3/4 Day Giraffe Centre + Daphne Shedrick + Karen Blixen + Lunch in a Garden Setting
Giraffe Centre - visit the Giraffe Centre located in Langata, where the endangered Rothschild giraffe are being raised. You will have the opportunity to hand feed these gentle creatures, as well as get fantastic close up shots. Feeding the giraffes is facilitated by a well built, raised platform from where visitors can feed these tall animals with ease.
Karen Blixen Museum - The house was once owned by the Danish author, Karen Blixen, who together with her Swedish husband, Baron Bror von Blixen, ran a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The house, located 10 km from Nairobi city centre, was the centre piece of the farm and after Karen’s return to Denmark in 1931, it passed through many owners before being bought by the Danish government and presented to the Kenya government in 1964, as an independence gift. In 1985, the movie ‘Out of Africa’, an autobiographical movie about the life of Karen Blixen, was being filmed in Kenya, and the Museums of Kenya acquired the house and opened a Museum in 1986.
The house gained international fame after the release of the movie, and opens the door to a different time period in the history of Kenya. It was restored to the period of Karen’s occupation of the house, and you will be able to see some of the original furniture that Karen used. You will also be able to see, the Ngong Hills, so beloved to Karen.There is a museum shop, selling handicrafts, posters, postcards, the ‘Out of Africa’ movie and other souvenirs
Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary **- The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a small flexible charity established in the name of the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park, pioneered the hand–rearing and complicated strategy of successfully rehabilitation of black rhino calves, into established wild rhino communities. They have been responsible for saving many orphaned rhino calves, and their hands on practical experience and inside knowledge of this species is unmatched.
His wife, Daphne Sheldrick, was the first person in the entire world, to successfully hand rear fully milk dependent African Elephant orphans. By 2008, the Trust had successfully raised over 82 infant African Elephant calves. Others are still in the gradual process of reintegration, and others yet are in early infancy at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Nursery.The Sanctuary has a team of competent Elephant Keepers who take the place of the orphan’s lost elephant family, until such time as their transition to the wild herds has been accomplished – this can take up to 10 years, since elephants develop through age progression.In addition to the rearing of orphaned rhinos & elephants, the Trust also contributes to part of the electrical fencing of the northern boundary of the Tsavo National Park, continues to pressure CITES to uphold the ivory ban through aggressive public campaigns, works to repatriate other animal species, runs desnaring operations and a Mobile Veterinary project, as well as establishing many boreholes & windmills and general conservation issues in Tsavo National Park.
Tamambo Karen Blixen Restaurant is located in the leafy suburb of Karen, on the site of the original farmhouse of Karen Blixen.
Diners have a choice of dining in the cosy indoor restaurant with an adjacent outdoor terrace and garden, or in a variety of function areas such as the Grand Marquee Sultan style tent, all located in the middle of a large formal garden with jacaranda trees, candelabra cactus, bottle brush among 200 species of flowers - a great place to enjoy the peace and tranquility of rural Nairobi. On weekends and holidays, music groups perform (jazz, modern music) while guests relax in suede chairs in the long open veranda.
Per Child(2 - 12 years): USD($)123
- Ground transportation by minivan with an English speaking driver
- Entrance fees at the Giraffe Centre, Daphne Sheldrick Sanctuary and the Karen Blixen Museum
- 3 course lunch (set menu) at the Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens (drinks and tips payable direct) download menu
- The services of a guide
- One 330 ml bottle of still water
comfortable walking shoes for Daphne Sheldrick
money for drinks & tips
This is where you can foster an orphaned elephant for a minimum of US$ 50 per year.
If you want to spend more time with the little elephants, make sure you stand closer to the milk bottles