Located 5 kilometers from Nairobi's city centre, the Giraffe Center offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with these friendly giants. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), commonly known as the Giraffe Center, located in Langata, Nairobi, is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to provide conservation education to school children and the youth of Kenya. Today, AFEW deals with breeding Rothschild's giraffes, ecology trips, trainers workshops, national environmental competitions, funding micro projects, it also monitors, evaluates and produces resource materials for environmental activities. There are countless things to do at Giraffe Center for your holiday.
Giraffe Center Visit
Meet the Giraffes
The best thing to do at Giraffe Center is of course meeting the giraffes themselves. A raised observation deck over the animals' natural enclosure affords a unique elevated perspective - and the chance to stroke and hand-feed any giraffes that are feeling friendly.
Learn About the Giraffes
The next thing to do at Giraffe Center is to learn about giraffes. There is an auditorium on site where you can sit in on talks about giraffe conservation, and about the initiatives with which the center is currently involved. You can also attend a short lecture on the giraffe to learn how and why Giraffe Center is taking care of this endangered animal. Leave with a whole lot more about wildlife in Kenya.
Feed the Giraffes
The awe our tall friends elicits will lead you right here. An Educator will hand you some food pellets. Made of corn, wheat, grass and molasses, they are what you will feed them as you get up close. To get even closer, go up to the Feeding Platform. Don't leave without getting a kiss!
Explore the Nature Trail, Gift Shop And Tea House Before You Leave
Afterwards, it's well worth exploring the center's Nature Trail, which wends its way for 1.5 kilometers/ 1 mile through the adjacent 95-acre wildlife sanctuary. Here, you can spot warthogs, antelope, monkeys and a veritable profusion of indigenous birdlife. The gift shop is a great place to stock up on locally made arts and crafts; while the Tea House offers light refreshments overlooking the giraffe enclosure.
How to Get Tickets?
The Giraffe Centre is open daily from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm including weekends and public holidays. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth on site. You can see the ticket price on Giraffe Center official website. Come early to skip the line when purchasing your tickets. Alternatively, you can get your tickets by booking in advance. Send your email to reservations@giraffecentre and book your tickets there.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the only way to get around Giraffe Center.
What Should I Wear?
Wear anything comfortable to visit Giraffe Center. It could be hot and you will be walking a lot, so wear comfortable clothes - sleeveless t-shirt is acceptable here - and comfortable shoes. Bring a bottle of water and sunscreen as well.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Giraffe Center is in the Dry season, from June to September. However, it is possible to visit Giraffe Center any time of the year, there are always things to do at Giraffe Center.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can get around easily and find anything you need on this website. However, there are Educators on hand to guide you, if you so wish. You can identify them in their khaki outfits. They will be quick to approach you, but if it is a busy day – as it often is— don't hesitate to seek them out and ask for help.
How To Get There?
The Giraffe Centre is located 5 kilometers from Nairobi city center and can be reached within 40 minutes' drive. If you're traveling independently, you can use public transport to get there; alternatively, a taxi from the center should cost around 1,000 KSh.