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Walk Trunk in Hand with Elephant Tour

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

Guided Tour (trained Elephant Guide). Full Elephant Introduction in Forest and tour of the Sanctuary and Stables. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included). The opportunity to purchase a DVD in full HD of your experience with the Elephants.

Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days you may see the elephants swimming. Enjoy a drink and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. Brushing the elephants down is offered on the Elephant Brush down Experience Tour which starts at 07h30 and 15h30. Elephant Back Riding is a stand-alone activity or an optional extra. We offer various tours depending on the duration and intensity of experience you desire. The different tours are listed below with summaries as to what to expect and the rates.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereELEPHANT SANCTUARY, THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAY: Animal Alley, The Crags, off the N2 near Natures Valley next to Monkeyland
WeatherThis service can take place in any weather condition.
What to WearComfortable clothes
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsCurio Shop Available


Minimum Age4 years
Minimum Heights0.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsTouching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included)
ExclusionsCost of DVD of your experience with the Elephants FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 14 YEARS – ADULT PRICES APPLY. PLEASE NOT THAT CHILDREN’S AGES WILL BE VERIFIED ON ARRIVAL. Children must be minimum of 8 years old to ride elephants. Child Prices apply for children 8 – 14 years.

Customer Reviews

It was fantastic.All my friends from Holland also enjoyed it and all the information we got about the elephants was excellent. My 10 year old did her oral at school about the elephant walk trunk in hand, she show the video and she got top marks, thanks to all the info and her experience. - belia scott

Thank you for the lovely experience with the elephants. What impressed us the most is how each animal has come from a difficult situation and is being trained to survive on its own again within its new family. It gave us a new respect for the sanctuary. I will be back for a rubdown session and/or ride. - Katharina Brock

Great place to spend some time and walk with Elephants. Lovely to see that you do not have the ele's do any 'un-natural' tricks, and only things that are natural to them - shaking their head, trumpeting etc. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit - LENORE MACNAMARA

We all enjoyed our experience. The handlers are very knowledgeable and very safety conscious. The elephants were gorgeous. - Penelope Tuffey

A fantastic experience!!! The guide that took us on the walk was really great. It was an experience that I will never forget! - Michelle Schutte

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