Located 18km (11 miles) from the centre of Nairobi, the Giraffe Center is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) and aims to increase the number of rare Rothschild giraffes left in the wild. Located on the edge of Nairobi National Park, the compact sanctuary sits on a broad stretch of savannah and is easy to find. It complements visits to Nairobi National Park and the nearby Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage excellently. Children, in particular, will adore it here and its tall observation towers offer a terrific opportunity to get close to these magnificent creatures.
Things to see in Nairobi
The main source of information about Nairobi is to be found on the tourist board’s website (www.magicalkenya.com), as no official tourist centres exist on the ground. Nevertheless, reliable information can be picked up in most hotels and backpacker lodges, with the majority of locals happy to chip in with information. Though, be warned: being directed to a cousin’s shop or gallery is likely. A good guidebook is essential.