If you have a day or two to sightsee in Nairobi, this is an absolute must!
This educational centre allows tourists and school groups to see these lovely long legged creatures up close and personal and feed them eyeball to eyeball from tall feeding stations. The centre has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979.
THE GIRAFFE CENTRE HISTORY:
The Giraffe Centre is located within the grounds of the Giraffe Manor (See more details about the Giraffe Manor under “accomodation”). It has in total 140 acres of indigenous forest, and as well as the many giraffe who wander about the grounds, the centre is home to warthog, bush buck, and tree hyrax.Just over 80 years ago, the Giraffe Manor was built, and in 1979 the Manor’s owners founded AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife). Through AFAW, some endangered Rothschild’s giraffe were brought to live in the Manor grounds, and the Giraffe Manor has been their sanctuary and home ever since!
THE GIRAFFE CENTRE FACILITIES:
There is a small café/restaurant selling sodas and snacks.There is also a small but nice gift shop selling an assortment of Kenyan souvenirsThere are medium sized tortoises in a small enclosure next to the giraffes and across the road is a nature trail which takes about 40mins-1hour to walk around.
LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST:
• Nairobi National Park (20 minutes)
• the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (10 minutes)
• KWS Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage (10 minutes)
• Karen Country and Golf Club (5 minutes)
• Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Cottages (10 mins)
• Tamambo Restaurant (10 mins)
• Kazuri Bead shop (15 minutes)
Just make sure you have a camera!