David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust And Giraffe Center Day Tour From Nairobi 7 hours

  • Shared tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

Learn about two of Kenya's most famous animals on this tour to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. See the animals in a safe, contained environment focused on rehabilitation and conservation. Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi. Observe baby elephants during an allotted viewing time and learn about the dangers they face Participate in a supervised feeding of the endangered Rothschild giraffes and learn about conservation efforts.

Your Nairobi tour begins with pickup at your hotel or accommodation or airport. The first stop of the day is the Giraffe Centre, where conservation work supports endangered Rothschild's giraffes that visitors can feed. Then, head to the elephant orphanage at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. You'll have an hour to observe rescued elephants in the care of conservationists who bottle feed the smallest elephants. (An additional conservation fee is required to visit the elephant orphanage, which is located within Nairobi National Park.) After the two conservation stops, make a bonus visit to the Kazuri Beads Factory; it's a great place to pick up handicrafts that support local livelihoods. The day ends with drop-off at your accommodations in Nairobi.

Giraffe Centre

The tour starts by picking you from your hotel or airport within Nairobi. You will be driven to Giraffe centre where you feed Rothschild giraffes under the supervision of keepers. The center has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979. This attraction offers opportunities to feed the endangered Rothschild's giraffe by hand. The location also offers a fine education on the physiology, behaviors and habitat preferences of these beautiful animals.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

You will then be driven to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to walk through the center from 11am - 12pm in an open space, with a rope fence around it. The youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk. For the next 10-15 minutes you can watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. Then, you'll have time to watch the elephants play. You find out how old they were when they arrived at the orphanage, where they were rescued from, and what got them into trouble. The most common reasons for getting orphaned being: mother's poached, falling into wells, and human/wildlife conflict. Once the youngest are all fed, they are led back into the bush, and it's the turn of the 2-3 year olds. Some of them can feed themselves, and some are still fed by their keepers. Watch them interact with their keepers, munch on some branches of their favorite acacias, and play with the half drums of water and mud

What's included

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  • Guiding in selected language
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Transportation


  • Cold drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Visas
  • Park/ museum entrance fees
  • Taxes


Available in


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors

Departure & Return

Start city: Nairobi , Kenya

Pick up times available: 08:30

Pick up location: Arrival gate at your landing terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International airport or centrally located Nairobi hotels

Ends at: Nairobi county

Nearest airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

Eco Features:

  • Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    A percentage of product income is contributing to local nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date

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from $110 per person