The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Magadi Road, Nairobi, Kenya

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Reviews

daniellelooije danielle…
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Baby elephant orphans just in front of you Sep 04, 2011
If you're in Nairobi this is really a MUST-see! Within the Nairobi National Park an elephant orphanage was started. Elepant babies who became orphans, mostly because their mothers where slaugthered, are taking to Nairobi and taken care of by their very dedicated keepers.

The elephant orphanage is in the Nairobi national park, but you do not need to actually visit the national park to get into this place. The best way to get to the orpganage is by taxi. All the taxi drivers know how to get there and it is very hard to get there without a car. However, do not take the taxi on your way home. It is much more fun to walk through the park to the exit by yourself and take a Matatu. I will give more info about this later. But first...

Between 11am and noon the baby elephant are fed with large bottles of milk and can be visited by the public. The elephant are only exposed to public for one hour because getting to much used to people will endanger them when they are brought back to the wild.

You will see the elephants eat from their large bottles and later bath in a nice large pool of mud, or play soccer together. It depends on their mood. Meanwhile the keepers give you more information about the babies and their work. In one hour you will not only see these beautiful creatures, but you will also be amazed how didcated the keepers are, and how much effort it takes to take care of the kids. The keepers are actually surrogate moms, and sleep with the elephants because they need care almost 24/7. Also it takes about 50 USD a day to raise one baby elephant. Quite a lot of money, so donations are highly appreciated.

Once you have seen the 2 groups of elephants (1 group with the youngest and second group with the oldest) you will leave the playground. You can then visit the gift shop and further on the rhino's. Sometimes you can see orphan rino's but you will certainly see Maxwell, the grown up Rhino. There is probably no other place in the world where you can actually touch and pat a rhino, but Max doesn't mind. He is blind and grew up with people. He will never leave the orphanage. It is so amazing to see such a strong abd beautiful animal up close and being able to touch it!

Once you have seen this you will leave the Sheldrick again. Many people will get into their cars, buses and taxi's again to get out of the park, but I would advise you differently! Leaving the place, everywhere you will find the keepers in green coats. Tell them you heard there is a shortcut you can take to get safely to the exit by foot and ask them kindly if they can show you how to walk. Mostly they will guide you for a small walk and then tell you how to walk, but some are willing to show you around till the exit.

The walk is fabulous, but please know that you are actually walking through the national park and there is a small chance you will be eye in eye with a lion! You will definately see some monkeys, beautiful birds and bugs. You will also, near the exit, see the houses where the keepers live with their families within the national park. Kids playing around with moneys and wart hogs is a strange sight.

One out of the park, at the other side of the road you can take a matatu (small bus) to the city center, and from there anywhere else in Nairobi. Trust me, the walk is really worth it!!
at the entrance
at the entrance
A nice hangout place with a view o…
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dardeb says:
Great review! Thanks for writing it!
I will be there in a few days :)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2015
Jen1107 says:
Great review! I will definitely have to visit one day, thanks! :)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012
1happykat says:
On my list for sure.
Posted on: Feb 08, 2012
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zuzki zuzki
4 reviews
The must-see in Nairobi May 25, 2011
If you´re in Nairobi and you´ve already been on a safari, skip the Nairobi National Park, take a matatu and head for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - you get to see orphaned elephants getting fed just a few steps from you. There are also 3 survived rhinos. Visits are possible only between 11am and noon.
orphaned elephants
orphaned elephants
mwafrika mwafrika
37 reviews
A day out at the Elephant / Rhino sanctuary May 03, 2010
The trust is a sanctuary for Elephants and the Black Rhinos and is located within the Nairobi National Park.

Visitors are allowed into the sanctuary for one hour between 11am and noon when the animals are being fed.

It was amazing to watch the elephants, very emotional and playful creatures, rolling around and playing in the mud. You could see how attached they were to their minder and were not straying too far from them

There are 3 Rhinos in the sanctuary. One is blind and cannot be let into the park as he may easily get killed (Rhino's mark territory rather fiercely)The other two had been released into the park and were expected to find their way home in the evening, or in the next day or two. The minder told us they always find their way home, even if its after a couple of days, which i thought was super cool, considering the size of the park :-)

Gate charges are Kes 300
Mud bath :-)Hot day and they loved…
Nudge. nudge :-)
Fooling around !
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