Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour

Visit ALL the Reintegration Units

Foster & Orphan Elephant Tour

Meet your Fostered Elephants & Visit All Reintegration Units

Nairobi Nursery, Ithumba, Voi, Umani Springs

2022 / 2023

9 Days / 8 Nights




Meet all your Foster & Orphan Elephants on this tour!  We will visit all of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust reintegration units and explore some of Kenya’s famous wildlife sanctuaries.  This tour is designed to maximize elephant viewing opportunities, expose you to local culture and conservation initiatives, and support the 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.   


Summarized Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Upon arrival in Kenya a Capture Africa Tours representative will greet you at the Jomo Kenyatta airport and transfer you to the EKA Hotel, Nairobi for overnight.

The EKA Hotel is a contemporary style hotel with two full service restaurants and full service bar on sight.   The rooms are designed to provide comfort and convenience featuring air conditioning, LCD flat screet TV’s, complimentary internet access, and in-room safe deposit boxes.   A great choice for your stay as you begin your journey.

2 Nights Lodging at Tamarind Tree Hotel Breakfast Only Included

Day 2

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery & Giraffe Center

Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the Giraffe Center, home of the Rothschild Giraffe conservation sanctuary.  We then visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery for a 3 visits – public, private, and foster. Between visits lunch will be Karen Blixen Coffee GardenWe end the day back at the EKA Hotel for dinner (on your own) and rest.

The Giraffe Center: The Giraffe Center was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a program of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata. Since then the program has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan National Parks. In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education center to his (then still private) giraffe sanctuary.
Elephant Orphanage / Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:  Get up close and personal with orphaned elephants and Maxwell the rhino. This is where Dame Daphne Sheldrick perfected the raising and re-integrating of orphaned elephants into the wild.  Here you will see the elephants being fed and playing. In addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. You have the opportunity to interact with elephants during our 2 private visits.

Day 3 & 4

Ithumba Reintegration Unit

After breakfast 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 dedicated staff.  We will see abundant wildlife around our lodge enjoying breathtaking views of Tsavo East National Park.

We will visit the stockade for both morning and evening feeding times and experience the elephants at their afternoon mud bath.   The beauty of the location combined with both wild and orphaned elephant interaction is sure to inspire you.

2 Nights Lodging at Ithumba Hill Camp 

Day 5 & 6

Voi Reintegration Unit & Tsavo East NP

After breakfast, we will drive through Tsavo East National Park.   For the next 2 nights we will stay at  Galdessa Camp (the Sheldrick’s newest self-catering private camp).

Galdessa Camp is located on the Galana river offering many animal sightings as they come to cool off.  While staying here we will visit the Voi Reintegration unit daily.  The orphans who graduate 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.  

In addition to the stockade visits, we will enjoy game drives seeing abundant wildlife including lions, wild elephants, zebra, wildebeest, gerenuk, and impala (just to name a few).

2 Nights Lodging at  Galdessa Camp


Day 7 & 8

 Umani Springs

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 tranquil and peaceful surroundings.

2 Nights Lodging at Umani Springs


Day 9

Nairobi – Depart

After breakfast we depart for Nairobi.  When we arrive at your hotel you can freshen up in your day room prior to your departure.  As a group we will share a farewell dinner in Nairobi.   Following dinner you be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.


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 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 **




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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.

  5. Amber Marienthal
    December 29th

    Please send me rate and date information. This is my bucket list trip!

    • Amber thank you for your interest in our tours. Have you received our email with more details about the DSWT tours?

    • Amber,
      Thank you for reaching out and wanted to know if you have received our email in regards to the tour you are asking about?

  6. Pamela Canning
    January 1st

    Can you please pass along the cost of the 9 day tour? Does it include airfare?

    • Pamela,
      Thank you for getting in touch and you should have received our email…please let us know if you have.

  7. Jeanne chang
    January 5th

    Please send me the total costs of all your trips this year to visit all 4 swat sites
    Thank you

    • Jeanne thank you for getting in touch regarding out DSWT tours. We sent you a recent email detailing our various tours and will be in touch again to discuss more with you.

  8. Keith Kaminski
    January 15th

    Can you please send me info on 2019 and 2020 dates and rates. We’re currently fostering 7 elephants and one baby rhino from DSWT. Thank you!

    • Hello Keith,
      Hoping you received my email in regards to our elephant tours to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust?

  9. Dawn Jones
    January 18th

    Please could you send me more info and rates for the foster and orphan elephant tour and the Maasai Mara and elephants tour. Thank you.

    • Hello Dawn and thank you for getting in touch to find out more about our tours. Did you receive our email with pricing?

  10. Andy
    February 21st

    I was looking for pricing for this year’s 9 day trip on October 25th and next year’s trip on Sept 20th. Thank you.

  11. Time to start checking off that bucket list. Would you please send me pricing and details on this trip? Thank you!

  12. Mary
    June 17th

    Can you forecast your rates for 2010 and 2021 for the Foster and Adoption tours?

  13. Hi: Are there any spaces left? If so, what is the cost? Thank you! Bridget

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