Giraffe Centre
Giraffe Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
It is a place that seeks to secure our environment. Our main work is to carry out environment conserving initiatives. The care for giraffes that are endangered is one of the conservation activities that we do.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • pittbrendat
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! So much fun🦒
    Giraffes are my favorite animal in this area so to feed them was a lifetime experience. Just like feeding my puppies but only bigger. 🐶 To be able to interact with them was amazing and something I’ll never forget if you love giraffes like I do ♥️ you definitely want to check this out. The Experience doesn’t take long, and it’s totally worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Suzanne2303
    Labrador, Australia1,224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to learn about Rothschild giraffes and their future
    We visited this place on our half day tour of Nairobi. It was an interesting place to visit, hand feeding the giraffes, learning about their near extinction and their rescue back. This was a very well presented place, with knowledgeable guides, exhibitors and the giraffes themselves. A must not miss whilst in Nairobi.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be very crowded but great giraffe interactions
    As you visit this facility, you are provided a small bowl of food to feed the giraffes. They usually have around 10 Rothschild giraffes in the facility either as permanent residents or temporarily until they can be reintroduced to the wild. There is a long elevated boardwalk where the giraffes can walk up and be fed by the visitors. It is quite fun to interact with the giraffes, but can be extremely crowded at times when you are trying to get a picture.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Andrea K
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small park, Big giraffes!
    This is a small park, so easy to navigate. They is one 30 minute video talking about how they are conserving the species of Giraffe, then one long landing to share space with others to feed the giraffes treats. Instructions are easily labeled, and there were plenty of hand washing stations. There was an information center that showed more of the history of the center itself, but I feel like it could have more information on giraffes in general. They have a very nice gift shop! We were in and out in about an hour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Nancy Githii
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable Experience
    My kids and I had a fantastic time feeding the giraffes and learning more about wildlife conservation. Being in such close proximity to a giraffe allowed us to truly admire its stunning patterns, creating a beautiful and memorable experience for us. The guides were both knowledgeable and skilled in assisting us with photography and videography, making this an enjoyable and educational adventure.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • KeenTraveller12372
    Sydney, Australia645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SUCH MAJESTIC ANIMALS UPCLOSE AND PERSONAL
    Love this place so upclose and personal with the giraffes. One can feed them and pat them . My last visit was 10 years ago and a few changes where evident but still a good visit and highly recommend that you go if you have the time
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 28, 2023
  • nat69
    Altenrhein, Switzerland53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Twiga with a full belly
    I am a returning ex Kenyan resident who was many many times at the Centre. One can see the success story as the Centre has grown and modernized over the years. The entire group had smiles on their faces and enjoyed spending time with these beautiful creatures.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Discover51180202743
    Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely
    A very popular place to see giraffes up close (and some that overlook them) and feed them. Early morning or late afternoon is best as giraffes seek shade in the middle of the day. Beautiful wooden nature trail area next door for walking.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • thompso2
    577 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun visit, especially on a weekday
    I ended up visiting the Giraffe Center twice, on a Friday and on a Sunday. Weekends are a madhouse while weekdays are much calmer. The giraffes are endangered Rothschild's giraffes and the centre supports their reintroduction into the wild, so visiting was a fun way to support a good cause. On both visits, after washing hands thoroughly, we were given a small bowl of giraffe pellets. On Friday, the staff then answered questions and took our photos as we fed the giraffes; on Sunday, it was too crowded to interact with the staff, so most people took their own photos. The giraffes took the food quite gently and it was fun to interact with them while we were feeding them, but the signs warning us to watch out for giraffe headbutts were accurate if we tried to touch them otherwise.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Aman Mehra
    Pune, India50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best start to Africa!
    What a fun day! Feeding mesmerizing giraffes and marvelling at the Rothschild giraffe was our first stop in Kenya. So clean and so well managed. Great way to ease into the feeling of Africa. PS. It's right opposite Giraffe Manor at a fraction of the cost. Same giraffes across the patch of land.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
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Madhulika L
Noida, India6,191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Want to feed a giraffe? The Giraffe Centre is for you. Although this centre is part of a larger complex devoted to wildlife conservation, the Giraffe Centre is a primarily tourist destination that caters to the tourist who wants a selfie with a giraffe.

You buy entry tickets at the ticket counter (adults pay KSH1500 per person, children pay half that price). Beyond this, there’s a small complex consisting of a restaurant, a couple of souvenir shops, a small garden, and—the main attraction—the giraffes, which are in a large field-and-trees area bounded by a low wall on the visitors’ side. It’s across this wall that Homo sapiens meets giraffe. You pick up a coconut shell bowl full of pellets (giraffe feed) and take them across the giraffes. Then you jostle with the rest of the crowd, await your turn, and when you can, you pick up a pellet between thumb and forefinger and place it on a giraffe’s tongue, which it stretches out to you.

There’s a small building next door, with a balcony on the outside and one giraffe poking its head up to be fed by the visitors on the balcony. One of the staff members on duty told us that this particular giraffe was especially gentle with children, so (since we had our six-year old with us) we headed upstairs. The crowd here was huge, so we eventually came downstairs anyway, but while we were up there, we had a look at the tiny giraffe information gallery there—texts and pictures about giraffe facts, subspecies, distribution, and so on.

When we came downstairs again, my husband had a go at feeding a giraffe. It left him with long trails of saliva on his hands, so even though it was fun, it was sticky! Fortunately, there are toilets right round the corner, so you can go wash your hands after feeding the giraffes.

