We recently had the absolute pleasure of being the only visitors to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary for the midday ‘noon feed’ and can honestly say it is NOT TO BE MISSED when staying at Saruni Samburu or Saruni Rhino.
Located a 2 hrs’ drive away from either lodge, the first community-owned and community-run elephant sanctuary is situated in the remote Mathews Range, among Kenya’s second largest elephant population. It takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds when of age.
Feeding of the resident calves happens every 3 hours around the clock with each ellie having its very own formula, ingredients of which have to be seen to be believed! They are certainly getting their very own 5-a-day!
A visit includes a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible efforts of the local community-staff, of which 8 are female. From the lab who explain how they test regularly for marker changes, the team who prepare the feed, to Dorothy (pictured above in the main image), a keeper, and her colleagues, who share both the background of each ellie and their own story of how they came to be passionate about protecting the animals in their care.
We are proud to support Reteti, so why not complete your incredible commando and special forces Mantracking experience by enjoying a little “decompression” at Saruni Samburu. We would be happy to arrange for you your very own private visit to the reteti Elephant Sanctuary