The Graceful Giraffe Center

Seeing we have no long term travel trips scheduled up for the next month,we will be showcasing Nairobi as a tourist destination under a Blog series dubbed ‘The Nairobi Tourist’. To start us off is a famous one,the graceful Giraffe Center.

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It’s set in a 6 hectares of lush indigenous forestry at the edge of the Nairobi National Park  and the leafy suburb of Karen. The center started out as a rehabilitation project by the non-profit organization, African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (AFEW), to rescue the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

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The facility was initially a private sanctuary for the protection and  breeding of these giraffes back in 1979 but with time and enough funds, it was open to the public and became famously known as the Giraffe Center. This gem of a place is now one of the top tourist destinations in Nairobi.

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Giraffes are freakishly tall (their babies are born at 7 ft tall). They have beautiful and unique reticular patterns on their skin. They are terribly strong too! Their kick is powerful enough to decapitate a lion and their tongue is half a meter long…  we could go on.

The giraffe fun facts are endless!

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Giraffes tower over Africa’s plains. These tall animals are identified by their long necks, equally long and spindly legs, and spotted coats. Most giraffes have a tan, white or yellow coat that is spotted with brown, square shapes. The world’s tallest animal can easily look into a second story window (like at Giraffe Manor in search of tasty treats). Its height to the “horn” tips averages 5.3 m (17.5 ft.) in males and 4.3 m (14 ft.) in females

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 Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife- Giraffe Centre

  • It is the world’s largest Rothschild giraffe breeding ground. Have a guide give you a history of the sanctuary as well as fun biological facts.
  • Educational trips for schools and private institutions can be organized ahead of time.
  • There’s an opulent boutique hotel adjacent to Giraffe Center in which you can dine with giraffes. It is called the Giraffe Manor and was the conservancy founders’ home.
  • There’s also a nature trail next door where you can saunter through flora to the music of birds and flowing streams.

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    Brian at the entrance of the nature trail
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Liz enjoying the fauna inside the nature trail

Location.

 Duma road, Karen, Nairobi.
Public : Citi Hoppa Bus no.24 from KenCom (CBD) to Hardy, Karen. Tell the conductor that you’ll be getting off at Giraffe Center.

Operating hours

Open all year round, including weekends and public holidays from 9am to 5pm.

Charges

Resident adults: 250/=
Resident children: 50/=

Non-resident adults:  1000/=
Non-resident children:  500/=

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A warthog strolling lazily

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TIN ROOF WITH DISCOUCHER

Our day had been great but we were absolutely ravenous and in dire need of a proper meal.Tin Roof was the obvious choice given its close proximity to the Giraffe center.

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We popped in at Tin Roof Cafe Langata Links to grab a healthy bite with Discoucher. Our meals(Brian’s choice; Soysambu steak & onion with Rocket 950/= and Liz choice; chicken feta and coriander 950/=) came to about 2400/= including 2 glasses of pineapple mint juices.The cherry on top 🙂 Our DisCoucher voucher that took off a whopping 950/= from the total bill.

Talk about wins!

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Check out DisCoucher here and you can always buy your own voucher book here.

Total bill: 2400/=

Savings with DisCoucher: 950/=

Bill payable:1450/=

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