1 Day visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Day Tour, David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Nairobi. Best known for our work to protect elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. But we do much more than this.
The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage operates the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program and is one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
On-call every day of the year, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust travels throughout Kenya to rescue orphaned elephants and rhinos left alone with no hope of survival. Many of the orphans rescued are victims of poaching and human-wildlife conflict and are in a terrible state of emaciation and distress.
After each orphan rescue, the long and complex process of rehabilitation begins at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nursery nestled within the Nairobi National Park.
For milk-dependent elephant calves it is here, during this crucial phase, where they are cared for and healed both emotionally and physically by the DSWT’s dedicated team of elephant Keepers who take on the role and responsibility of becoming each orphan’s adopted family during their rehabilitation.)
Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage Nairobi Tour
0930 Hours: Sheldrick elephant orphanage day tour departs from your hotel with a pick up by our driver.
1030 Hours: Arrival at the Sheldrick elephant orphanage and pay entrance fees while proceeding to the staging area.
1100 Hours: The Sheldrick elephant orphanage public lecture starts with the more than 20 baby elephants being fed milk from plastic bottles. The baby elephants will also play around the waterholes with a ball as you touch them along the rope line.
History of Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage
Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage was started inside Nairobi national park by Dame Daphne Sheldrick as a rescue Centre for young elephants abandoned by their mothers through poaching or falling into human settlement water wells.
Visits to the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage are mainly done privately or organized through Nairobi travel agents.
The lead caretaker will take you through each and every baby elephant’s life history and the circumstances under which they were abandoned in the wild. Some of these stories are heart-wrenching like one that was abandoned and had had her trunk and tail chewed off by hyenas before she could be rescued by the Wildlife service.
You will learn a lot about the challenges of wildlife conservation from this talk and see the magnitude of the problem by the ever-increasing numbers of orphaned babies. And these are the few that they can reach in time.
The public lecture at the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage is strictly for 1 hour as they try to minimize the interruption on the animals’ daily routine by these displays.
Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage Location
Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage was started inside Nairobi national park it’s approximately 16 KM from CBD.
Adopt baby elephant at Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
You can adopt a baby elephant at the Sheldrick elephant orphanage for a Usd 50 per month donation. They will send you periodic newsletters informing you on how your adopted baby is faring including recent pictures. That way you are able to track her growth and successful rehabilitation into the wilderness.
1200 Hours: Departure from Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage for your hotel.
You have an option to combine this tour with nearby attractions including the Kazuri beads factory, Kitengela glass, Karen Blixen, Giraffe center, Nairobi national park, Nairobi safari walk, Carnivore restaurant, Bomas of Kenya, Matt bronze gallery, Utamaduni souvenir shop among others.
You will be dropped at your hotel at 1300 Hours after the tour.
End of trip
- Service of an English speaking driver-guide
- Driver allowances and entrance fees
- Any applicable taxes