On this day trip, you will be visiting the Nairobi animal orphanage, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Center with a break for lunch in between at the Tarind restaurant.
What to Expect
If you love animals and would perhaps like to take a picture so close to a lion, then visit the Nairobi Animal Orphanage operated by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Just inside the main gate to Nairobi National Park, this animal orphanage houses formerly wild animals that have been recovered by park rangers. Although the conditions in which the animals are kept are less than inspiring, the orphanage does protect animals that would have died without human intervention. It also serves as a valuable education centre for locals and schoolchildren who might not otherwise have the chance to interact with wildlife.
A pioneering facility for the protection and rehabilitation of black rhinos and African elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust saves injured and orphaned animals from the wild and rehabilitates them for a return to their natural habitats. This nonprofit park was founded in 1977 and operates within Nairobi National Park.
The farm that the Danish author of the famed memoir Out of Africa lived on from 1917 to 1931 is now a museum. Much of the 1985 Oscar-winning movie adaptation was shot on the grounds. A tour of the house is an intimate experience — in one corner is a lantern that Blixen hung on her veranda to let her ill-fated lover, English hunter Denys Finch Hatton, know she was home, and his monogrammed books still line the shelves.
This centre, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You may also spot warthogs snuffling about in the mud, and there’s an interesting self-guided forest walk through the adjacent Gogo River Bird Sanctuary.
Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel or from the airport at 8.00 a.m and drive to the Nairobi animal orphanage. The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is located in the Nairobi National Park. It serves a treatments and rehabilitation centre for wild animals. The Orphanage hosts lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, serval cats, rare Sokoke cats, warthogs, leopards, various monkeys, baboons and buffalo. Various birds can also be viewed including parrots, guinea fowls, crowned cranes and ostriches. The visit will last about two hours.
Proceed to the nearby Daphne elephant orphanage. The David Sheldrick wildlife trust is a haven for injured elephants and rhinos where they are treated and released back to the wild. This also is a place for orphaned baby elephants, rhinos and other animals where they are taken care of until they are able to survive on there own in the wild. The visiting time is between 11.00 a.m. and 12.00 Noon for the public. For foster parents, the visiting hours are between 5 and 6.00 p.m.
At midday, depart the elephant orphanage and proceed to visit the Karen Blixen museum and the Kazuri beads factory. Lunch will follow thereafter at the Tamambo restaurant.
Finish your day in the evening at the Giraffe Center. The African Fund for the Endangered species was founded in 1979 as a core-breeding center of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and further escalated its conservation efforts in 1983, opening up an outstanding environmental education center for the Kenyan youth. As of now, A.F.E.W (K) Ltd. – Giraffe Center deals with breeding of the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Ecology Trips, Training of Trainers Workshops, National Environmental Competitions, Funding Micro-projects, Monitoring and Evaluation, Production of resource materials among other environmental conservation activities.
The order of the afternoon activities can be modified to best suite the timings for particular attractions depending on the day you will visiting.
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