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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour

1. Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour

Explore the Giraffe Center, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, and Kazuri Bead factory on a tour from Nairobi. See baby elephants, feed majestic giraffes, and learn about the craftsmanship behind locally-produced beads and pottery. Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and make your first stop at the Giraffe Center. Admire these creatures as they roam in a semi-wild state. Learn about conservation efforts and have a chance to feed these gentle giants. Continue on to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a sanctuary brimming with adorable baby elephants eagerly awaiting their nourishing meals. As you wander through the center, be enchanted by the sight of these playful pachyderms frolicking in the water. Watch as the youngest among them are tenderly fed, followed by the 2-3-year-olds, who are now adept at self-feeding. Marvel at their dexterity as they deftly grasp their colossal milk bottles with their trunks. Your final stop will take you to the captivating Kazuri Beads Factory. Behold the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the stunning beads and pottery, meticulously handcrafted by local women. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Nairobi at the end of the tour.

Nairobi: Karen Blixen, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

2. Nairobi: Karen Blixen, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

We begin by picking you up from your hotel/apartment/home or home within Nairobi then drive to the Karen blixen museum house where the coffee farmer/settler and author of out of Africa lived from 1914 to 1931. The Museum house remains a serene environment that seems to belong to the past, surrounded by a tranquil garden and indigenous forest, with a splendid view of Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills. She honors the hills with the phrase ‘I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills’. Farm tools including a tractor from that period, wagons, ploughs and an original coffee processing factory equipment form part of this rich collection, as outdoors exhibits. The well maintained luscious green gardens offer the best setting for all outdoor events include weddings and wedding receptions, corporate galas and team building. In line with Karen’s passion for art, we support local and upcoming artists at the Karen’s Art Corner. Guided tours are offered continuously throughout the day by our well trained multilingual guides. After Blixen, our guide will drive to the David sheldrick wildlife trust which happens only one hour per day as from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon everyday. We shall have a lunch break after elephant orphanage at local restaurant or tourist hotel within (your choice) Later on, you visit Giraffe center which is about 15 minutes from the elephant orphanage . After giraffe center our guide will drop you to your hotel or place of your choice within nairobi.

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Tour

3. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey starting from your Nairobi hotel. Prepare to be captivated as you venture the renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a sanctuary filled with adorable baby elephants eagerly awaiting their nourishing meals. Stroll through the sanctuary and be enchanted by the sight of these playful pachyderms frolicking in the water, joyfully guzzling their milk, and revealing their unique individual stories. Witness an endearing spectacle as the youngest among them are tenderly fed, followed by the 2-3-year-olds who have become adept at self-feeding. Marvel at their dexterity as they skillfully grasp their massive milk bottles with their trunks, effortlessly savoring gallons of milk in no time. Continue your awe-inspiring expedition to the Giraffe Center, a haven where majestic giraffes roam freely in a semi-wild environment. Immerse yourself in their world, exploring their fascinating behaviors, distinctive traits, and the remarkable conservation efforts dedicated to their protection. Brace yourself for an extraordinary encounter as you get the chance to feed these gentle giants, forging a connection that will leave a lasting impression. Before bidding farewell to this remarkable journey, your final destination will take you to the captivating Kazuri Beads Factory. Witness the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the stunning beads and pottery, painstakingly handcrafted by talented African women. Let yourself be enchanted by the vibrant colors and intricate designs, with each piece narrating a story of heritage and artistry. With cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for Kenya's majestic wildlife and cultural treasures, you will be transported back to Nairobi, carrying the essence of this extraordinary experience forever in your heart

Nairobi: Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center Day Tour

4. Nairobi: Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center Day Tour

These two of Nairobi's top attractions give you the best experience within a few hours. get to know how these orphans are rescued and natured before they are released back into the wild. Enjoy feeding the giraffes and being close to them which will make your day. You will be picked up at 9;30 am then pass through the city line with the history of the city then arrive at the David Sheldrick wildlife trust at 10;20 am. With your reservations ready-made, you will enter to the sanctuary, and in a few minutes, the guiding will start at 11 am. The guide from the sanctuary will explain each and every elephant, where he was rescued from, the cause of the mother's death, and more history behind each of them. This last only for 1 hour till noon. After 12 noon, you will get back to the car and then head to Giraffe Center which is only 15 minutes from the elephant orphanage. Explore this sanctuary for endangered species of giraffes called the Roth child. Here, you will learn the difference between the 3 different species and learn why this species was going to extinct. Enjoy the feeding under the guidelines of the guides from the sanctuary for 1hour. After having a good experience from the sanctuary, will be now a good time to break for lunch before being dropped back to your place of stay with lifetime memories.

