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Address: Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
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wonderful kenya experience

this was the most enjoyable experience we had when we visited the orphanage 2 yrs ago. its a definite must visit on anyones agenda.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

this was the most enjoyable experience we had when we visited the orphanage 2 yrs ago. its a definite must visit on anyones agenda.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a MUST for anyone in the Nairobi area. These orphan elephants deserve the best humans can offer....and at this place they get it. Elephants have a social life that we have a paltry knowledge of, and here they are assigned a human surrogate that cares for them as well as another species can. Stoic person that I am,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Got to meet & be close to dozens of elephant babies and young ones including 2 ostriches & got to know their stories whilst watching them being fed.... Learned a lot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you foster an elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can ask them permission to visit the Ithumba Unit and stay there at the camp site for a few days. It is not cheap, but worth every penny. (Were here in sept. 2009).

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is an amazing place where they do wonderful work with the rescued orphan baby elephants - please if you read this and love elephants then adopted one and then go and visit him or her - that's what we did courtesy of our daughter. As and adopted parent we were able to see Murit put to bed and fed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

You have to read the website and if you can visit. You'll understand what a vital job these guys do to rehab elephants back into the wild. This is only a small part in the big picture of what they actually do. Truely amazing !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

5 of us stayed at the ithumba lodge for 3 nights. Firstly the accommodation is beautiful, staff are exceptional and really take care of you with delicious meals, friendly atmosphere and extremely knowledgeable. But the accommodation is not why you come here.... The elephants experience is like no other, you meet at 6am to see the baby elephants be feed... More 

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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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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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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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Address: Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Tsavo National Park East

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