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“Visiting our Adopted Grandchildren - Nairobe Centre” 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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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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“Visiting our Adopted Grandchildren - Nairobe Centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is an amazing place where they do wonderful work with the rescued orphan baby elephants - please if you read this and love elephants then adopted one and then go and visit him or her - that's what we did courtesy of our daughter. As and adopted parent we were able to see Murit put to bed and fed on a one on one basis this was magical. Then we went back the next day to see play in the mud with all his friends.

Visited April 2015
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“Heart Warming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

While on a Mission trip in Nairobi, my group had the opportunity to spend the morning at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. We arrived right at feeding time. It was wonderful watching the staff bottle feed all the baby elephants. The Sanctuary explained that all their elephants were rescues. None had been taken from their natural habitat without a good reason. The main reason is the babies would not survive without their mothers. The locals contact the sanctuary when they find a mother has been killed and the baby is wandering alone in the jungle. In one case, the baby elephant had fallen down a well. It was truly an amazing sight. Well worth the side trip if you are in Kenya.

Visited July 2014
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“We became Parents :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

You have to read the website and if you can visit. You'll understand what a vital job these guys do to rehab elephants back into the wild. This is only a small part in the big picture of what they actually do. Truely amazing !

Visited March 2015
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“Wow! No other word needed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

5 of us stayed at the ithumba lodge for 3 nights. Firstly the accommodation is beautiful, staff are exceptional and really take care of you with delicious meals, friendly atmosphere and extremely knowledgeable. But the accommodation is not why you come here....

The elephants experience is like no other, you meet at 6am to see the baby elephants be feed and let out for the day, if you're lucky they will come and say hi and ask for a trunk massage. 11am and its time for a mud bath, the highlight was the 18+ wild make elephants who decided to join in, you are not watching then from the car and there is no fence, only 10m between us and them. Then 5 o'clock you welcome the orphan elephants back to camp for feeding and dinner. Words can't really do this justice...the guys at the orphanage are truly fantastic, special thanks to Benjamin who really made us feel welcome and part of the group.

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“Another locked-in memory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you do nothing else worthwhile when in Kenya try to visit this wonderful , magical place ! Our second visit was filled with wee moments of pure bliss -- feeding the younger ones , being pushed away from one of " our " orphans by the trunk of her friend and minder , the bonds these elephants make are so , so special. The guys who work there are pretty special too !!!

Visited February 2015
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