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“incredible” 5 of 5 stars
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Mbagathi Road, Nairobi 00503 , Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Ranked #1 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park provides a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants rescued by the DSWT. The Nursery provides the first stage in the hand-rearing and development of milk dependent baby elephants. Once they graduate from the Nursery, aged 2-3 years, the elephants move to one of the DSWT's Reintegration Centres in Tsavo East National Park, from where they will ultimately return to the wild.
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“incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

just go. you will not be disappointed. go both during the day and night. night visit is more relaxed and less crowded while the day visit is more of a display. it is worth doing both.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice for families, but a bit uninspired.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Sheldrick Trust got a lot of press from Nat. Geographic. They rescue elephant babies and Rhinos and attempt to re-introduce them to the wild when they are ready.
While this is an admirable and much needed conservation tool, I have to say the experience felt a bit more like a petting zoo than a wildlife sanctuary. A large group of people crowded around after paying a fairly large fee to have the young elephants trotted out to feed on display. Then there is a concession stand on the way out and the whole thing seemed more surface than substance.
That is just my impression. I would hope that the family that started and manages this trust spends their earnings on high value conservation projects that really move the needle on saving these magnificent beasts.

Visited February 2013
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“Really special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This is a genuine conservation and education project first and a tourist attraction second. And all the better for it. You can go here knowing you will have a wonderful time watching the orphaned elephants, who are natural entertainers, and if you are lucky, give them a scratch behind the ears, but also that by paying the entrance fee, and spreading the word, you are doing your bit. The elephants head off after this session and spend the rest of the day in the bush, learning to be elephants in the wild. There is no exploitation here.

If you decide to sponsor - you can come back for an hour in the evening to see the elephants come back and head for their stockades for the night, and spend time getting closer to them and chatting to the kind, dedicated and knowledgeable keepers.

If you do sponsor, you also get a monthly email update with loads of information, pictures and links.

It can get very hot and there is not a lot of shade - don't let that put you off though - bring water and a hat, as well as a camera, tissues, and probably wet wipes in case a muddy baby elephant just happens to brush past you....its a privilege!

Visited February 2013
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“Tons (haha) of fun for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

I've been multiple times, and continue to enjoy it. A few things to keep in mind:

1. Get there ON TIME (or early), as they only open the center up to the public for one hour per day.

2. If you have small kids, try to QUICKLY make your way down to the elephant playground so that your kids can have a spot to stand and see the elephants as they play. I've consistently found that tourists from abroad with huge cameras have little sensitivity toward letting children see the elephants.

3. Don't forget to check out the RHINO on the way back up the hill. At least say hi.

4. If you are an East Africa resident, bring your passport to prove it. If I remember correctly, there is a small discount for residents.

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“Touching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

A must experience for all visiting Nairobi. Just very touching experience. You need to be there to experience fully. Wonderful

Visited February 2013
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