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“Awesome .......” 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
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Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Awesome .......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were there for the feeding time and its absolutely an experience, one has to appreciate the work that the helpers put into caring aftr the orphan elephants.....it was a joy to see them rum around playing with the ball and drinking milk from giant bottles....what joy a must see for anybody who goes to Nairobi

Visited August 2012
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“Good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The David Sheldrick wildlife trust was a bit outside the city, near the Karen area. It was a beautiful area around it and the hill it was located on overlooked nairobi national park and I even heard a lion roar. The trainers brought out the elephants group by group. They were very fascinating and they told us all about the elephants. We touched the elephants and we got amazing pictures. The fees was a meagre 500 shillings per person and was very cheap for nairobi. Anyone who goes to nairobi, must go here

Visited June 2013
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“A great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We visited the Centre not knowing what to expect but from the first thrill of seeing the baby elephants scurrying in to the feeding area right thruogh to the older ones coming in, the whole experience was enthralling. We watched in delight as the groups of elephants took turns to be bottle fed by their dedicated keepers. Afterwards they pushed and shoved each other, played with sticks and bumped into us regularly. We could touch them, take close up photos and hear their grunts and squeals. A terrific experience. Do go!

Visited May 2013
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“Always fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Every year we go on safari we visit David Sheldrick's - it is a wonderful, worthwhile cause. I always try and bring an extra 'good' donation for them as they do such incredible work. This, our fourth year, was actually the one I enjoyed the most - we have done three years at the 11:00 viewing & one at the special 5:00 viewing after adopting an elephant. This year was the 11:00 viewing and I found that we were closer to the elephants than we have been in the past, as it wasn't as crowded this time.
We were so close that I was splattered by that red mud those dear elephants love to play in - it is now my permanent 'souvenir' as it won't come out of my khaki-coloured pants!
But, I haven't laughed that hard in years I must say!

Visited May 2013
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“Amazing but moving experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We have been following the great work the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust do for around 10 years now and at last had our opportunity to see and hear first hand how they look after the orphans.
There is an allotted time of 1 hour to see them and I would recommend you book in advance to go and see them. I believe its from 11.00am to 12.00 but best check before you go. Better still, if you adopt an elephant prior to going, you may be able to contact them direct and arrange an afternoon private appointment with the elephant you have fostered.

Anyway, everyone stands around a roped area and wait patiently for the nellies to appear. First off the little uns are brought down by the keepers and stories are told about how they came about finding them and the plights they faced. What must have gone through their minds when their mothers were killed I’ll never know.

Once they return back to the wooded area the adolescents are brought down and love to play infront of you. If you’re lucky you may be able to stroke one as it passes by with its keeper.
Tip 1. Take some wet wipes. The dirt is red and dusty and your hands and camera gear will seriously get smothered if not careful.

At the end of the hour there is an opportunity to foster an orphan (think it was $30) and there’s also a stand where you can buy bits and pieces. Also a toilet in case you need it!
Overall, a memorable visit and the nellies are most definitely the stars of the show- not to be missed.

Visited June 2013
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