Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches…

Giraffe Manor Nairobi Vacation


…or just to say hello.

Giraffe at Giraffe Manor


They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.

Giraffe Manor Breakfast Room


Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered Rothschild giraffes.

Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection


The owners of this beautiful manor home in Nairobi, Kenya are Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley. The couple grew up nearby and bought the manor when it came on the market several years ago. They’ve made it their mission to help preserve the Rothschild Giraffe and have continued to keep the home open to guests so others can experience seeing these beautiful animals up close, too. The manor has six bedrooms where guests can stay during a visit to Giraffe Manor.

Giraffe Manor


This beautiful manor was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan of the Mackintosh family (Mackintosh Toffee) in the design of a Scottish hunting lodge. It was originally part of a 150 acre estate.

Over the years as the manor changed hands, part of the land was sold off. Gradually some of the land has been repurchased or gifted back so the estate is back up to 115 acres. Part of the land is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, originally established by a previous owner, Jock Leslie-Melville, back in 1972.

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi


Let’s go inside and take a little tour of this wonderful home. This is the view as you enter through the front door.

Entry of Giraffe Manor


I love that it has a fireplace right here in the entry.

Entry, Giraffe Manor


The sitting room with another big, beautiful fireplace.

Sitting Room 2


The breakfast room is where a lot of interaction takes place with the giraffes.

Breakfast Room at Giraffe Manor

Breakfast Room Giraffe Manor


They stop by each morning and are rewarded with nutritious treats.

Adorable Giraffe at Giraffe Manor


The rest of their day is spent roaming freely, snacking on the twigs and leaves on the property.

Beautiful Giraffe Manor


The dining room at Giraffe Manor…

Dining Room at Giraffe Manor


The library and TV room…

TV Room


A sweet window seat for enjoying the view…

TV Room


One of my favorite features of this manor home are all the windows. They really let you take advantage of the great views from the bedrooms.

Jock's Bedroom at Giraffe Manor


The bedrooms all have a romantic, exotic feel.

Finch Hatton Suite


I love it! You know, we may not live in an exotic location but with a 4 poster bed, we could create this feel in our own bedrooms.

Marlon's Bedroom


I love this room with direct access to the outdoors.

Betty's Room


All the bathrooms are unique and beautiful. Notice the sinks in this one.

Kelly's Bathroom 3


Imagine sipping wine with friends (4-legged variety included) while dining here under the stars.

Terrace Dining Room


What a short video about this wonderful place here: Magical Giraffe Manor.

You can see additional photos and read more about Giraffe Manor where these pictures were found at their website here: Giraffe Manor. You’ll also find a lot of great photos here: Trip Advisor

And thanks to Linda for sharing this wonderful place with me. I would love to go there one day and see it in person!

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  1. Wow, I had no inkling such an incredible place existed. This is a primary candidate for a stop on your future world tour.

  2. This just makes me want to love on a Giraffe. I think this place is wonderful and would be a great adventure. This is the way I would want to see Africa. I love the double sink in the bathroom. Wish I had one in my house.

  3. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    What an incredible place. I am so thankful for people like that. There’s hundreds of things I’d like to do in life, yet I must admit, having a Giraffe Sanctuary has never crossed my mind!

    It must be so amusing to see a typical British style Manor House on the plains of Africa! It’s gorgeous inside and out. Very welcoming and comfortable looking. I’d love to stay there for a visit and wake up to a Giraffe outside my window waiting for a head scratch. 😀 How funny.

    Tanya and Mikey are the sort of people I love to know. Susan, did you notice that late ‘blue hour’ sky in the dining under the stars picture? Hee. The sinks in that large console table – wow. That piece is gorgeous. I too love all the windows, so big and wide and great for gazing out of. From what I can see, it appears there are beautiful views all around.

    That first interior picture of the staircase is so interesting because it’s laid out just like a thousand other entry halls in British manor homes, except for the wood. The wood throughout the house is unusual looking to my western eyes. It must surely be a native wood of Africa. I hope their website mentions it.

    Great post. Not only a lovely visual tour, but a possible vacation destination! Ha ha. 🙂 I have my room picked out (the one with the spiral staircase.) Thanks, Susan.

    • Good eye, Pam! I did notice it and loved it! If you find anything that says what type of wood it is, let me know. I was wondering if it was mahogany…just couldn’t tell. It’s beautiful, though.

