Have you ever seen those photos of people cuddling baby cheetahs? Or standing next to fully grown cheetahs, who look as tame as teddy bears! Well this is probably the place where the photos came from.
- The Animal Orphanage houses orphaned, sick or problem animals from all over Kenya, and wherever possible, I’m told that the animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Although the look of the place is less pretty than the Safari Walk, this is still a fantastic place to go if you want to stand inches away from these gorgeous animals pacing up and down in their enclosures.
- If you’re lucky and a friendly keeper offers to assist, you’ll be allowed to stroke a cheetah(or three), touch a duiker and feed a monkey! Lions pace up and down eyeing up any visitors who are brave enough to play the staring game, leopards look ready to climb a tree and pounce on any unsuspecting visitor, and a host of other exotic and beautiful animals wait to look shyly or otherwise at the gawping guests!
- Don’t be confused with the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, which is found on the other side of the park. This is the KWS animal Orphanage, which is found just inside the main entrance gate to the Nairobi National Park.
- Park your car in the main car park and then just walk through the main gate and it’s about 50 metres along on the left. The best time to visit is early in the day when it’s lovely and quiet, or if you don’t mind the crowds at 2:30 pm which is the feeding time. It’s open daily from 8:30 am-5:30 pm.
- In the same location to the KWS Animal Orphanage, you will also find the the , The KWS Safari Walk and Rangers Restaurant.
The best time to visit is early morning if possible. Ask for someone to show you around and then for a small tip they’ll tell you about the different animals and maybe even give you a chance to pet them.
Telephone: +254 20 600 800 / +254 20 603 792
Address: Kenya Wildlife Service , Langata