Children living at The Nest in Nairobi greeted her with singing and dancing, and it didn't take long before the typically reserved USA first lady gave in to the moment.
Arriving in Malawi for a five-hour visit focused on her anti-bullying campaign as well as education and healthcare Thursday afternoon, First Lady Melania Trump was immediately confronted with American health workers eager to send her a message about her husband's impact on the country.
It may not have been the most glaring faux pas the hyper-scrutinized Trump has ever made.
"I think she's kind and nice".
Her stepsons have also been criticised for their passion for hunting. It seems unfair since that is not what a first lady's trip should be about.
The criticism was not universal.
While petting of the baby elephants, a calf run in her direction apparently startled by her touch - momentarily unsettling her.
A day earlier at a primary school in Malawi, Mrs. Trump highlighted work done by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help improve child literacy in the country.
After an outdoor book reading session, she was encircled by the same children she led up the driveway as they sang and danced some more.
Egypt will be the next and final stop on her Africa tour. "It's exhausted and it's old and it's inaccurate".
Mrs Trump opened her first extended solo worldwide trip on Tuesday in Ghana.
Earlier, when Ms Trump landed in Malawi, she was greeted with "Not A Shithole" signs.
Another one of Melania Trump's massive white hats is making headlines - but not in a good way. She approached a crowd of children in royal-blue-and-orange school uniforms who sang in English, "Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome all of you".
USA first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at a 17th-century slave fortress in Ghana on Wednesday, vowing never to forget where Africans were held before being shipped away into further hardship, most across the Atlantic. She administered them formula in oversized baby bottles, patted the animals on their heads and inspected their floppy ears.