254 (0) 20 891 996http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.orgTraveler ReviewsFun to watch the Elephants
Reviewed by Skaarraeem on Feb 22, 2011
We stayed at the Nairobi Tented Camps (NTC) in the Nairobi National Park and we were recommended by the staff at NTC to pay a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (aka) Elephant Orphanage. It was amazing to watch the elephants aged 0 - 3 years playing in the mud and bonding with their care takers. It was a little sad to hear the story behind the rescue of each of the baby elephants. It is said that a baby elephant can be directly compared to a human baby and it was so true to watch this and compare and relate. A must visit when you are in Nairobi.Simply amazing and one of the best experiences of my life
Reviewed by kbn88 on Jan 21, 2011
If you go to Nairobi, you must make a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the orphaned elephants, especially the baby elephants. The orphanage is simply amazing and truly a once in a lifetime experience. To see the elephants bounding in from afar in the field to the area where we were allowed to see them, will always be one of my best memories of this trip. It was so much fun to see them frolicking in the mud and playing with each other, including the antics and tricks they played with the keepers and us visitors. A not to miss attraction.Pollmans Rip Off
Reviewed by WiltshirePaddy on Jan 13, 2011
If you want to visit this orphanage do not go with pollmans. We landed at 6.30am on 30th September in Nairobi ready for our Safari with Pollmans and found out that there was a trip to the Sheldrick orphanage so rather than waste a day decided to go on the excursion. We were told we would have to go straight from the airport as there wouldn't be time to go to our hotel first. We were charged 11.000ks for two of us and hurried on to a mini bus. All the driver kept saying was we are going to be far too early as it didn't open until 11am - which we were. After driving really slow all the way there, we were left in the van in an empty park while the driver went off - he then came back & said we are much too early if you want there is a giraffe place I can take you to for a further 1000ks each. We all decided it was better than sitting in an empty park for over two hours so we went and were told we had 3/4 of an hour there. All we did was fed a giraffe there and handled a giraffe bone while being given a talk which was very hard to hear or understand. Then back to the elephant orphanage to find lots of people had arrived - we watched the baby elephants being bottle fed, playing and having dust baths, which was cute, and if you were lucky enough one would come near enough to touch and there was also a rhino in a pen. You can also adopt an elephant and there are things on sale. It is a nice experience especially if you like elephants but we saw that the entrance charge is only 300ks per person and we had been charged 5.500ks each by pollmans!! I think this was extortionate as our transfer to our hotel had already been paid for in with our holiday (which they didn't do) and we were told by our travelling companions who didn't come on the trip that when they reached the hotel they were told if they wanted to go on this trip to see the rep who was waiting there. It was a very long and expensive morning to see some baby elephants for just over an hour - so if possible it is definately better to arrange your own visit and leave extra money for the good work that is being done with these elephants.Amazing,amazing,amazing place!!!!
Reviewed by arnie74 on Jan 4, 2011
This place was amazing:)!!!!!!Really recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We?re big fans!
Reviewed by Peace-L4 on Dec 6, 2010
This group?s animal rescue efforts are incredible? such precious and important work!
The orphanage is worth a visit. Baby elephants bottle feeding and playing right next to you? It doesn?t get much cuter! Feeding time draws a large crowd; be sure to get the schedule and arrive on time.
We stepped away from the group for some ?private? time with Shida, the adult rhino who regularly returns to his old pen. (They lock his door for our safety; he?s free to go after tourists leave.)
If you foster an orphan, you receive a nice packet and regular email updates about your new baby and other dramatic rescue efforts.