You Giraffe Me Crazy! Giraffe Centre: Nairobi

It started with a kiss! Ever wondered what it felt like to kiss a giraffe? If you are as intrigued as we were, then head to the Giraffe Centre, in Nairobi.

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If you’re heading to Nairobi, then Giraffe Centre is a must visit. The centre was set up by the Leslie-Melville family, who have been rescuing the endangered  Rothschild Giraffes since 1979. We had the opportunity to visit one morning and much fun was had: as highlighted by our photos.

You may have seen lots of Instagram influencers sharing breakfast with these beautiful creatures. This is actually at the Giraffe Manor – now a boutique hotel – which is the converted home of the owners of the Giraffe Centre. It is conveniently located next door. A stay at the Giraffe Manor was a little out of our budget, but we hope to go back and stay one day.

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The centre is situated in the same grounds as the manor and part of the same organisation. The Giraffe Centre itself is a non-profit organisation and acts as conservation of these beautiful giraffes. It also allows Kenyan school children and tourists to come into close encounters with these beautiful animals and learn more about them.

What an unforgettable experience this was, a huge bucket list for us both. Up there with our safari experience.


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The Giraffe Centre is located about 20 kilometres from Nairobi city centre, in the beautiful area of Langata. There are two main options to reach the centre that we would recommend. Firstly a taxi journey from a licensed taxi firm/uber or the second more costly option is through a tour operator as part of a day tour.

We travelled without a guide – but actually with our lovely host.

Giraffe Centre Address: Duma Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Opening hours: 10 AM to 5 PM

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Prices have recently been taken from their website:

  • Adult Non-resident: 1,000 Kenyan Shillings (approx. $10.00)
  • Adult Resident: 250 Kenyan Shillings
  • Child Non-resident: 500 Kenyan Shillings (approx. $5.00)
  • Child Resident: 50 Kenyan Shillings
  • School groups are free if booked in advance.


Pucker up! It’s time to get up close and very personal with these gentle giants. The Giraffe Centre allows you to interact with the Rothschild Giraffe. Over time, it has bred and released over 40 giraffes into safe game parks.

As the giraffes have a lot of interaction with humans as calves, they are therefore a lot friendlier to us. In the wild, they will spot you from a mile and leg it! Side note, if you haven’t seen a giraffe run, it is rather amusing.

Head down to the viewing centre, where an Educator will introduce you to your Giraffe for the day. The viewing centre is situated in a tree house so that you are at height level with the giraffe. We were introduced to the beautiful Stacy. Here you can pet and stroke them and really get up and personal with the animals. Stacye was a hungry giraffe! Ready to kiss everyone for a few pellets.

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Never did we understand the true beeuty of these animals. Each giraffe has a very distint print which is magnificent to see close. They have very warm and friendly eyes, with the curliest of lashes! Not even Maxfactor can give you lashes like these.

You will then be invited to feed the giraffe, with pellets from your hand – or mouth if you have such desires about kissing a giraffe. Let the fun begin! We ended up spending a few hours here at the viewing section in awe of these wonderful animals.

Make sure you head to the information centre afterwards, to learn more about the giraffe species. You will also learn more about the conservation programme and the work the Giraffe Centre put into protecting these animals.


  • There are four species of giraffes; each with distinctly different markings
  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world
  • Giraffes can run at speeds of 35 mph
  • As they have a plant based diet, Giraffes only need to drink water every few days as the rest of their water comes from the leaves they eat.
  • Baby giraffes can run within an hour of being born!
  • Giraffes have black tongues

We hope you can make a trip and enjoy it as much as we did. Hopefully one day we can return and visit the Giraffe Manor next time.


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1 Comment

  1. October 14, 2019 / 5:01 am

    Giraffe are so beautiful creatures, really enjoyed reading your article

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