I thought this was too expensive an attraction. Yes, you do have an Instagrammable moment, but other than that, there’s not much—you don’t learn much, for instance, about giraffes, unless you stumble upon the tiny gallery. (After we’d left the Giraffe Centre and even Nairobi, we discovered that there’s also a talk and presentation about giraffes in the space behind this gallery, but we missed it).
Written January 31, 2020
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Alyssa M
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The giraffes are very cute, but the vibe here is interesting.

The centre is full of package tourists trying to get good Instagram photos, so people can be a little pushy when it gets busy. Which is fine, but it does bring into question the true approach to conservation here, especially when foreigners are charge a very steep $25 (can't remember AUD or US) to get in, to essentially see the Giraffe and feed them pellets.

There's no doubt what they're doing for the Rothchild's Giraffe population is acommendable, and the tourists bring in much needed $'s. But the closeness to humans is a bit concerning, and I'd pay a similar price to visit an entire Zoo back home in Sydney.

The woman on reception was very unfriendly also.
Written March 22, 2020
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Inam K
Islamabad, Pakistan586 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The Giraffe centre, Nairobi is the most sought after attraction, especially by the kids however despite its comparatively high ticket for the non resident tourists there are quite less number of giraffes available. The place has been made restricted in area despite large free spaces available. Too congested for the number of visitors (mostly stepping on each other toes), especially when every one is given a bowl to feed the few available giraffes. Most of the space is alloted to the admin,restaurant and souvenirs shops.
Written January 18, 2020
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Yukiko
Brooklyn, NY76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I absolutely loved visiting the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi. It's not a zoo, rather, a place where Giraffes freely come and go which made the experience much better.
There are lots of visitor of course, so I'd recommend taking your time when visiting the Giraffe Centre - If you're there for a good two hours, you'll see people coming and going and there will be a pocket of time where it's just you and the Giraffes.
It was an absolute pleasure feeding these beautiful animals and to learn more about them. If I ever go back to Nairobi, I'd definitely want to book the giraffe manor as well!
Written March 3, 2020
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Becky J
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Full disclosure: Giraffes are my favorite animal, so that probably influenced how much I enjoyed this experience. We visited in the afternoon, and stayed for around 1 hour, 45 minutes. This amount of time is probably longer than needed, but it did afford me the opportunity to watch the crowds wax and wane. It times it was quite crowded, and other times (in March), there was hardly anyone there. The giraffes are adorable, and food is included in the price of admission. I noticed the staff were quite kind and willing to take pictures for people if they were asked. I loved the giraffes and want to be their BFF. I highly recommend this activity to any animal lover!
Written March 4, 2020
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Laila S
Nairobi, Kenya198 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I took the kids (16, 14 and 11) to check this place out. First of all. It's an hour's drive from where we live and the whole tour is basically a ten minute feeding activity. Guardians are super sweet and they would answer all questions happily, but there are so many people feeding simultaneously that it's impossible to engage for long. I was hoping for a more interactive information center where we can learn more about conservation work, but the info center was a one way, long essay style, multi-walled room plastered with over-informative posters. My kids took no interest in reading all the literature. I would strongly recommend a different way of presenting the work. All in all, i think it's always great to come into contact with wild animals, but we all agreed that it felt like a Zoo. We tried to walk the trail but it was so difficult to understand the path system and we finished it (we think) in 15 minutes.
Written January 14, 2020
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Martin Niemoller
Los Angeles, CA671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Giraffe Manor looks (from pix) lovely but at > $1K/night you might want to skip staying there and instead visit the ATTACHED Giraffe Center. You won't be able to sit and sip coffee with the giraffes in the early morning nor sip tea in the late afternoon but between 10-3 the giraffes migrate down here and eat out of your hands for $15/person! Great guides standing by to help explain everything. Nice cafe for coffee & sandwiches about 10 meters (look at me all metric) from the giraffe feeding for human feeding!

You could stay here <1 hour but for 'Hakuna Matata' time, I'd recommend 1-2 hours. Also Uber accessible to & from without needing them to wait for you; about $7 each way on Uber!
Written March 22, 2020
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spottydog50
Manchester, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth getting there early, as the giraffe are hungry and more interested in seeing what you have for them. You recieve a small shell of pellets, and the beautiful creatures gently stick out their tongues to take one at a time, or lick out the bowl if you give them the chance. Ages range from 20 down to 3 months when I visited. A guide talked through all the giraffe by name, showed the different breeds and showed interest in questions, worth engaging for a small tip.

They dont accept cash on entry, so have a card payment available.
Written March 1, 2020
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Charity H
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Super fun stop to feed giraffes by hand, which was a lot more amazing than I expected. It won't take a lot of time, though - less than an hour here.

Instead of going on a group tour, a local friend recommended we hire a driver for the day.

We lucked upon an uber driver we liked the night before the day, so we asked him to drive us around for the day, and it turned out that he'd done an internship in college at the national park and knew everything about the local animals and ecology. He took us to several places throughout the day for a very low fee, including selecting a delicious restaurant.

I can't recommend him enough - one of the loveliest people I've ever met - so if you need a driver or someone to take you around to the giraffe center, parks, museums, airport rides, whatever you want to do for the day, you should give him a text: Antony at +254 711 585094
Written October 6, 2022
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MaxReh
Coral Gables, FL145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
At this place you have the opportunity to feed the Rothschild Giraffes.
You can get up close and the staff at this place are very helpful in telling you how to feed the animals.
Went there around 12 noon, after visiting the elephant orphanage nearby.
It is a good idea to leave the orphanage 10 minutes before the one hour show is over, so that there are not so many people at Giraffe Center and you can feed them without many people around.
Definitely recommend this place on your Nairobi itinerary.
Both the elephant orphanage and the Giraffe center are in the same part of town, so it will not take you long to go from one place to the other.
Written March 1, 2020
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