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Full Elephant Experience Tour

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

7 days a week. 1 Hour 15 min tour. Guided Tour (trained elephant Guide). Full Elephant Introduction in Forest. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included). Includes Elephant Back Riding. Should an adult guest be unable to ride deduct R400.00 from the Cost. The opportunity to purchase a DVD 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 is not weather dependant
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

InclusionsIncludes Elephant Back Riding Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included) Should an adult guest be unable to ride deduct R400.00 from the Cost - Refund
ExclusionsFOR 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

We had a extraordinary experience. It was so lovely to receive all your explanations, to feel your engagement for these elephants and to have such a close contact to these beautiful animals. thanks a lot and kind regards from Switzerland - Luigi Cappellini

We had a wonderful time at the elephant sanctuary! It was amazing to get so close to the animals and to walk with trunk in hand. We especially loved riding them too. We felt that they were very well looked after and happy, and it was great to have our very experienced and knowledgeable guide / leader. This is an experience well worth doing if you're in the area. We also got the DVD which is a lovely keepsake, although we would have liked to have our ride on there too. Thanks everyone!! - Amanda & Adam Rendle

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Sanctuary. It was great to interact with the elephants who appeared very calm. The walk was interesting and everyone was offered time up close to the elephants. They had their little party pieces which added humour to the event. It was great to be able to feel them and then my wife and I rode them with their guides. for animals with such power they were very gentle indeed and we didn't feel intimidated at all. - Michael Thacker

Such an amazing experience! Staff were very friendly and welcoming! Would definitely recommend it! - Cassandra Wright

This is about the fifth or sixth time I have lead a group of New Zealabders on the tour. Everything was great in every way. - Michael Withiel

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