The Giraffe Manor
The Giraffe Manor
tel:- +254 20 251 3166 OR +254 731 914 732
web address:- www.giraffemanor.com
The Giraffe Manor :-
The Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Kenya's capital, Nairobi. As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.
Venue type Manor House: Venue type - Manor House
Number of function rooms available for weddings: n/a
Function room names and capacities: We usually host weddings in the garden or on the patio.
Guests rooms available: currently 6 - 5 doubles and 1 family room (1dbl + 1 twin)
Honeymoon suite available: yes
Garden suitable for marquees: yes
Choice of wedding breakfast menus Yes
Alcohol License Yes
Ideal Honeymoon Venue
Wedding services provided: The manor must be booked for 3 days minimum. one day for set up, the second day for the wedding and the third day to clear up and put everything back to normal. We provide the venue at a set rate per person but this does not include any services as such. We are happy to help advise with regards catering, marquees, chairs, tables, etc. but we do not provide any of this directly and it all needs to be ordered to come into the venue from outside.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: yes
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: there are no particularly large rooms inside the house for photography and most is best done outside on the lawn
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: on our lawn with the giraffe in the background
Venue special features: the giraffe
Venue History: Built in 1932 by David Duncan of the 'Macintosh Toffee' family, The Giraffe Manor is modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south and the Ngong Hills to the west. In 1974, the grandson of a Scots Earl, Jock Leslie Melville and his American wife Betty bought the Manor as their home.
The Rothschild giraffe lost much of their natural habitat in western Kenya and faced extinction. In 1974, two highly endangered Rothschild giraffe were moved onto the estate where their future generations have thrived and live today. Jock and Betty founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). The Giraffe Centre (AFEW Kenya) was built on the property so that Kenyan school children could learn conservation/ecology and feed giraffe eyeball to eyeball! Visitors touring Nairobi have a chance to visit and pay an entrance to the Giraffe Centre. Profits go to various projects in Kenya. Betty's son Rick has led AFEW USA and AFEW Kenya since 1983.
When Jock died in 1984, and Betty returned to the USA she opened her house - now The Giraffe Manor - to visitors. The Giraffe Manor was run by Rick and his wife Bryony for twenty five years.
In March 2009, the Manor was bought by Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley and is now part of the Tamimi portfolio of camps and lodges in Kenya.
Honeymoon vacations local attractions: perfect honeymoon vacation spot as well with the most unique attraction feeding the giraffe at the breakfast table
After "kidnapping" his bride, the groom would take her and go into hiding. By the time the bride's family tracked them down them, the bride would probably already be pregnant! A "bride price" would then be negotiated. An earlier source is the early Jewish custom of the bride and groom spending a week together alone immediately after the marriage feast. The earliest reference to this practice is Jacob's marriages to Leah and Rachel.