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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - Ithumba Unit -

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Address: Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
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If you do nothing else worthwhile when in Kenya try to visit this wonderful , magical place ! Our second visit was filled with wee moments of pure bliss -- feeding the younger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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El Fondo de les Neus, Spain
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El Fondo de les Neus, Spain
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you do nothing else worthwhile when in Kenya try to visit this wonderful , magical place ! Our second visit was filled with wee moments of pure bliss -- feeding the younger ones , being pushed away from one of " our " orphans by the trunk of her friend and minder , the bonds these elephants make are... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Not as fancy as the main orphanage in Nairobi and these elephants are big enough to be close to weaning. The big difference is that I have been here twice and have been able to hold the bottle and feed them my self both times

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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