Lizzie Williams
South Africa ZA
Jul 7, 2014 July 7, 2014

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Category: Highlight of the Month

Visit a remarkable rescue centre in Nairobi, where highly-trained and dedicated keepers act as mother substitutes for Kenya’s lost, abandoned and orphaned baby elephants.

There’s nothing more endearing than a baby elephant, and the best place to watch them is at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. Named after the late naturalist who created Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, it’s administered by his pioneering wife Daphne who developed the first formula milk that can be given to elephants.

Keepers act as foster parents and remain with the babies 24 hours a day and provide constant companionship until they are weaned off milk and are rereleased back into the wild in Tsavo. Visitors can watch the elephants’ morning feeding time and mud bath at the nursery and with trunks and ears flopping this way and that; it’s a bit like watching a playground full of kids tearing around.

The trust is a great place to see some of the cutest animals you are likely to see on a Kenyan safari.