The Giraffe Centre, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is surrounded by 140 acres of park and forest thirty minutes from the city center, Kenya’s capital city, with superb views of the Ngong Hills. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville, grandson of a Scots earl, and his American wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered
Wildlife (AFEW) bought the Centre. They then moved two highly endangered baby Rothschild giraffes to the estate, where they thrived and produced several further generations of giraffes.
When Jock died, Betty decided to open her house, now called The Giraffe Centre, to visitors. It is the only place in the world where you can feed and photograph the giraffe over your breakfast table, at the front door, and even from a bedroom window. The Giraffe Centre is an elegant and exclusive small hotel with a rich blend of welcoming accommodations, highly trained staff, and one of the finest kitchens.