Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre, Nairobi: Hours, Address, Giraffe Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Giraffe Centre
4.5
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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
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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.
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Bob N
San Jose16 contributions
If you can't get to Giraffe Manor, going to the Giraffe Center is a good and much cheaper option. You can feed the giraffes, take a nature walk or just talk to the docents about the Rothchild giraffes and the conservation efforts/breeding program being worked on here.

They have a nice cafe here with light breakfast/lunch options and coffee just in case you forget to eat before hand. Fun and educational. Weekends are busy but the docents there will help you get your turn to feed the giraffes, just be patient and they'll find a space for you to feed a giraffe.
Written June 27, 2022
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Luke-n-LauraB
St. Helier, UK444 contributions
A really cool place to come spend some time with the giraffes if you're in Nairobi. The facility is really well set up with an opportunity to feed the giraffes and watch them do their thing while learning about them from the centre. There is also a cafe on site and a small shop that offers good value touristy bits as souveneirs.
Written July 3, 2022
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Black Lion
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia331 contributions
Family
My fam and I had a good visit to the Giraffe Centre. I mean, who wouldn’t find it entertaining to feed giraffes? It was definitely a memorable experience.

Given the price we paid, I expected a better experience and more interaction with the staff and classroom. Here’s how that would look, in case the staff reads this review. [Customers walk in and as the lady hands them the giraffe food, she says: “Welcome to the Giraffe Centre. After I give you the food, take a look at the two videos on your way up the hill. They are about ____ and last ____ minutes. They’ll give you a better understanding of giraffes.” After watching the videos, we go up the hill. The staff says, “Welcome! After you finish feeding the giraffes, we invite you to our classroom to learn more about these majestic creatures. Sessions last 30 minutes and start on the hour.” We then go to a class and learn amazing things about giraffes and the ways to support their protection. On the way out, kids get a coloring sheet or something small to remember their experience.]

These are just a few suggestions. My point is that there needs to be more to do than simply feed pellets to giraffes. Without activities, someone could be in and out in 15 minutes.

Overall, it was a good experience. My wife used the displays in the classroom centre to have a homeschool lesson with our kids. The displays were helpful for self learning.
Written January 18, 2022
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LoveChicago
Chicago, IL3,845 contributions
We visited the Giraffe Centre as part of a day trip from Nairobi. I don't think you need a guide for this, if I were to do it again, I would just hire a driver for the day as the private tour (also including the elephant orphanage and a stop for lunch at the Karen Blixen Cottage) did not add any value.

Upon entering, you are given a coconut shell with some pellets in it to feed the giraffes. You can also get the giraffes to kiss you, check with the staff on how to do this. The giraffes are very gentle and I thought it was really cool to see them close up. I suspect these are the same giraffes as the ones from Giraffe Manor, I couldn't see paying $600+ a night to stay there for essentially the same experience.

On the upper landing, there is information on giraffes and the different kinds of giraffes.

It seemed like a lot of tours go there in the morning before the elephant orphanage which is from 11-12 every day but we went in the afternoon. It was still crowded but perhaps less so that the morning.
Written February 3, 2020
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Madhulika L
Noida, India3,964 contributions
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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Lee C
Derby, UK141 contributions
Family
Another great place to spend a few hours in the close company of the majestic giraffe.
There’s a small museum, a high platform to get close and for a few shillings you can buy a bag of feed and they will gently take it from your hand.
Top tip: if it’s busy you’ll find most people only stay for an hour, and they arrive in waves, so there are quite times between the arrivals.
To get real close keep quiet, move slowly and if you want to be sure they pick you to eat from raise your hand high to save them bending their long neck down to you so much. ( they seem to prefer it that way)
Also there’s a cafe with reasonable coffee and a gift shop.
Written January 24, 2020
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Alyssa M
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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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cornishventurer
16 contributions
Family
A magical experience as a Christmas treat. We’ve been before & they have invested a lot of money on the experience we absolutely love visiting here. The animals have plenty of space to roam however choose to visit the public to gain some of the yummy treats you are given to feed them. You are required to wear a mask at all times which is a godsend as they are not limiting numbers meaning at peak times it’s very busy. We also loved the warthogs hoovering up all the tests the giraffe have dropped. Highly recommend this place for an experience to do in Nairobi.
Written December 28, 2021
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Julie
Narberth, PA66 contributions
I had planned this myself after reading reviews on it. Definitely worth a visit. A bit pricey for sure but you won't experience feeding giraffes and getting licked by them anywhere else. Very cute animals. Please don't abuse the giraffes. I saw tourists repeatedly putting food into their own mouths to force the giraffe to put their tongue into the tourists' mouths! Also another tourist was holding a piece of food on the giraffe's tongue and forcing (holding) the tongue out, you could see the giraffe was trembling trying to retract the tongue. Some reason tourists thought this was hilarious? The staff that worked there didn't do anything to stop this because they wanted tourists to enjoy themselves. We hired Tony to drive us around for 2 days (his Whatsapp is +254 723 497894). I highly recommend him! Very reasonable prices rather than renting your own car. Other drivers are more expensive, I've done research. He's also very considerate and will tell you about the area, will suggest fun things and take you there.
Written February 3, 2020
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Yukiko
Brooklyn, NY47 contributions
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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