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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 (5-7 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.

Arrangements

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

Requirements

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
Exclusions

Full Experience.
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.

Notes

Duration = 5 to 7 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

My daughter and I loved every minute of riding on the beautiful Marula. Your handlers were wonderful and it felt so safe and special to be riding such a wonderful creature. Thank you for the highlight of our South African experience. - karen broadhurst


Good day, It was a wonderful experience, the staff knew what they were doing and how to handle the elephants. They responded each time a request was given to them and knew their names. I requested an elephant back riding for two, however we got the Trunk in hand tour instead of the back ride. We did not complain as I thought it was perhaps a mix up. Regards - Chrizel Witbooi


It was fun. Unfortunately though, its a bit limited in comparison to other activities. I thought there is other activities to be done with elephant like speaking about their habits, taking photos, etc. - Aamer Attia


Everything was perfectThank you Brutus for take care and excellent pictures! - wolfgang lilienthal


What a experiance definitly something everyone must do .Those elephants are so gentle and well trained. Their handlers are doing a great job . Thank you for alowing my family and me to experiance them this will definitly be with me for the rest of my life. - Nolan Petersen




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