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Meet orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust looks after orphaned elephants, who you can meet at their centre in Nairobi National Park…

By Christine Macharia
Sales & Marketing Executive at GoVacation, Alfred&’s partner in Kenya

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust looks after orphaned elephants, who you can meet at their centre in Nairobi National Park. After about three years of rehabilitation, many of the babies are able to be released back into the wild in Tsavo. In fact, the trust runs the most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme for elephants in the world. Visiting will give you a chance to get up close to the elephants, learn about the wildlife trust’s work and contribute to the conservation of these incredible animals.

We’ll pick you up from your Nairobi hotel by private car for the 11am feeding. The elephants know when it’s time to have their milk and come running down into the feeding area, falling all over each other – it’s so cute. As the keepers feed them, a guide from the trust will introduce you to the individual elephants and tell you their rescue stories. You’ll get to ask questions while the animals play and munch on leaves, there’s also a mud pool where they roll around to protect their skin from the sun, it’s beautiful to watch.

If you’re interested in adopting an elephant from the trust, you can enjoy a more private visit between 3-5pm, when you’ll get to see where the elephants sleep and talk to their keepers. Adopting an elephant is a great way to support the Sheldrick’s work even further. The trust was set up over 40 years ago by Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her husband David, who was a famous warden and naturalist in Tsavo East National Park. As well as helping orphaned elephants and rhinos, the trust works on anti-poaching initiatives, habitat protection and runs mobile vet clinics.

The real highlight for guests is getting to see the elephants in such an intimate setting; they’ll probably spot them in the wild while on safari but only from a distance. It’s just fantastic being so close to the animals and guests love learning about the elephants because they’re true conservation success stories. Thanks to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, these baby elephants now have a future and guests can go away knowing that their visit has helped support elephants in Kenya.


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Alfred & Christine Macharia

Christine Macharia was born in Laikipia, Kenya. After working in hospitality, Christine transitioned to the tourism industry in 2018 and currently works as a Sales and Marketing Executive at GoVacation. She loves showing off all the wonderful destinations East Africa has to offer and is passionate about offering outstanding tour experiences that touch the soul.
Christine Macharia, Sales Executive, Sense of Africa


Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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