Breakfast (or tea) with special guests
Giraffe Manor House, a wonderful, colonial home in Nairobi offers guests one of Kenya’s best wildlife experiences: the unique and extraordinary opportunity to have breakfast (or tea) with the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. This unique activity is usually only available for the Manor guests, but it can also be organised for small parties at the grounds of the Manor, and Green Inspirations DMC can arrange this experience for you.
The Manor house is inspired by a Scottish hunting lodge, and was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, a member of the Mackintosh family, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Today, Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel and is one of the most unique places to stay in the world, Giraffe Manor blends extraordinary wildlife encounters with superb hospitality and a long-term commitment to giraffe conservation. Your group will love its elegant façade and interiors, sunny terraces, verdant gardens, and delightful courtyards.
One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. The Rothschild’s species of giraffe was once highly endangered, but Giraffe Manor has long been part of a breeding programme which has successfully grown their numbers in the wild.
All photos courtesy of Giraffe Manor House
Part of the estate is given over to the Giraffe Centre, run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), a charitable organisation set up by Jock Leslie-Melville. The Giraffe Centre is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to provide conservation education for school children and the youth of Kenya. All education programmes are offered free of charge. The Giraffe Centre derives 90% of its funds from entrance fees and sales in the gift shop and teahouse. ‘Apart from breeding, they also offer ecology trips, trainers’ workshops, national environmental activities, and they produce resource materials.