Located just 40 minutes from Nairobi’s City Centre, Giraffe Centre is one Kenya’s most visited destinations, thanks to its protected endangered special giraffe and enjoyable activities. Its proximity to the city centre means that tour groups and tourists visiting the capital city often take in a one-day-trip to the conversation, it’s worth it. Here’s your ultimate need-to-know guide.
History of Giraffe Centre
Founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, and his wife, Betty, the Giraffe Centre is the creation of Kenyan non-profit organisation – the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya). It was established in order to protect the endangered giraffe – the Rothschild’s giraffe, a subspecies of giraffe that is only found in the grasslands of East Africa. With only 130 of them left, the giraffe was on a brink of extinction due to severe habitat loss in western Kenya.
Today, the Giraffe Centre has also become a popular sightseeing destination as well as a world-famous as a Nature Education Centre, educating thousands of Kenyan school children. The centre is now a home to more than 300 Rothschild’s giraffe, these exotic African creatures are now being introduced to Kenyan national parks including Soysambu Ranch, Ruma National Park, Kigio Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park.
Some tourists opt to take the public transportation from Nairobi’s central to the Hardy shops, and then walk to the centre. While those on group tours often take a private coach or a taxi from the city centre, which cost around KSH1500 (approx. $15.00). It’s about 40 minutes trip from Nairobi’s city centre with sights of nature isn’t a long journey, if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know it’s worth it.