On this Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour visiting all of the 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 Sheldrick Wildlife Trust facilities in Kenya.
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
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery
After breakfast and a briefing by your Capture Africa Tours representative, we will visit the 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.
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
This morning we will drive from Nairobi to Ithumba in Tsavo East National Park. We spend the next two nights at this exclusive Sheldrick Wildlife Trust self-catering property only available to SWT 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.
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 SWT 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
Today we travel to the Kibweze Forest and Sheldrick’s private camp, Umani Springs. This self-catering property is only available to SWT 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
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.
You must have fostered an elephant within the last 12 months to go on the private visits to SWT. Elephants can be fostered for $50 (at your own cost) through the SWT website.
** We will visit all 4 reintegration units during this tour. The order in which we visit each location may change at different times of the year **