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The Giraffe Center: Nairobi, Kenya

The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi is an amazing place to visit. It started as a rehabilitation project to rescue the Rothschild Giraffe. There were only 120 giraffes left in a ranch in Western Kenya when the Giraffe Center was founded. The actual non profit organization is called the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (AFEW). The original house of the founders has been converted into a very impressive boutique hotel called the Giraffe Manor.  The center is located roughly 12.5 miles (20km) away from the center of Nairobi.

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We get along great :-)

Things To Do At The Giraffe Center

Pet a Giraffe? Check.  Kiss a Giraffe? Check. At the Giraffe Center you are able to site on top of a platform and stand eye to eye with the Giraffes.  You are given small pellets to feed the Giraffes and there are unlimited refills.  Across from the Giraffe Center is a small nature walk that features two other giraffes and a variety of unique plants and birds.  This is where I was attacked by a Giraffe so make sure that you stay 50 feet (15 meters) away from them.  This is the closest that you will be able to get to the giraffes in Kenya.

Click here to see a great video of me feeding the giraffes

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Directions to the Giraffe Center (click for large image)

Getting to the Giraffe Center

  • Via Local Transportation (Matatu)

The same Matatus that you take to see the Nairobi National Park can be taken to get to the Giraffe Center.  You can either take two Matatus that will originate form the Nairobi Railway Station or one Matatu that will start from the KenCom & Ambassador Buildings.

From Nairobi Railway Station

The first will go to Galleria Mall in the neighborhood of Nairobi called Karen and will cost 30 Shillings.  Look for Matatu #124/125 (combined number).

The second Matatu will be taken once you arrive at the Galleria mall in Kenya.  Walk towards the Galleria Mall and you will see the Matatu station that you will take to the Giraffe Center(20-40 shillings).

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The Kencom Building in Nairobi

From Kencom & Ambassador Buildings

Take the City Hoppa or the KBS (Kenya Bus Service) from the buildings listed above and they will take you directly to the Hardy Bus Station which is near the Giraffe Center.  Do not go all the way to the Hardy Bus Station, let the collector know that you want to go to Giraffe Center.

After you get dropped off you will see signs for the Giraffe Center.  There will be a very long road that will bend left (you will see a white wooden gate and then the Giraffe Manor) followed by a bend to the right.  The giraffe center will be on the right.  You can also take a local piki piki (motorcycle)  to take you from where you get off the Matatu to the Giraffe Center, should only cost you roughly 50 shillings.

  • Via Taxi
After arriving at the Galleria Mall you can find a slew of cars parked on the side of the road.  They will try to hustle you for the fare which should be 400 Kenyan Shillings.  There is no point to take a taxi to just the Giraffe Center since many tourist attractions in Nairobi are nearby like the Elephant Orphange & Nairobi National Park.  I got a group from the local hostel and we shared a taxi for the entire day for  4,500 Kenyan Shillings.  The normal rate is 4,500 to 5,000 Kenyan Shillings.

Cost to Enter Giraffe Center

Non Resident Adult – 700 Kenyan Shillings ($7.50, 5 Euros, 4.75 British Pounds)

Non Resident Child or Student – 250 Kenyan Shillings ($3, 2 Euros, 1.75 British Pounds)

Hours & Phone

  • Opening Hours:
  • 9.00 am to 5.30 pm7 days a week

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Zalinda August 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

I am a Kenyan citizen, what is the cost to enter Giraffe center?


Marcello August 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Nelson September 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Great post am looking forward to visiting the center, and you have given all the information needed to get there. Great!!!


Marcello September 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

My pleasure Nelson


dorcas wakoli November 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

i am a kenyatta university student and am so glad to see this,i would really wish to work with you if possible from january next year.do you offer attachments please?


Marcello December 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

Dorcas you can send me an email and I will be happy to reply.. cheers


dorcas wakoli November 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

i am a kenyatta university student and am so glad to see this,i would really wish to work with you if possible from january next year.do you offer attachments please?i would wish that you consider me from january to may.i have also sent you an e mail


Marcello December 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi Dorcas what did you have in mind.. I will be looking for your email


james December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

thanks man. I got more info from your page than trip advisor and giraffe center www


Marcello December 22, 2012 at 2:00 am

Thanks James thats what I aim to do


Kenneth January 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

Hi i would really love to visit the centre…what are the directions to the centre if am driving from nairobi city centre?? i would really appreciate that info….entry fees for kenyan citizens?


Marcello January 8, 2013 at 1:27 am

Honestly don’t remember what the entry fees were for Kenyans Kenneth but you can look up the location on a map and see how to get there. I placed a map above and describe how to get there in the post


John January 19, 2013 at 3:04 am

Hi,I am asking for the cost that are charged for resident adults


Marcello January 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

John, Im sure that I have that information handy for you but I haven’t listed it on the site just yet. It is much lower than what they charge tourists


Millicent January 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hello,I love the Giraffe center,it has really spearheaded environmental conservation in Kenya.Am a 3rd year Environmental health student at Kenyatta University,am requesting for an attachment if possible from April-August 2013 with the Giraffe centre.Will be glad to hear from you.Thanx.


alicialilian June 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

hi,your galleries are so beautiful.Am particularly interested in working in your firm in future.I am a second year student pursuing a course in international tourism management at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology-Bondo .I f you have internship programme pliz inform me.KUDOZ FOR YOUR WORK KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!


orono sheillah October 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I want to visit the park soon with my sister am from Ngara area in nairobi wat is the exact park fee for both of us?


Marcello December 5, 2013 at 12:25 am

When I went it was $10 per person Orono


Brian December 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I’m 17 years old
am I an adult or stil a child
or maybe how do you differentiate between a child and an adult


Marcello January 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Check the age limits there at the entry Brian. For me 17 would be an adult


Andrew January 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

greetings, am a university student,,if i come with my student id to the centre,do i pay kshs 250 or ksh 700?


Marcello February 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

They only have discounts for residents of Kenya of the Eastern Africa Community. From what I remember they didn’t have discounts for students.


Githaiga Mwangi February 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

Sounds like a great place indeed. Wanna visit with my fiancee on sunday the 9th what’re the charges for residents??


Marcello February 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

It is quite cheap for residents Githaiga but with the inflation in Kenya the prices may have changed drastically since I have been there. Would double check with them.


ayan February 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

hy, i really like your blog..looking forward to reading more of your adventures :-)


indeche July 8, 2014 at 1:05 am

hi..girrafe center….am planin to take my sundaydkul children to see girrafes…how much do yu charge..adults n chidren who are citizens or we will pay the same as non residents…please reply


Marcello July 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Indeche you need to contact the giraffe center directly I don’t work for them.


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