The excitement of wonderful, long noses pushing through the windows of the breakfast room never gets old in this truly one of a kind hotel. Giraffe Manor is an old, historic ‘English country’ house dating back to the 1930s, the heyday of the colonial era in Kenya. The history of elegant-legged giraffes on its lawns dates back to the 1970s, when Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville first adopted an orphaned Rothschild giraffe, and then another. Their lives then became entirely focused on rehabilitating and preserving this threatened species, and they developed the giraffe sanctuary on the grounds. The giraffes are nurtured within the 140 acres of the estate, until they are ready to be reintroduced into the wilds of safer National Parks and game reserves wherever possible. Some, such as Lynne, the wonderful old mama who has recently had a calf, prefer to stay and eat giraffe nuts from the hands, and occasionally mouths, of thrilled guests and staff.