Giraffe Manor - Ownia Collection

Giraffe Manor


Giraffe Manor is a surreal hotel. An iconic building in the middle of the forest in Nairobi with the most unforgettable bucket-list breakfast in the world where Giraffes pop-in in the mornings to greet the guests and get delicious treats. 

With its stunning exterior, elegant interior, green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, Giraffe Manor is the place to create the best memories.

*OWNIA’s tip: Book at least one year in advance, this hotel is really popular!

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The original manor house has six rooms, original art deco bathrooms, and antique furniture. You can also stay at The Garden Manor – which sits right next door – also has six lovely guest rooms.

Rooms can fit up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Fun fact: the names of each room all reveal something of the manor’s colorful past.


Waking up to breakfast with a giraffe is one of the most incredible experiences. Then, having afternoon tea with delicious cookies, and sandwiches, with giraffes wandering around.

Dining on the terrace or at Daisy’s Cafe, you’ll find a vibrant menu with nutritious, locally sourced ingredients to create nourishing farm-to-fork style dishes.

If you’re looking for something more romantic, have a special private dinner at the Orchid House, a delightful little hidden corner of the manor.


If you are not too busy feeding the resident herd of endangered Rothchild’s giraffes, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay. Relax within the manor’s grounds or explore the leafy surrounding suburbs which offer several local craft centers and some lovely boutiques.

You can also adopt & meet baby orphan elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) and watch their keepers feed and interact with them.

Giraffe Manor is in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen and Langata.

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Conservation & breeding Giraffe program: For each guest that stays at Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection donates $10 to AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife). These funds help the AFEW run a successful breeding program for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. The long-legged friends who share your breakfast have provided many offspring who have gone on to live in the wild and increase the population of this species.

Tourism has the power to change lives for the better.

The Safari collection is heavily focused on sustainability and giving back. Focus their efforts to be low impact, community, and conservation-oriented to the core. If local communities can experience direct benefits linked to tourism, they immediately become more invested in protecting the wilderness around them.

Know all about their programs:

Westgate Community Conservancy: supports wildlife conservation alongside the sustainable development of infrastructure for the Samburu people living here.

Medical clinics: free medical clinics to provide access to life-changing eye surgeries and dental treatments for people living in remote communities with little or no access to healthcare.

Community Health Africa Trust: CHAT delivers family planning and health services to women in the remotest of locations, enabling them to take control of their bodies and their lives.

TEAM talk: Empowering girls through an innovative combination of sports and education workshops, with a focus on sexual education and family planning.

SAFE Samburu: Inspiring social change through dance and theatre, helping local Samburu communities to address issues of HIV and female genital mutilation.

Education projects: With the belief that education is the key to eradicating poverty and hunger, and a vital part of successful conservation. The Safari Collection aims to educate and empower the communities through interactive wildlife excursions, scholarships, sports, theatre, and healthcare. Through a wide range of education projects, they are able to communicate a variety of important messages to people who need information and in areas that need their protection.

Waste reduction: To keep our waste to an absolute minimum, almost all their fruit, vegetables, and salads are delivered unpackaged. And their chefs are great at making everything from scratch: tasty homemade granola, baked beans, you name it. This helps to avoid tinned or plastic wrapped products which are often imported from overseas.

Food miles: We purchase as many freshly grown and locally available products as possible to reduce the miles food travels to our tables. At most of our properties, produce only has to travel a few meters from our own kitchen gardens which are full of homegrown goodies. At Sasaab we have a brood of hens for fresh eggs, and the eggs at Solio are bought from a local orphanage as a sustainable income-generating project.

Composting & recycling: Compost is created which goes back into their kitchen gardens and 98% of the other waste is recycled through a social enterprise in Nairobi called Taka Taka Solutions.

Green power: The Safari Collection uses solar energy exclusively where possible to provide electricity, and water is heated using solar-powered boilers. This reduces their electricity use to almost zero, apart from the odd time when the sun doesn’t shine! All the power and water use is monitored and timer switches have been put in place to reduce the power consumption.

All their drinking water is produced on-site using reverse osmosis machines, making it transport-free and packaging-free, as well as delicious. Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective systems for removing all traces of minerals and bacteria from water, leaving it completely pure.

Save a bucket: The average tap uses two gallons of water per minute. If it takes two minutes to heat the water, that’s four gallons per day, which when calculated at one shower a day, adds up to almost 1500 gallons of water per person per room each year. To help reduce the amount of water used, they provide a bucket for you to place under the tap when the water is cold. When the water is hot, remove the bucket. The water you collect is re-used for watering plants and cleaning. Just one bucket may not seem like much, but it adds up.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Finding a second life for things, only using natural, biodegradable products, including toiletries and insecticide in every room.

Plastic-free – no plastic water bottles. The Safari Collection gives every client a reusable metal water bottle for them to keep, reducing the amount of plastic waste being generated. Since introducing reusable water bottles, they have reduced their plastic waste by 85%.