In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Safari

ELEPHANT SAFARIS

Our In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Safari is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and elephant lovers. Foster an orphan elephant and you may get the chance to see them in person!

TOUR OVERVIEW

On our In the Shadow of Giants Elephant Safari we explore Amboseli and Tsavo East National Parks, both of which are picturesque parks and an elephant lovers paradise. This region is blessed with abundant wildlife and gorgeous landscapes, making it a haven for wildlife lovers and nature photographers.

We visit four Sheldrick Wildlife Trust properties including the Nairobi Nursery and their three reintegration units; Ithumba Hill, Umani Springs and Voi/Galdessa to learn about their rehabilitation programs. This safari is designed for elephant lovers who currently or plan to foster elephants with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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WHAT
YOU WILL SEE

UPCOMING DATES

2024 DATES

JUNE 1 - 13

AUG. 29 - SEPT. 10

SEPT. 30 - OCT. 12

NOV. 4 - 16

*Some itineraries may differ slightly due to length of stay at various camps/lodges.

LOCATIONS

  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery
  • Giraffe Centre / Nairobi
  • Umani Springs Lodge / Kibwezi Forest
  • Ithumba Hill Camp / Tsavo East NP
  • Galdessa Camp / Voi / Tsavo East NP
  • Amboseli National Park

TRIP LENGTH

13 Days

TOUR SIZE

Maximum of 6-8 Guests

*If trip is full you may need to share at Sheldrick properties

INCLUDED:

  • SWT Camps & Lodges All Inclusive
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • All Park Fees
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
  • 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with Power Outlets & Cooler
  • Drinking Water on Game Drives

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Amboseli National Park home to over 1000 elephants with a majestic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will also see lions, cheetah, zebra, cape buffalo, hyena, many species of birds and more all in their natural habitat within the park.
  • Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi learning about local conservation efforts.
  • Stay at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust private, self-catering, all inclusive camps in three locations: Ithumba Hill, Umani Springs and Galdessa/Voi.
  • Get a chance to meet the elephants you have fostered through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

See endangered black rhinos, visit national parks, trekking with Gorillas and other trip extensions we can offer.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Please Note:

You must foster 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 Sheldrick Wildlife Trust 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**

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Upon arrival transport provided to your hotel.

2 Nights Lodging at the Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar

DAY 2: SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST & GIRAFFE CENTRE VISIT

Visit the Giraffe Center, home of the Rothschild Giraffe conservation sanctuary. Enjoy lunch at The Talisman Restaurant and both public and private visits to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Nursery to see the newest and youngest orphaned elephants. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Please note: Foster visits are not taking place until further notice.

DAY 3, 4 & 5: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Amboseli National Park. In this picturesque location take morning and evening game drives daily. Lodging at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, in the heart of the park.

3 Nights at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar

DAY 6 & 7: ITHUMBA HILL

Drive to Ithumba in Tsavo East National Park. Visit the stockades daily in the morning and evening. Watch the orphans play at their afternoon mud bath while they interact with wild elephants.

Lodging and all meals at Ithumba Hill Camp, an exclusive SWT self-catering property.

2 Nights Lodging at Ithumba Hill Camp

DAY 8 & 9: GALDESSA & VOI REINTEGRATION UNIT

Drive to Galdessa Camp. Daily, enjoy game drives as we travel to and from the stockades and the watering hole at Voi reintegration unit. It’s here you’ll witness the older orphaned elephants and wild elephants sharing afternoon mud baths.

Lodging and all meals at Galdessa Camp, an exclusive SWT self-catering property near the Galana River.

2 Nights at the Galdessa Camp

DAY 10 & 11: UMANI SPRINGS REINTEGRATION UNIT

Drive to Umani Springs, another private retreat reserved only for SWT foster parents. At this Reintegration unit, visit with the more vulnerable orphaned elephants who are in need of special care during their transition to the wild.

Lodging and all meals at Umani Springs, an exclusive SWT self-catering property in the Kibweze Forest.

2 Nights at Umani Springs

DAY 12: NAIROBI

Drive to Nairobi arriving early afternoon. Group farewell dinner tonight to celebrate our journey.

1 Night at the Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar

DAY 13: DEPARTURE

Depart for home. Day room at the hotel prior to departure.

Day Room Use Only at Four Points by Sheraton or Tamarind Tree Hotel

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