I recently visited the elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Ithumba Unit, and stayed at the Ithumba Camp.
The camp is situated in the Tsavo East National Park (Northern area), and is remote and wild.
We loved the peace and serenity of such a remote place (you are literally the only tourists for hundreds of kms), and the surrounding terrain is stunning.
The camp sleeps up to 6 guests (3x twin bed tents with outdoor ensuite toilet and solar powered hot shower with a view of the surrounding hills- just delightful!).
There is a kitchen, and a 2-storey dining/lounge room complex which has many day beds, lounges and bean bags scattered around.
The camp is fully booked for each group (ie you pay the same amount for 1 person or 6), and bookings are only taken through the Sheldricks
You must bring all of your own food and water and do your own cooking, and there are 3 staff members who help with boiling water/basic cooking tasks, setting the table, washing up, making the beds and cleaning.
The keepers let you know when you can visit the orphan elephants- for milk feed and the midday mud bath.
Meeting these happy healthy baby elephants was a highlight of our trip, they are so beautiful and full of personality.The keeper who looked after us was Abdul, who was very welcoming and very nice, he made sure we had a wonderful experience meeting the elephants.
I would highly recommend visiting the Ithumba Camp if you love nature (due to the dense vegetation and the remote location of this national park, do not expect to see wildlife at the side of the road as you would in a tourist park).
The camp is also the only opportunity to visit the elephant orphans at Ithumba as there is no other accommodation around. We thoroughly enjoyed the camp and the visit to the Sheldricks, and would love to visit again.