David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center Tour
Spend the day visiting David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage get some time with baby and young orphaned elephants, viewing is strictly between 11am and noon then visit Giraffe Center interact up close and personal with giraffes here, feeding them and even getting some giraffe kisses if you are lucky.
Price: Starting from $100 per person
- Transport by private vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- Food and drinks
- DVD (available to purchase)
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
What to Expect
The tour starts by picking you from your Hotel/Home within Nairobi.
We will drive you to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a walk through the little center from 11am – 12pm in an open space, with a rope fence around it. The youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk. For the next 10-15 minutes you can watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. When they’re done, there’s water to play with and keepers to nudge and get hugs from. You can reach out and touch and nuzzle any elephant that comes close to the ropes, occasionally they’ll slip under the ropes and have to be chased back by the keepers. While you get to watch them play and take photos. You find out how old they were when they arrived at the orphanage, where they were rescued from, and what got them into trouble. The most common reasons for getting orphaned being: mother’s poached, falling into wells, and human/wildlife conflict.
Once the youngest are all fed, they are led back into the bush, and it’s the turn of the 2-3 year olds. Some of them can feed themselves, and some are still fed by their keepers. It’s very cute to watch them hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and close their eyes with joy as they make quick work of several gallons of milk. Again, you are free to touch them if they come close to the ropes (and they will), and watch them interact with their keepers, munch on some branches of their favorite acacias, and play with the half drums of water and mud.
You will then be driven to Giraffe centre where you will get a completely up close and personal interaction with Rothschild giraffes viewing them as well as feeding them. The centre has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979. You can’t imagine the size of a giraffe’s head until one licks you!, This attraction offered opportunities to feed the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe by hand or by kissing. The location also offers a fine education on the physiology, behaviors and habitat preferences of these beautiful animals.