The sanctuary is located next to the reserve, so it makes for a convenient and interesting day trip extension. Because the 36-square kilometer sanctuary shares the same ecosystem as the reserve, you are treated to an extended experience in what is globally recognized as one of the top 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Mwaluganje Sanctuary offers something for every guest. As one of the Big Five species, elephants are always ranked high on the wish lists of first-time and seasoned Kenya safari travelers. It is no surprise, then, that the most popular activity at the sanctuary is viewing the bull elephants that enjoy the many benefits of living in a protected area. At certain times of the year, their families join them, giving you a chance to see the extended family of females and calves.