Unexpected kisses are the best.
Istruggled to find the perfect heading for this blog post to capture the awesome and out of this world experience I had today at Giraffe Center and Maasai Market in Nairobi. From my cover photo, it is apparent that “giraffe kisses” had to be the words used to describe my time with such majestic creatures. It might gross some people out but I only live once and I had to seal the moment with a kiss (no pun intended).
I was there around 12 noon, paid for my entrance fee which was 1000 KES for non-locals, and went straight to the feeding area where the giraffes were being kept. At first I was not comfortable to feed them because of their long tongue and they would come so close to me wanting the snacks on my hand. When I saw kids comfortably feeding the giraffes I thought to myself it cannot be that bad; If a 5 year old can do it, I should just be brave and stick out my hand and let them have it.
After I made that choice, I started having fun and stopped feeding them with my hand, got adventurous and used my mouth (my mouth was closed by the way) a couple of times (trust me, I was shocked at myself) to feed one of them. I can say giraffes have rough tongues (it touched my chin), I could feel it as it was taking the snack from me, though it’s upper lip was surprisingly quite smooth. My 30 mins with them was so memorable that I would not trade it for anything. How many people can say they kissed a giraffe?, well I can!😃.
I was not going to go to Nairobi without passing by the Maasai Market . It is such an exciting place for people like me who love cultural items (bags, accessories). I love the hair accessories that I bought for my faux locs, it is the coolest thing I bought all day.
It was surely a beautiful day in Nairobi today, and I am glad I scheduled the Giraffe Center and Maasai Market as my excursion for the day.
Good To Know
- Giraffe Center: Open from 9am to 5pm daily.
- Hygiene at Giraffe Center: There is a place to wash your hands with antiseptic after feeding the giraffes.
- Maasai Market: open from 8am to 6am Tuesday – Saturday. Closed on Monday.
- Wednesday: Capital Centre on Mombasa Road near the airport.
- Thursday: Nakumatt Junction Shopping Mall on Ngong Road.
- Friday: Village Market in Gigiri (the upper car park).
- Saturday: The High Court parking lot in the city center (behind the Hilton).
- Sunday: Yaya Centre in Hurlingham.
What places would you recommend?