Nairobi has several wildlife interaction tours and a national park right in the middle of the city. Here are the best once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences in the city.
Let’s start with the Nairobi National Park. Only 4-miles (6.4 km) separate the center of the city from the wildlife in the reserve. The majority of the habitats are dominated by open plains, grasslands, and scattered acacia trees. Other parts of the park include a highland forest, rocky gorges, broken bush company, and a riverine forest.
Wide-open grass plains with the backdrop of city skyscrapers, and scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, baboons, giraffes, over 100 mammals, and a diverse birdlife with of 400 species recorded.
The David Sheldrick Elephant Nursery and a wildlife rehabilitation center. It’s a fascinating place where you can see orphaned baby elephants that were rescued and planned to will be released. Learn about the history of the elephants and the nursery.
The Nursery provides the first stage in the hand-rearing and development of milk-dependent baby elephants. Once they graduate from the Nursery, the elephants move-on to one of the reintegration centers.
The awe our tall friends elicits will lead you right here. An Educator will hand you some food pellets. Made of corn, wheat, grass and molasses, they are what you will feed them as you get up close. To get even closer, go up to the Feeding Platform. Don’t leave without getting a kiss!
Attend a short lecture on the giraffe to learn how and why we are taking care of this endangered animal. Leave with a whole lot more about wildlife in Kenya.,
Take a stroll, or hike if you’re up to it, in our serene 1.5-kilometer nature trail and see how many species of bird you can spot – the record in one stroll is 60!
The trail goes down to the snaking Gogo River. If you want to see its source, the Ngong Hills, go up to the View Point. The view is breathtaking.
Breeding of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe is one of our main programs.
The calves are then released into the wild at two to three years old when they are independent enough to survive. So far we have released more than 40 giraffes into safe game parks and conservancies across the country. We work with Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS) veterinary doctors to keep the tower in good health.
Yes, this is a hotel BUT it’s a unique one at that. Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel. Often referred to as one of the most Instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings.
One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.