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Giraffe Manor
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Langata Rd, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This is a hotel like no other. The accommodation itself is very plush, comfortable and decadent - well-appointed rooms with big, comfortable beds, huge bathtubs with lovely potions, and (for one of our two rooms) a large private balcony. The food is gourmet - really delicious. The staff are attentive and friendly. But of course what sets this place apart from anywhere else is the greeting from several giraffes and a crew of warthogs, right in the back garden. When we arrived, the staff took great pains to make sure we rushed out to see the giraffes, feed them, cuddle them and get photos taken because they knew they would be wandering off to the woodland soon and we would be away too early in the morning to see them again. We really appreciated this thoughtfulness, and will never forget our time hanging out with the giraffes even for a short while. Definitely recommended for a very special, memorable, and slightly surreal treat.

Room Tip: The "Betty" room has an amazing private balcony facing the giraffes area.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not stay at Giraffe Manor, but were able to go for tea, due to our hosts knowing the owners. Tea was a fabulous experience! Champagne first inside the gorgeous B&B, then a formal tea on the lawn. The warthogs greeted us first, then the giraffes came up to feed. We were given pellets to hand feed them, and wonderful picture opportunities.
Staying at Giraffe Manor must be fabulous, with the giraffes leaning in the windows at breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Classic elegant rooms, beautiful land and fantastic food. Be fed yourself and then go feed the animals. Great opportunity to learn more about giraffes and get up close and personal. Highlight of my trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Giraffe Manor was recommended to us by our agents as the perfect place to relax after a busy safari, on route to the Mobassa coast. We arrived a lunch time to the most idyllic setting, nestled within the hustle and bustle of a busy Nairobi suburb. The wooden giraffe sculpture on the gates showed our driver we were in the right place and the short drive up to the house revealed this charming manor house, based on a Scottish shooting house. We were met by the manager and given a guided tour and history about the building and how it came to be a sanctuary for giraffes. A truly superb meal on the veranda was followed by a nature walk to the giraffe sanctuary just outside the grounds and then back for one of the main events ; at about 5.30pm every day the giraffes, accompanied by their hilarious warthog friends, arrive at the front veranda for hand feeding, hugs and even kisses by the guests. We were lucky as the house was quiet and we had as long as we wanted feeding these graceful and endearing animals. They all had different personalities and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about each one of them. Time to freshen up for pre dinner drinks in very nice, well equipped rooms. It really feels like you have been transported back the days of the British empire and are staying in a colonial house as a guest of the owner. We were made to feel at home in really luxurious surroundings. The food and drinks are all included and the dinner was exceptional. We were then treated to a late night visit by the giraffes for more feeding (this is unusual I understand) before retiring to our comfortable bed for the night. Breakfast is served between 7 and 8 because that is when the giraffes come and join you ! If you have a room overlooking the gardens, you may be woken by a giraffe tapping at the window, asking for food ! Breakfast is a real treat – not only the food, but the way the giraffes, once again, interact with you. The photos say it all.
If you have the chance to go to Nairobi, this place is an absolute must ! Even for one night the experience was incredible, I cannot believe there is another hotel in the world like it. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is very possibly the most incredible and unique place we have ever stayed at. We only stayed one night but it was still fantastic. The service and food was enough to make this place totally worth staying at. Throw in a few giraffes and you have a wonderful experience ahead. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Thank you to all of them for making it so unforgettable.

We are so glad we made the effort. The breakfast will remain forever the most incredible meal we have ever had. Sharing with giraffes is very unique. You have to stay here one night in your life, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really, very special experience. The manor is all about sharing breakfast in the morning. It is pricey for rooms of its category - very charming, but not super luxury. Located in the suburbs of Nairobi, it is still good for a one-nighter as long as you have time to eat breakfast (7-8am) with the giraffes.

Incredibly special!

Room Tip: Betty is nice, has balcony on second floor.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had 12 hours there but from arrival to departure it was a real pleasure. Of course the giraffe feeding in the morning (from daybreak really) was the thing but breakfast and dinner were top class and the ambience was all about making guests feel as if they were at home. Well worth fighting through the Nairobi traffic to get there (the new road from the airport will help).

Room Tip: Jock looked out onto the front and the tallest giraffes can feed at the bedroom window.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Giraffe Manor

Also Known As:
Giraffe Manor Hotel Nairobi
Giraffe Manor Hotel
Address: Langata Rd, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 88 Specialty lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Giraffe Manor 5*

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