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.
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
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 Garden. We end the day back at the EKA Hotel for dinner (on your own) and rest.
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
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
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
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.
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 **