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Flights over 6 hrs

Flights over 6 hrs
8 hours to Nairobi

Suitable for children

Suitable for children

Minimal jet lag

Minimal jet lag
+3 GMT

Winter sun

Winter sun

Interconnecting rooms

Interconnecting rooms

Family rooms

Family rooms


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House of Waine 

Kenya, Africa

House of Waine 

Kenya, Africa

House of Waine 

Kenya, Africa

House of Waine 

Kenya, Africa

Our rating: Blue Collection Rating explaination
Rooms: 11
Interleading rooms: Yes
Childrens facilities:No
Setting: Residential
Style: Colonial
Kids club: No
Baby sitters: No
Nightly rates from:
Per Person: £160 pppn BB
2 adults & 2 children from £540
Complimentary age sharing: <2 yrs
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Our Review

A lovely option for a couple of days at the start of your safari.

Located in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen, House of Waine has the appearance of an elegant country manor. Each of the 11 bedrooms are individually styled, features include canopy beds, deep claw-foot bathtubs and open fire places. The pretty gardens include a large, secluded swimming pool, ideal for snoozing by to catch up on sleep from your long haul flight or early morning safaris. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner so there is no need to leave the hotel but if you want to experience Nairobi many of the cities best attractions are very close by.
The hotel is very well run and staff will do their best to help you out in any way with your children. The intimate feel to the hotel ensures a wonderful relaxed stay for families.


Total: 11 rooms

  • Manyatta (30m2) - garden view with small balcony - (2 adults)
  • Ziwya (28m2) - faces the front of the house - (2 adults)
  • Tembo (28m2) - garden facing - (2 adults)
  • Safari - (30m2) - faces the front of the house with small balcony - (2 adults)
  • Kanini (17m2) - faces front of the house - (2 adults + 2 children)
  • Victoria (29m2) - garden facing with four poster bed and fireplace - (2 adults)
  • Sahara (30m2) - ground floor, front of house facing - (2 adults)
  • Makan (30m2) - faces front of house with small balcony - (2 adults + 2 children)
  • Bustani (30m2) - ground floor with access to garden - (2 adults)
  • Pwani (30m2) - garden facing with small balcony - (2 adults)
  • Malaika Suite (70m2) - garden view with terrace - (2 adults)
  • Makan inter-connects with Kanini making it ideal for families

Things to do

THINGS TO DO FOR PARENTS... Karen Blixen Museum, Snake Park, Giraffe Centre, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nairobi National Park, Golf, Swimming Pool.

I’M BORED...(& for children)... Swimming pool, sightseeing and all of the above.

CHILDREN’S CLUB... The hotel does not have a Children’s Club.

    Useful Stuff

    SUITABLE... FOR All ages.

    ARE WE THERE YET?... 30 minute drive from the airport.

    I’M HUNGRY... The hotel does have a child’s menu for room service and as the hotel only has one restaurant children are allowed at all times.

    BABYSITTING & COSTS... The hotel cannot provide babysitters.

    COSTS FOR CHILDREN... Children under the age of 2yrs are accommodate free of charge, whilst children 2-12yrs are accommodated at a discounted rate.

    PRICES FROM... From $250 pppn (approx £160) in a Standard Room on Bed & Breakfast. Cost for 2 adults and 2 children in inter-connecting rooms £640 on Bed and Breakfast

    WHAT DON’T YOU NEED TO PACK... The hotel can provide baby cots and highchairs. You will need to bring everything you require for your children.

    RESTAURANTS... There is only one restaurant at the hotel

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      Customer Reviews

      Great family location. We would go again

      A great opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures at eye level. A perfect way to start or finish a family safari adventure.

      This elegant family run hotel situated on the outskirts of Nairobi is a perfect start or ending point for any family safari. Your children will be bowled over as the resident giraffes duck their heads in through the windows at breakfast in search of a spare croissant!

      Giraffe Manor has the unusual distinction of sharing its home with eight giraffes who are free to roam the grounds, pop their head in the dining room window for breakfast as they normally do, or peer in the second floor bedrooms!

      On entrance into the Manor you can immediately sense there is something special about this place. Wood panelled walls, elegant furnishings and hint of nostalgia is evident in the many photographs and pieces that adorn this gorgeous building.

      The house comprises five double bedrooms, immaculately furnished in the style of their day, with large four-poster beds, antique furnishings and striking Art Deco bathrooms. The Karen Blixen Suite is perfect for families – it has a large adult double bed downstairs and then two sweet children’s beds on a mezzanine type deck, below the deck there is a snug area which little ones will love if they can tear themselves away from all the excitement outside.

      There is not a lot one can say about this fabulous hotel, except for it must be experienced for oneself!

      Bing family aged 3 yrs, 7 yrs, 8 yrs