My local zoo has dozens of giraffes that guests are allowed to feed. You can buy a handful of lettuce for $5, reach out towards a giraffe and their long, slimy, purple
tongue wraps around it. They’re friendly, gentle and beautiful animals, and it’s the most popular part of the zoo. That being said, it pales in comparison to Giraffe Manor.
History of Living With the Giraffes
In 1932, Sir David Duncan constructed the manor in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It was bought by a local investor in 1960 just to be left alone and slowly fall apart.
In 1974, Leslie-Melville family bought the manor and 15 acres of accompanying land. Three wild giraffes lived on the premises, and the family soon discovered that the few remaining Rothschild giraffes in Kenya were in danger of being killed off.
They re-homed one giraffe, Daisy, then another and another. They soon implemented a breeding program to try and expand the giraffe gene pool.
The Start of the Hotel
In the early 1980s, the manor was turned into a private hotel with 12 bedrooms. Guests were able to feed the giraffes while eating breakfast, through the front door, and even right out of a bedroom window.
The giraffes are treated very well, and are free to roam anywhere on the acres of property. That being said, they frequently stick their heads into the manor, literally six feet into the room (after all, they are giraffes) because that’s where the food is!
Rothschild’s giraffes are a subspecies of giraffe, and one of the most endangered species. As of 2016, there were an estimated 1,669 total giraffes living in the wild.
The beautiful animals can be recognized via their pelt coloring, having a creamier hue and less jagged orange-brown patches. They have no patches on their lower legs, making it appear as if they’re wearing really tall white socks.
Of course, a hotel with giraffes is meant for tourism. While this truly one-of-a-kind experience is highly regarded and rewarding, it will cost a pretty penny.
The cheapest single room at the manor is $1375. It is all inclusive and comes with champagne, luxury spirits and wine, tips, health insurance, and massages. They have luxury dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and beautiful suites that cost up to $3000 per night.
Giraffe manor has a total of 12 rooms and 10 different types. All of them give easy access to feeding the giraffes at basically any time of day.
Weddings are popular at this incredible destination as well as honeymoons, photographers, filmmakers and families looking for an unusual experience.