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Giraffe Manor
Ranked #1 of 205 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“YOU'VE GOT TO STAY HERE!”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

Most people see the price of this place and say 'forget it'! but you simply have to stay here. How could you possibly go to Nairobi and not stay here???
We only booked 1 night as we had a very limited time in Kenya as it was but I was not going to miss this. We arrived late afternoon and the staff immediately called the Giraffes over so we would not miss a second of activity. We got to hand feed the giraffes and even mouth feed Lyn and Jock. They surprisingly do not have bad breath at all. Be brave and do it.
They showed us to our rooms in the mini manor around the side. It's much newer than the main building but doesnt look much different. We had booked 2 rooms but as they had no other guests they gave us 3 rooms (1 each).
They were huge and decorated beautifully as if we were right back when the manor was built.I especially loved the rain showers in the bathrooms.
We had dinner with the other manor guests (I believe we were there the same night as seagullrob) and the staff were just so lovely. They are so welcoming and no request is too difficult. We were being picked up quite early the next morning so they took all the information down and made sure we were awake and down for early breakfast with the giraffes.
The food was absolutely delicious and there was plenty of it.Drinks too.I couldnt have asked for a more perfect start to my Kenya Safari.

Room Tip: Try to get one in the main manor. We were in the mini manor and the giraffes didnt come to our windo...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

I have stayed at Giraffe Manor twice before, variously with my sons, one of their girlfriends, and my nephew, but this 2014 visit was with my wife, at last. She has heard all the terrific reports from the kids and me about Giraffe Manor, and read my previous TripAdvisor reviews, so was looking forward to going. Her Mum came too.
Since I was last here in 2012, there have been a few changes. The new building has been constructed, but it's in keeping with the original 1930's house - very well done, in fact. There's a gift shop and spa, as well as a new manager, Steve, and some new staff, like William. Many of the staff have been there for years, though. There are new giraffes, too, and some sad departures of other giraffes from various causes. Lynn, the most friendly of the giraffes (who will give you "giraffe kisses") is still there, and her latest baby, Jock, is growing up in her vein, and will already take pellets from between your lips.
This time we were in Betty's room; previously I'd been in Jock's room. It was great - a front corner room in the original house with access to a rooftop balcony (from which you can see Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day), and ensuite with shower over the bath. Improvements since I was last here include more reliable water pressure to the shower and more consistent wifi. My wife and mother-in-law tried the spa treatments and spoke highly of it.
Whilst there, we visited the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage using Giraffe Manor's free shuttle, and adopted a new baby elephant orphan for US$50.00. The shuttle also collected us from a Nairobi Hotel and dropped us off at the airport.
Pretty much everything is included, and the staff were on-hand all the time to press drinks into your hand. Terrific dinners are held with the other guests in the main dining room.
The giraffes are, of course, the main attraction, and they never disappoint. The resident warthogs are fun to watch too. There's nothing better than sitting out the front with a cup of tea or a gin & tonic, reading and watching the giraffes and warthogs, though I warn you, you'll end up putting the book down and feeding the giraffes. They will eat constantly - as long as you feed them, they will eat.
We had a camera crew and presenter Griff Rhys Jones ("Not the Nine O'Clock News") there filming a TV documentary about travelling Africa by train, so we will be interested to see when that screens.
Don't do what one couple did when we were there, and book only one night. Their plane was late getting in, and they arrived after dark. In the morning, their transfer turned up very early, and they only had about 15 minutes with the giraffes at breakfast. You need at least 2 nights here - I usually go for 3.
Staying at Giraffe Manor is an expensive proposition, no doubt, but it is an extraordinary experience in lovely surrounds. The fact that I've saved up and been three times speaks volumes. Trouble is - now my wife wants to go back again!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

The manor was old style charm, was cosy and very comfortable. The dining was of the highest level, and the service faultless. Having the most beautiful giraffes eating from your hand, and joining you for breakfast is what stamps this as a must stop. Paul from Australia

  • Stayed April 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Our family of four stayed for 3 nights at The Giraffe Manor in January 2014. We had researched the property and were very excited, as we love giraffes. We were absolutely amazed with the service, the property, the food, and the rooms. We were treated like royalty the entire stay. The staff knew we wanted to interact with the giraffes as much as we could, so they would come find us! Even early in the morning! The meals were wonderful, and we especially liked sitting at the big table visiting with people around the world. We loved the staff there---they seemed to genuinely love their jobs, and went out of the way to make us welcome. On our last night our adult son became very ill. I called for assistance very early--at about 5am, and the manager, Steve, came to help. He called for a driver and escorted us to the hospital clinic. He stayed with us the entire time. He even made arrangement for my husband and daughter to pack up and meet us at the clinic so we could make our flight. He called their sister property, Solio Lodge, to let them know one of our party was ill so they would anticipate our needs. He even made arrangements with the travel company to hold our flight for 15 minutes in case we were late getting to the airport. We will absolutely return for another visit to Giraffe Manor---They have won us over completely.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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London
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We loved this hotel! We stayed for two nights and everyone and everything was fantastic. We had gone for the giraffe experience and it lived up to everyone’s expectations, especially my youngest who was very big on kissing them! The food was great, the staff very friendly and helpful and Steven even gave us a list of books based around the area I am now working my way through. I would not think this was a great place you younger kids though as the food was quiet grown up and there was no pool or games rooms, so with the wildlife you would have to keep a close eye on them.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2014

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
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Beaufort, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2014

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
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Property: Giraffe Manor
Address: Langata Rd, Langata, Nairobi 00503, 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 Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 205 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Giraffe Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Giraffe Manor Hotel Nairobi

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