Top Guide to The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi

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Last updated on November 23rd, 2022 at 12:06 am

The renowned Giraffe Manor Nairobi Kenya, also known as the Instagrammable giraffe hotel, is on many a bucket list. For this reason, it is typically fully booked, often several months in advance. Be that as it may, what if you could visit the Giraffe Manor without staying there? Discover more about this exclusive boutique hotel in this Retreat at Giraffe Manor Travel Guide. 

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What is the Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi?

The Giraffe Manor is a historic manor house turned exclusive boutique hotel in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.  It is located within a forested giraffe sanctuary and is available to guests for overnight stays. 

Check out our detailed Giraffe Manor Hotel Travel Guide here.

Giraffe Manor Kenya Hotel

Comparatively, The Retreat at Giraffe Manor is designed to be a wellness haven and serves as a day room facility. It is located on the same grounds as The Giraffe Manor.

Where is The Retreat at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi?

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor is located in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. 

Address: Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Who is The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi For?

Guests of the Safari Collection Portfolio

Overnight guests of Giraffe Manor can spend some time at The Retreat awaiting Giraffe Manor check-in time.

You can also make use of The Retreat on your day of departure after check out as you await departure transfers to your next destination. It’s certainly a great place to rejuvenate before or after a long flight! 

Tip: The Retreat can be a convenient spot for personal effects and luggage storage as you explore Nairobi. 

Day Room use at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor is also a great option if you are in transit between other Safari Collection Properties like the luxury lodges Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge, and Sasaab

Fun fact: Our Retreat stay was before we traveled to Sasaab. 

If you desire to experience the Giraffe Manor but you find that it is fully booked, you can book a day pass to The Retreat. Note that this is contingent on you having a valid reservation to another Safari Collection Property,  You will not have access to The Giraffe Manor portion of the property, but you will still have the opportunity to spot and potentially interact with the giraffes. 

Note that The Retreat is not an overnight facility. Hours of operation and availability are from 6 AM to 10 PM.

Our Experience at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi, Kenya 

We had booked our day experience at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor approximately a month before our arrival date. A taxi cab was our chosen mode of transportation to the leafy suburban area where Giraffe Manor is located. 

Upon arrival at the gated property’s entrance, the security guard confirmed our booking details and warmly welcomed us into the colossal compound.  

Check-In at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor

Our check-in experience at the property was led by a pleasant gentleman guide who would be our Retreat point of contact for the day. He ushered us from the lobby to a seating area, where we made ourselves comfortable.

We sipped on refreshing welcome drinks while taking in scenic views of the outdoor greenery. As we settled in, the staff member made copies of our government-issued IDs as part of their check-in process. 

Tip: Be sure to carry your Government issued form of identification, such as a Driver’s License or Passport (preferably the latter). 

Tour of The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi 

Once the formalities of the check-in process were complete, we proceeded on a tour of The Retreat, led by the same guide.

We explored all the property’s offerings, including the restaurant, spa, steam room, jacuzzi, swimming pool,  gym, and outdoor relaxation areas. Knowing where everything was beforehand would come in handy later! 

Our Day Room at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi

 Following confirmation that our day room was ready for occupancy, we were led to what would be our tranquil space for the day. Our room was certainly quite a sight to behold!

We loved the elegant furnishings and large open windows that offered stunning views of the backdrop of nature.

view from the rooms at giraffe manor

Our room had a sleeping area with a comfy bed, a spacious open-concept bathroom, and a living space with a cozy seating area that led to an outdoor terrace overlooking the acres of private land. In-room provisions included complimentary water, tea, coffee, and light snacks.

Our day room was undeniably the epitome of a serene oasis. It was the perfect beginning to our Kenyan adventure! 

How We Spent the Day at The Retreat 

We had a full day to relax and unwind, and boy, did we rejuvenate! Our itinerary consisted of napping in the day room, dipping in the infinity pool, soaking in the jacuzzi, lounging in the outdoor seating areas, foodie indulgence at Daisy’s — the onsite restaurant, and observing the resident giraffes and warthogs. We had a blast! 

bucket list visit to Kenya's luxury giraffe hotel that features endangered rothschild's

What to Expect at the Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi

 Day Rooms

The Retreat’s luxurious day guest rooms feature en-suite bedrooms with peaceful sleeping spaces, open plan bathrooms with huge walk-in rain showers, and elegant interiors that lead to sunny terraces to enjoy the stunning Kenyan landscape. 

