Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi: Hours, Address, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Reviews: 4.5/5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
4.5
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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sainesontour
Bridgend, UK60 contributions
Jun 2022
Spent a hour watching the rescued elephants being fed by bottle and branches of their favourite leaves. Great information given out by their keepers who know each young elephant’s personality.

Of course you want to adopt an elephant after seeing them - who wouldn’t . Well worth a visit. But you must book in advance. Numbers limited.
Written June 16, 2022
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Alyssa B
12 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Amazing cause but quite touristy. If you don’t mind the crowds or if you particularly love baby elephants it’s well worth it. If you don’t fancy touristy things try and book a private visit! Again - super great cause well worth supporting regardless.
Written June 11, 2022
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OceanloverBC
Vancouver, Canada159 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
A well organized opportunity to see wild elephants being rehabilitated for return to the wild. Some were orphaned due to poachers, others were injured in the wild. It is so beautiful to see the work being done.
Written June 9, 2022
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Lori B
5 contributions
May 2022
This tour was so fun! The babies are so very cute and we loved the presenter who gave tons of information! Bring your $ because you will want to make a donation!
Written June 8, 2022
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KirkCrump
Piney Flats, TN48 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
First!!!, make sure you make a reservation by email or you will be turned away at the gate. Get there 30 minutes early to get through parking and ticket control.
There are 2 groups of baby elephants the bring out. If you are standing against the ropes you can reach out and touch them, just be careful, they love to play in the mud. Each baby has a different personality and it shows. At the end you can adopt one for $50 usd a year.
Written June 8, 2022
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GlitterR0se
Manchester, UK112 contributions
May 2022
Visiting the Sheldrick trust was one of my must do's on a visit to Nairobi. I had read a lot about it and was in awe of the work that is being done. I watched a lot of videos and read blogs about the experience. I event adopted an elephant and do hope to adopt more in the future.
I booked a tour with several stops during the day, one being the Shedrick centre.

Once I arrived there was a line of cars waiting to get in, they were split into those that had prepaid tickets and those who had not. I am not sure whether they were sent away or not.

This is where I was really disappointed, the lady checking the tickets was incredibly rude and condescending to the drivers and guides. She was a middle aged blonde lady with short hair. She was so rude whilst asking for the reservation details and as I paid attention she only behaved like this with the local Kenyans. To myself and other non Kenyans her demeanour changed and she was pleasant. This really left a bad taste for me and reeked of the colonial mindset I thought Kenya had left behind. You have to email to make a reservation but would encourage the centre to look into an online booking. This would be more efficient.

PLEASE NOTE: You have to book in advance, and it is booked out days and sometimes weeks in advance. I found lot of tour companies take up these places in advance and then charge ridiculous amounts for a car ride there. So be prepared.

The visiting is from 11-12 everyday, only one hour once a day. Once in you wait for the elephants to come which they do in two groups, one the younger ones then the older ones. The caretakers talk about the initiative, and also mention each animal and how they were found or brought to the centre. The elephants play around, eat and drink milk. They sometimes come close enough for you to stroke them. It was very interesting to learn about what is being done and how the milk was created to mimic elephant milk. It would be nice to see more such as where they stay but I think at peak times there are a lot of people and this would be too much for the elephants. Remember it is the welfare of the elephants that comes first.

I did want to meet my adopted elephant as I had read this was something you could do, but this is not available and is closed at the moment. Unless of course you are a youtuber, vlogger or influencer to which it is clearly open to based on what I have seen.
Written June 8, 2022
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richie mutua
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Business
it's also known as Elephant Orphanage, The orphanage is located about 30 minutes away by taxi which cost me around 30usd

There is a donation fee of around 6usd.
Time that is possible to see the elephants is from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon).
Written May 26, 2022
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wandaJohannesburg
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa90 contributions
May 2022
After following their instagram page, I was very excited to be in Nairobi to see what amazing work they do. Do book in advance and make sure you read the fine print, you can only pay in cash at the gate, also bring a hat its hot in the sun!
It was wonderful watching the the baby orphans being fed and very interesting hearing how they got there. However our party all felt a little short changed, we didn’t get to see where they stayed during the day, what happened at night time….we were quickly whisked off after the hour of milk feeding was done, and asked to donate money on our way out.
I understand that they are ultimately trying to re habituate these orphans into the wild so as little human contact is a good thing, but feel one should be able to view from afar.
Written May 20, 2022
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Emmanuel J
Hannover, Germany6 contributions
Apr 2022
Great place for a day trip especially if you have kids. You will need to book online first.
Feeding show starts daily from 11am
Written April 19, 2022
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JAYNECBG
London, UK16 contributions
Apr 2022
We have just returned from a visit to the elephant orphanage and it was absolutely brilliant. My husband, my 17-year-old daughter and I loved every moment of it. Being able to get so close to the baby elephants is amazing and to learn about the really valuable work the trust is doing was humbling. We have, of course, adopted an elephant. I would say this is a must do if you are in Nairobi.
Written April 7, 2022
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