ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE: DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
Of the many things that Nairobi has to offer, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, also known as the Elephant Orphanage offers one of the most unique experiences in the city. While there you are able to get up close to the baby elephants, hear their stories and even touch them.
In all my years living in the city, this was my first visit to the Elephant Orphanage (rhino too). As ignorant as that may sound, I am glad I went to visit and tagged my sister along. The orphanage is one of Nairobi’s most popular attractions, and deservedly so. The elephant population (as well as other wildlife animals) has been decreasing due to poaching. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a hands on approach to saving these beautiful animals. The trust adopts the orphaned baby elephants and take care of them until they are old enough to be assimilated back into the wild.
The orphanage is located 30 minutes away from Nairobi’s CBD on your way to Ongata Rongai, right across the road from Multimedia University. The entrance ticket is Kenya Shillings 500, that is about US $5/3 Pounds/4 Euros, which is nothing considering how much it costs to take care of one of these babies. You can donate more if you want and also adopt/foster an elephant of your own for a minimum of US $50 per year.
The Elephant Orphanage is strictly open for one hour everyday, 11 am to 12 pm. That is with the exception of 25th December, when they are open longer. The caring keepers bring out the baby elephants to play and feed them. To also show how well the elephants are doing and to tell each one of their stories. You can clearly see each of their personalities as they play; from naughty to nice.
I’d recommend getting there on time so you are at the front of the line. This will allow you get a great experience with the elephants and definitely take memorable pictures.
Learn more about David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust here
Check out our visit to the orphanage
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