Amy Risley

Giraffe Manor

Nairobi

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    Part two of an African adventure

  • When

    May 2014

  • Who

    Me, some East and West Coast buddies and lots of long necked friends.

Highs + Lows

  • There's nowhere else in the world where you can get this close and intimate (we're talking kisses) with stunning giraffe. The resident Rothschild giraffe visit the manor morning, afternoon and evening in search of treats and new friends. You'll feel like a giddy kid from dawn to dusk.

  • The service is astounding, and incredibly personal. From the moment you arrive, you're treated as a guest in a private home, and the staff never tires of helping you attain the perfect giraffe selfie.

  • Even without its namesake draw, the property is beautiful and peaceful inside and out.

  • The Manor is closed each year during the month of May for maintenance (although I like to think it's the giraffe's pre-summer slim down).

  • Don't run out of food in your palm and try to just like, hang with them. Erica learned the hard way that a gentle nudge by a 2,000lb creature can definitely leave a mark.

: 47/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Manor

  • Vibe

    Regal explorer's den meets storybook come to life.

  • Location

    Karen, a southwest suburb of Nairobi.

  • Rooms

    10

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    Developed over decades by the Leslie Melville Family, it was officially taken on and opened by Rick Anderson in the late 1980s.

  • Designed By

    Mikey and Tanya Carr Hartley designed the Garden manor, furnishing locally with all Kenyan artisans and products. The original Manor house was built by a family in the 1930s, modeled after a Scottish hunting home.

  • Pool/Gym

    No.

  • Restaurant

    Stays are full-board including meals and drinks. Dinner is served in an elegant, formal dining room. Breakfast in the sunlit parlor is the main attraction...where you'll be feeding your long-necked friends far more than yourself!

  • Bar

    The communal living room has a classy and well-stocked spirits cabinet from which you can request a cocktail at any time of day, or make your own.

  • Minibar

    Delicious complimentary snacks.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Costly, but well worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the Area

Ivory poaching is a loathsome problem throughout Africa, and the wonderful people here have taken on the duty of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-releasing baby elephants who've lost their families. The trust is open to visitors daily, and you can even adopt a baby!

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Makueni County, Kenya

Ivory poaching is a loathsome problem throughout Africa, and the wonderful people here have taken on the duty of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-releasing baby elephants who've lost their families. The trust is open to visitors daily, and you can even adopt a baby!

Take a tour of the late Danish author's house and grounds.

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Take a tour of the late Danish author's house and grounds.

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