Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tours

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tours
Daily Tour 1-Day Elephant Orphanage Trip
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya Tour Guide: Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tours
Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tours

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tour

Explore Nairobi elephant orphanage in a 1 day tour at the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage located in Nairobi national park. The Sheldrick elephant orphanage offers a public viewing of the orphaned baby elephants at 11:00am every day. You can attend a public lecture and viewing at the Nairobi elephant orphanage to touch and see these adorable baby elephants.

4 Tips about Nairobi Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  1. Location of Nairobi elephant orphanage
  2. Nairobi Orphanage: Where do the elephants come from?
  3. Nairobi Elephant Sanctuary: How do they look after the baby orphans
  4. Public lecture and viewing at Nairobi elephant orphanage

1.  Location of Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

Nairobi elephant orphanage day tours. The Nairobi elephant orphanage is located to the west of Nairobi national park. Access to the orphanage is through the Mbagathi gate on Kajiado road. The Sheldrick elephant orphanage is open to the public for 1hr every day from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Since it’s located about 10km from Nairobi CBD you need to leave your hotel as early as 9:30am to make it in good time and get a good spot to view the baby elephants being fed by hand.

2.  Where Do The Orphaned Elephants Come From?

The Sheldrick elephant orphanage rescues orphaned baby elephants from the wild. These are mostly abandoned by their mothers after an attack by lions or the babies sometimes become separated by falling into water well. Right now, the baby elephants at the sanctuary are about 23 in number and they are collected from all over the country. The human wildlife conflict also leads to a lot of the baby elephants being abandoned.

Poaching is also a major contributor to these abandoned elephants, when poachers kill the mothers leaving the babies on their own. Usually, the villagers or ranger around that area will notice a lone baby elephant and call the David Sheldrick wildlife trust, who organise for a rescue in conjunction with the Kenya wildlife service.

3.  How Do They Take Care Of The Baby Elephant Orphans?

Nairobi elephant orphanage tours will show you how the elephant sanctuary takes care of the baby elephants. First of all, the baby elephants are as delicate as human babies. Elephants have very strong emotional bonds to their parents and their families. So when a baby elephant is orphaned, the single largest threat to its life is emotional distress. These babies are so affected by the loss of their mothers that they become very withdrawn and sad.

The Nairobi elephant rescue center employs caretakers to look after these elephant babies every hour of the day. These caretakers even sleep in the same shed as the baby elephants to create that bond. However, the orphanage rotates the caretakers around the baby elephants to avoid them getting too attached to one of them. This is to avoid having to go through another abandonment feeling when they are finally relocated to the field sanctuary.

The Nairobi elephant sanctuary hand feeds these baby elephants by giving them special milk formula to replace their mother’s milk. Elephants are lactose intolerant and a special form of milk formula had to be developed in the UK to replace the mother’s milk. The caretakers feed the baby elephants at least twice a day as they gradually introduce them to eating foliage in Nairobi national park.

4.  Public Lecture and Viewing in Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

Every day, the public are allowed to visit the elephant rescue Centre and interact with the elephants. You can attend the public lecture and viewing at 11:00am and hear the life history of each baby elephant. You will also see them drinking milk from the plastic bottles when the caretakers are feeding them. It makes for sad stories to hear of their circumstances that lead to their abandonment but also full of hope from their rescue and care.

Eventually the baby elephants are released it the wild when they are aged 7 years but they first have to be transferred to the Ithumba half-way-house Centre in Tsavo East National Park. Later they are released gradually into the wild where they live in similar older elephant herds.

For people that have already adopted a baby elephant, you can go for a sponsor’s only visitation from 5:00pm to 6:00pm daily. But prior booking is required to attend this evening session and it costs higher.

Book a Nairobi elephant orphanage day tour today, Send us a whatsapp message to Robert at +254722661827 or email us at info@sojournsafaris.co.ke

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Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Tour

Nairobi elephant orphanage day tours. The Nairobi elephant orphanage is located to the west of Nairobi national park. Access to the orphanage is through the Mbagathi gate on Kajiado road. The Sheldrick elephant orphanage is open to the public for 1hr every day from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Since it’s located about 10km from Nairobi CBD you need to leave your hotel as early as 9:30am to make it in good time and get a good spot to view the baby elephants being fed by hand.

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Day Trip Itinerary

9:30am: Nairobi elephant orphanage day tour start: Pick up from your Nairobi hotel for the tour.

10:20am: Arrive at the Nairobi Sheldrick elephant orphanage and que in line at gate.

11:00am: Public viewing starts and you pay at the gate to enter. Take a vantage point next to the rope around the viewing area.

11:10am: The baby elephants approach the feeding area at a gallop, eager to be fed with milk.

11:30am: The chief caretaker starts to give a public lecture on how the baby elephants were orphaned. You will learn each elephant by name.

12:00pm: Public viewing of the baby elephants ends.

12:10pm: Exit the Sheldrick elephant orphanage for your hotel or the giraffe centre.

End of Nairobi elephant orphanage day Tour.

Book this 1-day Sheldrick Nairobi Elephant Orphanage tour by sending us a whatsapp message on +254722661827  or send us an email here info@sojournsafaris.co.ke  

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