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Half day tour to Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre Nairobi

4.8 (89)
Nairobi, KE

Half day tour to Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre Nairobi

4.8 (89)
Nairobi, KE
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Embark on an incredible half-day tour to the Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre in Nairobi and experience Kenya's famous wildlife right in the city. Your adventure begins with a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you'll meet experienced guides and keepers and learn about their efforts in elephant conservation. Get up close with baby elephants, watch them play and relax, and even have the chance to adopt and sponsor one of them. Next, head to the Giraffe Centre and discover the conservation efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Interact with these majestic creatures and gain a deeper understanding of Kenya's wildlife. As a bonus, visit the Kobe Beads Centre, where you'll witness the craftsmanship of making beautiful beads and support local single mothers. Optional visits to the Karen Blixen Museum and a delicious lunch round out this unforgettable tour. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to see and support Kenya's wildlife conservation efforts.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Interacting with orphaned baby elephants
  • Learning about elephant conservation efforts in Kenya
  • Getting up close with Rothschild Giraffes
  • Supporting a women empowerment center at the Kobe Beads Centre
  • Exploring the life and legacy of Karen Blixen at the museum
  • Entry/admission giraffe center
  • Pick up and drop off at your place of stay
  • Complementary Beads tour to Kobe tough women's factory-Learn to Make Jewelry Pottery from clay.
  • Donation fee for elephant orphanage
  • Statutory Park fee Adult ($43), Child ($22) required to access elephant orphanage.
  • Lunch available for purchase
  • Tips & gratuities

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Discover the wonders of Nairobi's wildlife on a half-day tour to the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. This all-inclusive experience offers a unique opportunity to witness Kenya's famous animals up close and learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect them. With a professional guide by your side, you'll delve into the world of elephant conservation at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and interact with these majestic creatures as they play and bath in the mud. Next, you'll visit the Giraffe Centre, where you'll discover the Rothschild Giraffe and understand the importance of preserving this endangered species. Additionally, you can opt for a complimentary tour of the Kobe Beads Centre, where you'll witness the creation of exquisite beads while empowering single mothers in the community. For those interested in literary history, an optional visit to the Karen Blixen Museum offers a glimpse into the life of the acclaimed author of "Out of Africa." Immerse yourself in Nairobi's wildlife and culture through this unforgettable tour.

What to expect?

During this comprehensive tour, you can expect an immersive experience with Kenya's remarkable wildlife. At the elephant orphanage, you'll witness the adorable baby elephants as they enjoy their mud baths, engage in playful antics, and savor their bottle of milk. The experienced guides and keepers will educate you about the conservation efforts dedicated to protecting these magnificent animals. At the Giraffe Centre, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with the Rothschild Giraffe, feeding them and learning about their endangered status. The optional visit to the Kobe Beads Centre provides a unique opportunity to witness the artistry behind the creation of exquisite beads while supporting a women empowerment center. Finally, the optional Karen Blixen Museum tour takes you back in time to discover the life and adventures of the renowned author, Karen Blixen.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those seeking a deeper understanding of Kenya's conservation efforts. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends or family, this experience caters to everyone. Animal lovers will be captivated by the interaction with the elephants and giraffes, while culture enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to visit the Kobe Beads Centre and Karen Blixen Museum. This tour is designed to be inclusive, welcoming visitors of all ages and backgrounds who are eager to connect with nature, support local communities, and gain insights into Kenya's rich cultural heritage.

Why book this?

By booking this tour, you'll embark on an extraordinary adventure through Nairobi's wildlife attractions and conservation efforts. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll gain firsthand knowledge about elephant conservation and learn how organizations like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are making a difference. Interacting with the baby elephants and giraffes will leave a lasting impression and deepen your appreciation for these incredible animals. The optional visits to the Kobe Beads Centre and Karen Blixen Museum add a cultural touch, allowing you to support local artisans and explore the fascinating history of Kenya's literary figure. This tour provides a well-rounded experience that combines education, nature, and culture, guaranteeing memories that will stay with you long after the tour concludes.

Good to know

During the tour, be prepared for a total duration of approximately 6 hours, ensuring ample time to immerse yourself in each attraction. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat are recommended for protection against the sun. Don't forget your camera to capture those unforgettable moments with the animals. The optional visit to the Karen Blixen Museum unveils the life of the renowned author, offering a glimpse into Kenya's colonial history. At the Kobe Beads Centre, you'll witness the skilled craftmanship behind the production of beautiful beads and support the empowerment of single mothers in the community. Lunch and transportation to your hotel, apartment, or the airport can be arranged upon request.


Customers have raved about this tour, praising its educational and immersive nature. Visitors have expressed delight in observing the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, describing it as a heartwarming and memorable experience. The Giraffe Centre has also received glowing reviews, with visitors appreciating the close encounters with the Rothschild Giraffe and the efforts taken to preserve their species. The optional visits to the Kobe Beads Centre and Karen Blixen Museum have impressed participants, offering unique insights into Kenyan culture and history. Travelers have noted the professionalism of the guides and the seamless organization of the tour. Overall, customers have expressed high levels of satisfaction and recommend this tour to anyone seeking an enriching wildlife and cultural experience in Nairobi.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Our accredited guide will meet & take you to the elephant orphanage. Enjoy this guided session with experienced guides & keepers from this sanctuary which takes place between 11 am to 12 noon daily, learning the efforts made by this sanctuary in elephant conservation in Kenya. Nonetheless, get to enjoy the view of these baby elephants, & make great memories as you engage in photography. During this visit you also get to witness them having their bottle of milk as they relax & play engaging in sandbathes & a cool of mud bath in the heat of the day. You also have an opportunity to adopt & sponsor any of the orphaned baby elephants of your choice during this visit.

