The love and respect the keepers and the young elephants have for each other are clearly mutual. It's impossible for the elephant to not become your favorite African animal after a visit to Ithumba. It's amazing to witness the astonishing camraderie, play, communication, awareness and emotion both orphans and wild elephants have.
Benjamin the keeper has what is possibly the wrold's most unusual job and his personality is well suited to be the father figure for this orphanage.
We viewed the elephants four times , two 5 pm dinners, one 6 am breakfast and one 11 am mud bath. We spent two nights at the Ithumba camp that was down the road. Campa ya Kanzi sent us a cook, guides etc for this self packing camp. We would not have been aware of Ithumba if it weren't for Kanzi staff. Only one party at a time can book the six (?) tents at the camp.
This was the met expensive leg of our trip and we vacillated on the value proposition. We have no regrets. I think this was the highlight of Africa for my teenaged son
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