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The Giraffe Centre
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Put quite simply though. This is a must experience. Watch as Giraffe lick pellets right from your hand with a long blue tongue, or Latch onto them right out of the sky - catching it like popcorn.
It is also a great place to take kids. There were families there, and the kids really loved getting to feed the giraffe and see the other animals.
Not a zoo, but even better, the Giraffe Centre is a must see and do hands on with animals experience. If you want to go to Africa to not only see the animals, but have an experience with them too, this is the perfect place.
Get kissed - by a Giraffe! Giraffe Manor
Again, one of the places that had been touted as a "Must do" while in Kenya.
We were glad to have come to it but would not consider it a "Must DO" if you're on a limited time schedule.
Long drive from Nairobi (about 30=45 mins) through some seedy then beautiful areas of Nairobi. Everything seems to co-exist in sharp contrast in Kenya...then, driving past Karen Blixen's house museum and unto the spacious gardens which are Giraffe Manor.
It was built in the 1930's by a british Lord; Sir David Duncan and emcompasses over 120 acres of beautiful land.
The Ngong Hills are the ones depicted in the movie "Out of Africa" written by Karen Blixen.
It serves as a breeding refuge for Rothchild giraffes wihch at one point were highly endangered.
The conservatory and re-hab center is actually where the giraffes are more approachable.
You're able (for a nominal fee), enter and walk up unto the platform/treehouse where you stand eye to eye with various giraffes and feed them pellets.
If you "swing that way", you may place pellets in your mouth and giraffes will kiss you as they remove the pellet.
Before you judge - C'mon, you know you wish you could! How many other times will you get a chance for a picture like the one on this page!?!
Langata giraffe centre
In the Langata Giraffe Centre you can see a few Rothschild giraffes. After you climb the circular wooden structure you can look the giraffes in the eye.
In this wooden structure you can also have a look at a small exhibition about the giraffes.
Langata Giraffe Centre, close encounter
At the Langata Giraffe Cnetre it´s not only possible to have a look in the eyes of the giraffes from the wooden structure, but you can also feed them. There is food provided for this purpose.
Admission to the Giraffe Centre is 1$.
The centre is open from 9.30 am till 5.30 pm.
There is a curioshop and you can buy drinks.
Giraffe Center is situated about 15 kilometres far from Nairobi and not easy to reach there unless you take the taxi. Make sure to stipulate the price for a ride before departure, in both directions, and to pay it after coming back to town. Not all taxi drivers are honest, infact, most of them should try to take advantage of mzungus (whites). Three to four thousand shillings is fair price, including for the time spent in the Giraffe Center.
Giraffe is cute and friendly animal and most photogenic. It look strange but giraffe never produce any sound at all, the communication between mother and baby giraffe is by eyes only. They never sleep and never drink water from the watering-place unless extremely dry period. If must drink water from the watering-place, giraffe must go down on the knees and that the only position in which lions could attack her.
Langata Giraffe Center
At Langata, you can watch and hand-feed giraffes from a raised wooden platform. There is also information on display about giraffes. You will probably also see warhogs sniffing out the food that the tourists drop and giraffes miss.
Admission was a rather steep KSh500, but it was good fun.
If you would like the opportunity to get up really close with giraffe then this is the place to go. You have the opportunity to hand feed giraffe and learn more about them through a short presentation by the staff. As well as the giraffe there are also some tortoises and warthogs.
There is a short nature trail with a guide who will tell you about the wildlife and plants.
Karen Blixen's house is very close by, so it would be easy to combine the 2 places in 1 visit.
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Giraffes are my favorite for this exact reason. Execpt you might not have to travel all the way to Kenya to experience this. In Colorado, about a half an hour away from COlorado Springs, you can visit Cheyanne Zoo. They have this same exhibits where you are eye level with the giraffes and you can feed them as well. This is the best zoo ever, its built on the side of a mountain (Cheyanne Mountain) and even has a little "ski lift" to the top. Amazing.
Giraffe Center: really funny even for adults!!
We had a great experience in Giraffe Centre. In this centre, the guardians provide you with food and you can feed giraffes. Giraffes have a very long tongue (up to 45 cms!) and they get the food from your hands. Really funny!
