GIRAFFE MANOR RATES: Giraffe Manor
GIRAFFE MANOR -
LAVINGTON 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.
Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest and is only 20 kilometres from Nairobi city centre. Built in the 1930s, this luxury boutique hotel has maintained all the charm of the era and is now famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe. Giraffe Manor offers you an unparalleled experience of the giraffes, with them vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window.
Giraffe Manor is also home to many characters including warthogs, bushbuck, dik dik and more than 180 species of birds and has a striking view of the Ngong hills.
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Inspired by the Manor's original 1930's decor, the 10 luxury double ensuite bedrooms are designed with large four poster beds, antique furnishing, striking art decor and spacious bathrooms. The Finch Hatton's and Karen Blixen suites are suitable for families and have direct access to the courtyard.
The Main Manor consist of:
Betty's Room -
Double room with fabulous 1930s décor, in-room fireplace and en-suite Art Deco bathroom.
Daisy's Room - Two large single beds with overhead canopies, en-suite shower room.
Jock's Room - Twin queen size beds with beautiful silk covers, in-room fireplace and en-suite bathroom with shower & bath.
Marlon's Room - Twin beds with stunning green silk covers which complement the lavish silk curtains, en-suite shower room.
Lynne's Room - Double bedroom with exquisite décor and en-suite bathroom.
Karen Blixen Suite - The family room is accessed from the formal garden. The ground floor has a double bed and there is a mezzanine deck with two twin beds accessed via spiral staircase from the main ground floor bedroom. Large en-suite bathroom with bath and shower which is also wheelchair friendly. A day bed can accommodate a 3rd child and for children there is a chill out area below the deck ideal to watch DVDs.
The Garden Manor consist of:
Helen's Room - Double room with room for an extra bed for a child, en-suite bathroom with both shower and bath.
Arlene's Room - Double or twin with room for an extra bed for a child, en-suite bathroom with both shower and bath.
Kelly' Room - Double / twin / triple room that can accommodate 3 adults with en-suite bathroom with both shower and bath and unique giraffe detailed glass window.
Finch Hatton Suite - Family room featuring double bed and two single beds, en-suite bathroom with both shower and bath. There is also has a day bed that can accommodate a 3rd child.
Sightseeing vehicles can be arranged for local forays around the Langata area. The cost of the driver and vehicle is included in the rate. Guests may need to share a vehicle depending on demand and availability and entrance fees to local attractions are not included in the rate.
Local excursions include:
• Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
• Nyumbani Children's Orphanage
• Nairobi National Park Animal Orphanage
• Karen Blixen Museum
• Kazuri Beads
• Matt Bronze
• Marula Studios
• Utamanduni market and other shops in the area such as House of Treasures
It is also possible to rent hire a driver/guide for the day (approx $150.00 excluding park fees or extras) to take you to attractions such as:
• Kibera (Africa's 2nd largest slum) to meet some of the local people
• City Tours
• Nairobi National Park and day trips to Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Lake Natron.
• Horse riding
• Camel safaris
Giraffe Manor has a reputation for excellent cuisine. Meals are taken in the wood panelled dining room, with great ceremony. Breakfast is the most important part of the Giraffe Manor experience. It is the time when guests can really interact with and feed the Giraffe, from the breakfast table.
Giraffe Manor was originally built as a home by David Duncan in the 1930s. In 1974, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville purchased the property, and started a campaign to save the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The legacy of their efforts lives on today, with the resident giraffe of Giraffe Manor providing many of the offspring who have gone on to live in the wild and breed the population up. This project became a lifetime's work, and the family owned Giraffe Manor until March 2009 when the Kenyan based Tamimi Group acquired the property. With their strong environmental credentials, Tamimi will look to continue the strong focus on saving the Giraffe as well as ensuring that this incredible sanctuary remains a safe-haven for as long as possible.
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