Photo-Essay: The Giraffe Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  at 6:58 AM
feeding giraffe nairobi kenya africa by Danalynn C
The Giraffe Center in Nairobi is a fantastic place where you can hand-feed giraffes!  The giraffes knew that this was where their food came from and weren’t shy in trying to get at the treats in my hand.

inside mutatu africa nairobi kenya by Danalynn C
Inside a large mutatu, excited about going to the Giraffe Center.  Traffic was so bad that we spent over six hours just getting to and from the giraffe center (it is less than a 25 km, about 15 miles, from where we were staying).  However, this gave us ample time to watch the locals from the anonymity of the mataku, without people noticing the out-of-place mzungus (foreigners with light skin).

kissing giraffe africa  nairobi kenya by Danalyn C
One of the popular activities is letting a giraffe kiss you!  I thought it was hilarious, but Chris veered more towards the grossed-our end of the spectrum...(yes, I did thoroughly wash my face after this!)

giraffe nairobi kenya africa by Danalynn C
Besides getting close and personal with the giraffe's head, you can stand right by their legs and see how tall they really are

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All in all, not a bad way to spend a day—hanging out with giraffes!
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