Just outside the bustling heart of Nairobi is the suburb of Langata, home to the iconic Giraffe Manor. This hotel is nearly a century old and reminiscent of a Scottish sporting lodge. Nestled on 12 acres of private land and surrounded by forest, the manor is enchanting in its own right—an ideal honeymoon destination.
Chad and I visited the manor on our trip to Kenya last year as a way of combining two of our greatest loves: beautiful wildlife and unique travel experiences. This enchanting hotel has just ten elegantly decorated and exquisitely furnished bedrooms, each with its own style and all accompanied by the five-star service Giraffe Manor is known for. However, the elegant décor, lush gardens, and inviting courtyards pale in comparison to the beauty of the wild Rothschild giraffes that live on the property.
More than simply a luxury boutique hotel experience, Giraffe Manor is unmatched because of its resident herd of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. These gentle giants roam the property entirely of their own volition, approaching the manor to get a snack each afternoon. Without keepers or trainers on staff, the animals come and go as they please. The giraffes and guests are separated by a short wall to ensure a safe distance (a single giraffe kick has enough force to kill a lion!) The giraffes could easily step over the wall if they wanted to, but they are quite pleased to stay on their side. Guests are encouraged to share treats with the herd, which the animals gladly accept before disappearing back into the bush.
While this awe-inspiring experience may leave you with amazing photos and a lifetime of memories, it will also undoubtedly soften your heart toward the plight of these endangered creatures. The property’s education center provides an insightful look into the Rothschild giraffe’s challenges with the aim of instilling a passion for conservation in each of the manor’s guests. Since 1974, Giraffe Manor has provided a sanctuary for the indigenous Rothschild Giraffe and has been a champion for this species. Giraffe Manor has become a model of safe breeding and re-homing practices and has helped the population grow to more than 1,600 in just six years.
To learn more about Giraffe Manor and see some images from our trip, please visit our partner site, Render Loyalty, where you can peruse photos of threatened species that Chad and I snappedon a trip to Kenya last year. The purchase of each piece of artwork supports threatened species and the conservations that protect them.
I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.