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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour is a half-day city excursion that combines two popular Nairobi attractions – the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Pay a visit to the Giraffe Center to observe the Rothschild’s Giraffe at close quarters and feed them while taking pictures. The Giraffe Centre is a conservation centre that breeds the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe in captivity.
The giraffes are later moved to Lake Nakuru National Park, Mwea Game Reserve, Rumba National Park and Nasalot Game Reserve.
Next, you will spend an hour at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage observing baby and young orphaned elephants: viewing is strictly between 1100 Hours and 1200 Hours.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour Itinerary
0830 Hours: The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel/ residence within Nairobi followed by a transfer to the Giraffe Centre – a conservation centre that breeds the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe in captivity and reintroduces them into the wild.
Located 17 km from the City Centre in the Karen suburbs, the centre has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979.
This attraction offers opportunities to feed the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe by hand. The opportunity to observe Rothschild’s Giraffe at close quarters and feed it is simply priceless.
The Giraffe Centre has a raised feeding platform that places visitors at eye level with these animals. Visitors to the Centre are given pellets to hand feed the Giraffes.
Most visitors getting their pictures taken while in the act. These giraffes, having been accustomed to humans, like to converge at the platform and flick their tongues out for the pellets.
1015 Hours: 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 for 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
1100 Hours: The baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage for an hour where you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. You shall have an opportunity to view the handlers feeding them.
There is a keeper who will give a talk about the baby elephants origin and progress. You will see the youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk.
For the next 10 to 15 minutes you will watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. Then, you’ll have time to watch the elephants play. You find out how old they were when they arrived at the orphanage, where they were rescued from, and what got them into trouble.
The most common reasons for getting orphaned being: mother’s poached, falling into wells, and human/ wildlife conflict. Once the youngest are all fed, they are led back into the bush, and it’s the turn of the 2-3-year-olds. Some of them can feed themselves, and some are still fed by their keepers.
Note: There is also a private viewing session in the afternoon of each day for foster parents which allows you to see the animals in private where you may interact with them this requires advance booking.
1200 Hours: Later transfer back to your Nairobi hotel/ residence.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour Prices
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Centre Rates Includes:
All park entrance fees + Government taxes and local levies + Services of our professional safari guide + A visit to the Giraffe centre and the Elephant Orphanage & Round trip Transportation from your Nairobi hotel/ residence
Dates From 1st January 2023 to 31st December 2023
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* Private viewing sessions are also available from 1500 Hours to 1600 Hours. (Private return transport from the city centre included).
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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffe Centre Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities like the Naivasha Boat ride and lunch
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)