Nairobi Animal Orphanage also known as the Nairobi Safari Walk is a treatment and rehabilitation center for wild animals located in the Nairobi national park, the orphanage is part of a Nairobi city tour and can be visited by travelers interested in experiencing wildlife. Nairobi Animal Orphanage primarily serves as a least cost attraction for Kenyans including school children who may not be able to visit Kenya parks and reserves.
Nairobi Orphanage is one of the most famous attractions in Nairobi city and here is all you need to know about the orphanage.
Location of Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Orphanage is located just inside Nairobi National park located in Nairobi City the capital of Kenya, from the city center it is a drive of just 20 minutes.
Operating hours for Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is open daily from 08 am to 5 pm
The Orphanage is located in Nairobi national park thus experiencing the same climate conditions, the climate in the orphanage is generally dry except in the rainy season. Nairobi City where the orphanage is located lies at the elevation of 5450 feet and because of the altitude it tends to be mild all year round.
From December to March, average temperatures experienced during day are 77-82 F (25-28 C) and at night these decrease to 55 F (13 C). This period is the best time to enjoy a warm spring.
July to September is cooler and dry months with average day temperatures ranging between 70-77 F (21-25 C) during day and decreases at night to 52 (11 C).
Nairobi Animal Orphanage, Nairobi national park and Nairobi city experiences two rainy seasons, the long rain season is experienced from Mid-March to May and the short rainy season is experienced from late October to November and December.
Efforts of Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Orphanage serves as both a conservation facility for animals in need for care and it serves as an educational site for the public most especially kids and students who are unable to see these animals in the wild.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage was established in 164 which make it the oldest orphanage of its kind in Kenya, the orphanage offers educational and training services where more than 20 species of animals and bird species are rehabilitate back to health after being abandoned and injured. Each and every animal hosted at the orphanage has been taken by the rangers and provide with the necessary medical treatment, then they get placed in an individual rehabilitation program, giving them a second chance to life. The purpose of the Nairobi Orphanage is treating the animals well and helping them to get their health and releasing them to African wild again.
The Nairobi Orphanage offers rehabilitation for animals such as monkeys, baboons, cape buffaloes, warthogs, lion, cheetah, rare Sokoke cat, jackal, serval, hyena, and many others. The orphanage also rehabilitates birds such as Ostrich, parrot, guinea fowl and crown crane among others. All these wildlife and bird species receive medical examinations and necessary treatment before being placed in a feeding and rehabilitation program based on the individual needs.
Exploring Nairobi Animal Orphanage
It offers an one of a kind and exciting experience of interacting with the wildlife and getting a close-up with a wildlife as they roam in the wild in the healthy conditions. During the exploration tour in the Orphanage, you do not need a guide. All cages of the animals are well- labeled with information for you from the smallest bird to lions, the labels mention their stories, how they were rescued, where they came from, who took care of them in the orphanage and lastly whether they were injured and abandoned.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE ORPHANAGE
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is an all year-round destination meaning it can be visited anytime of the year, Nairobi national park where the orphanage is situated experiences mild temperatures thus ideal conditions for a safari visit. The best time to visit the Nairobi Animal Orphanage is during the dry season from July to October and January – February.
How to Get There?
It is situated near Kenya Wildlife Service along Langata Road and from the city centre, it is a 7 kilometers drive or walk. To get to the Orphanage one can use either public transport or private means.
- Public transport – you can get a matatu or a bus from the Nairobi Railway station, the one that is heading to Rongai and it charges about 40-50 KES.
- Private transport – You can request for an uber, take a cab or use a safari vehicle to get to the orphanage.
Where to stay in Nairobi Animal Orphanage
- In Nairobi Animal Orphanage accommodation is got from several safari lodges and camps, these include Emakoko Boutique Lodge. Ololo Safari Lodge, Masai Lodge, Nyati Hill Cottages, Ole Sereni Hotel and Nairobi tented camp.
- Nairobi Tented Camp is the only accommodation situated inside the park and it is located in the west region of the park, the tented camp has 9 luxurious permanent tents. Meals at the camp are served either in the dining tent or in the bush under the skies and stars which adds on to the unforgettable experience.