Giraffe Centre, Nairobi
Get up close and personal with some of Africa's most majestic animals at the eye-opening Giraffe Centre, Nairobi. With a herd of 300 endangered Rothschild giraffe, some warthogs and over 150 species of bird, this inspirational sanctuary gives you the best chance to see these incredible animals up close, while learning about the remarkable rehabilitation and conservation work that the centre does.
With a chance to pet, feed, and even kiss the local giraffes, there's no better way to get face to face with the world's tallest terrestrial animal.
Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the David Sheldrick orphanage rehabilitates baby elephants whose mothers have been killed through human actions such as poaching. The baby calves are fed, trained to be wild, and subsequently re-released back into their natural environment. Contiki travellers visiting here have the chance to meet these gentle giants, learn about the incredible work of the orphanage, and even ‘adopt’ an elephant for themselves.
The Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative is located in Amman, Jordan, and is a project centred on helping local women become financially independent through learning handicraft skills such as pottery; goods which they are then able to sell at the Cooperative. Contiki groups visit the centre, enjoy a home cooked meal and have the chance to interact with the women, learning about their lives and work.