December 5, 2018 ♥♥♥
24 Hours in Nairobi Giraffe Center

Part 5, the final conclusion of our East African adventure continued from exploring Tarangire National Park, to milking cows in Ngornogoro Crater, to witnessing the great migration in the Serengeti, to wandering around the tropical oasis of Stone Town, Zanzibar, to finally arriving in Nairobi, Kenya for our last 24 hours of adventure in East Africa.

Day 1: Zanzibar to Nairobi 

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Our home for the night, Karen Gables , a boutique guesthouse designed in traditional Cape Dutch architecture.

We arrived to Nairobi late evening and through dimly lit streets our cab driver slowly made his way to the tucked away Karen Gables guesthouse. The guesthouse was brand new and quietly situated in one of Nairobi’s best neighborhoods, Karen. It is generally believed that the affluent neighborhood of Karen was named after Karen Blixen, the author of the colonial memoir “Out of Africa” (I’m still obsessed with all of Meryl Streep’s outfits from the movie!).  The guesthouse was also very close to popular attractions like the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage where we planned on going the following morning.

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The living room: so many beautiful antique pieces collected by it’s dutch owner.

Our evening was spent having dinner at the grand dining table with believe it or not, four other Californians. Travel is so fun that way, you just never know who you’re going to meet. We bonded immediately through our shared backgrounds, and mutual love for travel. Turns out, they own a wine farm in Oregon, near where my husband is from! Our world is so small.

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The outside terrace where we mingled with guests over a glass of wine by the fire.

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The home was incredibly spacious yet invoked such coziness.

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karen gables nairobi

Our gorgeous en suite room on the 2nd floor, our largest room by far on this trip! Simple, classic and warmly decorated.

 

Day 2:  Mingling with Giraffes, & baby Elephants

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Our last morning of our East African Adventure.

We woke up to peaceful morning. The birds were chirping outside, the grass was a bit wet from the prior nights mist, and the workers were rumbling about preparing our last breakfast in East Africa. True to form at the end of each trip, I began getting dramatically sad. Why does it ever have to end?!

But one more adventure awaited us. We said our goodbyes to our new Californians and set off to meet some giraffes and touch baby elephants.

24 Hours in Nairobi Giraffe Center

First stop: The Karen Blixen museum. So charming. Worth it if you’re obsessed with Out of Africa like I am.

24 Hours in Nairobi Giraffe Center

Second stop: The Giraffe Center. It’s the only sanctuary in the world in a capital city that allows you to interact with the worlds tallest yet endangered animal.

24 Hours in Nairobi Giraffe Center

For a very small price of admission, you are given Giraffe food to feed them. It’s so sweet and their tongues are so long!

24 Hours in Nairobi Giraffe Center

In the background you can see Giraffe Manor, a luxurious retreat where you get one on one interaction with Giraffes.

24 Hours in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

Our third and final stop was the Elephant Sanctuary which is only about 5 minutes away from the Giraffe Center.

24 Hours in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

We got to learn about these baby elephants who have been found either hurt or wandering and lost, separated from their family. These wonderful people at the David Sheldon organization rescue them and bring them back to life.

24 Hours in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

The elephants would come up so close to you that you could touch them for as long as you wish. They were SO SO sweet!

24 Hours in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

Cutie Pies :). I love them!

24 Hours in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

We ended our trip on such a high note after engaging with these beautiful animals. Our journey in East Africa is the BEST experience I have ever had traveling. From the wildlife sightings, the various landscape beauty to the people we met, this trip was so dynamic and spectacular. I get NOTHING TO say this, but I highly urge you to choose Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar as your next adventure. You won’t regret it! Hope these last few posts have inspired you to do so.

Thank you as always for reading! That’s a wrap on our East African Adventure!

24 HOURS IN NAIROBI
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