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Giraffe Centre: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

1. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts.  You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants.  Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk.  Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women.

Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

2. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Embark on a guided trou of Nairobi National Park and get an intimate look at the local wildlife that calls this place home. Make new friends with the baby elephants, feed the towering giraffes, and more. Start your trip early in the morning with pickup directly from your hotel, hostel, private home, apartment. Then, head out to begin your tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. At the conclusion of your trip, you can choose to be taken back to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

3. Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 9:00 AM, start your tour at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Learn about how the baby elephants are rescued and taken care off. Continue to the giraffe center, where you can take the opportunity to feed the giraffes. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the nature park.   Next head to the Karen Blixen Museum. Spend 2 hours there, discovering the life and history of the famous Out of Africa author. Then stop for a delicious lunch at Mamba Village. After lunch, continue the Bomas of Kenya where 42 Kenyan tribes are represented. Watch performances of traditional folk songs and acrobatic shows. Visit the traditional houses and get a glimpse of how communities lived in ancient Africa. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Nairobi and returned to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

4. Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in the early morning, and then take a game drive through Nairobi National Park. Look for leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife in the grass plains and acacia bush. Take stunning photos of some of Africa's most iconic animals, including giraffes with the city skyscrapers in the background. Continue to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rescued rhinos ready for release into the wild. Watch endangered Rothschild's giraffes grazing in a semi-wild enclosure at the Giraffe Centre and get the chance to feed them. Marvel as they lap up the treats with their long, black tongues. Enjoy lunch at the Utamaduni Restaurant with a choice of local and international food, before departing to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

5. Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

After a brief introduction, proceed to Nairobi National Park for an early morning game drive. See more than 100 different species of animals including lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, gazelles, elands, wildebeests, hyenas and so many more. Next, visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Since its inception, the orphanage has hand-reared more than 150 baby elephants that were orphaned in the wild, often due to poaching. The orphanage helps to reintegrate these gorgeous creatures into the wilds of Tsavo National Park in the east of the country. Learn more about this fascinating venture and see the baby elephants being fed by their keepers. Proceed to the Giraffe Center. The center has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. Meet the resident giraffes face-to-face before heading to an enclosed homestead, the Bomas, each one Bomas represents one of Kenya's major ethnic groups. Sit back and enjoy traditional songs and dances showcased by different ethnic groups.

From Nairobi: Giraffe Center and Mbogani House

6. From Nairobi: Giraffe Center and Mbogani House

Start with pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and travel to the Giraffe Centre, located approximately 20 kilometers from the city. The centre is the headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife made famous by "Daisy Rothschild", a giraffe calf rescued from Soi, on the Western Kenya border. Daisy and her family form only a small part of a herd of these gentle giants, living in a semi-wild state at Giraffe Manor. Get up close the giraffes when they make their protecting wall to be fed. Learn about the conservation efforts undertaken at the centre to protect these majestic animals. Next experience a small part of Kenya's colonial history. Visit Mbogani House, home to author Karen Blixen, which made famous by the film Out of Africa. The house has been restored by the Danish Community of Kenya and is one of the National Museums of Kenya. Learn about Karen Blixen's time in Kenya, and the story behind her famous novel and film.

Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

7. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

On this day the driver cum guide picks the guests from the hotel or airport as early as 5.45a.m in order to avoid possible traffic and increase the chances of capturing action in the park.The game drive will run for about four and a half hours.This time is spent in search of the wild animals in this beautiful park.The animals here include the big four and other lesser animals. Mind you this is not a zoo but real wild.The drive here is in a tourist vehicle which has an open close type roof that allows the guests to have a better view of animals and also take great photos.All this time our guests are in the company of an experienced driver/guide. At around 10.15a.m the guests will exit the park and proceed to David Sheldrieks elephant orphanage.This attraction is open daily for one hour, 11a.m to 12 noon.The experience here is amazing.The guests will get up close to the baby elephants and watch them as they drink their milky formulae and as they take mud baths to cool their bodies.During this time there is a narrator who describes each and every baby elephant and where it was rescued.It is sensational! Thereafter the guests are transferred to giraffe centre which is fifteen minutes away.The experience here is incredible.Ever thought of being less than one foot away from the tallest creatures on earth? Go experience it! It is now around 1.pm and the guests will break for lunch at a great spot of their choice or the driver/guide will share his opinion. The day ends with a visit to the famous Bomas of Kenya."Boma" is a swahili word which means homestead and so Boma with an "s" is plural for many homesteads.In Kenya we have a total of 42 tribes and it is in this place where a few tribes,not all are represented through dances in their different regalias.The entertainment here is overwhelming! After a long and enjoyable day the guests are dropped to their respective hotels/residences.

Giraffe, Elephant Orphanage & Bomas of Kenya Day Tour

8. Giraffe, Elephant Orphanage & Bomas of Kenya Day Tour

Start with a morning pickup at 9:30 AM and a visit to the giraffe center which is adjacent to the giraffe manor where you get to learn about the habitat of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Get the chance to feed a giraffe and get a big kiss from one.  Learn about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephants and hear the stories of the orphaned elephants, each by name. Get lunch at your own expense before continuing on to the Bomas of Kenya and enjoy an exciting experience with local cultural dancers. Get an inside look at the early traditional homestead of the communities in Kenya.

Nairobi: Nairobi National Park Game Drive & Giraffe Centre

9. Nairobi: Nairobi National Park Game Drive & Giraffe Centre

Pick up will befrom your Nairobi hotel; proceed to the Nairobi National Park on an average 5-hour day tour. With your experienced local driver/guide, you shall follow the wildlife tracks of the Nairobi National Park in search of Lions, Cheetah, Giraffe, Ostrich, Hippo, White and Black Rhino, Buffalo and other game. We shall also visit other attractions including the Ivory burning site monument and the Kingfisher picnic site. Thereafter upon exiting the park the next stop will be at the Giraffe centre.The experience here is sensational.A close encounter with the tallest creatures on earth and a possible selfie shot is mesmerizing. Later depart for your Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport at end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Giraffe Centre

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 203 reviews

The Sheldrake elephant orphanage and the giraffe sanctuary are so incredibly well done. Watching the orphaned elephants being fed and hearing about all the conservation work the centre does was very interesting and we were even able to touch some of them. The giraffe centre was amazing - again really interesting and we got to hand feed giraffes! Both elements made this day unforgettable Sadly the Bomas is currently closed, which we didn’t know about before our trip, but we still had a fantastic day and Paul our driver was excellent

This was our most favourite day in Kenya! The Giraffe Centre was a beyond incredible experience! It was a little bit of a shame that we had a lot of waiting time between activities but we highly recommend this experience! Stephen was also fabulous and went above and beyond - he was so willing to provide information and take photos for us (we didn’t even have to ask). Thank you so much!

Incredible and very interesting experience to live! Our guide was accommodating knowing there was a mix up on the pick up time and he dropped us off at a different location than the pick up at our request A fun time with the giraffes and the elephants And it was nice to discover the whole procedure for the creation of Kazuri beads

A well-run excursion with a friendly and efficient driver/guide. Very nice day: this park next to the city offers a large concentration of animals, the elephant orphanage is a touching and endearing place and feeding the giraffes is a frankly fun experience! In short, an unforgettable day in Nairobi!

The tour was very well organized. Our guide Kelvin was courteous and explained things well. Can only recommend the tour!