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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

#1 of 122 things to do in Nairobi Features Animals
Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi
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Half-Day Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Elephant Orphanage Tour from Nairobi
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Nairobi Day Tour David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
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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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Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A really nice place to visit, but try to go on weak days and not during the weekends in the high season. Then it might not be worth it.

Thank BOBArusha
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not just a wild life shelter ! DSWT is a boon for orphaned animals especially elephants ! Loved the Foster Program ! Adopted two cuties ... Enkesha & Sana Sana ! A must visit if you are in Nairobi !

1  Thank Prasanna K
Reviewed yesterday

Extremely cute baby elephants and the people working there are heroes! They explained a lot about how they find the babies and how they treat them. The only thing I didn't like that much was that the guy talking on the microphone wanted complete silence...More

Thank Erato K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic experience to come and see the rescued and orphaned baby elephants have their massive bottle of milk and a mud bath

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

David sheldrick is the place to visit for the leisure time. It's located in Nairobi Ww have enjoyed our visit at this place it was really amazing feeding the elephant's. I will still come with my friends.

Thank wangaijana
Reviewed 4 days ago

For many years, I heard about this place from my friends both local and international and it sounded interesting but the only thing i regrettably never did was to plan a visit until Dec 2016. The place is amazing and offers a rare opportunity to...More

Thank Lucas M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved my visit to the David sheldrick centre. It's such a joy seeing these beautiful little creatures - very well run, it's a must visit if you're in Nairobi.

Thank Belinda H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited at 11am because the orphanage only opens for 1 hour a day. The baby elephants came out and we literally just stood watching in awe, they were totally adorable. Some of the elephants had physical problems and it was heartbreaking to watch. The...More

Thank chaitali214
Reviewed 6 days ago

Best to get there early, ie before 10:30 am. Very well maintained place and keepers and owners clearly love what they do. Highly recommend for all ages, the orphaned ellies are so entertaining!

Thank 337Paula
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you foster a baby elephant you can go to the trust between 5-6pm to see all the babies running in from the bush and rushing to their beds to have their milk! There were 27 when we were there and it was a wonderful...More

1  Thank Zoehoward1152
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is it possible to work with the trust and the animals out in Kenya??
18 June 2017|
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Response from Mahi9 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. You can adopt an elephant there When u visit they give u all details. You can definately contribute
Matthew Q
Hi, please could you advise the best way of combining the Sheldrick Trust, Giraffe Centre and National Park e.g. times, what to do first. Would need to factor in lunch also. Have Saturday 20th May free all day and have a tried and tested cab driver to take me to places and wait if appropriate. Re National Park, what is the cheapest way to have a tour? Many thanks, Matthew
12 May 2017|
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Response from juliapapworth | Reviewed this property |
I used safarilinks - very helpful and good day tour
Hi, My husband and I have recently fostered 2 ele babies and want to visit them during the evening slot, i.e. at 5 pm on June 11 2017. However, writing to the email ID provided on the website as well as calling the trust in Nairobi has not yielded any positive results. I haven't had a response to my email and the numbers mentioned on the website are responded with a 'number is unallocated' message. We would really really like to visit our fostered elephants when in Nairobi and we are really looking forward to the experience. Does anyone know how long the trust usually takes to respond to the email about a visit? Also, do they need any additional information about the fostered parent before approving the visit? If the DWST staff is reading this, would it please be possible to help out as to where else I need to write to or call for making this happen? Regards Deepthi
22 April 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
We had friends that the elephants in the evening. So I think there is a chance you will be able to do so