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Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre

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943 Reviews
Duma Road , Nairobi, Kenya, 00509

The Basics

You don’t need to go on safari to encounter Kenya’s wildlife; the Giraffe Centre is an inspiring example of conservation within city limits. Since the center is close to top Nairobi attractions—including the Karen Blixen Museum, Bomas of Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and Kazuri Beads Factory—many guided tours combine two or more stops to cut down on transit time.

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Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
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$90.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
So cute and interactive!
Great your, driver was very nice and helpful in any way he could be. Will say though that this tour is definitely much more touristy than others, and they do take you to a couple "tourist trap" type destinations for lunch and coffee break. But that's sorta to be expected since the orphanage and giraffe center are kinda must dos!! Just be ready for that 😉 And make sure you do more local-type stuff on your own!
Sonia_L, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Nairobi

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Excellent Tour Guide
Pettigrew, Aug 2021
Private Tour Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage, Bomas & Dinner Carnivore
Our tour guide Kevin was excellent! He picked us up on time, explained each step of the journey and was very knowledgeable about the different Kenyan cultures. He took us to a very nice place to eat lunch and gave us our personal space. He was not overbearing. Very humble and polite. God willing, we would love for him to be our tour guide again should we make another visit to Kenya. Highly recommended!
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Incredible!!
Oluwademilade_A, Jul 2021
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi
It was an amazing experience. My kids had so much fun. The center is very organised. We also learnt a lot about the orphaned elephants
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Best Birthday Tour Ever!
Wendy_A, Jul 2021
Best Day Tour Giraffe Center Elephant Orphanage Kazuri Beads & Bomas of Kenya
I went on this tour on my birthday and it was absolutely fabulous!! I got to feed a giraffe, pet a baby elephant, shop for souvenirs, visit the Kazuri bead factory, and watch traditional dance performance. Meshack and Eric were very kind and patient guides and I would happily recommend them.
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Excellent!
tamsino2020, Jan 2020
Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Francis was amazing and lovely. He made sure we were at the Giraffe centre and elephant sanctuary first and recommended prime spots for photographing. Felt like VIP and great to have had entry prepaid which helped the first in line status!
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Great day despite the rain!
PETERTGCRADDICK, Oct 2019
Nairobi National Park Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Center and Souvenir Shopping
We had a great trip, Alex was a good driver and didn't let a short breakdown affect anything. Saw Lions with Giraffe kill almost immediately at NNP, massive buffalo herd with babies, rhino etc, Quick pit-stop at Java was most welcome. David Sheldrick was great despite driving rain, Giraffe Centre a little overcrowded, Lunch venue very nice and great for kids with playground & enjoyed the short but interesting tour at Karen Blixen museum. Amazing day!
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AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
Michelle_B, Sep 2021
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi
We had a fabulous time on this day tour! The elephant orphanage was our favorite. You get to touch them and get lots of great pictures because they are so close to you. They tell you about all of them and how they came to the orphanage and you get the chance to adopt one! The Giraffe center was very cool as well. unfortunately it was under construction so where you usually get to stand to feed them was closed and there was just a very small space to feed. This means you have to be patient to get pictures and to interact with them due to spacing but again very cool! You are not allowed to "kiss" them due to covid but you still get to feed them.
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Highly Recommend!
Rylan, Sep 2021
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
Had an awesome time with my driver (now friend), Tony. He was very knowledgeable of everything we saw and made for some great conversations and sharing perspectives between countries beyond just plants & animals. Starting at 6AM rather than 8AM was a great move - we saw nearly every animal out there (including a pride of lions, fighting gazelles, several rhinos, etc.). Nairobi National Park was definitely the highlight of the trip. Both the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center were great as well - getting a close-up, hands-on experience at each. Highly recommend!
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Great day
Toni_Z, Feb 2021
1 Day Nairobi Tour with Park, Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Center Guided Tour
Great day. I had great time going on this tour, my guide picked me up right on agreed time. We have seen a lot of animals including lions.
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A great day in Nairobi
Connie_B, Jan 2021
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
Tha safari through the park was fantastic. I saw hippos, rhinos, giraffes, lions, zebra and much more. The giraffe center was informative and feeding the giraffes was a fun experience. Throughout, George was informative and friendly. He went above and beyond to make sure I had a good experience.
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Out of this world!
Hellen, Mar 2020
Day Trip From Nairobi Baby Elephants,Giraffe Center and Bomas Of Kenya
It exceeded my expectations, I loved it. Loved everything from the friendly tour guides to the parks. I had a time of my life.
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Best birthday gift
Stephen_H, Feb 2020
Best Day Tour Giraffe Center Elephant Orphanage Kazuri Beads & Bomas of Kenya
My driver Stephen was fantastic. The giraffe sanctuary was amazing. Kissed a giraffe named Cindy and Sandy loved her pellets. David Sheldrick Orphanage was the highlight. Seeing the elephants rush from the bush at feeding time was great. Not really interested in stopping off at shops all the same. Bomas was good to see different dance and music styles
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Perfect day with George
Lauren, Feb 2020
Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center
We had the greatest experience with George. He has been thoughtful, making sure we had all the information we needed before the trip. On time in the day of the trip. During the trip, he always made sure to give us tidbits on everything and he ensured we had a good spot at the elephant orphanage.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kid-friendly staff and presentations make this a great choice for families with children.

  • Bird lovers won’t want to miss the .9-mile (1.5-kilometer) nature trail, which is home to dozens of bird species.

  • Tickets must be paid for with credit or debit cards—no cash is accepted.

  • Children 12 and under, as well as students, pay a discounted rate, so bring valid identification to save on entry.

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How to Get There

The Giraffe Centre is off Duma Road, roughly a 40-minute drive southwest of downtown Nairobi. It can be reached by taxi or public transit. To arrive by matatu, or minibus, take matatu route number 24, which stops near the Giraffe Centre. Many tour operators offer pickup and drop-off at your hotel, a convenient option if you have limited time in the city.

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When to Get There

Open daily from 9am to 5pm, the Giraffe Centre offers presentations throughout the day. Fridays are popular with school groups, so if you’d prefer a less crowded experience, plan to arrive early or choose a different day. The busiest times at the Giraffe Centre are weekdays from 11am to 1pm and on weekends.

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What’s It Like to Feed a Giraffe?

Rothschild’s giraffes have long, black tongues, and feeding them can be a somewhat slimy experience. If you’d like to participate, staff will provide you with pellets when you arrive at the Giraffe Centre. While the giraffes aren’t dangerous, it’s worth exercising caution while feeding them, as they’ve been known to dole out the occasional head butt.

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