All You Need to Know About The AFEW Giraffe Centre, Nairobi

Updated on 1st May, 2021

Photography by Aska and Camilla

I’ve wanted to revisit The Giraffe Centre for quite some time now and when my schedule opened up, I pounced on the opportunity.

First things first

Giraffe Centre, otherwise known as African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre (AFEW), was founded in 1979 as a breeding centre of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. They later opened up an environmental education centre for the Kenyan youth in 1983. You can read more about the centre’ s history and projects.

At the centre, you can see and feed the giraffes. You can “kiss” them as well, which is just placing the pellets on your lips and the giraffes get to pick them from you with their tongues (their very long tongues by the way). Apparently, their saliva is antiseptic.

The amazing staff also give short talks about the centre and teach you a tad about giraffes. Did you know there were three types of giraffes? No? Yup. You can thank me later.


There is a nature trail right opposite the centre’ s main gate which I obviously went on. I think I emphasised just how much I love nature trails here and here. Photo ops everywhere all ye grammers.


I must say I was rather impressed by Giraffe Centre. It’s very well maintained and I love that they played and still play a major role in conservation. The only bummer was that the giraffes took forever to come to the platforms. They were straight up just ignoring us. Literally.

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We ain’ t going nowhere guys
Still not coming
guys, lets just think about it
Pumba and company kept us entertained as we waited

It was not the centre’ s fault. They’ re animals anyway. There’ s not much anyone can do. Eventually they came out and everything was better in the world again.


Giraffe Centre Rates

Resident Adults shs 400

Resident Children (3-12yrs) shs 200 *free for children below 3 years

Non Resident Adults shs 1500

Non Resident Children shs 750 *free for children below 3 years


*Buy your ticket from this website before visiting AFEW Giraffe Centre.

*All payments are by either, MPESA, Credit or Debit card only. Cash Payments are not accepted

*Carry a valid ID card with you.

*The Giraffe Centre is pretty popular so it is best to visit on weekdays and early mornings if possible. They are open from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. I went in the afternoon and it was packed.


If you can, check the Giraffe Centre out. It’ s perfect for a day trip and a great start to your Kenyan safari.

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  1. Ultimately_Betty

    25 August 2016 at 7:00 pm

    You got me right in the beginning! Really nice read.

    1. muthonimiricho

      26 August 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hahaha you’re so gullible! Thanks though?

  2. Linda

    25 August 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Loved that read…Went as a kid too but not quite sure I appreciated it enough…next destination Girrafe Centre?

    1. muthonimiricho

      26 August 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Yeah I feel you. .You should go back, you’ll love it!

  3. Isabel

    25 August 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Yasss. I’ve never been there, but now through this piece, it seems I actually have:)

    1. muthonimiricho

      26 August 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks honey! Next stop Giraffe Centre, right?!

  4. Wangechi

    29 August 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Such a beautiful article babe!!?? I’m in love… i must most definitely go back there!?

    1. muthonimiricho

      29 August 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks love? yaaas You should be on the next ride there!!

  5. geriald

    30 August 2016 at 9:30 am

    The beginning got me feeling some typa way. Absolute Jealousy. Ha! It’s one of those when I come to Nairobi articles. Dope.

    1. muthonimiricho

      30 August 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you buddy!

  6. lifeisacelebration

    1 September 2016 at 12:05 am

    So, what are the 3 types of giraffe? I’m curious ?

    1. muthonimiricho

      1 September 2016 at 4:57 am

      There’s Maasai , Reticulated and Rothschild( the ones at the centre)?

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