Spend the day visiting David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage get some time with baby and young orphaned elephants, viewing is strictly between 11 am and noon then visit Giraffe Center interact up close and personal with giraffes here, feeding them and even getting some giraffe kisses if you are lucky.
The tour begins with pick up at your hotel at 9:30 am then drive you to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a walk through the little center from 11 am -12 pm 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. When they’re done, there’s water to play with and keepers to nudge and get hugs from. You can reach out and touch and nuzzle any elephant that comes close to the ropes, occasionally they’ll slip under the ropes and have to be chased back by the keepers. While you get to watch them play and take photos. 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.
After the tour at the orphanage, you will proceed to Talisman Karen for your lunch (own expense)
Afternoon visit to Kazuri beads factory on your way to Giraffe Center. Kazuri Beads and pottery Center produce brightly colored, handmade ceramic jewelry which are sold all over the world. Kazuri Beads supports literally hundreds of disadvantaged Kenyan women, by providing employment and healthcare services for them and their families. Kazuri Beads is a popular place for many guests who have just a few hours to spend seeing the sights of Nairobi. The main showroom and workshop is located close to many attractions and tourist venues in the leafy suburbs of Karen.
Lastly, you will drive to Giraffe center where you will get a completely up close and personal interaction with Rothschild giraffes viewing them as well as feeding them. The center has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979. You can’t imagine the size of a giraffe’s head until one licks you! This attraction offered opportunities to feed the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe by hand or by kissing. The location also offers a fine education on the physiology, behaviors and habitat preferences of these beautiful animals.
You will be dropped off at your hotel after the Giraffe Center tour.