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Susan, I didn’t see anything about the wood, but I did check the room rates. 😮 My goodness! $2000.00 per night if I read that correctly! Yikes. I’d love to visit but at that rate, I may just have to pass, lol. It would surely be an adventure though. 🙂

        • That appears to be for a suite during “High Season.” The regular rooms during “high season” are $595 per person if there are 2 people and $795 for a single room. During Mid-season, they are $550 per person sharing, and $740 for a single. That seems about right for that type of “once-in-a-lifetime” kind of vacation.

          • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

            What?!! Where did you see that? I saw that was for high season but for mid season it still said $1,875 and that was for only 3 months out of the year (March-April and November) I must have stopped when I saw those rates, lol. Oh yeah, I just checked. But I guess if it’s almost $600. per person it would still be very high. That’s better than $2,000 though. It would be so great to do something like that and I have a feeling that would be a particularly great place to visit.

            • Maybe when folks go there, they spend just one or two nights at the manor and then leave to visit other areas and stay other places, less expensive. So, you’re not just paying for the room but the experience with the giraffes…and of course, knowing you’re helping with their preservation. 🙂

  4. bobbi duncan says

    What a great life for those giraffes! The manor is beautiful…wouldn’t that be some trip? Got a kick out of the dual sink vanity designed from an antique library table because we have one almost identical to it in our dining room. You don’t see those tables with the spreaders beneath very often. I need to have a small piece repaired on ours…something I’ve had on my list for a year now. Maybe It will get attended to this year…LOL. Enjoyed the armchair trip. Have a great one.

    • Bobbi, the other bathrooms shown on their site were just as interesting, I just couldn’t include all of ’em in the post. That is a beautiful sink…I bet your’s is just as wonderful!

  5. Surreal!! Never need worry about getting the lawn mowed!
    Lovely and sounds like all the wonder and magic of a safari without
    the hassle of real one. I like my comforts and this place provides
    more than enough….complete with resident giraffes. What more
    could a girl want? Robert Redfield?

    • Ha! Very true about the grass. Yes, Pierce Bronson or Tom Selleck would have worked, back in the day. 😉

      • Susan, I can’t believe you picked the two men I adored!! I still like Pierce Brosnan. 🙂
        I have an amusing tale to tell you. When Tom Selleck was flavour of the month, he was filming in our area. I had just come out of hospital and my friend crawled through a field to take a photo of him and told him it was for his greatest fan. I must look that photo up. He looked surprised in it. This was when we lived in Vancouver.

  6. I have seen this before & love it. Would love to go there. Beautiful place & beautiful idea.

  7. Definitely a spot I’d like to add to my ‘bucket list.’ I’m a nature/animal lover, so I’m sure I’d love this place. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I want to go! That would be so COOL

  9. Oh, wow, I want to go there!!! What beautiful and gentle creatures…….thanks for finding this wonderful place!!!

    • Thanks, Cleo…glad you enjoyed it. I found it completing enchanting. Now I just need to win the lottery so I can go in person and take everyone with me! 🙂

  10. Oooooooh, I am in love with both the house and those darling giraffes. My daughter has lots of wooden giraffes, I must send her this link.
    I would love to hug those beautiful creatures, imagine being able to scratch their heads.
    Susan, we could sell some of the houses we have collected and buy that one, or at least all go for vacations.
    The owners must have beautiful hearts too, to look after the animals.

  11. The house is amazing, but the Giraffes put it in a whole other category! So glad to know there is a place/people like this. Thanks for posting it.

  12. Oh Susan this is so fabulous I want to not only go there but I want to live there what do you feed a giraffe for breakfast? thank you for sharing this fantastic post wow can you imagine? Susie

  13. What an enchanting place!

  14. BUCKET LIST!!!! franki

  15. The photos you posted are stunning. I had not seen so much detail on the interior. You’ll be happy to know you don’t have to spend the nightly fortune to visit the Giraffe Manor – there is a park on site with a sort of platform that allows you to feed and pet the Giraffe’s as well as enjoy licks with their long sticky tongues. You just can’t overnight at the manor without spending lots of moola. LOL It’s not far outside Nairobi – I visited a few years ago on a CFCA trip now known as ATL on Delta has one of the best routes via cape town. Don’t have to rich to go to such places just flexible, point savvy and adventurous. Get going and travel while you still have your health and mobility- gets too uncomfortable on those tiny economy seats on a long distance flight the older we get… It would be amazing to see your tablescapes from far and wide…

    • You’re like a little voice in my ear. I was just telling a friend the other day that I’d like to spend the next few years traveling as much as possible, which I’m still young and can really go with ease. Thanks for the encouragement and the info about seeing Giraffe Manor in a budget friendly way.

  16. This looks so fun! I would love to be able to go there someday.

  17. I would love to be able to go there someday. Looks fun and relaxing at the same time.

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