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Elephant Orphanage

2 Hours

Overview

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with the head office in Tsavo East National Park. The conservation partners are vital in protecting Africa’s threatened wildlife and conserving habitats. At the same time, corporate friends support the Trust in many ways, from the percentage of sales contributions to skills sharing, all intending to give back to wildlife.

The Trust works across Kenya to secure wildlife. They not only work to protect elephants and rhinos, but entire ecosystems and the diverse flora and fauna sustained in these places of stunning natural beauty.

The orphanage in Nairobi is open to the public for one hour daily. This is a unique, time-honored tradition in which the public will learn more about the conservation work and meet the orphans in their care. Those wishing to visit must make a booking in advance to ensure availability.

The orphanage protects several threatened and endangered animal species across Kenya, including black and white rhinos and iconic animals like African elephants. Saving endangered species ensures many other animals and ecosystems continue to survive and, more importantly, thrive.

Itinerary

If you want to join the Shedrick Trust elephant and rhino orphanage tour, a unique moment where the visitors learn more about the conservation work and meet the animal orphans.
The visitors can visit the orphanage every day, from 11 am to 12 noon, except the 25th of December. However, to ensure the safety of the animal orphans in the orphanage, visitors have to book in advance to be guaranteed entry.

Pre-Booking Requirements: As the entry is limited, to avoid unnecessary disappointments;
It is advisable to book in advance as a last-minute booking is not guaranteed.
It is only possible to enter the orphanage with a booking.

Entry Fees: The minimum donation (entrance fee) is Ksh 1,500 / US$15 per person 12 years and above and Ksh 500 / US$5 for those under 12.

On-Site Protocols: The visiting hours are from 11 am to 12 noon. We encourage guests to arrive at 10:30 am on their booked date to ensure minimum delays. Smoking and vaping are prohibited, and we ask that phones be silent.

Respecting the Orphans: Every orphan in our care will ultimately be reintegrated back into the wild. For this reason, we carefully limit their exposure to humans, and only Keepers are allowed to feed and directly interact with them. However, some more mischievous elephants may extend a trunk in greeting or bump along the visitor cordon!

The Shedrick visit US$50 per per person

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to your hotel and Shedrick Trust Nairobi.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Entry Fees: The minimum donation (entrance fee) is Ksh 1,500 / US$15 per person 12 years and above and Ksh 500 / US$5 for those under 12.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Elephant Orphanage
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From $60 $50
/ Adult
From $30 $20
/ Child
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