Giraffe Manor is an extraordinary and unique property and hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It is popular for its inhabitant herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that inhabit the vast grounds of the manor house. Every day soon before 9 am, the mammoth beasts stroll up in the hotel and poke their heads through the doors and windows of the hotel in search of morning treats.
Visitors could feed the giraffes from their breakfast, they could photograph them and interact with this wonderful animal from the open window, at the front door, and even at the second-floor room window. This is the only location in the whole world where one can share breakfast and interact with the world’s tallest creatures, giraffes.
The Giraffe Manor was constructed in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, on a land of 150 acres, running down to the Mbagathi River on the southern boundary of the town of Nairobi. In the 1960s the Manor was bought by a regional investor who rented it to a succession of people, including the late Dennis Lakin, before it became neglect and vacant.
In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville, who was a grandson of a Scots earl, and his wife Betty, who also established the EFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) purchased the Manor. They brought two highly endangered newborn Rothschild giraffes to the manor, where they flourished and developed several more generations of giraffes.
When Jock died, Betty chose to open her house to visitors, which is now called “The Giraffe Manor”. Today, numerous tourists make the Giraffe Manor as the main part of their East African Safari. Some spend more than a week over there and The Giraffe Manor has many repeat visitors, who have become old friends with the owner of the hotel.
The Giraffe Manor is encircled by 140 acres of the indigenous jungle just outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. And not only giraffes but the estate is also home to many varieties of birds, huge families of warthogs, and the elusive Bush Buck.
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