The AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre is located in Langata, just outside Nairobi.
Giraffe center was purposefully set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, a subspecies of the giraffe, only found in the grasslands of East Africa. The conservation center now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children.
There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face.
Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.
The AFEW center is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse.
Built in 1932, Giraffe Manor was modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge. This is the oldest of the ‘Safari Collection’s Properties’. The endangered Rothschild giraffe have been roaming these loans since the 1970s, when an orphaned Rothschild giraffe was adopted.
The center’s giraffe population wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself. Some of the unique experiences while here include the giraffe pushing their heads through the French windows to inspect the breakfast tables. Such a close encounter with the Rothschild giraffe gives a chance to appreciate of just how beautiful these creatures are.