Giraffe Center (Nyumbi Road, Langata) – located just outside of Nairobi, the center has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.
The AFEW center is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. The center’s giraffe population wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table. Admission: KES 1,500 (tourist adult), KES 400 (Kenyan adult), KES 750 (tourist child), KES 200 (Kenyan child). Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (daily).