Nairobi National Park + Daphne Shedricks + Giraffe Center

Excursion Overview

Itinerary

1 – Morning visit to Nairobi National Park, Daphne Sheldricks & Giraffe Centre. (5 hrs Departure time 0645 hrs).

Nett Cost in US Dollars or Kenya Shillings.

Transport >> KSH. 18,000 Per vehicle.

Entrance fees at Daphne Sheldricks & Giraffe Centre >> KSH. 1,800 Per person. Park fees to Nairobi National Park >> USD. 50 Per person.

NB: You can also pay for park fees in Shillings depending with the exchange rate of the day.

Enjoy a day out in Nairobi National Park, the only wildlife protection area in the world to border a major city. Here there are over 100 species of mammals, most of which stay on a year-round basis. The only one of the ‘Big Five’ not found here is elephant, but there are a significant number of black rhino making this sanctuary one of the best bets for sighting the rare endangered species. A star of the park is a cheetah who’s known to successfully raise large litters of cubs, recently she gave birth to ten! Visitors can walk to the hippo pools or explore a nature trail at the main gate. When tired of looking for lion or leopard, they can test their skills identifying some of the 400 resident bird species

Daphne Sheldrick is the widow of David Sheldrick, founder warden of Tsavo National Park in the south of Kenya. Since his death in June of 1977, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has played a significant role in Kenya’s conservation efforts. It has acted as a ‘watch dog’ on wildlife affairs and has had the courage to speak out when necessary. The Trust has worked relentlessly to further the protection and preservation of the Black Rhino and elephant and has assisted numerous other sick or threatened animals throughout Kenya. At the orphanage, located in Nairobi National Park, Daphne has successfully reared orphaned baby rhinos and elephants and re-introduced them to the wild. Visitors can observe the young charges being fed and learn about the challenge that faces our wildlife today.

The Giraffe Centre is a conservation project, which began in an effort to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which is native to western Kenya. This successful project is an avenue to educate the school children of Kenya who rarely get to see the wildlife that is so abundant in their own country. There is always a small population of giraffes on the property who relish the pellets fed to them by visitors. The viewing platform is at giraffe head height and this offers a close up and personal interaction. Resident naturalists give an informative and interesting talk on the history of the project and the plight and future of the Rothschild Giraffe. There’s also a resident herd of warthog and some tortoises and African Grey Parrots.