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Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre

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
star-4.5
$90.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day with giraffes and elephants
We had a great time interacting with and learning about giraffes and baby elephants! The Kazuri bead factory was a great addition at the end and Stephen was a great guide!
Nick_Z, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nairobi

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We had a great experience...
Svenja_S, Dec 2021
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
We had a great experience while in Kenya. Booked this Nairobi NP + elephant orphanage and giraffe centre day trip for our last day in the country and happy we closed our holiday by seeing some more animals. Nathan out driver was very kind and helpful!
star-5
Best Viator guide experience.
Jaime_C, Sep 2021
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
The guide Black Santa was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful personality. Clean vehicle and made sure that all of our needs were met.
star-5
Wonderful Visit!!!
Barbara_G, Dec 2021
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi
What a joy to see the elephants saved and cared for. Loved the stories. What dedication by the staff.
star-5
Great tour
Salema_K, Dec 2021
1 Day Nairobi Tour with Park, Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Center Guided Tour
Really enjoyed this. Driver was professional and really worked hard to make sure I saw the big 5. I enjoyed the whole tour from start to finish and would highly recommend
star-5
Great experience
Brian_H, Oct 2021
Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Seeing the giraffes and elephants was a great experience. Seeing how well they are cared for and being able to interact with them gave you a whole new appreciation for these incredible animals. Our driver, Stephen, was very helpful and kind as he drove us between the different places. I would recommend this excursion if you have some time to kill in Nairobi.
star-5
Simba/Nairobi
Richard_K, Aug 2021
Early morning Nairobi national park Elephant orphanage and Giraffe center tour
Simba was a very friendly and dedicated guide and driver. He really went above expectations and took care of everything. He made extra effort helping to find and view and photograph the animals in Nairobi Game Park.
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
Great day despite the rain!
PETER_C, 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!
star-5
Great day
Anita_T, May 2019
Day-Trip to Giraffe Center, Sheldrick Elephant Trust and Bomas of Kenya
Elephant orphanage was fantastic - a must see for everyone, giraffe centre great interaction with giraffes and Bomas of Kenya interesting to see different dances from tribes. Santa was a great tour guide and was happy to adjust itinerary to allow evening visit to elephant orphanage after adopting baby elephant.
star-5
A MUST DO!
Jenny, Dec 2021
Day Tour to David Sheldrick Elephant Trust and Giraffe Center
Scar was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and prompt at picking us up from our hotel lobby when scheduled, He made us feel safe the entire time. We visited the elephant orphanage where we took eleph-ies with the babies and then it was off to feeding giraffes near Giraffe Manor. Next we visited the bead factory where we got a tour of how these beads are created by hand. All entrance fees were paid for. Finally Scar took us to a traditional Kenyan lunch, which was wonderful. I highly recommend this tour! You will not be disappointed!!!
star-5
A beautiful all inclusive day
Bader_A, Oct 2021
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
We were picked up from the hotel by one of the best and most professional guys (Peter) he was so knowledgeable about the different animals I all parts of the trip. He really made our trip much more pleasurable.

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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