Daphne + Giraffe Centre or Karen Blixen

Morning Visit to David Shedrick & Either Giraffe Centre
(3Hours Departure time: 1000hrs)

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.

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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.


The former home of Karen Blixen, also known by her pen name of Isak Dineson – author of Out of Africa) is a National Museum. It was gifted to the people of Kenya by the Danish Government. The lovely stone home is set in acres of landscaped gardens with lovely views of her cherished Ngong Hills. Although there are no coffee trees remaining, some of the machinery used to process coffee is located nearby. Knowledgeable guides give visitors a good insight to Karen’s life and her affair with Denis Finch-Hatton. There is a small shop with a good selection of books on Karen’s life.