The Langata Giraffe Centre, run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, is a sanctuary for the very rare and endangered Rothschild's giraffe, which is threatened with extinction in the wild. The sanctuary is in Langata, a posh suburb of Nairobi, and the former home of its founder, Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, and his wife Betty.
We stopped here on our first morning in Kenya on our way to the Sheldrick elephant orphanage. Giraffes are gentle, slobbery animals. The keepers kept telling us, "Don't worry, giraffes' saliva is atiseptic." To which I responded, "Blech, I'm not worried." I was relieved to see two baby giraffes headed our way. They had much smaller and dryer mouths, and nibbled the pellets delicately from my fingers.
Our lodge was in Karen, a neighboring suberb on the land where Karen Blixen's farm stood. Blixen, the auther of Out of Africa, is revered in those parts. That afternoon we enjoyed one of our best meals at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.Above is a photo of the neighboring Giraffe Manor.