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Elephant Back Riding

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

(Optional Add-on to Elephant Interaction Program or stand alone.)

A short bare-back ride (10-15 minutes). Children must be minimum of 8 years old to ride 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 is not weather dependant
What to WearComfortable clothes
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsCurio Shop Available


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsElephant Ride
ExclusionsFull Experience. 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.


Duration = 10 minutes – full duration might take 30 minutes including the check in and walk to the ellies
FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 14 YEARSADULT 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

This experience was the cherry on the cake for us!! After walking with, feeding and finding out so much about these magnificent animals my family and myself got to ride on one - amazing!!! The only thing I can say was that it wasn't long enough but that's me being selfish!! well done to the team for making this day one of the most memorable of our holiday - we couldn't stop smiling. I would recommend this experience to anyone without a doubt!! LOVED IT!!!! - Eleanor Barr

Excelent!!! Amazing!! - ernesto ortiz

It was the most amazing experience with the majestic elephants. Excellent service and in depth knowledge from the stuff as well. - Boniface Chikwenhere

Excellent, really enjoyed it. Guide was very good. Would highly recommend - Martin Ryan

Amazing experience. A wonderful insight in to these magnificent animals. Fantastic to see the care and passion for the elephants and the commitment to the protection of them by the staff. Thank you for this opportunity - Graham French

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