We had a quick one night stop-over in Nairobi, but since it was the first official night of our “honeymoon” we made it count.
We stayed in Karen, in the Sahara Room at House of Waine. You turn off the main road, make your way through the long, spectacularly manicured driveway, pass through security and are greeted by welcoming smiles and Jambo’s (hello in Swahili).
House of Waine is a family home turned 11-room boutique hotel in 2004. The staff are truly incredible and the rooms made us feel like kings. The hotel features a calming, heated pool out the back but, sadly, Qantas lost my luggage so I couldn’t take advantage. Our rate came with breakfast and dinner included which meant we didn’t have to worry about a thing, especially since both meals were up to par with our first impression of the hotel, amazing! Everything was so easy and smooth.
I need to mention the staff again because they were so sweet. Once they found out it was our honeymoon, they sent delicious champagne to the room and a couple of gifts. Later, they set up a beautiful, private, candlelit dinner by a gorgeous fire, complete with heart decorations.
We checked out (Too early. Not enough time there) the next morning, fixed the missing luggage situation and headed straight for our Nairobi To Do’s: The Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
There is such a sad situation in Kenya in regards to elephants and poaching at the moment, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located inside Nairobi National Park, dedicates their live’s work to the preservation and rehabilitation of elephants and black rhinos. These babies would not survive a night in the wild without their moms. Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, for a small entry fee of $7, is such a nice way to learn more about the cause and donate, and is also SO MUCH FUN!
You can only spend time with the baby elephants from 10-11am unless you sponsor one then you can come back at 5pm to spend time with your sponsor baby. Each elephant has a name and a huge personality so be prepared to completely fall in love.
There is nothing funnier than baby elephants playing in mud, let me tell you.
Lucky for our budget, we hadn’t enough time to adopt elephants. We had a 2pm flight and a couple of gorgeous giraffes to meet before it.
The Giraffe Centre
We headed straight for the Giraffe Centre located a few km’s from the elephant sanctuary. I was giddy with excitement. You probably don’t know this about me but giraffes are my favorite animal, so, you can IMAGINE.
The Giraffe Centre is a breeding programme for rothschild giraffes, the most endangered giraffe subspecies. They are kept safe to breed naturally and the babies are re-leased into the wild at 2 years old.
I knew we would feed the giraffes (as much as we’d like) from a platform BUT – if you’re brave enough – you can also kiss them. Well, they can kiss you. Make out with you. With their cute, long, sticky tongue. It takes some getting used to but after the first time I promise you get hooked. I couldn’t get enough.