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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - Ithumba Unit -

Address: Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
14 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Always a must visit when in Kenya. A longer stay than one night highly recommended to get to know the way it works. Disliked the Park Fees at $1560 total. Why not encourage longer stays by lower fees after 24 hours?

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is one of my favourite things to do: visiting the Sheldrick elephant orphanage in Nairobi and Ithumba. The elephants are so sweet and one learns everything about them. The trust is doing something wonderful and it is not easy and takes years until the orphans grow up and are rehabilitated into the wild. I adopt an elephant for every... More 

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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is an orphanage that adopts abandoned baby elephants and then assigns them to a surrogate for about three years. That person largely stays with the baby for months at a time, and the orphans are never left alone. When you hear the stories of how the babies got separated from their mothers, it is are heart-wrenching. The orphans bond... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Second visit as magical as the first. I disagree that you must fly in as seeing the local country is a must for budget travelers. I had the opportunity to have a wonderful driver and guide Wilfred Kamau who well versed on all the plant and animal life. This is the place to get up close to elephants. Both times... More 

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NYC
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
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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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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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