Nairobi: Karen Blixen, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

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Visit the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi and see the forest, plows, and farm equipment. Go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the elephant orphanage, then head to the Giraffe Center.


  • Marvel at stunning bead jewellery handcrafted by African women
  • Get up close and personal with Rothschild's giraffes
  • Play with mischievous elephants
  • Tour the house where Karen Blixen lived, made famous in Out of Africa


We begin by picking you up from your hotel/apartment or home within Nairobi then drive to the Karen Blixen museum house where the coffee farmer/settler and author of Out of Africa lived from 1914 to 1931. The Museum house remains a serene environment that seems to belong to the past, surrounded by a tranquil garden and indigenous forest, with a splendid view of Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills. She honors the hills with the phrase ‘I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills’. Farm tools including a tractor from that period, wagons, ploughs, and original coffee processing factory equipment form part of this rich collection, as outdoor exhibits. A well-maintained luscious green gardens offer the best setting for all outdoor events including weddings and wedding receptions, corporate galas, and team building. In line with Karen’s passion for art, we support local and upcoming artists at the Karen’s Art Corner. Guided tours are offered continuously throughout the day by our well-trained multilingual guides. After Blixen, our guide will drive to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which happens only one hour per day from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon every day. We shall have a lunch break after the elephant orphanage at a local restaurant or tourist hotel within (your choice) Later on, you visit the Giraffe Center which is about 15 minutes from the elephant orphanage. After the Giraffe Center, our guide will drop you at your hotel or place of your choice within Nairobi.


Small group tour Professional guide Hotel pickup and drop-off Bottled water Time for lunch

Important Information

  • Important Update: Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has mandated that all those visiting the SWT Elephant Nursery are required to pay park fees of $43 for Nairobi National Park. This is an entirely separate payment to our Nursery entry donation, and it must be paid via the eCitizen online platform. We would encourage you to access the Nairobi National Park for a game drive either before or after your visit to us as you will have already paid all relevant fees for the day. All entry donations to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust need to be paid directly to SWT staff, who are located at the entrance to the Nairobi Nursery after you have passed through the KWS park gate. The eCitizen payment platform enables you to pay the KWS Park entrance fees at any time in advance of your visit. We strongly encourage you to do this prior to your visit to avoid unnecessary delays at the KWS Mbagathi gate (also known as the KWS Workshop Gate) at the entrance to Nairobi National Park.

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