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Nairobi City Tour – Half day

Nairobi City Tour – Half day

Daily Private Tour

Saving the Animals at Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Starting from/returning to Nairobi area hotels. We’ll pick you up from your hotel or from the airport at 8 am. Your tour will be in the comfort of a private pop-top safari minivan.

Get ready to experience two of the most unique animal sanctuaries in the world. This half-day tour will bring you face to face with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes and orphaned baby elephants! What an incredible way to experience Nairobi’s unique animal parks.

Over the 5 – 6 hours of this morning tour we’ll visit the Giraffe Centre, home to a tower of giraffes and then onto the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. This is a wonderful adventure for visitors of all ages.

Giraffe Centre

Climb the feeding tower here and offer a giraffe a food pellet. Not only may he (or she) accept your offering, you may be rewarded with a kiss! Such occurrences are not uncommon at the Giraffe Centre, a principal sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.

Started in 1979, the Centre has been responsible for saving and breeding this beautiful subspecies of giraffe. Almost extinct, they are now thriving throughout Africa thanks to the heroic efforts of founders Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville.

You can be part of this effort with your admission and your interest. At the Information Centre here, you can learn how the giraffes are cared for and ultimately released back into Kenya’s parks.

Be ready for plenty of fun company – the Centre is a favorite for Kenya’s schoolchildren who attend with their schools, delighting in the sight of the towering giraffes.

Then, it’s a quick drive to the elephant orphanage.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

You will arrive at this world-famous animal refuge in time for the daily feeding at 11:00 am. Imagine the sight of dozens of baby elephants running to their handlers and latching on to giant baby bottles!  It’s a scene of unforgettable cuteness.

After the babies have had their fill of formula, it’s bath time. Just feet from you, the tiny elephants roll in the mud, playing and spraying each other.

This very special place is a haven for orphaned elephants from Kenya and other countries. Rescued after their mothers or families died from drought, accident or were poached for their ivory, these babies finally have a safe home.

The orphanage is the most successful sanctuary of its kind in the world and has saved over 200 baby elephants as well as young rhinos. Coddled and raised with love, 100 of the young charges have been released back into the wild to date.

A visit here might just be the highlight of your African Holiday. It will certainly be an adventure you’ll long remember.

Tour Highlights:

  • The feeding platform at the Giraffe Centre
  • Possible feeding and kiss from a giraffe
  • View feeding of the baby elephants at the Sheldrick Orphanage
  • Conservation talk and family-friendly tour

Nairobi City Tour – Half day

Day Plan
  • Collection
  • City Tour
  • Drop Off

0800am: You are picked up from your Nairobi hotel for a drive to the Giraffe manor

The giraffe center is a close up and learning  tour while in Nairobi.

Tour provides  opportunity for  personal interaction where you view giraffes with an option of feeding them.

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W.) also known as the Giraffe Center owners are the idea behind this non-governmental, non-profit organization founded  in 1979. This successful idea was a noble endeavor  to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe which had lost its natural habitat to agriculture and human settlement

There were only  130 left in the wild.

The giraffes were moved to  Lake Nakuru National Park, Mwea Game Reserve, Ruma National Park and Nasalot Game Reserve.

The Rothschild Giraffe population in Kenya has to date increased to  more than  500.

Later proceed to the David sheldrick elephant orphanage located in a secluded area of the Nairobi national park

Here-orphaned baby elephants and other animals are taken care of by a dedicated team of conservationists.

The elephant orphanage is open to the public one hour a day. It is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick, who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East national park

At 11:00am, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage-for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. You shall have an opportunity to view the handlers feeding them.

There is a  private viewing session in the afternoon of each day for foster parents and allows you to see the animals in private where you may interact with them- this requires advance booking.

There is a keeper who will give a talk about the baby elephants origin and progress

You can get really close to the elephants.

The orphanage also takes in rhinos-if  lucky you will get the chance to see a young rhino.

Later transfer back to your Nairobi hotel

What you could see / do in Nairobi City Tour

  • Giraffes - you will see and possibly feed giraffes at The Giraffe Center
  • Elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - See the elephants coming for a mud bath from the Nairobi National Park and possibly touch them

Tour Price Includes

  • Transport in tour minivan
  • English /other language speaking driver/ guide
  • Entry permits to Giraffe centre and David sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Pick up / drop off Nairobi hotel
  • Government taxes and local levies

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Nairobi City Tour – Half day
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