African Retreat Tours & Travels Ltd
Windsor House, 5th Flr
Muindi Mbingu St, CBD
P.O. Box 7362-00100, Nairobi - Kenya
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi's most iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. Whilst the building itself resonates with the past, very much present is the herd of eight resident Rothschild giraffe who tend to visit the Manor in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing out into their sanctuary of 140 acres. From 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species of giraffe.
Exceptional experiences in East Africa are what they do best. Giraffe Manor believe that East Africa is the home and the beating heart of true safari; and that each of the properties in its portfolio offer the purest experience of that. Young, imbued with energy and an optimistic outlook, and get up close and personal with Africa's pulse. Giraffe manor lodges and camps offer experiences and adventures that will leave you fuelled with vigour and a yearning to return to this place. You are invited to together with your dreams to come and experience what you thought was beyond reality
6 double bedrooms
Room dcor: Each of the six bedrooms in the manor house is tastefully decorated with rich furnishings of a bygone era. One bedroom is furnished with all of Karen Blixen's (',Out of Africa',) furniture, which she gave to Jock Leslie-Melville owner of the house in the ',Happy Valley', days. The upstairs hall has the bookcases that Denys Finch-Hatton made for her. Every room exudes class and comfort with a sense history around each corner.
Room amenities: There are four double rooms with bath, as well as one double room with shower (which is suitable for children traveling with parents).
Special features: You are likely to see the giraffes staring into your second floor bedroom window early in the morning and at breakfast they stretch their entire head and neck through the breakfast room windows, and expect you to feed them some pellets.
Dinner is usually hosted at one long table laid for silver service and waited on by white-jacketed butlers. It is a friendly affair where you mingle with the other guests and quickly make new friends. all meals (prepared by a gourmet chef), tea, wine and cocktails. - Lunches, teas, cocktails and dinners are also available to groups of fifteen or more. The breakfast morning room is light and airy with large windows, through which the giraffes stare hungrily.
All inclusive, personal attention, giraffes on grounds
Guests can feed and photograph the giraffe and the Warthogs at the Manor, and also wander through the adjoining primeval forest to view the bushbuck, dik dik, and more than 180 species of birds.
Nature walks, feed and photo graph the giraffes, Learn more about wildlife and the conservation of nature next door at the AFEW giraffe center. The manor is a short giraffe-step from several of Nairobis other natural attractions, including Karen Blixens farmhouse and Daphne Sheldricks famous elephant orphanage. Guests can also visit the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) educational center and sanctuary.