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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 Heights0.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 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.

Customer Reviews

The handlers were very kind to our daughter who has balance problems. When it was clear that she could not stay safe they immediately returned to the start so that she could get off. Very friendly and understanding - Penelope Tuffey

My friend and I had a great time. The ride was not quite what I had imagined, which was going off into the bush, or something. All that I could think of when on the elephant was; don't fall off, or you will get squashed.. Our guide was really friendly and good and he took lots of photographs which was something that I wanted. The expectation of all the staff to be tipped, even though there is a "tip box" at reception was a bit irritating. Would I go back and do it again? YES. - Neil Weston

Good service from all staff,an experience that was well worth the time. - Neil Kandier Vengethasamy

This was my fifth visit and each time somehow it is just as exciting. They are of course majestic animals and, as we know, they have great memories which is why we always recognise one another! The other important feature of the Elephant Sanctuary is that the keepers and other staff are both extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We certainly will come back as soon as possible. Thank you, Felix - felix nerdrum

It was very nice I concured my fear of elephants and the staff kept me calm and was very helpful. Thank you keep up the good work - Larissa du Plessis

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