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Elephant Brush Down Experience

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 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

InclusionsBrush Down Experience ·         Brushing the Elephants ·         Touching and interacting with Elephants ·         Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants ·         Feeding (Elephant Food of R30.00 included) ·         The opportunity to purchase a DVD of your experience with the Elephants
ExclusionsCost of DVD; Elephant Back Riding optional add-on. This tour can only be offered first and last tour of the day (07:30, 15:30). 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 ranger knew all about his loved animals. It was sad but we couldn't do the brush down as a thunder storm but we walked and was up close and personal with the elephants. But when the storm came it was amazing to see how they went back to being a herd animal. Loved the experience Thank you - Lesley Ivory

It was fantastic to be able to get up close with African elephants and as it was quiet my friend and I had the elephants to ourselves. It is great that these elephants have been rescued and can live out a peaceful life in good surroundings. The only negative is that it all felt a bit 'staged' as the elephants have been trained to have people around them. We are very happy that we went and it was a good experience and I would recommend it to others. - Caroline Webb

With the plight of these magnificent creatures in Africa right now, the life that the sanctuary has given these elephants is delightful. I love elephants, and I chose to walk with them and brush them as I had not done so before. What a feeling to have their trunk nuzzled heavily in the palm of your hand! It was raining, muddy and snotty and I loved every second. Such majestic beautiful calm animals. The rangers are so good with them, you can really feel that there is a lot of love going round. When Marula the matriarch was a bit too fast for my measly shoes for the mud, her ranger calmly spoke to her and she slowed down. The information given by the guide was very excellent and all my questions were answered. I will certainly be back to visit Marula, Thandi and Jabu. Thanks you all for the experience, and thank you so much for all your hard work to help these amazing beasts. - Nicci

I have no words for my experience. Both the staff and the elephants were/are so kind! This evening I have arrived home in Sweden - the elephants are so beautiful animals! Kind regads - Agneta Pehrsson

The elephant brush down experience was fantastic for our entire family (our 4 children range in age from 6-14). Thandi, Jaboo, and Morula are such kind, patient, gentle, smart elephants, and it was magical to spend so much time up close with them. My favorite parts were getting to hug Thandi and our family photo with Morula "smiling" for the photo. We live in Chicago, in the USA, where we have not a single elephant (African or Asian) in our 2 zoos; the closest elephants are hundreds of Km away and we would never be able to get up close and feed and touch them. We treasure the professional DVD the Elephant Sanctuary made of our visit. It was the experience of a lifetime! - Julie Pearlman

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