Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour

Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

DSWT Nairobi Nursery, Ithumba, Voi, Umani Springs

9 Days / 8 Nights




On this Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour visiting all of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust properties you’ll explore Kenya’s famous wildlife sanctuaries and discover the world-renowned biodiversity and cultures that the country is known for.  This safari is designed to maximize elephant viewing opportunities, expose you to local culture and conservation initiatives, and support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  It’s a condensed version of our In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Tour visiting ONLY the 4 DSWT facilities in Kenya.


Summarized Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by Capture Africa Tours and transferred to the EKA Hotel for overnight.

2 Nights Lodging at EKA Hotel Breakfast Only Included

Day 2

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery

After breakfast and a briefing by your Capture Africa Tours representative, we will visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery.  We will visit 3 times today; at the public, foster, and private visits.  Between visits we will have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee House.  We will end our day back at the EKA Hotel for dinner (on your own – there are 2 restaurants on-site) and overnight.

Day 3 & 4

Ithumba Reintegration Unit

This morning we will drive from Nairobi to Ithumba Hill in Tsavo East National Park.  We spend the next two nights at this exclusive David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust self-catering property only available to DSWT foster parents.  During our stay we will enjoy delicious meals prepared by the staff chef.  We will visit the stockade at both morning and evening feeding time and experience the elephants at their afternoon mud bath.  We will see abundant wildlife around our lodge with breathtaking views of Tsavo East National Park.  The beauty of the location combined with both wild and orphaned elephant interaction is sure to inspire you.

2 Nights Lodging at Ithumba Hill

Day 5 & 6

Voi Reintegration Unit & Tsavo East NP

After breakfast, we will drive through Tsavo East National Park to Voi Wildlife Lodge.   This will be our home base for the next 2 nights while visiting the DSWT Voi Reintegration Unit.  The lodge has a watering hole that attracts wildlife right next to the lodge offering amazing views as you dine or relax in the bar area.

The orphans who have graduated to this area are gradually weaned off their milk, and in their own time, can choose to join the wild herds that have been meeting them in bush excursions with their keepers.  While at Voi we will take game drives to see an abundance of wildlife including lions, wild elephants, zebra, wildebeest, and impala (just to name a few).  In the evening we visit the stockades.

2 Nights Lodging at Voi Wildlife Lodge


Day 7 & 8

 Umani Springs

Today we travel to the Kibweze Forest and David Sheldrick’s private camp, Umani Springs. This self-catering property is only available to DSWT foster parents. All revenues generated at the property protect and preserve this 16,000 acre wilderness. Upon arrival we will have lunch and have time to relax in the serene surroundings. Following our evening visit to the Umani stockades (within walking distance!) we will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the staff chef.  We will spend two days here interacting with the elephants and enjoying the beautiful views.

2 Nights Lodging at Umani Springs


Day 9

Nairobi – Depart

After breakfast we depart for Nairobi today.  We will arrive in the afternoon where you can freshen up in your day room at the EKA Hotel prior to your international departure.  As a group we will share a farewell dinner in Nairobi at the Tamarind Restaurant.   Following dinner you be transferred to the airport for your fight home.


Please Note

You must have fostered an elephant within the last 12 months to go on the private visits to DSWT.   Elephants can be fostered for $50 (at your own cost) through the DSWT website.

** We will visit all 4 DSWT locations during this tour.  The order in which we visit each location may change at different times of the year **




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  1. Lisa Hyland
    March 26th

    What will be missing on this tour in comparison to the original, longer tour? Please be specific-thank you

    • Thanks Lisa for your comment and wanting a comparison done between the two tours…I will be sending you an email to bring attention to the differences.

  2. Can you send me the rates

    • Thank you Barbara for requesting pricing on the Foster & Orphan Elephant tour.
      I will be in touch with the pricing.

  3. Ray
    August 8th

    This is the exact tour I’d like to do for my 50th. Can you do it again in 2021?

  4. Juli James
    September 15th

    Hi Dick,

    We are interested in the foster parent trip, but would like to continue on to the crater and other key sights of Kenya and Tanzania. creating a two-three week trip.

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