Nairobi: National Park, Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center

5. Nairobi: National Park, Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center

This is a full day comprehensive tour of the most important sites around Nairobi. You will start with Nairobi National Park, then David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Kobe Beads then Giraffe center. Animal lovers will love this full-day tour that takes visitors up close and personal with Africa’s majestic wildlife. First, enjoy a 4-hour game drive through Nairobi National Park where you can see cheetahs, hyenas, lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, many species of birds, and even the rare black rhino. Next, tour an elephant orphanage and a giraffe sanctuary to feed and learn more about these animals. Finish up the day with a visit to the Kobe Beads factory before heading back to your hotel.

Half day elephant orphanage , giraffe center, karen blixen

6. Half day elephant orphanage , giraffe center, karen blixen

Combine three top Nairobi sites on a tour of the David Sheldrick Trust, Giraffe Centre, and the Karen Blixen Museum. From a baby elephant orphanage to Rothschild’s giraffes, you’ll learn about important conservation work taking place in Kenya. Next, get a glimpse of life on a beautiful, historic plantation owned by writer Karen Blixen; door-to-door transport makes it easy even if your time is limited. From there, continue to the Karen Blixen Museum, former home of the Danish author and coffee farmer who wrote 'Out of Africa.' With furniture and décor that date back to the early 20th century, the house is a fascinating glimpse into Kenya’s past. Following your time at the Karen Blixen Museum, the tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point.

Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, & Beads Factory Half-Day Trip

7. Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, & Beads Factory Half-Day Trip

Without having to leave Nairobi city, embark on this guaranteed daily departure, Close encounter with animals in a friendly habitat, first you Spend some time with giraffes at Giraffe center Professional and live Tour Guide who will take you through as he assist you to feed and kiss the giraffe. Later on, visit Elephants at David Sheldrick Elephants live in herds, which are highly organized social groups of 6-20 elephants led and guided by an older female leader, called a matriarch. As the leader of the herd, a matriarch will make all the decisions for the herd - including what to eat, where to sleep and where to go. Female elephants stay with the herd for their entire lives meaning a matriarch acts as a grandmother and/or mother to most of the herd members that include several generations of female relatives (aunts, sisters and cousins). Males (called bull elephants) will only stay with their family until adolescence (around 14 years old) when they venture out on their own and spend most of their lives alone or with other bulls. As well as being the largest land mammal, elephants have the longest gestation period of all animals at 22 months. After the birth, a calf will stay very close to its mother for the first few years, who will nurse her calf for around 4 years. During this time, infant elephants are milk dependent and cannot live more than a few weeks without milk, although they do start to eat vegetation at just a few months of age. The progression of elephants’ mirrors the development of humans and as elephants are extremely tactile, calves need to be touched every few seconds for reassurance, and often suck on their trunks for comfort, just like babies suck their thumbs. Next point will be visiting a beads and leather factory where a group of women empowerment program as they make jewery from start to the end. you will enjoy a nice song by these women.

Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

8. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

On this day the driver/guide picks the guests from the hotel as early as 5.45a.m in order to avoid possible traffic and increase the chances of capturing action in the park.The game drive will run for about four and a half hours.This time is spent in search of the wild animals in this beautiful park.The animals here include the big four and other lesser animals. Mind you this is not a zoo but real wild.The drive here is in a tourist vehicle which has an open close type roof that allows the guests to have a better view of animals and also take great photos.All this time our guests are in the company of an experienced driver/guide. At around 10.15a.m the guests will exit the park and proceed to David Sheldrieks elephant orphanage.This attraction is open daily for one hour, 11a.m to 12 noon.The experience here is amazing.The guests will get up close to the baby elephants and watch them as they drink their milky formulae and as they take mud baths to cool their bodies.During this time there is a narrator who describes each and every baby elephant and where it was rescued.It is sensational! Thereafter the guests are transferred to giraffe centre which is fifteen minutes away.The experience here is incredible.Ever thought of being less than one foot away from the tallest creatures on earth? Go experience it! It is now around and the guests will break for lunch at a great spot of their choice or the driver/guide will share his opinion. The day ends with a visit to the famous Bomas of Kenya."Boma" is a swahili word which means homestead and so Boma with an "s" is plural for many homesteads.In Kenya we have a total of 42 tribes and it is in this place where a few tribes,not all are represented through dances in their different regalias.The entertainment here is overwhelming! After a long and enjoyable day the guests are dropped to their respective hotels/residences.

Nairobi national Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

9. Nairobi national Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

Nairobi National Park: Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Nairobi National Park, a unique wildlife sanctuary located just outside the city. Prepare to be amazed as you enjoy a 4-hour game drive through the park's vast landscapes. Marvel at the diverse array of wildlife that roams freely here, including cheetahs, hyenas, lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and a multitude of bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive black rhino, a rare and majestic creature that finds sanctuary within the park's boundaries. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: Next, we'll visit the renowned David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, a sanctuary dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants. Witness the incredible work being done to protect these gentle giants as you get up close and personal with the baby elephants. Learn about their stories, the challenges they face, and the efforts being made to reintroduce them to the wild. You will feel heartwarming connection with these magnificent creatures. Kobe Beads Factory: To add a touch of cultural immersion to your itinerary, we'll visit the Kobe Beads Factory. Delve into the world of traditional bead making, an art form deeply rooted in Kenyan heritage. Witness skilled artisans as they transform simple materials into exquisite beadwork, reflecting the vibrant colors and patterns of African culture. Take the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs, supporting local craftsmanship and taking a piece of Kenya's artistic legacy with you. Giraffe Center: Continue your wildlife exploration with a visit to the Giraffe Center, a conservation center focused on the preservation of the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Encounter these graceful animals up close as you learn about their behavior, habitat, and the conservation efforts being made to ensure their survival. Experience the thrill of feeding the giraffes from an elevated platform, creating a unique and unforgettable connection with these iconic creatures.

Visit to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

10. Visit to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Introducing the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Day Tour with Kazuri Beads, a captivating and culturally enriching experience that combines a visit to the renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust with an opportunity to explore the beautiful world of Kazuri Beads. This unique day tour not only allows you to witness the incredible conservation efforts at the elephant orphanage but also offers a chance to engage with the local artisans at Kazuri Beads and support their sustainable livelihoods. Your day tour begins with a convenient pick-up from your Nairobi accommodation. Embark on a scenic drive to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, located within Nairobi National Park. Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome and an informative briefing about the trust's conservation initiatives and the elephants in their care. As you venture into the orphanage, witness the remarkable sight of baby elephants being bottle-fed by their dedicated keepers. Learn about the individual histories and unique personalities of the orphaned elephants, hearing their touching stories of rescue and rehabilitation. Get an up-close encounter with these gentle giants during their mud bath time, observing their playful interactions and witnessing their endearing antics. After your visit to the elephant orphanage, embark on a short drive to Kazuri Beads, a social enterprise empowering local women through the art of beadmaking. Explore the Kazuri Beads workshop and gain insights into the intricate process of creating unique and handcrafted jewelry. Engage with the skilled artisans, learning about their traditional techniques and the stories behind each bead. Conclude your day tour with a return transfer to your Nairobi accommodation, carrying the memories of the remarkable conservation efforts at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the beauty of Kazuri Beads.

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Amazing experience! Our driver Titus made us arrive early to avoid the crowds for the giraffes and then stood at the front of the line and helped us get the best spot for the elephants! Bead factory helps the single mums and widows if you buy from them and they can even make a design for you on the spot which is nice (a little pricey) but the slow process of making each bead makes it worth it! Ideally for the giraffes and elephants you could uber to them and just pay the entrance fee (muuuuuuch cheaper) but you have to book in advance. There were no tickets left for the elephants for our dates that's why we booked with the tour as they had prebooked tickets. All and all a good day!

It was an amazing experience that we will never forget. To see the elephants and touch them and to hear about all the great work that the orphanage does was very special. Also our driver was very good and he got us a good spot at the rope in front of the elephants because people went crazy trying to get so close.

Couldn’t fault it . Driver on time , very warm and friendly. No fuss , straight in . Waiting for us outside when finished . Excellent.

Our guide knows his job. His arraged us best placed to see elephates feeding. We warmly recommend.

Amazing time feeding the giraffe and seeing 31 rescued baby elephants