The Giraffe Manor, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is surrounded by 140 acres of its own park and forest thirty minutes from the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, with superb views of the Ngong Hills. Today, it is the only place in the world where guests can feed and photograph giraffe over the breakfast table, at the front door, and even from a bedroom window.

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The Giraffe Manor is a picturesque foliage-covered boutique hotel originally built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan. Surrounded by 140 acres of its own park and forest and thirty minutes from the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, Giraffe Manor stands as a grand, family-friendly getaway in the Ngong Hills. In 1974, Jock Leslie-Melville, grandson of a Scots earl, and his American wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), bought Giraffe Manor and transformed it into the icon it is today. They are credited with moving two highly endangered baby Rothschild giraffe to the estate, where they thrived and have produced several further generations of giraffe who continue to delight guests from around the world.

Personally hosted, Giraffe Manor is an elegant and exclusive boutique hotel with a rich blend of welcoming accommodations, highly trained staff, and one of Nairobi’s finest kitchens. The hotel’s eight superior rooms and two standard rooms boast art deco features and four-poster beds, as well as spacious bathrooms and elegant furnishings.

Aside from its beautiful façade and elegant and interiors, Giraffe Manor is most well known for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe, who unabashedly poke their long necks into the windows throughout the day in hopes of retrieving a treat. They then return to their forest sanctuary at the adjoining Jock Leslie-Melville Nature Education Centre, better known as the Giraffe Center, which has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe but now operates conservation and/education programs for Kenyan school children and visitors from around the world. There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face-to-face and feed them to their heart’s content.

Guided walks and sightseeing drives through the surrounding primeval forest are also available at Giraffe Manor and enable guests to learn about traditional uses of the varied flora, view some of the 180 bird species, and perhaps meet a warthog or bushbuck.

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