Guest enjoying a stay in one of the rooms at Kenya's wonderful giraffe hotel that has the endangered rothschild's

Complimentary offerings include water, tea and coffee, dried fruits, and homemade cookies. 

You can stay connected with complimentary wireless internet access. Depending on the day room, you will have access to a workspace complete with a desk and chair. 

The Restaurant

Daisy’s Cafe, located on the ground floor, is a wonderful addition to The Retreat at Giraffe Manor. This charming cafe offers a diverse menu of mouth-watering dishes for light bites or hearty meals.

There is also an extensive drinks list, including house wines, house beers, and house spirits. You can enjoy all this while catching glimpses of the resident giraffes and warthogs. 

Guests dining on a romantic lunch of delicious food  at The Retreat at the Manor Hotel in Langata, a suburb in Kenya's capital city, in Africa

The Infinity Pool

The epic new infinity pool, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a tranquil setting in which to unwind. The pool overlooks the surrounding forest where the giraffes reside, so you will more than likely spot the resident beauties.

Guests who travel all over the world enjoying the giraffe manor nairobi city kenya africa swimming pool

The Spa

In keeping with The Retreat’s recurring theme of relaxation and rejuvenation, the spa oasis offers luxurious spa treatments in a peaceful and serene setting.

Some highlights include a hot tub, steam room, and sauna. There are also private treatment rooms where you can enjoy a variety of massages, facials, and body treatments. 

Note that spa treatments will incur an additional cost, as they are not included in your retreat pass.

The Gym

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor gym has the latest machines and equipment and offers an amazing workout experience. 

More Things to Do at The Retreat at Giraffe Manor

Given that The Retreat is next door to the Giraffe Manor main house, you can observe (from your day room terrace) the resident herd of Rothschild giraffes at breakfast or afternoon tea. Note that this depends on the specific day room you choose, as some are closer to the Manor. 

The Retreat is also a short walk away from the Giraffe Centre, which is an education and conservation facility that houses endangered giraffes. As a Retreat at Giraffe Manor guest, you will have complimentary access to the Giraffe Centre.

Tips For Your Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi Experience

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Giraffe Feeding

If you book the Retreat Early Bird Package, you may have the opportunity to witness and potentially participate in the coveted giraffe feeding experience. We recommend you clarify the specifics with The Retreat staff when booking your reservation.  

The dining room breakfast and afternoon tea experiences are reserved for Giraffe Manor main house guests only. 


In as much as the giraffes are a sight for sore eyes, keep in mind that they are still wild animals and, therefore, unpredictable at any given time. Do not explore their habitat unless you are accompanied by a Retreat staff member. Also, adhere to their instructions about how to interact with the giraffes. Safety first! 

Guest Accommodations

If you have extra day room guests, communicate this to The Retreat staff before your arrival. This heads-up will allow them to arrange for a day room that can accommodate an additional day bed as needed. 

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Policies to Be Aware Of

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Due to limited availability, guests must book their stay at The Retreat at least four weeks before the anticipated visit date. 

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Guests can check in as early as 6:00 AM but must check out by 10:00 PM. 

To reiterate, your day of arrival will be the same as your day of departure. 

Allowed Guests

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor is only open to guests of Safari Collection Properties. 

Final Thoughts About The Retreat at Giraffe Manor Nairobi Kenya

Our experience at the iconic Giraffe Manor and The Retreat, located on the outskirts of Nairobi, and set in an endangered wildlife forest sanctuary, was phenomenal. If the ultimate combination of rest, rejuvenation, and appreciation of nature and wildlife was the goal, we far exceeded it!

We hope this travel guide has inspired you to experience this luxury hotel with the resident giraffes. Whether you opt for an overnight stay at Giraffe Manor or a day pass at the next door Retreat, this Safari Collection property with the friendly giraffes will be a story worth writing home about! 

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