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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - Ithumba Unit -

Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The elephants are trotted out twice a day for feedings and visitors so plan your trip accordingly. The elephants are clearly well-taken care of and very entertaining to watch, particularly the babies! Try to stand at the front of the line into the park so you can get a good spot in the front when the elephants are brought out... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I think if we had been there at a less crowded time we might have enjoyed it more. There were hundreds of people there and you couldn't see a thing. The kids did enjoy petting the pumbas on the way out. The cutest thing there were the school kids in their uniforms on a field trip. We did buy a... More

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Kanab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

An experience never to be forgotten. Part of David Sheldrick Trust/Orphanage, Ithumba Camp is rustic and fun with outdoor toilet and shower with each minimally appointed tent. Dik diks run between tents, as wart hogs head to waterhole. Lounge/eating area has two levels for maximum views. But the attraction is the visits to the elephant stockade and water hole three... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I was here as part of visiting Kenya in August-September 2005. Its been a long time, but the work done by the orphanage staff is so amazing that I constantly mention this place to my friends. It was touching to see young elephant babies playing, moving around, all in a systematic manner. The way the elephants are maintained, reflects on... More

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cornwall,uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We recently visited the David Sheldrick orphanage to visit our foster elephant Mudanda. We arrived just as the elephants were returning to the lodge and were able to give them their milk and spend time with all the elephants. It was just incredible, something I will remember for ever. The keepers were absolutely lovely, so informative and really made our... More

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Malindi, Kenya
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Meet young men and women both of local origin and outside volunteers helping out the rescue and sustaining the lives of the elephant orphans among other rescued wildlife from the cuel acts of poachers....Its a life giving back project. Great work Sheldrick...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

we adopted a baby elephant before we left home and visited the orphanage one evening. we were able to walk among the elephants and play about with them. the best day ever

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Durban, South Africa
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54 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My visit to the orphanage proved that all babies are cute! We watched the baby elephants being fed.. we watched them play and get covered with mud. There is also a blind rhino in the orphanage which you can get close to. What makes it awesome apart from getting a close glimpse at baby elephants is the assurance that good-hearted... More

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Close enough to touch the elephants. The caretakers give a very informative talk while you watch the animals play and eat. Would definitely go a second time.

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New York City
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The love and respect the keepers and the young elephants have for each other are clearly mutual. It's impossible for the elephant to not become your favorite African animal after a visit to Ithumba. It's amazing to witness the astonishing camraderie, play, communication, awareness and emotion both orphans and wild elephants have. Benjamin the keeper has what is possibly the... More

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