Located just outside Nairobi, on 160 acres of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is a beautiful house, which, together with various parks based in the UK, serves as the centre for an innovative and successful Rothschild giraffe breeding programme.
Owned today by Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley, and a keystone in the Tamimi portfolio, Giraffe Manor was built by David Duncan (of Mackintosh Toffee) in 1932, and reflects a penchant for Scottish hunting lodges. Its fame, however, followed its purchase by Betty and Josh Leslie-Melville, whose concern for – and subsequent investment in – the Rothschild led to the family creating a home for this endangered subspecies of the giraffe family.
The plan to reintroduce the Rothschild into the wild followed the success with which the Leslie-Melvilles managed Daisy, who arrived at Giraffe Manor as a baby. Since then, Giraffe Manor has been responsible for the reintroduction of dozens of Rothschild giraffe, and its charitable arm, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), is a world leader in the management of wild giraffe.
Operated as a hotel since 1984, Giraffe Manor was until recently run by Rick and Bryony Anderson. With Art Deco bathrooms, and rooms filled with early twentieth century pieces of furniture and art, the house is both urbane and upcountry in feel, and is a fine example of a style popularised by the more aristocratic sections of Nairobi’s 1930s ex-pat community. Consisting of 6 en-suite bedrooms – including two that are easily converted into family rooms, and one furnished entirely by pieces once owned by Karen Blixen – it remains an extraordinary place to stay, and its aging, slightly frayed softer furnishings add to the manor’s charm. The service – from airport to dining room floor to room to the moment you leave – is first class, as is the food, and the chance to dine within a few feet (sometimes inches) of the hotel’s giraffe is something else. Now under new – and equally good – management, Giraffe Manor continues to attract attention and plaudits from around the world.
Activities include bird watching, visiting the AFEW centre, being with the giraffes and excursions into the city.
Tamimi Kenya is committed to upholding sustainable environmental practices, whilst providing unique safari experiences of quality. We aim to increase the positive impact of tourism on the social and physical environment and have developed an Environmental Management Plan for each of our properties, to reduce their impact on the environment.
Our efforts don’t stop there, as we are constantly developing projects which cover three main areas of Community, Environment and Wildlife Conservation.
Our Sasaab community projects are based in the Ngutuk Ongiron Group Ranch (NOGR) with the Westgate Community Conservancy (WGCC) as its development arm. Conservation fees contribute to many projects that we have initiated.
The aim of the WGCC is to educate the local community in understanding the benefits of living harmoniously with the surrounding wildlife.
The Sasaab Community and Education Project has been established to work with the WGCC to help improve the quality of lives of the members of the NOGR community.
• Education Community Projects
• School Food Program
• Women’s Community Projects
• Health Projects
In an effort to reduce the effects of using plastic bottles, we have introduced the use of stainless steel bottles in all our properties. Guest will be able to reuse the bottles and refill them whenever they need to. In all our properties we value the environment and are committed to sustaining it wherever possible. We also grow a variety of our own vegetables and herbs at the Solio Lodge and Sasaab.
At Sala’s Camp, we also plant trees at the end of the season.
We try to ensure our use of power is as economical as possible in all our properties by using natural sources of energy, mainly solar energy. We produce most of the power consumed by Sasaab through solar energy and inverter systems.
Lion Conservation has become a global issue with a species population reduction of 30-50% over the last two decades mainly due to habitat loss and human wildlife conflict. Research is being carried out by Shivani Bhalla and the Ewaso Lions team to gain a better understanding of the issues facing the lions’ future within the conservancy. Sasaab partnered with Westgate Conservancy to hold the first-ever Marathon on the 1st of May, 2010 with the theme “Running for Lions”. The research findings will enhance the lions’ survival and further contribute to creating awareness on the issue.
In recent history, the Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), has undergone one of the most drastic reductions of any African mammal. Through game drives in this area and radio contact with the rangers, Sasaab assists with the monitoring of all activities within the conservation area. The long-term survival of this species is inextricably linked to the support of local communities that share the land. Involving local communities in efforts to protect and monitor Grevy’s Zebra, and raising awareness of the benefits of wildlife conservation are critical prerequisites for success.
At Giraffe Manor, we contribute a percentage of your accommodation charge towards assisting the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife have set up the Giraffe Centre as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, and the Centre has now evolved to operate conservation and educational programs for Kenyan school children, as well as the protection, breeding and re-introduction of Rothschild’s Giraffe in the wild.
We have also made efforts to enhance the survival of rhinos by sponsoring selected rangers to gain training on rhino monitoring in South Africa. We are in the process of setting up a task force to protect and manage the huge population of rhinos in the Solio Game Reserve, a territory rich in these wonderful animals. With an increase in demand for horn, rhinos are under threat more than ever.