Photos ; Melania Trump tours Cape coast Castle

Aaron Brown
October 6, 2018

The First Lady was photographed wearing a Pith helmet, also known as a safari helmet, while traipsing around the Nairobi National Park on Friday afternoon, where she was also photographed feeding orphaned baby elephants.

US First Lady Melania Trump on Friday had a short-lived adrenaline moment while visiting an elephant orphanage at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Dressed in riding pants, boots and a white safari hat, she took photos and peered through binoculars for a closer look at zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos.

The first lady then visited a local children's orphanage.

Mrs Trump and Mrs Kenyatta's talks centred on the welfare of mothers and children and conversation, in line with their Be Best and Beyond Zero campaigns, respectively. She was treated to a welcoming ceremony and met children and their carers at a nearby child health facility.

"That's another book? You have great taste", Melania was heard telling the young boy who was reading the story to the audience.

Mrs Trump is also expected to visit Kenya and Egypt.

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The US first lady also went on a quick safari.

She was shown a pile of ashes, after the park burnt 105 tonnes of ivory to dissuade people from the trade.

But on social media, the angry tweets and hashtags about the helmet rolled in: #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo documented what some felt were Trump's tone-deaf fashion choices.

She is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo global trip as first lady.

Trump has undertaken the trip without her husband, President Donald Trump, 72. His administration has moved to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports.

Ms Trump's visit to Africa is seen by some observers as an effort to mend fences after her husband's reported comment that the continent contained "shithole" countries. "It is sad to see this", she told her guide, after picking up a handful of the ash.

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