I can't tell you how close we were to canceling our Kenya trip after the Nairobi market bombings. But we decided to continue our trip with our 5 kids ranging from 4-21 anyways. We are so glad we did! Giraffe Manor is on the outskirts of Nairobi in a more suburban area of Karen, so after a hour long taxi ride, we were pleased to be out of the chaotic part of the city. The manor is beautiful and well-maintained. We had a room in the original house and also in the new addition (you would never know it was brand new- they did an amazing job of recreating the original feel) The staff was so friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and plentiful. Even our sometimes-picky 4 year old loved it. But one of the best things about our stay was how safe and at home we felt. We didn't even lock our rooms!! .....and, of course, you can't forget the giraffes and the funny warthogs. What an experience! We loved our time at Giraffe Manor.
The only "complaint" I would have is the toilets. They were really difficult to flush. I'm sure housekeeping would agree :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Giraffe Manor Hotel Nairobi