Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi: Hours, Address, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Reviews: 4.5/5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
4.5
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
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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Brandon S
Carnation, WA18 contributions
Nothing short of Amazing.
Nov. 2021
In Jan 2021, my wife and I booked a trip to Kenya for Nov 2021. I learned of Sheldrick through research and knew we had to visit. At the time, they were only accepting private tours due to COVID. So we booked a private tour for November.

While on our safari, we learned Sheldrick now had their public visiting hour open. We reached out and booked the public visit on the same day as our private visit. They were both good in their own ways, but I certainly would recommend the private visit over the public visit.

The public visit was great in that it offered a lot of insight about the orphans, the Sheldrick mission, their processes, and talked about reintegration. This information is definitely worth hearing! Having stayed in Ithumba Hill and spending time at the reintegration unit already, much of the info wasn't new to us. They invited questions from the public, told each orphans brief story, and it was amazing seeing the orphans run for their bottle feeding!

The private visit afforded more personal contact/Q&A with the keepers and was hands down priceless. The keeper even remembered us from the public visiting hour.

If you visit during the public hour, my recommendation would be to stand near the gates for opening (many others were doing this) and to grab a spot along the ropes near a post when you first walk in. The elephants seem to like to try using the posts for scratching and hanging out near. It was warm, not a cloud in the sky, and the sun was blazing so wear sun screen and be prepared to stand in the sun if you want to be near the orphans.

Do plan to arrive early as suggested since googling can easily lead you to the wrong location about 15 minutes away. Or use the address/coordinates included in your confirmation email. I suspect many get the Elephant Nursery confused with the Sheldrick Orphanage, like we did and end up in the wrong place.
Written 30 November 2021
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2739emma
Inverness, UK61 contributions
Fantastic cause, wonderful encounter
Nov. 2021 • Couples
We have adopted elephants for the past 3 years and took the opportunity to visit the sanctuary during our holiday.

We were to finally booked for the private visit in the evening which is just for the adopters but this has not been reinstated post covid. Therefore we attended the general public morning slot.

COVID protocols are in place, temperature checks and sanitising stations. However a number of people tested too high on their temperature but the member of staff just turned the machine off and kept trying till they passed. Could be a known fault with the machine I guess.

The safety brief was given, clear instructions in English, yet there was a large amount of people who talked through it or completely disregarded what had been said. This is not the fault of the keepers, large tours that do not speak English should have the rules explained by their guide in the native language. This is most definitely the responsibility of the tour guide not the centre.

It is a truly amazing experience, one I won’t forget and one I would certainly do again.
Written 16 November 2021
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Kamela W
6 contributions
A must visit
Oct. 2021 • Solo
For me, the Sheldrick Trust is a must visit when in Nairobi. You are not allowed to interact with the elephants unless they get close enough to the ropes and allow you to.

The entrance wasn't very organized, where people who got their first didn't necessarily get in the park ffirst. This, however doesn't really matter as once you get in there isn't really a bad area to stand.

As a small warning, the elephants slimg the clay/mud everywhere. So getting too close might leave you some mid in your clothes, if you care.

The elephants seemed to know the keepers very well and visa versa. The elephants appeared well taken care of and generally happy animals.

This was a very informative hour and I enjoyed my experience.

Recommended for all ages.
Written 15 November 2021
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Travel Holic
San Diego, CA238 contributions
Positiives, negatives and questions from an adopter of the elephants and rhino
Oct. 2021
I am a wildlife lover, adoper of the elephants (and rhino) and have gifted adoptions of the elephants at SWT for years, as well as an advid photo safari goer (15+ safaris.) I was excited to see that the tours of orphanage were opened but this visit left with some questions...

The positives:

-Elephants are amazing animals, and the baby elephants are adorable, it is an incredible experience to be able to observe them closely.

-The caretakers seem to genuinely know and care about the elephants

The negatives:

-The experience was disorganized at the gate during opening, vehicles and people who came in later were allowed in before those who arrived first

-The white folks working there were unfriendly, unwelcoming and seemed to care most about grabbing the admission fees and selling souvenirs than genuinely welcoming the visitors and they did not seem to interact with the black caretakers.

-There was a sense that the caretakers seem unhappy.

The questions:

- See TA review titled "I question if they are all orphans"

- This is probably one of the top tourist attractions in Nairobi, I have spoken to several very experienced safari guides (30+ years). Many guides are uncertain about the source of the elephants, telling me that it is extremely rare to have elephant orphans because of the socialized nature of elephant herds and baby elephants are seldom left behind from a herd even when the mother dies. Accordning to the reputable guides, there just seem to be too many "orphans" that are found. Keeping in mind that each adoption for each baby elephants generates tons of money for SWT.

- Where does the money go and in relationship to the money that goes to the tours and taking care of the elephants, are the caretakers getting paid a reaonable amoung? In talking to locals (46% of Kenyans now have food insecurity) is there enough of the money that goes to supporting local communities, jobs, training (and not just marketing towards rich white countries?

While the above remain questions, I would recommend thinking twice before spending $50 on adopting an animal and using elsewhere to support the local community in another way...thanks for reading!
Written 11 November 2021
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700Mandi
Dallas, TX27 contributions
Educational and adorable must see!
Nov. 2021 • Couples
The baby elephants are adorable and the Keepers are amazing! You do need to book your 1 hour reservation (11 am-12 pm) in advance. The hour is extremely educational with the elephants of various ages feeding and playing in the sand while you learn about them. A must see in Nairobi!
Written 7 November 2021
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frannhpanda
Durham, NH41 contributions
Amazing
Oct. 2021
Absolutely amazing to see these orphans and the wonderful keepers who take care of them. The orphans were so funny - just loved how they took their bottles and interacted with each other. A must see if you are in Nairobi.
Written 23 October 2021
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Steve W
Yates Center, KS429 contributions
Great fun watching the orphaned elephants feed
Oct. 2021
If you have a free day in Nairobi this is a super place to spend a few hours. The feeding is daily from 11 to 12 noon and is a great experience. Reservations are recommended
Written 8 October 2021
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wanderlust32654
Los Altos Hills, CA28 contributions
Best wildlife experience in Karen
Sep. 2021
Don't miss it! You will learn about how orphaned elephants are rescued and returned to the wild. And you'll be delighted to see the elephants' behavior.
Written 7 October 2021
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Kerrie
7 contributions
Elephant experience
Aug. 2021
The wildlife center was really nice and clean, the elephants were super cute and the information given was interesting and informative.
Animals are well taken care of and the cost of entry to the center is very reasonable.
Written 9 September 2021
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK51 contributions
Elephant panorama
Aug. 2021 • Solo
I came here with a combination with national park and giraffe sanctuary. This place is open only for an hr, so I recommend a tour that way you're guaranteed to attend I used perfect wilderness tours and safaris, all entrances included in price. The elephants are so playful and full of energy and are well taken care of from tragic situations. You can support one if you like. I had 3 days in nairobi , so I visited . I'm glad I did
Written 8 September 2021
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