A walk on the wild side at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Have your heart melted by elephant calves- and learn more about this critical angle of wildlife preservation- with Acacia Africa and our Nairobi City Stay tour destination, the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. It’s a stop you won’t be sorry you made!

Nairobi, and Kenya in general, is well known for its extensive investments in preserving the irreplaceable animals that drive so much of its tourist activity. Many of these unique [and critical] wildlife projects are open to visitors, too, allowing you a bird’s-eye view into the conservation efforts so essential to preserving our wildlife diversity for our children. Nowhere else does this have quite the same impact as at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

Sadly, no one who’s enamored by the grace, beauty and majesty of African animals can escape knowledge of the impact poaching and illegal hunting is having on their numbers. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust steps in to save those elephant calves orphaned by illegal activities. Needing 24/7 care, these babies-of-a-different-size need warmth, shelter, food and tons of love from their adopted ‘parents’, just like any little one.

Located a mere 20-minute drive from the city centre, the sanctuary does ask a donation fee [but you know it’s being well used] and is open for only an hour a day in order to preserve the ellies’ natural wild instincts and prevent them becoming to acclimated to human company. You’ll have the opportunity to watch them play, and be able to watch them grab a snack to fuel a day of play. Nursery intake calves vary from 1 year to as young as 2 months, and you’ll see them determinedly splashing in the mud to keep cool [even as keepers try to warm them up with blankets on nippy days], just like the stubborn toddlers they are. Ball sports are big here, too, so don’t be surprised to see adept young calves tossing soccer balls around like aspirant stars!

The calves are surprisingly childlike, tackling each other and playing their days away, and you’ll be reminded of exactly how much shared heritage with these unique creatures we do have. Perhaps most moving of all, the elephants of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage truly don’t forget- grown and re-released adults have come back years later with their own young to show off to the dedicated keepers who helped them thrive!

Take your chance to become part of something truly special. Schedule a trip Nairobi to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and make your holiday with Acacia Africa one you’ll never forget.

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