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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

#1 of 124 things to do in Nairobi Features Animals
Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
+254 733 891996
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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park provides a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants rescued by the DSWT. The Nursery provides the first stage in the hand-rearing and development of milk dependent baby elephants. Once they graduate from the Nursery, aged 2-3 years, the elephants move to one of the DSWT's Reintegration Centres in Tsavo East National Park, from where they will ultimately return to the wild.
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Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are three times per day available to visit the orphaned elephants: the public viewing at 11:00 a.m.; the private foster visit at 3:00 p.m.; and the free foster visit at 5:00 p.m. When planning our first trip to Africa, the DSWT was the first...More

Thank ATorres439
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Happy to support this organization who does great work for rescuing and rehabilitating elephants and a few others on site. Fun seeing the elephants arrive and play in the mud and watering hole.

Thank Barb N
Reviewed 1 week ago

The elephants are gorgeous - and so many of them. Staff are friendly and knowledgable. It was so, so busy with hundreds of people there - but fortunately the staff have a well-organized approach, so that the queues move quickly and people take turns at...More

Thank Redbackspider
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the orphanage today to make my teenage elephant-loving daughter happy. Thought I'd do this for her. You see I don't particularly care for animals of any kind. Not that I have a problem with them either! I just never grew up around animals...More

Thank Abraham G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to DSWT twice in one day! It is open to the public for only 1 hour a day, so make sure to get there early if you want decent parking and a good view, because a lot of people do want to see...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cute rescued baby elephants! The guys here are doing an amazing job by rehabilitating elephants that have lost their moms.

Thank Sabina D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was great to see the baby elephants and learn about how they care for the orphans. It felt good to support the organization. If you're going on Safari, this is a good starter item, but might feel a bit anticlimactic after a safari..But for us...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating to see and learn about these amazing animals, the orphanage is only open between 11-12 but that is plenty of time to be introduced to them all and see them getting their milk and playing. We adopted Rapa who had been rescued from down...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have mentioned they are only open to the public for an hour a day. It is there for education as well as to gather support/donations for their cause. I have watched documentaries on the centre and the work they do is absolutely tremendous....More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage towards the end of our trip to Kenya. This is something not to be missed! They only open between 11am-12 noon to the public and charge 100 shillings per person. Try to arrive early so you can be...More

Thank luke5ki
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Response from elephant022 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Nonochin81 ... Yes ... You will be taken to see Maxwell the Orphan Rhino in his recently renovated and very large enclosure and if you are lucky enough, he may even come right up to the fence so you can pat him ...
18 June 2017|
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Response from FlyingTheCoop | Reviewed this property |
Funnily enough this question was asked when I visited. The short answer is that management seemed to be very closed to the possibility. On my visit I heard a young vet ask if there were voluntary positions available for... More
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Response from juliapapworth | Reviewed this property |
I used safarilinks - very helpful and good day tour