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Koitobos Rd, Nairobi 00503 Kenya
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Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately facade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen. However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.
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1234_10 wrote a review Sep 17
Ann Arbor, Michigan164 contributions61 helpful votes
My friend & I were very thankful when a room opened up, & we decided to splurge. It was an epic visit to GM…beautiful setting, giraffes & warthogs, wonderful food, attentive service. The staff goes out of their way to make sure guests have great pictures with the giraffes. It was a unique & unforgettable experience. I gave it 4 stars for 2 reasons: a one night stay is at most 22 hours, & they started getting ready for the new arrivals around 9 am. The housekeeping staff sat outside our room & waited for us to vacate. Everyone who was leaving was escorted out at 10 AM sharp. While I understand they have more extensive cleaning due to Covid, the last memory of being rushed out wasn’t the best. Second, for the price they charge, I expect over the top service, which they mainly delivered. They also request tips (the info book in the room recommended $25 per room,) & we tipped because it was a great experience. I would have preferred a no tipping policy because they should deliver exceptional service for the rates they charge!!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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gspinks wrote a review Aug 2021
DeWitt, Michigan5 contributions
The interactions and encounters with the giraffes from the adjoining giraffe conservatory were incredible. The giraffes came up to the terrace during tea time to be fed giraffe food, not the scones and cakes. Similarly, during breakfast the giraffes can come onto the terrace and stick their heads into the dining room to join people for breakfast. They could also stick their heads into some of the second story rooms, what a wake-up call ! The Manor's staff were incredible with attending to your every need, as well as making sure your experience with the giraffes would a once in a life-time experience
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Mbykova wrote a review Aug 2021
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A unique experience that is definitely worth it! Our experience was great! And we want to start our comment by saying that the highlight of our stay was the outstanding service of everyone who works at the Giraffe manor! The staff is extremely attentive! Our personal server Shadrack was above and beyond! The giraffes experience is one of a kind! We don’t know if it’s even possible to have similar interaction with these animals anywhere else, and it was out of this world! The property itself is like a museum! When booking, keep in mind that only some rooms have access to the herd and you will be able to feed giraffes in the morning from your own window or balcony. But if not from your room, please believe you will definitely have enough opportunity to feed giraffes on the property and take a million pictures! Our stay was two nights and we were glad we did that instead of one night. It gave us more chances to enjoy the place without feeling rushed! Absolutely a place to go back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms Betty and Daisy have a private balcony with an access to the herd.
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Emily wrote a review Aug 2021
Norwich, United Kingdom14 contributions11 helpful votes
This hotel is the most incredible place we have ever visited! We stayed one night in July 2019 (only now getting round to writing the review) at the end of our time in Nairobi before flying to the Maasai Mara. Given the cost of one night we had high expectations and they were truly surpassed. Attention was taken to every detail - the Manor is immaculate, we stayed in the Karen Blixen Suite as a family of 4 soon after the renovations occurred and it was stunning. The service was excellent, every staff member went out of their way to make the experience perfect. The food was delicious and the courtyard was a beautiful setting for dinner. We had dropped one of our phones in the pool and broken it the evening before and the Manager very kindly arranged for the phone to be taken to someone who could fix it and dropped one of us to a cash point to collect and pay for it. The personal touch to the experience and genuine care for their guests is what sets this hotel apart - not often seen in short stays. This hotel is an experience that all ages will enjoy and was certainly the highlight of our time in Kenya. It is truly magical and we cannot wait to return one day and bring along the rest of the family.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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whittykc wrote a review Aug 2021
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Worth the spot on your bucket list. An amazing experience from the moment you step on the grounds until the second you leave. Every detail exceeded our expectations. The children and adults both enjoyed the fun!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Giraffe Manor
Which popular attractions are close to Giraffe Manor?
Nearby attractions include David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (2.0 miles), Escape Room Kenya (4.6 miles), and Giraffe Centre (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Giraffe Manor?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Is parking available at Giraffe Manor?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Giraffe Manor?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamarind Restaurant, The Talisman Restaurant, and Tamambo Karen Blixen.
Does Giraffe Manor have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Giraffe Manor offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Giraffe Manor?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages (3.0 miles).
Does Giraffe Manor have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.