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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

1. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts.  You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants.  Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water, gargle their milk, and discover each elephant's personal stories.  Once the youngest is fed, it's time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk.  Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women.

Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

2. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

On this day the driver cum guide picks the guests from the hotel or airport as early as 5.45a.m in order to avoid possible traffic and increase the chances of capturing action in the park.The game drive will run for about four and a half hours.This time is spent in search of the wild animals in this beautiful park.The animals here include the big four and other lesser animals. Mind you this is not a zoo but real wild.The drive here is in a tourist vehicle which has an open close type roof that allows the guests to have a better view of animals and also take great photos.All this time our guests are in the company of an experienced driver/guide. At around 10.15a.m the guests will exit the park and proceed to David Sheldrieks elephant orphanage.This attraction is open daily for one hour, 11a.m to 12 noon.The experience here is amazing.The guests will get up close to the baby elephants and watch them as they drink their milky formulae and as they take mud baths to cool their bodies.During this time there is a narrator who describes each and every baby elephant and where it was rescued.It is sensational! Thereafter the guests are transferred to giraffe centre which is fifteen minutes away.The experience here is incredible.Ever thought of being less than one foot away from the tallest creatures on earth? Go experience it! It is now around 1.pm and the guests will break for lunch at a great spot of their choice or the driver/guide will share his opinion. The day ends with a visit to the famous Bomas of Kenya."Boma" is a swahili word which means homestead and so Boma with an "s" is plural for many homesteads.In Kenya we have a total of 42 tribes and it is in this place where a few tribes,not all are represented through dances in their different regalias.The entertainment here is overwhelming! After a long and enjoyable day the guests are dropped to their respective hotels/residences.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

3. Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

After a brief introduction, proceed to Nairobi National Park for an early morning game drive. See more than 100 different species of animals including lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, gazelles, elands, wildebeests, hyenas and so many more. Next, visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Since its inception, the orphanage has hand-reared more than 150 baby elephants that were orphaned in the wild, often due to poaching. The orphanage helps to reintegrate these gorgeous creatures into the wilds of Tsavo National Park in the east of the country. Learn more about this fascinating venture and see the baby elephants being fed by their keepers. Proceed to the Giraffe Center. The center has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. Meet the resident giraffes face-to-face before heading to an enclosed homestead, the Bomas, each one Bomas represents one of Kenya's major ethnic groups. Sit back and enjoy traditional songs and dances showcased by different ethnic groups.

Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

4. Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 9:00 AM, start your tour at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Learn about how the baby elephants are rescued and taken care off. Continue to the giraffe center, where you can take the opportunity to feed the giraffes. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the nature park.   Next head to the Karen Blixen Museum. Spend 2 hours there, discovering the life and history of the famous Out of Africa author. Then stop for a delicious lunch at Mamba Village. After lunch, continue the Bomas of Kenya where 42 Kenyan tribes are represented. Watch performances of traditional folk songs and acrobatic shows. Visit the traditional houses and get a glimpse of how communities lived in ancient Africa. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Nairobi and returned to your hotel in the late afternoon.

From Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour

5. From Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour

The tour starts by picking you from your Hotel/Home within Nairobi 9:30AM. We will drive you to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a walk through the little center from 11am - 12pm in an open space, with a rope fence around it. The youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk. For the next 10-15 minutes you can watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. When they're done, there's water to play with and keepers to nudge and get hugs from. While you get to watch them play and take photos. You find out how old they were when they arrived at the orphanage, where they were rescued from, and what got them into trouble. The most common reasons for getting orphaned being: mother's poached, falling into wells, and human/wildlife conflict. Once the youngest are all fed, they are led back into the bush, and it's the turn of the 2-3 year olds. Some of them can feed themselves, and some are still fed by their keepers. It's very cute to watch them hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and close their eyes with joy as they make quick work of several gallons of milk.

Giraffe, Elephant Orphanage & Bomas of Kenya Day Tour

6. Giraffe, Elephant Orphanage & Bomas of Kenya Day Tour

Start with a morning pickup at 9:30 AM and a visit to the giraffe center which is adjacent to the giraffe manor where you get to learn about the habitat of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Get the chance to feed a giraffe and get a big kiss from one.  Learn about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephants and hear the stories of the orphaned elephants, each by name. Get lunch at your own expense before continuing on to the Bomas of Kenya and enjoy an exciting experience with local cultural dancers. Get an inside look at the early traditional homestead of the communities in Kenya.

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What people are saying about David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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4.5 / 5

based on 228 reviews

The Sheldrake elephant orphanage and the giraffe sanctuary are so incredibly well done. Watching the orphaned elephants being fed and hearing about all the conservation work the centre does was very interesting and we were even able to touch some of them. The giraffe centre was amazing - again really interesting and we got to hand feed giraffes! Both elements made this day unforgettable Sadly the Bomas is currently closed, which we didn’t know about before our trip, but we still had a fantastic day and Paul our driver was excellent

This was our most favourite day in Kenya! The Giraffe Centre was a beyond incredible experience! It was a little bit of a shame that we had a lot of waiting time between activities but we highly recommend this experience! Stephen was also fabulous and went above and beyond - he was so willing to provide information and take photos for us (we didn’t even have to ask). Thank you so much!

Elefantastic experience both at Sheldrik park along with the Giraffe center interacting with both amazing creatures. Highly recommend and very nice people.

It was a great experience. Very friendly tour guide. He was extremely nice and accommodating of all our group’s requests.

Nice, convenient and timely. Titus was an excellent guide. The giraffes and baby elephants were awesome to see up close