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Sheldrick Elephants of Tsavo - SPECIAL DEPARTURE


KVS10N
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,990
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
22 June 2019: If you love elephants, we are offering the unique opportunity to visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya, staying at the Wildlife Trust's Ithumba Hill Camp in Tsavo National Park, where David Sheldrick was once warden. The camp is self-catering, but a driver/guide & cook are provided. Afterwards relax on glorious Diani beach. Max 7 pax (only 2 places still available - but another departure opening up).
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Kenya Wildlife Trust Ithumba Camp Tsavo
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Nairobi National Park
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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
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Giraffe Centre asai Mara
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Tsavo National Park
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Ithumba Feeding Station
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Game Drives
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Orphanage Visits
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Birding
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Mombasa
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Nairobi National Park
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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
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Giraffe Centre asai Mara
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Tsavo National Park
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Ithumba Feeding Station
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Game Drives
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Orphanage Visits
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Birding
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Mombasa
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
This morning we visit the Giraffe Centre. Founded to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe from extinction, this centre plays an important role in educating Kenyan school children on the country's wildlife and environment. It also allows visitors to come into close contact with the world's tallest species, including the opportunity to feed a gorgeous giraffe.
 
We then visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (open only from 11 to 12 noon). It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry required to rear orphaned African elephants, during the period that her husband was warden of Kenya's largest elephant sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. Since then this sanctuary has gone on to save the lives of many orphaned elephant calves.
 
Afterwards enjoy a game drive in Nairobi National Park. This was the first national park created in Kenya and, despite its relatively small size and close proximity to the skyscrapers of the city, it boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Animals migrate to this park during the dry season, as it offers them a permanent source of water. You can hope to see lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino - but not elephant as the park is not large enough to sustain them. You can also see giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, warthog and ostrich in the woodlands and open plains, and hippo in the Mbagathi Athi River which is lined with fever and acacia trees. The park also has a very successful rhino sanctuary. A picnic lunch is included today.
Day 3
This morning transfer to Nairobi Railway Terminal in good time (arrive by 07.20) to board the Madaraka Express train (first class) departing at 08.20 to Tsavo National Park.
 
On arrival at 12.29 you will be met at Voi Station and transferred to Tsavo National Park.
 
On the way to your lodge enjoy game viewing in this great national park, which is divided into an eastern and western section by the railway line and national road and is one of the oldest and largest wildlife conservation areas in Kenya. As the park is unfenced, animals migrate freely across both sectors.
 
Check into your safari lodge and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Kenyan bushveld.
 
Note: Train tickets can only be booked 30 days in advance and will be handed to you by your driver in Nairobi.  As luggage on the train is limited to 15 kg in soft bags, and cannot contain potentially flammable aerosols over 100 ml (eg deodorants, hairspray or sunscreen), your main luggage will be taken from you the previous night and transferred overland by your guide, who will meet the train on arrival at Voi.
 
As your Tsavo accommodation is self-catering, you will be asked for a cash contribution towards supplies, which will be purchased in Nairobi. You will have a cook at camp to prepare your meals and your guide will take you on all game drives.
Days 4 To 6
Today is devoted to game viewing in the eastern sector of Tsavo National Park, staying in one of the Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation camps, with all profits going towards conservation in this national park where David Sheldrick was once the warden.
 
At over 7,000 square miles (11,747 square km), this vast national park is the largest in Kenya and is named after the Tsavo River that flows through it.
 
The flat open grasslands of Tsavo East offer easy game viewing, with animals attracted by its dams and the Galana River which flows through it. Wildlife is plentiful and diverse with particularly good elephant sightings, as large herds roam freely between Tsavo and Amboseli. Lion, buffalo, leopard and wild dog are present and plains game is plentiful - including giraffe, zebra, the small dik-dik, Grant's gazelle, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, oryx, wildebeest, vervet monkey and baboon. Hippo and crocodile can be seen in the rivers and dams. Also keep an eye out for smaller animals such as the hyrax, mongoose, monitor lizard, chameleon and tortoise. There is also a great variety of birdlife including hornbill, guineafowl, francolin and ostrich.
 
You will also have the unique opportunity to interact with orphaned elephants cared for at the Ithumba Feeding Station each morning and evening, as they are fed and enjoy their daily mud bath. You will see the work that is being done to rear these orphans and prepare them for re-introduction to the wild.
Day 7
This morning transfer to Voi Station in good time to board the 11.24 Madaraka Express train (first class) to Mombasa.
 
On arrival at 14.18 you will be met at Mombasa Railway Terminal and transferred 2-hours by road and ferry to your South Coast beach resort.
 
Check into your hotel situated on the shores of the sparkling Indian Ocean.
 
Note: Train tickets can only be booked 30 days in advance and will be handed to you by your driver. Please note that luggage on the train is limited to 15 kg in soft bags and cannot contain potentially flammable aerosols over 100 ml (eg deodorants, hairspray or sunscreen) which will be confiscated.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax and soak up the sun on the Indian Ocean beaches of the warm Mombasa coast.
 
Enjoy the lush tropical gardens of coconut trees, fan-shaped travellers palms and the vibrant blooms of hibiscus, bougainvilleas and frangipani - as well the splendid coastline. Various watersports are available, as well as many optional activities such as a snorkelling trip to Kisiti Marine Park and Wasini Island, Mombasa city tour, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and golf.
Day 11
Transfer to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.
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