Sheldrick Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Tour

Nairobi Airport Layover Tour to Sheldrick elephant Orphanage

Enjoy a layover tour to Sheldrick elephant orphanage or the Nairobi elephant sanctuary in your few hours stop over at NBO airport. You can choose to step out of the airport for some interesting visit to see the orphaned elephant babies and the giraffes.

Top 4 Tips of a Layover tour to Sheldrick Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

  1. NBO Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Layover Tour Itinerary
  2. Where Do The Baby Elephants Come From?
  3. Public Viewing and Lecture at Elephant Orphanage
  4. Sheldrick Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

1.  Sheldrick Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

Sheldrick baby elephant orphanage layover tour from Nairobi Airport

The Nairobi elephant orphanage is managed by the David Sheldrick wildlife trust which was started in the 80s to protect wildlife. The orphanage is located inside the Nairobi national park on the western edge of the park.  It is 15 minutes from the NBO airport. The orphanage houses between 15 and 30 baby elephants at a time. These are babies whose mothers have been killed by poachers for their ivory or they simply feel into a water well and their mothers left them. The orphanage has over the years rescued and rehabilitated back into the wild hundreds of elephants.

The Sheldrick elephant orphanage layover tour gives you an opportunity to interact with these very interesting babies and you can even touch them. You will watch as they are fed and as they play and get a public lecture on each of their life history. Each of them has a name that identifies the circumstance or location that he or she was rescued from.

2.  Where Do The Baby Elephants Come From?

2. Baby Elephant Orphanage Feeding Time

Once the Kenya wildlife service identifies an abandoned baby elephant, they get in touch with the Sheldrick trust and arrange for its relocation to the Nairobi rescue Centre. It is always a delicate operation as the elephants are highly emotional animals and their maternal connections are hard to break. The orphanage will allocate caretakers to these baby elephants who even sleep in the elephant pens so that it doesn’t feel lonely. The biggest risk of these young babies is death from emotional distress of abandonment.

3.  Public Viewing and Lecture at Elephant Orphanage

3. Elephant Orphanage Public Lecture

Nairobi elephant orphanage allow a public viewing and lecture every day from 1100 to 1200hrs . You pay an entrance fee and you can watch the baby elephants as they are fed on milk formula. The babies are lactose intolerant and therefore get their special milk formula made in the UK and shipped for them. You can watch them fed with the milk from plastic bottles and as they play around the viewing area. Each of them has a different temperament from the other. There are bullies; there a free spirits and the guarded ones and some are stark raving mad. But all of them are adorable to watch.

4.  NBO Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Layover Tour Itinerary

4. Sheldrick elephant orphanage itinerary

You will be picked form the airport at any time before 10:30am and driven to the orphanage in order to get there on time for the public viewing. This is the Nairobi elephant orphanage layover tour itinerary below:

10:00am: Pick up from the airport for the Sheldrick Nairobi elephant orphanage

10:30am: Arrival at the elephant orphanage and pay the entrance fee

11:00am: The public viewing starts and the chief caretaker narrates about the elephants babies

11:20am: The Babies are fed with milk formula from bottles. You can touch the babies along the line.

11:30pm: The older second group of elephant babies is brought for their feeding.

12:00pm: End of public viewing and questions are answered by the chief care taker.

End of Nairobi elephant orphanage layover tour.

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