Ithumba: A Safe Haven for Elephants
|Two elephants share a tender moment at Ithumba.|
Founded in 2005, Ithumba was designed as a conservation initiative to protect all wildlife, not just elephants, in the northern area of Tsavo East. Its construction was funded by the proceeds of the BBC Elephant Diaries series. The camp is self-catering and has relatively low maintenance costs, so most of its income is paid directly to the Kenya Wildlife Service to support conservation projects. It only has four tents, so it provides a truly intimate experience for visitors.
Guests at Campi ya Kanzi can request an overnight excursion to Ithumba as a special added activity. A guide, cook, and pilot will accompany the guests to ensure their comfort and enjoyment as they embark on this magical experience. We have made several excursions to Ithumba in the last six weeks, and we are delighted to share some of our photos and videos with you. Scroll down to see heartwarming pictures by Stefano and to watch Luca kiss an elephant!
They use their trunks suck up water and then squirt it into their mouths.
Watch Luca feed one directly from his mouth!
|The elephants love their midday mud bath.|
|A refreshing swim helps the elephants to stay cool, clean, and parasite-free.|
|A host of happy elephants rush into the water at bath time.|
|This photo-friendly elephant is ready for a close-up!|
|The young elephants loyally follow one of their caretakers on parade.|
|Stefano made a new friend!|
|The young elephants are perfectly comfortable with Pashiet.|
|Parashi poses with the elephants.|
|The main lodge at Ithumba is remarkable for its bold architectural design.|