them up-close is still not guaranteed.
- Breakfast with the resident giraffes
- Afternoon tea with the resident giraffes
- A double bed or two twin beds
- Full board food and drink (excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits)
- Game drives in a tailored 4x4 vehicle - guests may share vehicles depending on availability
- Private dinner in the Orchid House (depending on availability)
Open all year round. Children of all ages are welcome.
This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £565 / €670 / $735