Wanna Pet a Giraffe?
I've only ever seen giraffes at the zoo. So tall and graceful, I always really liked them, so imagine my delight when I found the Langata Giraffe Center.
The Langata Giraffe Center offers visitors the chance to see eye to eye with giraffes of the wild. They constructed a large platform that you can stand on and see the world from the giraffes perspective. Giraffes enjoy coming up to the platform to see the visitors, as we are just as strange to them as they are to us, so we're both curious, and that's what makes it fun.
You can feed the giraffes special pellets provided by the center, and you get to learn things about giraffes you never knew, for example did you know that giraffes have long sticky tongues they use to grab their food and that they can produce their own antiseptic saliva to assist their tongues in healing after a meal of thorns?
Aside from the fun of feeding the giraffes (and speaking of tongues, they love to lick, but don't worry, their saliva will not harm you and it's kinda cool to think "I am covered in giraffe spit" ONLY IN AFRICA PEOPLE!) You can also enjoy the warthogs that come in for the feast, and these crazy African swine are VERY enjoyable to watch, especially up close and in a relaxed environment, they are wild, so you'll want to be careful, but even a warthog can appreciate your gesture of some giraffe pellets.
Overall, it's a fun place to visit, great for familes with kids!
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The Giraffe Centre
Once you have made the trip to Karen Blixen's ranch yo might as well pop round to the nearby giraffe centre, although by itself it would not be worth the 20 km trip from the city centre. It is mainly intended for children, and you can go up onto a viewing platform which is at the giraffes' height, and feed them some pellets. It will be a great photo opportunity, though, when the giraffes look over the banister and stretch out their tongues to beg for food.
There are also some enclosures with smaller animals, like tortoises and rabbits, and a nature trail and bird sanctuary across the road.
However, the centre does have a serious background, as well, and is doing great work in building up the numbers of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.
Visit the Giraffe Centre 1.
While in Nairobi, Anne and I decided to hire a Taxi and head out for a half day sightseeing adventure to both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife centre. (An elephant orphanage.)
the Giraffe centre is approx. 20 - 45 minute drive from the city center, depending on the traffic conditions and time of day. At the Giraffe Center you are able to get "up close and personal" with Rothschild Giraffes. This up close and personal experience includes touching/patting and feeding them.
The entire experience will "set you back" a mere 500 Ksh entrance fee for non-residents (another name for TOURIST!)
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Go to the Giraffe Centre. This...
Go to the Giraffe Centre. This facility is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. They do research here and have a number of different giraffe varieties.
You climb up on a platform and get to feed the giraffes. They have incredibly large, strong and slimy tongues. Don't turn your back. We saw one fellow get head butted when he was looking the other way.
1 hour is more than enough
It is a small place with several Giraffes to feed. The experience was fun, if only our toddler weren't too scared to feed them herself. But she enjoyed picking up the feed from the floor for us to feed. It was a good experience for her overall. We could linger as long as we wanted and the feed was free flow. But 1 hour is really more than enough for feeding and picture taking.
I read about the craft sales here at the centre, but the only place I could find is the official gift shop. Bought an African dish from the shop but the base started to discolour the moment I washed it. Those I bought from South Africa didn't have the same problem.
The Giraffe Centre is not far from the Elephant Orphanage. Our driver was pointed to take a short cut to avoid traffic on the main road. Be sure to check with the local security staff for directions, as I wouldn't be able to find the place if I were driving my self. There were no sign posting along the road, and it wasn't too clear for me in Google Maps.
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Visit the Giraffe Centre 2
The Giraffe centre is actually a breeding centre as well as an education centre for the local school children. In fact, there were several local school groups visiting on the day that we were there. No matter where you are from, local or overseas, everyone has the same look of delight on their faces as they eye the main attraction...the Rothchild Giraffes.
Access to the Rothchild Giraffes is via the stairs that lead you to a purpose built platform that allows you to "look into the giraffes eyes!"
As part of your 500 KSH entry fee, you are handed a small amount of “giraffe food’ to feed the herd. (There are also buckets of food placed areound the entire viewing platform.) This allows every visitor, young or old, to hand feed these gentle giants.
Your kids will love it, especially when the giraffes "let loose" with their 12 inch tongues!
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