Admission Included

Giraffe Centre

You will then be driven to the Giraffe centre where you will learn more about the conversation efforts to conserve an endangered species of giraffe known as the Rothschild Giraffe. The Giraffe Centre is the creation of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organization. Their main purpose is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment, as well as give local and international visitors an opportunity with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe.

Admission Included

Karen Blixen Museum

(OPTIONAL)Nestled in Nairobi's leafy suburbs, the Karen Blixen Museum stands as a timeless testament to the famed author of "Out of Africa". The guided tour unveils a house frozen in time, echoing tales from the 20th-century colonial Kenya. The original furniture, personal artifacts, and photographs provide an intimate glimpse into Blixen's life. Knowledgeable guides weave tales of her adventures, love affairs, challenges, and profound connection to the Kenyan landscape. The expansive gardens, once part of her coffee plantation, resonate with her pioneering spirit. Each room, especially her preserved study, where her literary masterpieces were birthed, offers an immersive experience into her world, making the tour not just an exploration of a house, but a deep dive into the life of an iconic figure in literature and Kenyan history.

Admission Not Included



4.8 (89)


My husband and I decided to take this tour as a last minute addition for our one day stay in Nairobi and we do not regret it. We were picked up from our hotel (which was convenient) and taken to the Giraffe Center where we not only fed these amazing animals, but learned about the conservation effort it took to raise their numbers from 130 to 1000. We were then taken to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where we saw a baby rhino and many baby elephants who will someday be sent into the wild when ready. These two experiences have been on my bucket list for years and we were taken to the best spots so we could experience both in the best way possible. I have to mention that the tour company was easily contactable when we needed help filling in an online form to visit the Nairobi National Park. Great communication is a must for a good tour company, and our host, who was very knowledgeable in all things animals, made the entire day go fast. We enjoyed ourselves and we are sure that anyone who wants to try out this tour, will enjoy themselves as well.

Brian P

During our previous safari, we hit all of the big 5, except for a rhino. The great news is that my daughters got to see a baby rhino before we left by visiting the elephant orphanage with Meshack. Meshack was such a gracious host, he took us to the giraffe center, elephant orphanage, a wonderful stop for lunch, and an amazing cultural experience at the bead factory. Do not miss this tour if you have young children. What a wonderful way to end our vacation in Kenya.


Everything went smoothly. Our guide was very helpful. However paying for the park fee was a disaster. I was told that my credit card didn’t go through. We paid our guide in dollar so he could pay in shillings. However my bank said they approved the transactions three times. Now I have to file a claim for the three charges. How long this will take is any body guess. A clear instruction on how to go about paying the park fees is a must!!! Better still include the park fee on viator charges and let the tour operator obtain the tickets for the park.


Wife and I had an amazing time, Kelvin was super informative, friendly, and had great energy! He got us everywhere we needed to go on time and ahead of the crowds. This a great option for anyone with limited time in/around Nairobi with a safe and comfortable tour personalized for your needs. There were some issues with the E-citizen platform when we tried pay for the park fee but Kelvin was there to help us solve any issues. We can't wait to come back to Kenya and check out the other 'Rustic Nature Tours' available!


This tour was awesome! Denis took great care to make sure the entire day was comfortable, that we got everywhere on time, and that I had everything I needed to make the most of each experience! My favorite part was visiting the Sheldrick Elephant orphanage - it’s a must! The giraffe center was also great, and I loved touring Kobe Tough beading factory. It was great to meet some of the women working there, and was able to get some amazing gifts to bring back home! Bonus: the food at the lunch spot we stopped at on the way back was delicious! Would definitely recommend!


Kelvin was great. Very professional. He helped resolve an issue when I had trouble purchasing an entry ticket for the National Park, and he got us the best and coolest viewing area for the elephant orphanage. I would definitely recommend him.


A great way to spend a day in Nairobi. Getting to feed the giraffes and be so up close to them is amazing, and the elephant orphanage does incredible work. My driver, Denis, was very helpful throughout and took pics of me whenever I wanted them - thank you! Highly recommend as a solo traveller.


I had such a great day on this tour. Sam, my guide/driver was extremely knowledgeable and gave me a short lesson at the giraffe centre I otherwise would not have gotten. Not only was Sam knowledgeable but also personable (he’s also willing to take your touristy photos with the animals). This tour takes you to the Giraffe Centre earlier in the morning meaning you miss the crowds but it is not rushed, furthermore the elephant orphanage was spectacular. The Kobe Tough beads and leather tour was great. This organization is fantastic and truly does so much for the community, a great addition to the day as I would not have known about it otherwise! As a solo female traveller I felt safe this whole tour and would recommend it to anyone


I cannot speak highly enough of Rustic Nature Tours and, in particular, Kelvin's exceptional service. From his infectious enthusiasm to his genuine dedication to conservation, he truly made our safari adventure a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wholeheartedly recommend Rustic Nature Tours to anyone seeking an unforgettable wildlife experience in Nairobi, and I look forward to returning for another incredible journey with Kelvin and the team


A wonderful trip to see the Giraffes and Elephants (and Rhino) up close. Kevin our guide was greatly helpful and flexible to meet our needs.Highly recommended!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-12 19:52