Daphne Sheldrick Day Tour
Day Excursion to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Our David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour takes place in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. This is a very exciting day tour and you will certainly enjoy a visit to the centre.
The centre was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E. The centre was set up in honour of the memory of Dr. Dame Daphne’s late husband, who was the founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park located in southern Kenya. As one of the pioneers of wildlife conservation in Kenya, David Sheldrick was a renown naturalist and his legacy lives on until modern time.
The centre hosts orphaned elephants, rescued mainly from Kenya. They are rehabilitated here and then taken to a secondary facility in southern Kenya to prepare them for their adult lives. Since it was founded, the orphanage has successfully hand-raised more than 150 infant elephants, a great achievement indeed.
Apart from elephants, the centre also hosts orphaned and injured rhinos. These too are rehabilitated and cared for by the keepers at the centre. Once in a while you may be joined by other guest animals, such as the odd-looking Common Warthogs who come to steal some of the elephant food and enjoy a mud roll at the pit.
Our guide shall pick you from your hotel and you head straight for the elephant orphanage. At the orphanage you will learn about the orphaned elephants and how they got to the centre. You will also learn elephant biology and the threats facing the species. The local education team will also teach you about how the orphans are cared for until rehabilitation. Further, you will learn how you can adopt a baby elephant, if you are interested in adopting.
The Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage also has a fostering program where you can adopt a baby elephant for $50 per year. They will send you a newsletter every once in a while with pictures to show you how your adopted elephant is fairing.
The public session is restricted to 1 hour only from 11am to 12 pm.
David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage Nairobi
The elephant orphanage has received world acclaim for its conservation efforts of the African elephants and rhinos.
There is a public lecture where the animal keepers will take you through the life histories of each of the baby elephants.
Some were rescued in some heart wrenching circumstances like falling in a water well and the mother abandoned her. Another one was chased away by the herd after the mother’s death and had her trunk and tail chewed away by hyenas before she was rescued.
You will also be able to watch them as they feed on milk from bottles some of who can hold the bottle on their own until its empty. And then they will try to steal their friends milk.
You may not feed them but once one comes close to you, you are allowed to touch them.
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The best time to visit Kenya is during the Dry season from late June to October (these are the best wildlife viewing months). The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in August and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
A vacation to Kenya for one week usually costs around KES83,195 for one person. So, a trip to Kenya for two people costs around KES166,390 for one week. … Two people traveling together for one month in Kenya can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.
Yes its worth it to visit Nairobi for some few days. You can visit the Nairobi National Park and stay at eco-friendly camps and enjoy the game drives seeing abundance of wild animals. Then you can also visit the Giraffe Manor and the Elephant orphanage.