What to do in Nairobi

One day in Nairobi? Do this!

When going to Kenya, most people might skip the capital and go straight to one of the country’s many safari parks or beautiful beaches. However, Kenya’s capital Nairobi has some real gems which you can all see in just one day.

Giraffe Centre

We’ve all seen those giraffes having breakfast with the Giraffe Manor guests on Instagram. You might think that the Giraffe Manor is located in the countries wild lands like Masai Mara, but in reality it’s a short 30 minute drive away from Nairobi’s city centre.

Staying at the Giraffe Manor would cost you over $500,- a night, and you’d have to book over a year in advance. But don’t you worry. No need to spend that kind of money. The Giraffe Centre is located right next to the Giraffe Mannor. And yes, it’s home to the same famous giraffes that roam around the manor.

For a small fee you can feed and pet the giraffes, which creates amazing picture opportunities. Did you know the tongue of a giraffe is apparently antiseptic? So it’s up to you, you can feed them from your hand or from your mouth, which will result in a giraffe kiss.

 

 

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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage in Nairobi fosters young elephants that were abandoned in the wild. Most of them lost their tribe or were hurt by hunters or other animals, which meant they couldn’t keep up with the rest. The ultimate goal of the orphanage is to prepare the elephants to go back into the wild. For this reason, it’s only possible to visit the Orphanage between 11AM and noon every day.

During the visiting hour, visitors can see the elephants drinking their infant milk (which looks extremely cute), hear the background stories of the various elephants and even interact with the curious ones that decide to come close to the visitors.

 

What to do in Nairobi

 

Mamba Crocodile Village

Never have I ever seen so many crocodiles at one time. The Mamba Crocodile Farm has about 70 crocodiles and a bunch of very knowledgeable guides for those who are interested in getting to know more about crocodiles. Have you ever wanted to hold a baby crocodile? In here you can hold a baby crocodile in various poses and take lots of pictures with them.

 

Nairobi mamba crocodile village

 

 

What to do in Nairobi

I visited all these three places in one day, left the hotel around 8AM and returned around 2:30PM. The easiest way is to book a driver, we were four people in total and paid about $45,- each including entrance fees. It might be cheaper to take taxis or Ubers, but bear in mind that the only time you can visit the Elephant Orphanage is between 11AM and noon, so timing is critical.