Visit Orphaned Elephants

Photo credit: Sarara

There is nothing quite like being able to watch an elephant baby have a drink from the milk bar!  The Sanctuary has elephant orphans ranging in age from just a few days to several years old and their interaction with their surrogate parent keepers whilst drinking from the elephant sized baby bottles is simply magical to watch. 

All the keepers are from the local community and are formally trained in the care, rehabilitation and release of elephant calves.  The keepers act as parents, caring for the babies, feeding them and, as they get older, introducing them to the wilderness with the aim of being able to release them into the wild to have a normal elephant life.   

There is an interesting little museum explaining the aims and goals of the Sanctuary and there are several feeding times throughout the day.   

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Facilities

Visiting hours are between 8.30 a.m. and10 a.m. and between 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It is important that you arrive promptly at 8.30 a.m. or 11.30 a.m. for the full experience. We ask that you wear green if possible.

During your visit, you will paired with a keeper who will accompany you the entire time to tell you about our work and answer any questions. From a special viewing platform, you will watch the elephants come in from their walk to receive their bottles and then have mud hole playtime. Afterwards, you will be given a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary.

We are open year-round for visitors, but rains in April and May can make the roads difficult to impassable, and many lodges in the area shut completely during these months. Thus, it is better to plan to come see us during other times of the year.

It is vital that you let us know in advance when you’ll be coming so we can be prepared to receive you. Ideally, you will be able to give us at least a week’s notice.

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Directions

You will receive detailed GPS directions to the sanctuary and support in planning your adventure once you have booked.

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Costs

The conservation fee for the visit is 20 USD per person for foreign visitors and 150/- Kenyan Shillings for Kenyan residents.

For exclusive visits, there is an extra 500 USD per group.

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Booking

Email info@retetielephants.org to reserve your spot or with any questions, you may have about visiting.

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