Nairobi is home to many wildlife projects that are open to locals and visitors alike like sheldrick elephant orphanage and giraffe centre. From the moment you arrive in the city, you are presented with many options to see Giraffe, Rhino, Lions, Elephants, and more, up close and kind of personal at the Nairobi National Park safari. The only national park in a city. Of the options, is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, also known as the Elephant Orphanage.
It is widely known the damage that poachers have done to the elephant population (as well as other animals, like rhinos). In an effort to save the baby elephants that are orphaned due to poacher’s attacks, the Sheldrick Trust takes charge of being their “adoptive mother” and taking care of them 24/7 – feeding them, making sure they are warm enough, or cold enough if it is too warm, playing with them, and giving them love.
Nearby is the Giraffe Centre, an amazing place to visit. It started as a rehabilitation project to rescue the Rothschild Giraffe. There were only 120 giraffes left in a ranch in Western Kenya when the Giraffe Center was founded. The actual non profit organization is called the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (AFEW). The original house of the founders has been converted into a very impressive boutique hotel called the Giraffe Manor.
At the Giraffe Center you are able to site on top of a platform and stand eye to eye with the Giraffes. You are given small pellets to feed the Giraffes and there are unlimited refills. Across from the Giraffe Center is a small nature walk that features other giraffes and a variety of unique plants and birds.
As per itinerary
Our driver guide will pick you from your Nairobi hotel for the Sheldrick Elephant orphanage.
Arrive at the Daphne Sheldrick orphanage shelter.
Start of the Public viewing of the baby elephants at the Nairobi Elephant orphanage
End of the public viewing and lecture on baby elephants.
Depart the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage for your hotel.
(You can combine this day trip with a visit to the Giraffe Manor centre or the Karen Blixen Museum )