Amy Risley

Nairobi: Giraffe Manor

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.

Important Bits

  • Type:

    Boutique Manor

  • Rooms:


  • Pool/Gym:


  • 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.

  • Year Opened:

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

  • Wifi:


  • Minibar:

    Delicious complimentary snacks.

  • Vibe:

    Regal explorer's den meets storybook come to life.

  • Music:


  • Children:


  • Location:

    Karen, a southwest suburb of Nairobi.

  • 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.

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  • Price:

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


  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

  • : 47/50

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.

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