We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Amazing experience with baby elephants - truly enchanting!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503 , Kenya
+254 733 891996
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
and up
Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 94 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing experience with baby elephants - truly enchanting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Was there with a friend who sponsors/adopted a baby elephant there and so we got to do a private visit in the evening when the babies were coming in from the park at the end of the day (around 5pm) and have to say that having a troupe of baby elephants run towards you is incredible! The keepers are so wonderful and friendly as well once you start chatting to them and the whole experience is just enchanting. Well worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Meg074
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,443 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
1 Thank puff j
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“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
Thank Joshua P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bromham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“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
2 Thank Tim O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“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.

1 Thank Timoteyo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust also viewed


Been to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing