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“Cuteness!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 109 things to do in Nairobi
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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.
Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

An absolute must see!! Sooo gorgeous and really hands on... we went on our first day in Africa and it was the best start to our trip.

Visited July 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We enjoyed seeing all the baby elephants. The timings to the place are very restricted so it is important to get there on time otherwise you will miss the baby elephant viewing.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“An emotional Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Loved the little elephants, and just had to sponsor one after what I saw. How can one resist, when these people are saving the lives of such majestic animals.

Visited August 2013
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“Busy on Weekends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

You get an hour here - 11am-12pm. Get there early on weekends if you don't want to be shooting pictures over other people's heads and cameras. Even then, you'll have a crowd of people in the background of most photos.

Visited August 2013
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New York City
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“Super sized kindergarten”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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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