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“Super sized kindergarten” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - Ithumba Unit -

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - Ithumba Unit -
Ithumba, Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
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Type: Reservations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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New York City
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“Super sized kindergarten”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

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

Visited August 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“The Keepers are just the most amazing people with the Elephants. Seeing is believing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

There wasn't a thing that I can think of that I disliked about the place......Just beautiful and there is game driving to do in the afternoon in between the visits to the Elephants.

Visited April 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Baby elephants... come on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This place is great. Seems like it's one of the "go-to" places for tourists on there way to or from a safari, and for good reason. I touched a rhino!!!! I mean.. come on. It was blind, but still. The baby elephants are running around, drinking from oversized baby bottles, and making a mess of everything. It's pretty damn fun to watch.

Visited March 2013
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Nairobi
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“Easter at Ithumba camp, Tsavo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great place to see and be with the elephants! A special experience. About a 6 hour drive from Nairobi...

Visited April 2013
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Victoria British Columbia Canada
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“HIghlight of trip to Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This wonderfully organized and uncrowded park is an inspiration to all who value the lives and love to learn about the sensitive and interesting childhood of an elephant. The guardians of these beautiful l animals are dedicated, and loving and speak thoughout the presentation of the orphans
about the complicated feeding needs of the infants which the Mrs. Sheldrake has painstakingly perfected in order to keep the infants and juveniles alive and thriving. I learned so much about the elephants and enjoyed my visit to this place so much. Congratulations to all the dedicated workers and volunteers who keep this place affordable to the visitors and also for providing the very well organized gift centre which allows you to collect merchandise to remember this visit. The adoption of a baby for a year is well organized and the follow up via email is well done and reliable. I think that the visitor is the one most suited to do the adoption, rather than a relative back home who has not had the eye opening experience of seeing and learning about this project. Children visitors seemed very impressed and excited at the sight of the elephants running into the visitors viewing area and many of them and us, the adults were able to pet the elephants who came to low lying fence..A visit not to be missed.

Visited April 2012
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