Visiting the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is world-renowned for its work rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants. Our Nursery, located in Nairobi National Park, is where an orphan's journey begins — a journey that will culminate, years down the line, in their reintegration back into the wild.

Friends and supporters can book to visit us in Nairobi, between 11am and 12 noon (7 days a week), excluding 25th December. Advance booking is required through our Nairobi office. During the one-hour visit, a senior Keeper will introduce each of the elephants and why they came to need our help, while the elephants themselves can be watched enjoying a milk feed and mud bath (or dust bath on cooler days!)

Entry protocols have recently changed, with the Kenya Wildlife Service mandating that all persons visiting the SWT Nursery must now pay the Nairobi National Park Entry Fee. More details on this change and booking to visit us can be  found on our dedicated Nairobi Nursery Visiting page. Here, you will find a comprehensive overview of:

  • Pre-booking requirements and instructions
  • SWT Nursery entry donation
  • Separate KWS park fees (recently mandated by KWS for all Nursery visitors)
  • On-Site protocols
  • Nairobi Nursery location
  • What to expect during your visit
  • And more!

Our dedicated Nairobi Nursery visiting page provides in-depth details about the public visit, but if you have any additional questions, please contact our Nairobi office.

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Adults 2,000 Ksh / 20 USD  per person


Children 500 Ksh / 5 USD per person


(Maximum 10 people per booking. For larger groups, please contact us to arrange your booking)

** Children aged 5-11 years. (Children 0-4 years may enter for free, with a paying adult, and do not require a ticket). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Payment is due— in Cash or Mpesa — on the day of your visit.

Visiting our Nairobi Elephant Orphanage:

Every day, from 11am to 12pm, we invite those with a booking to join us for an unforgettable hour with the Nursery herd.

Your visit begins as the orphaned elephants converge for their midday milk feed. Afterwards, watch them enjoy a playful frolic in the dust or, if the mood suits them, a full mud bath.

Our Keepers are on-hand to introduce you to each of the orphans, sharing their unique rescue stories and explaining the threats facing elephants. Funds from your visit help support the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants in our care.

You will be required to make payment for your tickets when you arrive on the day of your booking. Payment can be made in cash or Mpesa and you will be required to pay for all tickets in your booking.


Nairobi National Park

  • Access to the orphanage is via the KWS Workshop Entrance, off Magadi Road.
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Planning your visit:

To enhance your experience when you visit us, please read our Nairobi Nursery Visiting Details, which contains important information in advance of your booking, and answers to common questions.

We have also produced a special brochure for visitors, providing background on the origins of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and our pioneering work in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants. Download our SWT Information Brochure and immerse yourself in the Orphans' Project.