The sunrays rise in the cloudless skies melting away the morning blues as the day gently unfolds. Driving through Nairobi's Central Business District, you pass skyscrapers, billboards, motor freeways and flyovers with carefree drivers whizzing by scarcely contemplating the developments and innovations around them that barely existed a decade ago.
You drive on, arriving at the gates to Nairobi National Park and as the city's hustle and bustle fades away, everything around you starts to transform. You catch the wind's sighing, the leaves' rustling, and the birds' chirping. The park is teeming with wildlife and the endless rolling plains, riverine woodlands and thick bush-lined valleys are just a few of the park's varied habitats that majestically reveal themselves the farther on you drive. As you delve deeper into the mysteries of the park, a stunning realisation dawns – you are in the presence of wildlife with a backdrop of an entire throbbing and buzzing city! Where else can you find this?
Our elephants are depreciating are jaw-dropping rates. However, thanks to initiatives such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, elephant cubs and endangered species in Kenya can be preserved. The trust was formed in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. She named the trust after her late husband who was a renowned naturalist and the founding warden of the current Tsavo East National Park that harbours millions of wildlife. Today, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is 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. It is quite near the Nairobi National Park and it makes a fantastic tourist destination. While visiting DSWT, you may want to consider the following accommodation options: