In The Shadow of Giants

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Tour


In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Tour

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Amboseli NP, Umani Springs, Voi & Ithumba

2018-2019

13 Days / 12 Nights

 


Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.
Upon arrival at the airport, a Capture Africa Tours representative will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

1 Night Lodging at EKA Hotel, Nairobi


Day 2

Visit David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / DSWT,  Nairobi

We will visit DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) Nairobi Nursery for Public, Private, and Foster Visitations.   

We will experience a personalized encounter with both the orphans’ and their keepers during their mid-day and late afternoon feeding times. An employee from the Trust will be present to explain about 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)!

Please note: In order to participate in the private visitation 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.

1 Night Lodging at EKA Hotel, Nairobi


Days 3 & 4

Voi DSWT Reintegration Center

After breakfast, we drive to Voi Safari Lodge, our home base while visiting the Voi Reintegration Center in Tsavo East National Park.  We will stay here for the next 2 nights.

Upon arrival, we will settle into our rooms at the lodge, which has spectacular views. The lodge has a natural watering hole that attracts elephants, lion, cheetah, and buffalo as well as many birds offering great photo opportunities.

In the evening, we will visit the DSWT Orphan Project Voi Reintegration Center for a 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 participants to have adopted at least one elephant within a year of the date of your visit.

If 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 Safari Lodge


Days 5, & 6

Ithumba Camp , Tsavo East National Park

After breakfast we depart for Ithumba Camp, an intimate self-serve camp managed by DSWT and reserved for its donors.  The camp was originally built as a conservation initiative to support the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service).  We will have the camp 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.  You will have a full day with the elephants observing the older orphans and their wild elephant companions.

2 Nights Ithumba Camp


Day 7, 8, & 9

Amboseli National Park

After breakfast we’ll drive to Amboseli National Park and arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge for lunch.

This will be our home for the next 3 days.   We’ll take morning and evening game drives through the park, one of the most scenic settings in Africa. A large concentration of wildlife roam against the backdrop of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, 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 Amboseli


Day 10 & 11

Umani Springs 

We will drive to Umani Springs, a private, self catering property, 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 in the Kibwezi Forest that boarders the Chyulu Hills National Park.  The facilities here can host up to ten youngsters or more, and have staff that care for them around the clock.

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

You will have he opportunity to see hippos at Mzima Springs, a variety of wildlife and landscapes of Tsavo East, the Kisula Caves, as well as wilderness walks around Kibwezi’s own springs and forest.

2 Nights Umani Springs


Day 12

Today we depart for Nairobi, arriving in the afternoon.  We have a group farewell dinner and overnight at EKA Hotel.

1 Night EKA Hotel, Nairobi


Day 13

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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