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“Disappointing attraction” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre
Langata Rd, Nairobi 00509, Kenya
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Ranked #4 of 43 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A short self-guided forest hike followed by an up-close encounter with tame giraffes make this a pleasant excursion to the south of central Nairobi.
London, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing attraction”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

After an hugely entertaining and informative visit to the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, the Giraffe Center was a disappointment. Relatively expensive entrance fee- but the information area was very limited and dated. We could touch the impressive giraffes and there was lots of food "treats" provided for us to feed the giraffes?! Good photo opportunity but overall an underwhelming center. Allow an hour at the most.

Visited October 2012
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“just okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I was excited when we set off for the giraffe Centre; having heard a lot about it and it was next on our itinerary;after the national park. It was however not quite up to expectations, we paid the entrance fee and went in; expecting at least a walk round the facility, if not a guided tour!
Instead we were directed to a balcony next to an enclosure containing a lone giraffe. As soon as we stepped into the balcony the lady gave each of us a handful of nuts/giraffe food and showed us how to feed it to the giraffe; one at a time. We did that, took pictures, and THAT was it! After spending 2 hours in Nairobi traffic jam to get there; with another 2hrs drive back waiting for us! And a hired cab driver on standby that had cost us 7000ksh(about $90) for the trip. We had paid 1000ksh gate fee, so had invested abt $100 dollars and 4 hrs. sitting in a traffic jam just to feed one giraffe! Fun...yes, but at what price?.....really not worth it.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Sort of plain venue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The giraffe centre is nothing extensive at all. I was kinda of cramped for time on a mid-Sunday afternoon and it took no time to get through the smallish centre grounds. I did notice the Giraffe Manor Inn which looked quite nice and the TA reviews are very positive.

Visited April 2013
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“Visit with the Giants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

A brilliant little place to visit with the giants of the animal world, the Giraffe's! You get to feed them and if you're brave enough get a kiss of sorts ;-) Fantastic place to take the kids!

Visited September 2012
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Beijing, China
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“Amazing to get so up close and personal with these magnificent creatures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Typically the next stop on the Nairobi tourism circuit after visiting the elephant orphanage, this center is a bit more expensive to visit (1000ksh for foreigners) but lets you get right up close to giraffes to feed them treats and even get a kiss! (Don't worry, their tongues are antiseptic). A short presentation teaches you about these amazing animals. There's not much else to do here, but I literally spent 1.5hrs doing nothing but marveling at these giant animals up close while feeding.

Visited April 2013
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