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Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

1. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Embark on a guided trou of Nairobi National Park and get an intimate look at the local wildlife that calls this place home. Make new friends with the baby elephants, feed the towering giraffes, and more. Start your trip early in the morning with pickup directly from your hotel, hostel, private home, apartment. Then, head out to begin your tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. At the conclusion of your trip, you can choose to be taken back to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

2. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts.  You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants.  Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk.  Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women.

Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

3. Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

Arrive at David Sheldrick Park at 10:45 AM for a one-hour introductory presentation. Ask questions and get up close and personal with the beautiful, friendly elephants under the supervision of trained professionals. As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans' Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The Sheldrick Trust is a pioneering conservation organization, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa. After spending time with these incredible animals, enjoy a visit to the local wood crafts store for a quick shopping stop before checking out a kazuri beads factory. Next, enjoy an optional lunch at any restaurant the driver will advise before being driven back to your lodging.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

4. Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in the early morning, and then take a game drive through Nairobi National Park. Look for leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife in the grass plains and acacia bush. Take stunning photos of some of Africa's most iconic animals, including giraffes with the city skyscrapers in the background. Continue to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rescued rhinos ready for release into the wild. Watch endangered Rothschild's giraffes grazing in a semi-wild enclosure at the Giraffe Centre and get the chance to feed them. Marvel as they lap up the treats with their long, black tongues. Enjoy lunch at the Utamaduni Restaurant with a choice of local and international food, before departing to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

Nairobi: Half-Day Baby Elephant and Giraffe Experience

5. Nairobi: Half-Day Baby Elephant and Giraffe Experience

Following early morning pick-up from your hotel in Nairobi, journey for approximately 45 minutes to an animal orphanage in a secluded area of Nairobi National Park. Upon arrival, meet the orphaned baby elephants and other animals that are taken care of by a dedicated team of conservationists. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud bath at the orphanage. Get up close to them and benefit from the chance to touch them. You can even watch the handlers feed them during a 1-hour session (advance booking required). Then, listen to a talk about the elephants from the handlers. Go to the Giraffe Centre in the Lang'ata suburb of Nairobi, and get up close to the animals. Learn about the work of the sanctuary, and hand feed the giraffes from a raised observation platform before the return journey to Nairobi where you will get dropped off at your hotel at around 15:00.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust & Giraffe Center with Lunch

6. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust & Giraffe Center with Lunch

Get picked up by your friendly driver/guide at 8 am from your hotel and leave for the giraffe center arriving at around 9 am depending on traffic conditions. Upon arrival at the center, learn about the giraffes' history and stories from your guide. Get up close and personal with the different species, feed them and even give them a kiss.  Next, head to the elephant orphanage where you will get to see baby elephants who have been rescued after being orphaned in the wild. Learn about the baby elephants from your guide and hear about what goes into caring for them. Finally, head to Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, considered one of Africa's greatest eating experiences. Enjoy a variety of exotic meats roasted to perfection before heading back to your hotel. 

Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

7. Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

Mingle with baby elephants and observe rare species of giraffes in this fun and exciting animal tour to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Center. Start your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi and head to the The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is only open from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet baby and teenage elephants and hear the moving stories of how they arrived at the trust.  Next, you will be driven to the Giraffe Center where you will learn more about the conservation efforts to protect endangered species like the Rothschild’s giraffe. Feed and take pictures with the giraffes. Discover the beautiful artwork at the Kazuri Beads factory. See how the pottery company makes these beads and hear about the mother’s that work there.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

8. Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

After a brief introduction, proceed to Nairobi National Park for an early morning game drive. See more than 100 different species of animals including lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, gazelles, elands, wildebeests, hyenas and so many more. Next, visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Since its inception, the orphanage has hand-reared more than 150 baby elephants that were orphaned in the wild, often due to poaching. The orphanage helps to reintegrate these gorgeous creatures into the wilds of Tsavo National Park in the east of the country. Learn more about this fascinating venture and see the baby elephants being fed by their keepers. Proceed to the Giraffe Center. The center has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. Meet the resident giraffes face-to-face before heading to an enclosed homestead, the Bomas, each one Bomas represents one of Kenya's major ethnic groups. Sit back and enjoy traditional songs and dances showcased by different ethnic groups.

Nairobi: Full-Day All-Inclusive Multi-Park Safari Experience

9. Nairobi: Full-Day All-Inclusive Multi-Park Safari Experience

You will begin your Nairobi tour with pickup from your hotel and a short drive to the Nairobi National Park. Once having arrived there you will take a game drive through the park for the chance to see animals such as rhino and lions without having to leave the confines of the city. This Nairobi National Park day tour is a half-day trip to see lions, rhinos, buffalo, and various other animals in the Nairobi National Park and to view the wildlife in this great area. The Narobi National park was established in 1942 as a place of recreation by the colonial settlers right next to the bustling and growing city. Highlights of the tour include the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Giraffe Center, and the Karen Blixen Museum. Throughout your tour you will be granted breaks for both lunch and for shopping, and at the conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to your accommodation.

Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Half-Day Tour

10. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Half-Day Tour

Embark on a half–day tour offering you the opportunity to discover Nairobi’s beauty and history within a short time. Nairobi National Park is the world’s wildlife capital, just a short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district. Wide open grass plains and a backdrop of the city scrapers play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse bird life, with over 400 species recorded. This unique wildlife sanctuary is just a few kilometers from Nairobi's bustling city center, with Nairobi home to the only wildlife sanctuary to be found in the city precincts. Despite its proximity, over 50 species of mammals can be found there, including four of the Big Five. Please note you will exit the Nairobi National Park at 10:00 AM in order to make the opening time at the Elephant Orphanage at 11:00 AM. You will stay until 12:00 PM and then be dropped at your hotel at around 1:00 PM.

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What people are saying about David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 177 reviews

Amazing tour, the Nairobi National Park is incredible, such a wealth of nature and beauty at the doorstep of skyscrapers and railway. Very well managed by the guide Peter, who first drove us around the park and made his best to allow us seeing as much as possible, including a majestic lion. Peter was very knowledgeable and passionate about Kenya, shared a wealth of information on animals, the environment, etc. and drove us extensively around the park to make sure that we saw most of the animals, giving us all the time to capture pics. He then took us to visit the Elephants' Orphanage (another incredible place) and before going to the third and last highlight of the day, the Giraffes' Centre, he allowed us to take our time and rest in a community centre where we could buy coffee, homemade samosa and local handcraft. Overall a great tour, I could see a lot of incredible things, and do everything at my own pace although it was an organised tour. Comfortable car with open roof.

Guide was punctual and very nice. He was extremely skilled driver in national park. We experienced wildlife that would be impossible without him. He was knowledgeable about nature and animals. Would highly recommend if you want to see Nairobi natural park, elephant sanctuary and giraffe center in one day.

I had the chance to have Sami as my tour guide and the experience couldn’t have been better! Sami is really knowledgeable, answered all my questions and made sure I had the best experience: we went to the giraffe center a bit after everyone else so I had the giraffes for myself! Definitely recommended!

Our driver Paul was so nice and accommodating!! He explained all the things we passed by and made our first day in Nairobi unforgettable. I wholeheartedly recommend this activity and, if you can, ask for Paul to be your driver. He'll make this trip as relaxing and enjoyable as possible!

Pure joy to see the elephants and support a great program. a must in Nairobi.