9 Days 8 Nights David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Kenya Safari offers you an opportunity to stay at some of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Eco Lodges which have exclusive access to visit the orphaned elephants at the Reintegration Unit located nearby. These lodges are all based in Tsavo East National Park and include ‘Ithumba Camp’, and ‘Ithumba Hill’ with annex ‘Ithumba Private’ in the Northern area, and ‘Galdessa Camp’ and ‘Galdessa Little’ on the Galana River, with our sixth ‘Umani Springs’ nestled within the Kibwezi Forest.
By staying at these properties, guests directly support these elephants and the ecosystems they call home. Activities available at the eco lodges include Game drive circuits within the untouched northern sector of Tsavo East, Wildlife viewing at the waterhole in front of camp Picnics and sundowners in the heart of the Tsavo wilderness, exclusive visiting privileges to meet the orphaned elephants and keepers at the Reintegration Unit, relax in the pool overlooking the park, picnics and sundowners in the heart of the Tsavo wilderness, stargazing from camp, exercise in the on-site gym, hiking, and birding.
This is a private 8-night Kenya safari for 2 people traveling by private 4×4 vehicle including chartered flights to and from Tsavo National Park.
The tour offers supporters of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust a once-in-a-lifetime safari with exclusive access to the Elephant Orphans and also introduces you to the incredible team that makes the Trust’s work possible.
The trip includes full-board accommodation at Hemingway’s Nairobi, Umani Springs Home in Kibwezi Forest, Ithumba Camp, and Saa Nane House in Tsavo East National Park. Day-rooms are included at Hemingway’s Hotel on your final day back in Nairobi. All conservation and Park Entry fees are included; as are all meals throughout your stay.
This opportunity includes the Nairobi Nursery, Umani Springs relocation Unit within the beautiful Kibwezi Forest, and Ithumba and Voi Relocation Units in Tsavo East National Park.
During this unique safari, you will be expertly guided by the Trust’s Field Managers and introduced to the remarkable elephant orphans, whilst experiencing firsthand the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts’ varied field projects.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will enable a lucky few to become immersed in David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust work, with the satisfaction of knowing while enjoying this unique experience your Safari will also contribute directly to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust field efforts.
The highlight of this 9 Day Kenya road & air combined Safari includes;
* A day-room at Hemingways Hotel on your final day back in Nairobi
* All conservation and Park Entry fees are included; as are all meals throughout your stay
* Full-board accommodation at Hemingways Nairobi, Umani Springs, Ithumba, and Saa Nane House
* All scheduled travel and transfers within Kenya by private 4×4 vehicle including chartered flight from Tsavo National Park
Itinerary in Summary
Day 1: Nairobi Arrival, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Transfer to Hemingways Hotel in Karen, Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi Elephant Orphanage Nursery. Overnight at Hemingways Hotel in Karen Nairobi
Day 3: Nairobi – Transfer by road to Kibwezi Forest at the foot of Chyulu hills. Overnight at Umani Springs Bush Home
Day 4: Kibwezi Forest at the foot of Chyulu hills. Overnight at Umani Springs Luxury Bush Home
Day 5: Kibwezi Forest – Transfer to Ithumba Relocation Unit. Overnight at Ithumba eco Lodge/ camp
Day 6: Ithumba Relocation Unit Tsavo East. Overnight at Ithumba eco Lodge/ camp
Day 7: Ithumba Relocation Unit Tsavo East. – Transfer to DSWT’s Voi Relocation Unit. Overnight at Saa Nane House
Day 8: DSWT’s Voi Relocation Unit Tsavo East National Park. Overnight at Saa Nane House
Day 9: Tsavo East – Transfer by private Air Charter back to Nairobi to a day room at Hemingways Hotel. Depart
Itinerary in Detail
Day 1 & 2: Nairobi Nursery Visit
On arrival in Nairobi, you will be transferred from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Hemingways Hotel, a boutique hotel in the leafy suburb of Karen Nairobi.
During your stay in Nairobi, you will have unprecedented access to the Nairobi Nursery outside of public visiting hours, including an intimate experience with the elephant orphans whilst they are out browsing within the forests of Nairobi National Park.
This will include encountering the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s resident orphaned black rhinos. Your time at the Nursery will enable you to meet the Keepers and the Sheldrick Family.
Overnight at Hemingways Hotel in Karen, Nairobi
Day 3 & 4: Nairobi – Transfer to Umani Springs Kibwezi Forest Reserve
After a morning transfer from Nairobi, you will arrive at Kibwezi Forest, Kenya’s last remaining groundwater forest and one of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s flagship Saving Habitats initiatives.
You will discover the forest and its surrounding wilderness from your exclusive home away – from home, the Trust’s Umani Springs Lodge. Umani Springs is now home to the most recently created Orphans Relocation Unit, where we presently have nine baby elephants learning the ropes of how to live wildlife once more.
These babies still remain Keeper dependent and return to the safety of their stockades each evening, but are exposed to the wild elephants within this area almost daily.
Aside from enjoying the orphans, there is the added opportunity of meeting one of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s antipoaching teams and joining them while on patrol.
Overnight at Umani Springs Luxury Bush Home
Day 5 & 6: Umani Springs Lodge – Transfer to Ithumba Camp (Northern Area of Tsavo East)
After the delights of the Kibwezi Forest, you will be driven by road to the remote wilderness of Tsavo East’s northern area to our Ithumba Relocation Unit, home to over 63 orphaned elephants.
Here you will stay at the Trust’s newest eco Lodge, perched high on Ithumba mountain with commanding views of the beautiful northern area of Tsavo. Sleeping under canvas in comfortable safari-style tents you can shower under the stars and immerse yourself in the sounds of nature.
To experience this vast expanse of wilderness and all its wild denizens is unforgettable. While at Ithumba you will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the Ithumba orphans and their wild-born babies and elephant friends.
Overnight at Ithumba eco Lodge/ camp
Day 7 & 8: Ithumba – Drive to Saa Nane House (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Headquarters Tsavo East)
Driving through the Tsavo Conservation Area you will arrive at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Saa Nane House situated on the stunning Athi River.
This house was built in memory of David Sheldrick and is set within a beautiful 3000-acre private conservancy where the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Field Headquarters is located bordering Tsavo East National Park with commanding views of the Athi River.
Here you will be exposed to many of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s field operations and have a chance to meet more of the team, whilst also having the opportunity to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Voi Relocation Unit spending time with the Voi elephant orphans and their Keepers.
Overnight at Saa Nane House
Day 9: Saa Nane House – Fly to Nairobi
After breakfast on your final day, you will be transferred by private Air Charter back to Nairobi to a day room at Hemingways Hotel to await the departure of your international flight.
Day Rooms at Hemingways Hotel in Karen, Nairobi.
9 Days 8 Nights David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Kenya Safari Rates Include:
9 Days 8 Nights David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Kenya Safari Rates Include:
A day-room at Hemingway’s on your final day in Nairobi + One-way domestic chartered flight from Tsavo to Nairobi + All scheduled travel and transfers within Kenya by private 4×4 vehicles + All conservation and Park fees are included as is full catering throughout your stay + You will be guided throughout your safari by one of the Trust’s experiences Field Managers & Full-board accommodation at Hemingways Nairobi, Umani Springs, Ithumba Camp, and Saa Nane House
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* Private safari based on 2 Guests
* All profits go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphans’ Project
* This itinerary is subject to small alterations at the discretion of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and dates are limited and will be determined by the availability of the various properties
9 Days 8 Nights David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Kenya Safari Rates Exclude:
* International flights are not included