Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
4.5
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
About
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a leader in African wildlife conservation. Through its Orphans' Project, SWT has raised over 320 orphaned elephants and rhinos. When grown, each orphan is reintegrated into a protected wilderness. The SWT Nursery, located in Nairobi National Park, is the first stage, where new rescues are nurtured by an experienced team of Keepers. Pre-booked visitors are invited to join the Nursery orphans for their midday milk feed and mud bath. The public visit takes place daily from 11am to 12 noon. From a variety of viewing platforms, watch the orphans enjoy their bottles and gather for playtime. A senior Keeper leads the visit. Access to this visit is by advance reservation only. Third-party bookings are not valid; all bookings must be made through the SWT Nairobi Office. A separate park entry fee, payable to the Kenya Wildlife Service, also applies. SWT is a donor-funded organisation. By visiting the Nursery, guests directly support its conservation work.
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  • MaryG47
    Lancaster, United Kingdom161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great caring elephant rescue sanctuary
    Great job they are doing, rescuing orphan baby elephants. Very informative sppech by the head keeper. Feeeding time wonderful experience. Well worth a visit and gives them funds to continue the good work
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Rebecca W
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ethical wildlife viewing and rehabilitation
    We enjoyed one hour watching the baby elephants play and enjoy their bottles. The attendants knew every elephant by name and gave a great talk. This was an excellent way to ease our way into the first day in Nairobi as we waited to start our safari.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Sara S
    Pembroke, New Hampshire9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really sweet time.
    Baby elephants are about as cute as you can get! This a great opportunity to see and learn about how babies are rescued and cared for. Even prepared for release. There were a lot of people there but if you could not get to the rope there are way to get above the crowd. Having a zoom helps. Plenty to watch and see. This is a must see and worth it, because how often to you get to see baby elephants,!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 July 2023
  • gaely2015
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sheldrick trust is an absolutely valuable sanctuary.
    Absolutely the best experience and place to visit. Sheldrick Trust is a blessing for all the baby elephants that are orphaned due mainly to humans killing their mothers. The care and love all the keepers offer is so valuable. The way we are able to experience some of these babies being bottle fed then allowed to play and cavort is an absolute joy to witness. The hour we are permitted in to some of their world goes by so fast I wish it could be longer but appreciate its enough for the elephants. THANK YOU Angela Sheldrick and all your team... you really are life savers.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • pittbrendat
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pure Joy
    An experience I’ll never forget, watching the little baby elephants run towards the bottle was so sweet. Thankful there is a place to take care of them. Definitely a must see if you’re in the area. Make sure to make reservations and get there early.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Chandra G
    North Carolina25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable elephants!
    You must read about the history- Love Live & Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick. It's phenomenal what they do here. It's not a zoo in any way! These elephants are rehabbed and go back into the wild. This was one of the best days of my life. I can't even describe it. It's worth the travel expense to get here. I would go back to Kenya JUST to visit this one place!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 September 2023
  • John R
    Leek, United Kingdom48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll worth a visit !
    The viewing of the young elephants and sole rhino was magical in itself, but the work these people do is absolutely wonderful in saving these young animals from almost certain death, and to rehabilitate them and enable them to return to the wild, thus helping to save the species for future generations. The numbers visiting for the one hour slot is strictly limited, so no need to wait in the sun for the entrance gates to open, as there’s plenty of room for everyone to get a good view. We’ll worth a visit and to help support the Trust
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Andrea
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heartwarming Experience
    This place is amazing. I was a bit worried about the fact it could be a overhyped and turistic experience, but I totally changed my mind. This place will open your eyes and will crash your heart into little pieces. Every baby elephant has got a tragic story and you can even adopt one at the end of the experience, in order to help the foundation to keep going with their work. You will have the opportunity to watch the lil elephants playing , having fun and drinking milk by a huge baby-bottle, and you will be really close to them. The organization works very honestly: you have to book with a large advance in order to have the opportunity to enter, no exceptions allowed. Booking can be made ONLY by mail on the official website, don't get scammed by the mobile numbers of people who comment on the reviews. I want to thank Kyela from the staff, because she was really gentle and helped us to solve any kind of problems.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 September 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see while in Nairobi
    Only 200 people per day are allowed to visit this elephant orphanage during the single hour that they are open each day so it may be difficult to get a reservation. If you can, you will not regret it! The young elephants and baby rhino that we got to see up close and even pet was the highlight of our day. The announcer does a great job telling the background of each animal that they are currently helping and it was lots of fun watching the elephants eat and play in the water and dirt (which can blow into the viewing area). The large display area has fencing that allows for lots of people to position themselves at the edge for viewing (and possible petting). There are also elevated platforms to allow for viewing over people. Plan ahead as there isn’t any shade. Currently, they also have a 10 month old orphaned rhino.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Lucas R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A meaningful cause & experience
    Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi was a heartwarming and educational experience. The trust’s dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants and rhinos is truly commendable. The opportunity to witness the young elephants during their feeding time and mud baths was a joyous occasion. Learning about the conservation efforts and the individual stories of each orphaned animal added a personal connection to the cause. The knowledgeable staff’s commitment to wildlife preservation was evident in their informative talks and interactions with visitors. The trust’s mission to protect these magnificent creatures and reintroduce them to the wild is inspiring. Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a must for anyone interested in wildlife conservation and supporting a meaningful cause in Nairobi.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 September 2023
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Kylie B
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I sponsor an elephant and rhino so I was very excited to do this tour and I wasn't disappointed, I loved every minute of it it just went way too quick so savour it
They do it very well you just have to understand its about the animals not us, so it is quick and only one limited time each day so I love that they do it for the right reasons and haven't turned it into a money making circus. I couldn't see my Rhino Maxwell so that was disappointing but I understand why
definitely put this on your list and donate to them as much as you can, they are all about the animals and we need to support that
Written 9 May 2024
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Manisha H
Colombo, Sri Lanka171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is such a great experience. I am so glad we made time to visit the baby elephants and the baby rhino. We got to see them up close and even pet the ones who wanted to be petted.

It is, however, not that easy to go visit the orphanage.

You have to first write to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust mentioning how many people plan to visit and their names. Once that is confirmed (which can take up to a few days in peak season) you must then sign up under the e-citizen website and then pay for entry into the Nairobi National Park to visit. It is pricey, and you might as well do a safari ride in that National Park either before or after the visit, which is only permitted from 11 am to 12 pm.

It was a lot of work, and a lot of money, but I can't help but think it was worth it.

If you love animals, and love watching them in cage-less scenarios, and especially if you love baby animals, you just might think it was worth it.
Written 10 April 2024
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David L
Round Rock, TX20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a wonderful experience for elephant lovers. Do it.

Getting into the park and signing up for an ecitizen account, is a huge pain. It took over an hour. Arrive early! The system that processes credit cards seems to randomly accept transactions and deny all others. We didnt see enough transactions to decipher what works, but we got thru by paying someone cash and then processed our transaction as their card worked. That person was using a debit card visa.
Written 9 April 2024
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Lyndsay G
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was an amazing experience and a great way to spend my first day of Kenya. It really helped me appreciate the safari later too!
Written 2 April 2024
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Amy G
Holt, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Myself and my partner visited Shedrick Wildlife Trust on 20th March. What an incredible experience and an honour it was to visit this amazing place.
From start to finish, everything was fantastic. We booked online as advised for our visit - email communication was great - clear and informative. Arrival was welcoming - we arrived from the Nairobi national reserve rather than the main Sheldrick entrance. We paid our KWS fee at another gate as planned to spend the day in the reserve after the Sheldrick trust.
The trust was exceptionally well run, it was clean, welcoming, informative. We walked down to the area in which the elephants would be and there was lots of information on route down, and interesting facts.
Meeting the elephants was so well organised. The speaker on the day (apologies, unsure of name) was just incredible. His talk was perfect. He was well spoken and captivating and gave plenty of information without it being too much. We saw the beautiful elephants and also a baby rhino which was a very welcomed surprise!! The work of the trust was explained, and how reintroducing animals to the wild worked. We visited the gift shop after and purchased some beautiful souvenirs from an amazing visit which we will treasure forever. Incredible memories made here, thank you so so much and continue the hard work.
Written 29 March 2024
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Anna F
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Unfortunately we experienced great disappointment when we were about to visit the elephant nursery recently.
There used to be a time where you could visit the nursery only.
Now Kenya Wildlife Service and the Sheldrick Trust have merged and they make you pay the whole package for nursery AND Nairobi National Park.
This new arrangement will exclude people from visiting the nursery who can't and don't want to afford the part for the National Park.
So the Trust has become yet another example for commercializing animals and granting access only to people who have the money.
A wonderful project has turned into a total rip off.
