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Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre

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866 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

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Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
star-4.5
$90.00 per adult
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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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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
Awesome Tour
Carlene, Nov 2020
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi
This trip was my first encounter with Kenya and I was well pleased. George picked us up at the airport and took us straight on tour. He’s cheerful, entertaining and overall a very good person. The interaction was natural and we felt safe and comfortable. The trip was fun and a great introduction to Nairobi. Please do not hesitate to book.
star-5
Great AFRICAN Experience
Quique_R, Apr 2020
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
My guide's serviré was Amazing! The tour was very interesting. I loved how fast the arrangements where done
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Magical day out
Melanie, Mar 2020
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi
Fantastic day! We had a wonderful driver called George who really provided a brilliant service. A truely magical experience!
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Nairobi Tours
Sylvano_F, Mar 2020
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park
This your was awesome I really had a great time it was such a well organized tour. I want to give a huge thanks to George and Albert our driver for giving us a time of a lifetime!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Great experience
Mary_D, Feb 2020
Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Stephen was a wonderful tour guide! He was prompt in picking everyone up and provided great information and conversation throughout the day. The elephant orphanage and giraffe center were wonderful. Would highly recommend, especially for solo travelers!

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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