The US First Lady is now in Malawi on a tour focusing on promotion children's welfare.
However her choice of a white colonial-style pith helmet while on safari drew some criticism on Twitter, with one person comparing her look to that of a "colonial administrator".
The first lady also stopped at a site where ivory burns take place - a conservationist effort meant to discourage the ivory trade. She fed formula to two of the elephants that are being raised at the park and reached out to others, patting one's back and stroking the ear of another.
The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests.
There she led a line of children singing to traditional music. Upon her departure, the first lady gifted children with dozens of "Be Best" soccer balls, tote bags and school supplies. It comes after January reports that her husband complained about immigrants coming to the USA from "s-hole" countries, a phrase President Trump denied making.
Melania Trump is on a four-nation tour of the African continent, and her most recent stop was to the country of Malawi, The Hill reports. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has several active reading programs and retention-focused initiatives at schools in Malawi.
Her visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, came on the fourth day of a week-long visit to Africa.