Visit David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Nairobi: David Sheldrick wildlife trust also known as Elephant orphanage Nairobi is such a breath taking tourist attraction to explore while in Kenya for your memorable Africa safari. Sheldrick Orphanage enables tourists to spend time watching the little cut Elephants being bottle-fed. David Sheldrick wildlife trust (Elephant Orphanage Nairobi) is the only Elephant orphanage in Capital city of Kenya and it is situated within Nairobi national park a few minutes’ drive from the Nairobi city center so for tourists and is just a 1 hour visit thus can even be enjoy by tourist on a transit to other destinations like Uganda, Rwanda, and DRCongo for mountain gorilla trekking since these are the only 3 destinations in the whole world where gorilla trekking is conducted.

This David Sheldrick wildlife trust is not only a home to orphaned elephants but as well protects Rhinos that lost their parents to poachers or climatic conditions so while visiting this orphanage, be sure to encounter with other wildlife including Rhinos and many more since it is as well operates a program for the wildlife rehabilitation. In honor of the Late David Sheldrick, Daphne Sheldrick started up this Elephant Orphanage and named it after her husband David Sheldrick in the year 1977. In order to Honor both David Sheldrick and Daphne Sheldrick, the name of the orphanage was changed -from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in the 2019. Since 2001 to date, their daughter Angela Sheldrick has been responsible for the management of this orphanage.

The Mission of Sheldrick wildlife trust (Elephant Orphanage Nairobi) is to preserve, Conserve and safeguard the wildlife in order to increase the population of these elephants in the wild. When these orphaned baby elephants mature into adults, they are re-introduced into the wild. The most fascinating part of this orphanage is that it works hand in hand with the Kenya Wildlife Services a governing body responsible for protection and management of all protected national parks in Kenya. Sheldrick wildlife trust as well works alongside the Kenya Forest Services.

A visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant Orphanage Nairobi)

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is situated in Nairobi Kenya and these cute babies are staying inside Nairobi national park which is about 30 minutes’ drive  from the airport or from the city center and can be accessed either by taxi, or by using a private safari vehicle.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant orphanage Nairobi)
Elephant in David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Well, in case you wish to explore this memorable trust while in Nairobi, keep in mind that you will only be allowed 1 hour of interaction with baby elephants as you watch them being bottle-fed, play in mud and many more as you learn more about the history of this orphanage and also get to know more about each baby Elephants. This costs 7$ per person for 1 day and the orphanage is open on a daily from 12:00 to 1:00pm when the elephants are returning from Nairobi National park and returning to their nursery at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for Mid-day feeding and bathing. However, those who wish to take part in fostering, you will then need to book this in advance and this enables you to visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and enjoy fostering at 5:00pm and this costs $50. When these orphaned elephants mature, the largest population is re-introduced to Tsavo National park.

Other things to do.

While on your visit to Nairobi, you may choose to spend more time/ days and combine your visit to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant Orphanage) with more adventures to Giraffe center, Karen Blixen Museum. You may actually opt for an overnight stay at Nairobi Tented Camp. Other attractions in Nairobi include; spending an overnight at Giraffe Manor, Hike up Ngong Hills, Nairobi National museum, Kazuri Bead Factory, Visit Stedmark recreational garden (Park), Go shopping for Souvenirs at the Maasai Market, Visit the Hub Karen for shopping, explore Nairobi Gallery, explore Karura Forest, Visit Fairview Estate coffee farm.


If your dream is to encounter with the Orphaned elephants or even adopt one, then look no further than booking your Kenya wildlife safari to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. At this orphanage, tourists spend ample time watching baby elephants being fed, play in mud and many more. Tourists also have a golden opportunity of encountering with orphaned Rhinos which are also being protected in the Sheldrick.

For more information about Sheldrick wildlife trust, kindly get in touch via info@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.

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