Written 17 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate that newly-imposed KWS Park Fee has brought its fair share of frustration and confusion for SWT Nursery visitors, but there are a few misconceptions in your review that we would like to clarify. First and foremost, the new KWS Park Fee is government-mandated and completely separate to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We do not financially benefit in any way from KWS Park Fees. Because our Nursery is located within Nairobi National Park, it is within the government's rights to collect Park Fees from all visitors. I would like to add that we are a non-profit who is entirely reliant on donations. Even amidst rising costs and inflation, we have done our utmost to keep our own Nursery Entry Donation reasonably low. Nursery visits are the main source of donations for our Kenya charity, and they are a vital funding stream for our field conservation work and Orphans' Project. By supporting us through a Nursery visit, guests ensure we are always in a position to care for the orphans of today and tomorrow. While we can certainly empathise with the frustrations of the new visiting process, we are very grateful to those who navigate it and continue to support and visit us. If you do return to Kenya in the future, I hope you will give us a second chance.
Written 18 April 2024
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gwynandsue
Cambridge, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We spent an hour in the company of 21 orphaned elephants and one baby rhino, and it was utterly delightful! The only negative thing was that it was very difficult to buy the ticket for the park, because none of our credit cards were accepted by the card reader. In the end our driver kindly paid on our behalf and we refunded him. This seems to be a normal occurrence and they don’t accept cash - neither shillings nor dollars - so aim to get to the park entrance one hour before the appointed time & be very patient!
After the baby elephants had been fed, we moved on & drove round the Nairobi national park, seeing gazelle, buffalo, rhino, lion, giraffe, hippo & crocodile.
Written 11 March 2024
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JMC M's V
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My sister moved to Kisumu, Kenya this year and told us about the elephant and rhino orphanage she visited. When we planned our trip to visit her we put the baby elephants at the top of our must-do list. It was amazing, even though we didn’t manage to book a private group as she had. We went to the daily 11-12 feeding. The staff were friendly and informative. The crowd was probably about average in size and I got myself close enough to the rope fence to be able to scratch an ear, pat a backside and touch the wrinkly, hard skin of the small elephants. I thought I’d never wash my hand again. To think I’d made contact with an animal who would one day roam wild and grow huge was unbelievable. I’m so glad we made it to this place and I would definitely support their mission as best I can.
Written 3 March 2024
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Doc Tenor
Boston, MA157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What an outstanding morning at Sheldrick. I was aware of Sheldrick and knew of friends who had supported them for years. We were fortunate enough to have a private hour with Edwin, his staff, and the 21 beautiful elephant orphans. We also got to meet the one adult black rhino as well as interact with their one orphan black rhino, who I believe was 1 year old. The time with the elephant orphans we spectacular. After the orphans came running in (I might have cried a bit) and were bottle fed by the caretakers, we were allowed to meet them all. We got to pet them and play with them. What an absolutely fantastic experience. Edwin also provided tons of information about them and answered all of our questions. We will never forget it!
Written 2 March 2024
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walthess
Elk Grove, CA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place does amazing work rehabilitating elephants and rhinos who were orphaned and returning them to the wild. The daily 11am tour is both educational and will satisfy your need for a warm, fuzzy feeling. It is interesting to hear the keeper talk of their work and purpose and of course fun to see the animals up close. The elephants love their time with both a few bottles of milk and a splash in the pond.

Reservations are required as is the entrance fee to the Nairobi Preserve but the experience and support of this organization is well worth it.

This is a great resource to help save these magnificent animals. We have adopted an elephant and encourage you to do so too.
Written 1 March 2024
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