Wildlife Conservancy

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage

Rescue and rehabilitation centre for orphaned elephants.

Kenya
Location
Year-round
Best Time to Visit

About Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a sanctuary dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual reintegration of orphaned elephants back into the wild. This compassionate destination offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about these majestic creatures, the threats they face in the wild, and the...

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Seasons

January - December
Best time to go
The orphanage's operations and the chance to see the elephants do not vary significantly by season.
March - May
Low Season
Rainy season may lead to fewer visitors, offering a more intimate experience.
June - September
December - February
High Season
Dry weather makes it easier to visit, and the orphanage is a popular attraction.

What to do

Wildlife

At Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage, visitors can closely observe the daily lives of rescued orphaned elephants as they play, socialize, and undergo rehabilitation.

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

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What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage is generally safe. Nairobi, where the orphanage is located, is a major city with the usual safety precautions for travelers. Vaccinations for yellow fever may be required if you're coming from an endemic country, alongside other standard travel vaccinations. It's always advisable to consult...
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Getting There
The orphanage is situated in Nairobi, easily accessible by road from the city centre. Most visitors either use private transport, taxis, or join a guided tour. The journey from Nairobi's central business district can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Getting Around
Inside the orphanage, all exploration is on foot. The facility is compact and easily navigable, with designated paths and areas where visitors can watch the elephants. Nairobi itself has a range of transport options, including taxis, buses, and rideshare services for longer distances.
Visas
As of 1 January 2024, Kenya has implemented an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system, abolishing visa requirements for all foreign visitors. Most visitors must obtain an eTA prior to travel, with applications submitted at least 3 days in advance. The fee is 34.09 USD, and the eTA is valid for single entry but allows re-entry from other EAC c...
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