Elegant African Manor Where Guests Include Stars & the Rothschild Giraffe

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If you have ever wanted to experience Africa then Giraffe Manor, near Nairobi, Kenya, belongs on your “bucket list.”

An elegant and graceful home, turned boutique accommodations, Giraffe Manor cares four its four-legged guests as much as human travelers that stay at this magnificent place.


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Giraffe Manor,  one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings, was constructed in 1932 by Sir David Duncan and is reminiscent of the early days when Europeans ventured into East Africa.  In 1974 the Manor was purchased by Betty Leslie-Melville and her husband Jock.   Shortly after the purchase Leslie-Melvilles learned that the only remaining Rothschild giraffes in Kenya were in danger due to a compulsory purchase by the Kenyan government of an 18,000-acre privately owned ranch at Soy, near Eldoret, which was their sole habitat.


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The Manor was already home to three wild bull giraffes, nicknamed Tom, Dick and Harry,  Leslie-Melvilles decided to re-home one of the giraffes, an 8-foot-tall,  450-pound baby whom they named Daisy, and about whom Betty subsequently wrote the book “Raising Daisy Rothschild”, that was later turned into the move The Last Giraffe.


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Daisy was soon joined by another baby giraffe, Marlon, named after Marlon Brando, and since then the Manor, in conjunction with locations such as Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, England, has run a breeding program to reintroduce the Rothschild giraffe into the wild to expand the gene pool.


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Fortunately for travelers wanting to experience the “real” Africa, it was in 1983 that Rick Anderson, Betty’s sonand his wife Bryony, moved into the Manor, and opened Giraffe Manor, a place where guests could feed the giraffes from their breakfast table, through the front door, and out of their bedroom window. The Manor has six bedrooms, one of which is furnished with the belongings of Karen Blixen, author of novel and 1985 movie “Out of Africa.”  All profits from the hotel go to furthering the charitable objectives of African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.


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The Manor has been home to other famed guests, aside from the Rothschild Giraffes, including  Mick Jagger, Walter Cronkite  Johnny Carson, Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, as well as being the host to Richard Branson, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman on the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s London–Nairobi service in 2007. 


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The buildings here resonate of the past,  yet while here you will be much in the now, when the herd of  Rothschild giraffe come by the mornings and evenings,  to mingle with guests before venturing back into the 140 acre sanctuary.


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Giraffe Manor offers guests many ways to interact with these magnificent animals – from comfortably relaxing in the the Manor’s sitting room while gazing out its large windows at the herd, to siting outside in the lawns, where you’ll have the opportunity to hand feed these friendly four-legged guests.


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