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 Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage rehabilitates baby elephants who have lost their mothers through human actions or natural causes. They gradually prepare the elephants for reintegration into their natural environment through interactions with wild elephants and the emotional support of their keepers. Contiki travellers get to meet these gentle giants and support the incredible work done here by ‘adopting’ an elephant of their own.
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.
Shanga is a successful social enterprise that provides employment for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to create handmade jewelry, glassware and home wares from recycled materials and sell them in the dedicated Shanga gift shop. On our trips, travellers are able to visit the uplifting local community project in Arusha, Tanzania, and support people with disabilities by purchasing their unique handcrafted gift products. The Shanga products are sold in Tanzania and all over the world, with profits reinvested back into the project.
In Namibia, our travellers visit the Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San, the first Living Museum of Namibia. This cultural highlight of Namibia is also a positive example of sustainable development of the Ju/'Hoansi bushmen community, giving visitors an insight into the lives of traditional San culture. The Ju/'Hoansi bushmen demonstrate and describe their history and culture, giving visitors the opportunity to experience first hand shooting an arrow, experience the special Ju/'Hoansi rope skipping or try to sing an original song, as well as seeing traditional dress and homes of the community under the shades of majestic Mangetti trees.
Life in the townships in South Africa is a completely different side of life to what most tourists expect to see. During their time in Cape Town, Contiki travellers can choose to do Township Tour & School visit with a local guide for an eye-opening insight into township life. Walking through the township, travellers will see the homes and way of life of the people who live there - they'll get to taste their local beer, try a special BBQ delicacy, and also visit a local school, where Contiki will donate groceries with every visit.
On the black market, rhino horn can reach up to US$60,000 per kg - almost 20 times the annual minimum wage in South Africa. One bullet - one death - can feed a family for years. With only a few thousand rhino left in the wild and around 1000 rhino poached a year, rhino protection and conservation is an ongoing challenge for South African game reserves like Kruger National Park, which hold more rhino than anywhere else on the planet. After 2 nights exploring Kruger, our travellers stop in at the Protrack Anti-Poaching Centre to learn about wild animal conservation with a local ranger. Walking through a 'poaching pit', the group are shown how to look out for poaching snares placed around the area, simulating what rangers have to do in the bush, as the ranger explains the plight of poaching and rhinos in Africa. For every person attending, Contiki donates R200 - which goes directly back into the training academy, helping train rangers to fight the war on poaching in South Africa.