In The Shadow of Giants

Visit Elephant Reintegration Units & Amboseli NP


In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Tour

 Visit Elephant Reintegration Units & Amboseli NP

2019 – 2020

13 Days / 12 Nights

 


Introduction

On this In The Shadow of Giants Elephant Tour you’ll explore Kenya’s famous wildlife sanctuaries and discover the country’s world-renowned biodiversity and cultures.   This region is blessed with abundant wildlife, colorful cultures and lavishly gorgeous and photogenic landscapes – it’s a haven for wildlife lovers and nature photographers!

Kenya is one of the best countries on the continent to be around large amounts of wildlife.   Our emphasis is meeting and viewing elephants, and LOTS OF THEM! It is also an excellent opportunity to explore or just observe what Africa has to offer.

 


Summarized Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, a Capture Africa Tours representative will greet you and provide transfer to the EKA Hotel.

2 Nights Lodging at EKA Hotel, Nairobi

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation (lunch and dinner not included)


Day 2

Visit David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,  Nairobi Nursery

Today we will visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery for a Public, Private, and Foster Visit.  

We meet the orphans’ and their keepers during their mid-day and late-afternoon feeding times.  Hear employees from the Trust explain the project and the individual rescue stories of each elephant orphan in the nursery. You may get a chance to meet your own fostered elephant(s)!

Between visits we have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.  The day will end back at the EKA Hotel for dinner (on your own – there are 2 restaurants on-site) and overnight.

Please note: In order to participate in the private visits you must have fostered at least one elephant within a year of the date of your visit. Learn more about how to support this great organization and foster an elephant through their website, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Overnight at EKA Hotel, Nairobi


Days 3 & 4

Voi Reintegration Unit, Tsavo East National Park

After breakfast, we drive to Tsavo East National Park enjoying the rural scenery en route.  We arrive at the Voi Wildlife Lodge just in time for lunch.  This will be our home base while visiting the Voi Reintegration Unit for the next 2 days.

After lunch, settle into your room for the afternoon.  Relax and enjoy the view!  The lodge has a watering hole that attracts elephants, lion, cheetah, and buffalo as well as many birds offering spectacular views and great photo opportunities.

Before dinner, in the early evening, our group visits the DSWT Orphan Project Voi Reintegration Center for their 5pm feeding.

The Voi Reintegration Center is one of two facilities in Tsavo East NP where orphaned elephants, cared for by the DSWT, are reintroduced back into the wild. It’s an amazing experience to see and learn about this organization’s orphaned elephant project. This is another private visit and requires you to have adopted at least one elephant within a year of the date of your visit.

As time allows we will take a game drive within Tsavo East NP.  Tsavo East is one of the oldest game parks in Eastern Africa. It is also home to some of the largest herds of elephants in Kenya.

2 Nights Lodging at Voi Wildlife Lodge

Full Board Accommodation (some beverages not included)


Days 5 & 6

Ithumba Hill or Camp,  Tsavo East National Park

After breakfast we depart for Ithumba Hill/Camp.  These intimate self-serve camps are managed by DSWT and reserved for its donors.  The camp was originally built as a conservation initiative to support the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service).  Depending on availability, we will stay at one of these DSWT properties.  We will have the facility to ourselves and be able to enjoy the orphaned elephants that have been reintroduced back into the wild.

Spectacular and breathtaking wildlife sightings await you during your stay.  We have full days with the elephants here with morning and evening visits plus afternoon mud baths.  Observing the older orphans and their wild elephant companions is a real treat.

2 Nights Ithumba

Self-Catering Private Camp, Full Board Accommodation


Day 7, 8 & 9

Amboseli National Park

Following breakfast we drive to Amboseli National Park, best known for it’s large herds of elephants.   With Mount Kilimanjaro as the backdrop this park is considered one of the most scenic settings in Africa.  We arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge just in time for lunch.

During our 3 days here,  we take morning and evening game drives through the park.  A large concentration of wildlife roam this area, providing excellent game viewing and exceptional photo opportunities. We’ll encounter open plains with flat-topped Acacia trees, dried up lake beds, swamps and springs on our daily journeys.

Also known as Maasailand, Amboseli NP is also home to the Maasai people. The Maasai have learned to coexist with the wildlife that surrounds them. We’ll get to experience their culture and see them living in harmony with their environment.  Please note that this optional visit is not always possible. You will be notified when we make our visit to Amboseli NP.

3 Nights Ol Tukai Lodge 

Full Board Accommodation (some beverages not included)


Day 10 & 11

Umani Springs 

We rise early and after breakfast drive to Umani Springs, in the Kibwezi Forest.   This private, self catering property, is located on land expertly managed by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.   This will be our home for the next 2 nights.  DSWT has a concession to protect and preserve this diverse 16,000-acre ground water forest, boardering the Chyulu Hills National Park.  The elephant facilities here can host up to ten youngsters or more.  The staff cares for them around the clock.

During our stay we will visit the elephants daily and relax and enjoy this peaceful oasis.  The Kibwezi Forest is a birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists, and photographers delight.

Other activities nearby include seeing hippos at Mzima Springs, visiting the Kisula Caves, and taking wilderness walks around Kibwezi’s own springs and forest.

2 Nights Umani Springs

Self-Catering Camp, Full Board Accommodation


Day 12

Umani Springs – Nairobi

After breakfast we depart for Nairobi.   We arrive at our hotel in the afternoon and have time to freshen up before our group farewell dinner.  Overnight at the EKA Hotel

1 Night EKA Hotel, Nairobi

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation (lunch and dinner not included)


Day 13

Depart

Today is our final day in Nairobi to relax, go shopping, have a final visit to the Nairobi DSWT Nursery or Giraffe center before your international flight home.

Day Room EKA Hotel, Nairobi

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