Located just outside of Nairobi on 12 acres of private land, Giraffe Manor is the ultimate African retreat. The Manor itself – originally a family home and converted into a hotel in 1984 – was built to resemble a Scottish hunting lodge, and today serves as an icon of local history. With Art Deco bathrooms and rooms filled with early twentieth century pieces of furniture and art, the Manor feels both like an urbane dwelling and a stately country escape – the kind of place where wearing cashmere feels natural, especially against the backdrop of unspoiled nature. Of course, the real attraction of Giraffe Manor lies in the herd of resident Rothschild Giraffes – one of the most endangered subspecies in the world – that roams the property. After purchasing the Manor in 1947, Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville worked with wildlife conservation groups to reintroduce the endangered giraffes into the wild. Their efforts were met with great success, and today eight Rothschild Giraffes roam the pristine sanctuary. Guests can expect visits from the giraffes throughout the day – don’t be surprised to see one poking its head through a door or a window, especially during a meal. There’s nothing quite like dining on world-class cuisine while a nineteen-foot giraffe pokes its head through the window looking for a bite!