The first stop on our 76 day overland trip through Africa was Nairobi, having been here previously we knew what to expect. A little tired from our flight we checked into our camp site in Karen and spent the day chilling out and adjusting to African life.
The following day we went and saw the giraffes and elephants as both of these things are the top things to do in Nairobi. We have been to both of these places before but I was more than happy to return to see the animals and support conservation efforts.
We arrived at 9am on the dot to the Giraffe Centre and were first through the door, it was great to have a short space of time with just us and the giraffes. The staff are super helpful when it comes to having a good experience with the animals, they entice them over with food and tell you the best way to feed them to get as close as possible.
If you are brave enough you can even get a big sloppy kiss from one of the giraffes, you just place a pellet of food in your mouth and next thing a giant tongue is all over your face.
We spent just over an hour with Stacey and Daisy the giraffes, it is so wonderful seeing these majestic animals up close and until you are literally face to face with one you just don’t understand how big they really are.
The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is rated as the #1 thing to do in Nairobi and having been these twice I would highly recommend it. The concept is fairly simple, they rescue elephants, look after them during their infant years and re home them when the time is right.
Baby elephants become orphaned through various ways. As poaching is still rife for ivory many of the baby elephants mothers are killed, small elephants can fall down wells and some are abandoned. The David Sheldrick Trust then goes all over Africa to rescue the elephants and support them by feeding milk through bottles, giving them stimulation throughout the day and then sleeping with the animals during the night.
The staff are extremely dedicated to their job and clearly have a lot of love for the animals and the conservation of elephants.
During our visit the smaller elephants came out first and were hand fed the bottles of milk, we were then told of each of the elephants stories, how they got there and what will happen to them once they are taken into the wild. Most of the elephants were really friendly and came up close so you could have a closer look and a stoke if you wanted to.
Then the larger elephants came out, they were very bolshy and got stuck into the milk straight away. Some of them even tried to steal extra milk that was stored in a wheelbarrow. It was pretty clear that each individual elephant had a very strong personality and it was so nice to see them interacting with each other as well as humans. I loved both of these places in Nairobi as you are able to get up close and persona with some amazing animals.
The cost for these activities in Kenyan Shillings is 1000 for the Giraffe Centre and 500 for the elephant orphanage.
Here is some video footage of both of these activities on my Kenya and Uganda video