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
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
Wedding Trivia: TOAST The term originates from the sixteenth century. At that time a small piece of bread would be placed in a goblet of wine. The goblet would be passed from guest to guest until it reached the person being honored who would drain the goblet and eat the morsel of bread in the bottom. This tradition is practiced at weddings today - usually in the form of one or more champagne "toasts". The best man has the honor of giving the first toast. Usually the bride and groom remain seated for the toasts while all the guests are usually standing to honor them. The couple may then make a few remarks thanking their families, wedding party members, and guests. They may also "toast" each other or share a "toast" together. Often special glass or silver goblets are used by the bride and groom.