The layover tour to giraffe Centre from the NBO airport is one of the most popular short day trips from JKIA. The giraffe Centre is 20 minutes away from the NBO airport and this makes it very easy to reach even when you have only 2 hours layover.
The giraffe Centre is located near Nairobi national park in Karen estate. Is less than half an hour away from the Nairobi airport at 27km. It is a managed by the giraffe manor next door. The giraffe manor is a boutique hotel on the grounds which cater for one night bed and breakfast visitors enroute to longer safaris inland. It is at the giraffe manor that you can take your breakfast or lunch in the company of giraffes picking from your plate on the dining table.
Giraffe Centre is managed by the African fund for endangered wildlife whose primary mandate is to provide conservation education to schools among other things. Giraffe Centre is uniquely positioned to offer short an quick day tours to meet up close with these gentle giants. The giraffes found here are from a family of the endangered Rothschild giraffes. The only places you can find Rothschild giraffes in Kenya are at the giraffe Centre and at Lake Nakuru national park which is also another sanctuary for these giraffes.
You are allowed to feed the giraffes with pellets by hand from a raised platform as you hug them and take selfies. Note that some of them do not like being hugged and will quickly give you a painful head butt. The guides are able to tell you which giraffes are docile enough for a hug and which ones have anger issues.
There is also an education Centre on site where visitors are given lectures on the conservation status of the Rothschild giraffes and other animals in Kenya. This lecture includes an introduction to the AFEW foundation wildlife conservation projects in Kenya including successes and challenges. It’s a great place to not only meet and cuddle the giraffes but also to learn a thing or two about wildlife conservation in Kenya.
You are encouraged to support the foundation conservation efforts by buying some items from their shop on site. The shop has many items including books, carvings, clothing, head wear, foot wear, book markers, and maps among many other items. Kindly support them by buying a few of these items.
To go on a layover tour to giraffe Centre, you need to get a transfer from the airport and back. The giraffe Centre is open from 0600hrs to 0500hrs and you can therefore go for a short layover trip at any time. Below is a sample itinerary for a short 2, 3, 4 hours layover trip to the giraffe Centre
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0800hrs: Pick up from the NBO airport for the giraffe Centre layover tour
0830hrs: Arrive at the giraffe centre and pay the entrance fee
0845hrs: Start to feed the giraffes and taking selfies
1000hrs: Attend a 15 minute lecture on wildlife conservation at their education centre
1030hrs: Buy some items from their Shop or grab a bite from their cafeteria
1130hrs: Drop off at the NBO airport for your next flight after the Giraffe centre layover tour
End of the Giraffe centre layover tour.
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