Have you guys seen that amazing video that’s been circulating around Facebook of the Giraffe Manor? It’s a high end boutique hotel here in Kenya where you can literally eat breakfast with giraffes. It’s one of the dreamiest places! And guess what? It’s just down the road from where we stay in Nairobi. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to stay there… yet. But, I have become somewhat of a frequent visitor to the topic of today’s post, The Giraffe Center, which is just next door.
The Giraffe Center is a very popular stop for tourists who come through the capital. It’s an awesome experience! What makes it even cooler is that you can feed the giraffes at eye level. It costs 1,000 KSH/ $10 (the cost is less if you are an East African Resident, just 250 ksh/ $2.50). If you are crazy and gross like me, you can put one of the small pellets they give you to feed the giraffe in your mouth and get a big sloppy giraffe kiss.
Once you pay the entrance fee, you can stay as long as you want from 9 AM- 5 PM. My favorite time to visit is later in the afternoon/ early evening when most of the school groups are gone. Sometimes we meet Shawn there when he’s done with his work for the day. There’s a small coffee shop and snack bar, and we like to get a cup of coffee, catch up, and let Shiloh talk to the resident giraffe and warthogs. And then we pinch ourselves and ask if this is really our reality.
Your admission to The Giraffe Center also allows you to visit the Nature Sanctuary which is a short walk across the street. There are beautiful trails you can walk and tons of peace and solitude. Just be sure to ask if there are any giraffes in time out…! Last time we went we enjoyed a long walk only to run into a wildlife worker towards the end of our visit warning us to be on the look out for an ornery young bull who they had removed from the rest of the group because of his aggressive behavior!
Don’t miss out on the educational talks (just ask a staff member and they can arrange it for you, no matter how big or small your group). I was surprised how much I learned about the giraffes, and also the history of The Giraffe Center!
But this isn’t just a petting zoo. The giraffe here are Rothschild’s giraffe which have become very rare. The Giraffe Center breeds Rothschild giraffe and then releases them back into the wild. Pretty cool.
I never leave without a quick stroll through the gift shop. There are lots of wonderful giraffe themed gifts. I’ve had my eye on a hand made tea set covered in giraffe spots for quite some time! There’s also a great selection of children’s books written by Kenyan authors which make for great gifts.