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Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Mbagathi Road, Nairobi, Kenya , 00503

The Basics

The wildlife center at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ranks among Nairobi’s most popular attractions. Travelers on full or half-day tours from Nairobi observe as handlers bottle-feed and play with baby elephants in their watering hole. Keepers tell the stories of the orphaned animals. Those with limited time in Nairobi can combine the elephant orphanage, Nairobi National Park, the Karen Blixen Museum, and the Giraffe Center into a single day of sightseeing.

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David Sheldrick wildlife trust and Giraffe center day trip
David Sheldrick wildlife trust and Giraffe center day trip
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$73.00 per adult
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A great morning event after a full day of travel
The Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center were just as wonderful as the reviews said. We only had 1 day in Nairobi and we knew this was a mandatory excursion. We got to pet the elephants and feed the giraffes and had plenty of time at both locations. Considering that we’d just traveled 20+ hours, this did not require too much energy and was thoroughly enjoyable.
Amanda_R, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nairobi

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A MUST DO!
Jenny, Dec 2021
Day Tour to David Sheldrick Elephant Trust and Giraffe Center
Scar was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and prompt at picking us up from our hotel lobby when scheduled, He made us feel safe the entire time. We visited the elephant orphanage where we took eleph-ies with the babies and then it was off to feeding giraffes near Giraffe Manor. Next we visited the bead factory where we got a tour of how these beads are created by hand. All entrance fees were paid for. Finally Scar took us to a traditional Kenyan lunch, which was wonderful. I highly recommend this tour! You will not be disappointed!!!
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David Sheldrick wildlife trust and Giraffe center day trip
Browning A, Oct 2019
David Sheldrick wildlife trust and Giraffe center day trip
This excursion was even better than hoped for! Our guide Rogers was wonderful and the two centers were even better than hoped for! These are two gem locations in Nairobi!
star-5
Great day
Anita_T, May 2019
Day-Trip to Giraffe Center, Sheldrick Elephant Trust and Bomas of Kenya
Elephant orphanage was fantastic - a must see for everyone, giraffe centre great interaction with giraffes and Bomas of Kenya interesting to see different dances from tribes. Santa was a great tour guide and was happy to adjust itinerary to allow evening visit to elephant orphanage after adopting baby elephant.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The wildlife trust is a must-visit for animal lovers and families with kids.

  • Entrance fees and contributions made on-site must be made in cash.

  • Don’t forget your camera; the baby elephants are very photogenic.

  • Day trips to the wildlife center can last from four to 10 hours, depending on what other attractions are included.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to reach the wildlife center by taking bus 125 or 126 from Moi Avenue to the KWS Central Workshop; from there it’s a short walk to the center. The easier way is to hire a taxi from the city center, or book a guided tour that includes the center as well as round-trip transportation from Nairobi hotels.

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When to Get There

Visitors who want to see the orphan elephants must be present between 11am and 12pm, because the orphanage is only open for an hour each day. Arrive early, as the Trust gets busy during nursery viewings.

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Who Was David Sheldrick?

For more than two decades, David Sheldrick worked at Tsavo National Park as a park warden and anti-poaching activist. After his death in 1976, his wife Dr. Daphne Sheldrick established the nonprofit in her husband’s name. She and her family continue to live and work in Nairobi National Park.

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