Ithumba - Tsavo East
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. In 2017 DSWT mark their 40th anniversary and their mission to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Throughout that time, Tsavo National Park, a bastion for wildlife, has been home to the DSWT's field operations as well as countless wild species, most famously, its resident elephant herds. DSWT play a pivotal role in protecting this incredible wilderness.
The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date DWST has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care.
The main highlight of Ithumba, located in the beautiful and remote Tsavo East, is of course the elephants. Donors to Sheldricks can visit the Ithumba Station twice a day where they can enjoy watching the midday mud bath and feeding of the incredible elephant orphans. If you have any affinity with elephants Ithumba needs to be on your bucket list, as it is the only place where you can interact with elephants in the wild.
As you are lead towards the Station it is hard to describe the experience of going from the emptiness and complete silence of your surroundings one minute to the sound of trumpeting the next, with a herd of elephants rapidly coming straight towards you ravenous for their morning milk feed.
And then there are the mud baths, it’s like watching kids (very large kids!) go crazy in a sand box, the only word to describe the scene unfolding before your eyes is incredible.
Guests days at Ithumba are nothing short of amazing, they are spent observing the older elephants and their wild elephant companions, feeding them milk, playing with their babies and physically getting pushed around, which is exactly what people visit Ithumba for.
Ithumba Hill Private Camp is owned by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and was created to offer a luxury touch to guests visiting the Trust’s Ithumba elephant orphans while exploring the remote northern area of Tsavo East. The camp is a small and beautiful lodge that was designed to preserve the integrity of the wilderness and support conservation.
With it's elevated position halfway up Ithumba Hill, the camp enjoys stunning views across Tsavo’s vast landscape and is an ideal location for travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track.
The property has four spacious and elegant raised tented bedrooms, which sleep up to eight guests who have exclusive use of the camp. Each bedroom is built into its own secluded location on Ithumba Hill, and has an en-suite bathroom with sky views, and a spacious, elevated balcony with loungers and 180 degree views of Ithumba’s stunning vistas.
There is plenty of space to relax and unwind in. From the lounge area upstairs, one can enjoy the spectacular sunsets and sunrises for which Tsavo is known, often with Kilimanjaro visible above the distant southern horizon. The traditional Lapa is great for meals and drinks or just lazing around.
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