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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

Amazing experience. The guide was so knowledgeable! Truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will do again! - Trusha Dajee

I would just like to thank you for the full elephant experience tour that myself and my husband Peter had at your establishment. It was an amazing experience which we will continue to recommend to our guests, family and friends. The staff were excellent and very knowledgeable. Well done! - Pumula Lodge

The tour at the Elephant Sanctuary was absolutely the highlight of my trip! We met Marula, Thandi and Jabu, 3 beautiful girls. Our guide carefully explained the events which led to the elephants being at the sanctuary and the process of rehabilitation which made the group truly understand the importance of sanctuaries like the Crag's. We each got turns to hold the eli's trunks and walk with them, as well as touch their trunks, ears, stomachs, legs, feet. The guides took great photo's of us so we got to capture the whole experience. Would highly recommend a visit to this sanctuary! - Angie Goosen

Our walk was very very good. It was educational and really gracefull. Our guide was friendly and helpful he helped us take foto's and told us how to stand for the perfect foto's. I think what you guys are doing is great. Kind regards Maria Walters - Maria Walters

there was a misunderstanding with my booking,but that was sorted out within a few minutes.as i said to the guide at the end, this was not 5 star but 10 star experience.having lived in the southern cape since dec.1982 ex scot. i think we live to close to these great tours and events in our backyard,i / we think it's only for the tourist. well my visitor from the gold coast australia also ex scot enjoyed the experience so much that the cd will shown to all his friends, when he gets back home in the 2nd week in may. so from me jimmy leggat and danny lamond thank you for the greatest experience of our lives. - Jimmy Leggat

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